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Landscape Architecture Magazine June 2020

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12 Edities

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2 min.

CONTRIBUTORS CHERMAINE LEE, (“Signs of Unrest,” page 22) is a Hong Kong-bred multimedia journalist covering climate change, human rights abuse, and social issues. You can follow her on Twitter @chermainelee22. “2019 was a year of global discontent in the form of antigovernment protests, which essentially change the urban design of many major cities. I’ve seen my district go from a peaceful residential block to a barrier-free zone that carries scars from the movement—both important in history and our street scene.” PHOEBE LICKWAR, ASLA, (“Grow Your Own,” page 88) is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and the founding principal of FORGE Landscape Architecture. You can follow her on Instagram @forgelandscape. “What if the pandemic shows us that the future of the city is agricultural? Now is the…

3 min.
puzzling through

This is LAM’s first fully home-cooked issue of the pandemic. We hope to bring you hope, as we’re all likely to be here a while. But also to bring you reality. We’re as bewildered as you. Fortunately, we’re in a business that has something helpful to bring to the world, and, not least, to this weird new world. It won’t last forever, but the solutions landscape architecture can add certainly could. We’ve seen it time and again, and also absolutely through time. For this issue, the magazine put out a call to landscape architects to tell us what they are thinking all of a sudden during this crisis. You’ll find the feedback beginning on page 60. You’ll not be surprised that the responses, from people at all stages of their professional…

2 min.
straub and thurmayr, unplugged

Coming out of high school in 1984, I had a GPA of 3.2. Career testing resulted in the suggested occupations of forester (I do love the outdoors) or baker (far before “Celebrity Chef” was even a term). So I went with the only sensible choice for a college major: Ceramic Sculpture. After all, as a Southern California kid, my college of choice was near some of the cleanest surf breaks around. How could I go wrong? I was four years into a five-year program at California State University, Long Beach when I was in the periodical section of our library and spotted an intriguing image on the front cover of a magazine. As I neared, the title Landscape Architecture appeared. What is this? Three-dimensional art at life scale of creating habitats,…

2 min.
zero cost

In late April, ASLA’s Board of Trustees voted at its spring meeting to eliminate the fee for student membership in the society. Yes, that’s right: Membership is now free for students, student affiliates, and international students. The change took effect May 1. Nonmember students who wish to join need only to fill out an application online. Current student members needn’t do anything—their memberships will renew automatically at no cost until graduation “I am excited about the change in student membership fee structure for multiple reasons,” says Dennis R. Nola, ASLA, the society’s vice president of membership and the chair of the bachelor’s degree program in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland in College Park. “Now, more than ever, is the time for ASLA to…

2 min.
signs of unrest

Until recently, gray metal railings have been a ubiquitous element of Hong Kong’s streetscape. Installed to delineate spaces for cars and pedestrians and enhance safety, the railings have multiplied over the past decade. In 2010, the government reported 435 miles of these roadside barriers. By 2018, the number had more than doubled to 1,087 miles, according to Hong Kong’s Transport Department. But in the wake of the recent antigovernment protest that first erupted in response to a bill that would have permitted extradition of criminals to mainland China, the metal railings have been torn apart by thousands of black-shirted protesters to use as roadblocks, and bricks have been dug up from the road for use as weapons. Along with changing political and social dynamics, Hong Kong’s urban fabric has experienced dramatic…

3 min.
fire, a new frontier

As with many threats that were once rare but are now common, wildfires have no single design solution, but opportunities to create more resilient landscapes are emerging in unexpected places. In California, the Mariposa County Recreation and Resiliency Master Plan is an early effort to build new parks, trails, and recreation facilities in conjunction with landscape management strategies designed to reduce the risk of wildfire. It is the brainchild of Mikey Goralnik, ASLA, a planner and landscape architect who joined Mariposa County’s planning staff in 2017. Goralnik says integrating wildfire mitigation into recreation planning is not so different from creating other types of multilayered landscape systems, such as urban parks designed to flood; it’s just that fire hasn’t been thought of in the same way. “Everybody gets flooding,” he says. “Storm…