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Landscape Architecture Magazine June 2016

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2 min.

DANIEL ELSEA (“So Happy Together,” page 136) is a director at Allies and Morrison, the Londonbased architecture and urban planning practice. He can be reached at www.danielelsea.com. “I was surprised that the Wirths had a home in Somerset. With galleries in Zurich, London, New York, and L.A., which they must fly between constantly—in addition to other locales in the art world from Hong Kong to Basel—I thought, how on earth could they have the time to spend time in and enjoy Somerset?” GALE FULTON, ASLA, (“How the Garden Moves,” page 152) is the director of the school of landscape architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow him on Twitter @landintel. “I had to leave out a discussion of the politics of Clément’s planetary gardener for reasons of space, but the…

3 min.
tell us about it

It’s fun around here at the magazine these days because the pipeline is growing—firms and designers and assorted allies are increasingly in touch to let us know about work of theirs they’d like us to look at. It tells us people are busy, which is a far cry from when I got to the magazine six years ago. I am glad that by now LAM appears as a friendly, approachable vehicle for any reader with a serious idea of his or her own to share. Just in the past few months, we have received a number of excellent notes telling us about significant projects of all kinds that we can put on the board for the coming months and years. And of course, we have an excellent Editorial Advisory Committee…

2 min.
green, meet blue

It’s a blue-veined green space 12 stories up. Known as Cira Green, the privately owned but publicly accessible park sits on top of a parking structure in Philadelphia’s University City, part of a transit-oriented “vertical neighborhood” being built by Brandywine Realty Trust. When it opened in 2015, the planted roof made headlines for being the city’s first elevated park. But with a novel “blue-green” system that relies solely on gravity to control water flow, the project has also elevated the idea of stormwater capture. Designed by Roofmeadow in collaboration with Erdy McHenry and Tim Haahs & Associates, Cira Green began as a basic green roof that would help the development comply with the city’s stringent stormwater code (see “The Infiltrator,”LAM, January 2014), but it has evolved into a completely inhabitable, 53,000-square-foot…

3 min.
fences down

When the Swiss-born philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss began purchasing land in the Adelaida District in Paso Robles, California, it came with a feature some winemakers would have seen as a liability: a well-trod wildlife corridor. Slicing across the property, Las Tablas Creek and the surrounding oak forest had sustained deer, elk, foxes, and other species for centuries, and Wyss, who has helped conserve roughly 14 million acres of wilderness throughout the United States, enlisted the local farmer and nature guide Mitch Wyss (no relation) to plan the vineyard— now called Halter Ranch—around the existing corridor. “It was a no-brainer for Hansjörg and me,” says Mitch Wyss of the decision to preserve the corridor that cuts across Halter Ranch. “The wildlife were here first, so you find ways to mitigate.” Wildlife corridors allow…

3 min.
east harlem holds its own

Data can be deceiving, or at the very least hard to parse. But for the residents of East Harlem, the numbers spoke loudly. On average, the community was losing nearly 300 affordable housing units per year, based on eight years of data collected by WXY Architecture + Urban Design. If real estate development continued at the current rate, more than 4,000 affordable housing units would be lost over the next 15 years. “People began to realize that a ‘do-nothing’ option was not going to result in the same old thing,” says Adam Lubinsky, a planner and managing principal at WXY. “A ‘do-nothing’ option would mean 300 homes lost per year to development.” East Harlem, a largely Latino community where one in three residents lives below the poverty line, was also named…

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outfall windfall

They call it the Horseshoe, and for the residents and tourists of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it’s a popular place for street festivals and summer concerts, which fill downtown with the bright sounds of “shag,” a local style of swing. The Horseshoe got its name from being a traffic turnaround, and most days it isn’t much more than the point at which Main Street dead-ends at the shoreline of this small, seaside community of 15,000 people. But a recent upgrade by the city shows how large infrastructure projects can be leveraged for better public spaces—and how those spaces can double as infrastructure themselves. Led by the city’s Public Works and Planning and Development departments, the Main Street makeover is one phase of an ongoing effort to convert aboveground stormwater drain…