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Landscape Architecture Magazine January 2016

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12 Edities

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3 min.
time for a checkup

We at LAM appreciate the time that about 1,000 of you spent answering our 2015 reader survey, which opened online for a month in late October. It’s a detailed survey and collects a vivid picture of our readership. A fair amount of the survey’s information is useful to our advertisers—we can demonstrate great value in an audience with the expertise ours has. We can show that LAM is a good bet both to new and to loyal longtime advertisers, many of whom support ASLA in other important ways. The real meat for us as editors, of course, comes in the editorial feedback you provide—the lab results, if you will, that show the progress we have or haven’t made since 2013, when we last conducted our survey. And since so many of…

7 min.

THE GLOBAL AID SCENE I wanted to respond to your concern in “One World That Looks Like Two” (Land Matters, November) about the need to involve landscape architects in aid projects for developing nations. Since 2009, I’ve made 10 missions to Afghanistan as a consultant: one to the Wildlife Conservation Society designing facilities in Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan’s first national park; one for the U.S. Agency for International Development developing a master plan for the Kabul Zoo; and eight missions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). My work with UNEP is as senior environmental planning adviser, and with my international and Afghan UNEP colleagues we have developed a landscape/ecosystem-based postconflict development strategy that is being carried out in six provinces, a multitude of rural mountain villages, and a few peri-urban sites in…

3 min.
wastewater won over

Thanks to municipalities’ growing awareness of the importance of water conservation, wastewater treatment plants—essential to our way of life yet often purposefully hidden from view—are increasingly being planned, at least in part, by landscape architects. The San Luis Obispo Water Resource Recovery Facility, designed by the landscape architects at RRM Design Group, is scheduled for completion in 2020. The California plant sits along a prominent bike path and is surrounded by wetlands made navigable by a wooden boardwalk, which visitors and staff use to enter the building. At the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant in Portland, Oregon, the facility’s sloping roof planes create miniwatersheds, channeling stormwater into a rock channel and eventually into the Columbia Slough. And at the Brightwater Treatment Plant outside Seattle, Hargreaves Associates included salmon-rearing ponds, which connect…

2 min.
fill in the blanks

If you live in Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Washington State, we have a job for you: Right now, these five states have no documentation—none—recorded in the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Why does this matter? Ask yourself how you would reconstruct a destroyed landscape without a measured drawing, or how you might make an argument to preserve a landscape when the primary historical records discuss only the buildings on it. This is some of what HALS provides, and there isn’t another program like it for American landscapes. The Historic American Landscapes Survey is young by preservation standards—it’s been only 15 or so years since it became a separate program for documenting historic sites—and it sometimes is obscured by its better-known brethren. The National Register of Historic Places,…

3 min.
hot peat predictors

In the evergreen forests of northern Minnesota, 10 octagonal enclosures seem to float above a soggy, undulating landscape of low hills and cold, wet bogs. The transparent, futuristic structures, 30 feet high and nearly 42 feet in diameter, are connected by wooden boardwalks that wend from a central spine through sparse stands of black spruce trees. If you came across them by accident, you might think you’d stumbled onto the set of a science fiction film. The enclosures are actually part of a 10-year research project investigating the response of peatlands to a warming climate. Funded by the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy and known as SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change), the project is being led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)…

3 min.
making public parks pay

In the United Kingdom, government funding to park budgets has shrunk by an average of 20 percent since 2010, according to a 2014 report by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The report, State of UK Public Parks 2014, makes clear that more cuts are likely on the way. In light of continued budget cuts, the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield in England is conducting research to better understand how park management is changing. “We are getting hit very severely by the cuts, and they are continuing,” says Nicola Dempsey, a lecturer in landscape planning at the University of Sheffield and one of the researchers involved in the study, which is part of a broader research project that includes Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. “They are deeper cuts, and they’re across…