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Landscape Architecture Magazine May 2016

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12 Edities

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2 min.

BETSY ANDERSON, ASSOCIATE ASLA, (“All Along the Line,” page 92) is a landscape architect with the National Park Service in Seattle. She can be reached at betsy_ anderson@nps.gov. “I wish I could have described what it is like to stand in the middle of Portland’s newest—and car-free—bridge. Hovering over a big river like the Willamette without the sound of traffic was moving and memorable: Everyone should try it!” CAROL BECKER (“For the Birds, Indeed,” page 50) is a writer and landscape designer based in Illinois. She can be reached at carol@sage-advice.net. “The most surprising thing I learned is how difficult it is to research live insect behavior in the wild. It requires a great deal of patience and exacting observation, and it is one of the reasons that documented insect behavior by entomologists…

3 min.
home away from homelessness

You can rest assured that Los Angeles is booming, with all the cardinal signs in place. Construction is everywhere, including downtown’s new tallest tower going up. Speculation is frantic around new transit lines and those still under way around the city. Tons of fresh art space has opened, you find hotshot chefs galore, and, of course, a brisk trade in microbrews. Also booming are rising rents, evictions, and the worst homelessness problem anyone can remember in Los Angeles County. Something like 44,000 people are homeless in the county, a population that grew by 12 percent from 2013 to 2015, according to a head count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “It’s embarrassing,” a friend said when I was visiting in March. Nearly everyone I talked to brought up the homelessness…

3 min.
pipe dream

Five years ago, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins came home from Yale University to spend the summer in his home state of Alaska. One evening, while jogging through the woods outside Fairbanks, he came across an enormous, shimmering spectacle: the four-foot-diameter, 800-mile-long Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), which transports crude oil from the oil fields around Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to the Port of Valdez on the Pacific. “It was epic,” Kreiss-Tomkins says. “I’d never seen the pipeline before.” A long-distance runner, mountaineer, and political science major, Kreiss-Tomkins daydreamed about adding a trail alongside the pipeline as he ran along the open corridor into the wilderness. “I just sort of filed the idea away at the time,” he says. Around the same time, several University of Virginia students were working on a similar idea…

2 min.
pass the lucky charms

Every Friday, the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) serves free coffee and cereal at its storefront in Biloxi, Mississippi, a mostly quiet beachfront community fueled by tourism and a dozen or so casinos. From 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., members of the public join the studio’s students and faculty (GCCDS is part of Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design) for breakfast and a short presentation, followed by an informal discussion. Known as Friday Morning Serial, the gathering has become an unlikely catalyst for new partnerships in and outside the studio. It is the brainchild of Elizabeth Englebretson and Brian Gaudio, both of whom joined GCCDS as interns in 2014 and launched the event weeks later. Unlike “lunch-and-learns” and other networking events, Serial is free, and anyone can speak.…

5 min.
when landscapes collide

Not long after the landscape went in, the farm began encroaching. The black-eyed Susans were replaced by herbs. The shining sumac and Indiangrass were dug up to make way for chickens. And a copse of Skyrocket oaks, which screened the residential building’s parking lot from a traffic-choked section of Chicago’s Ogden Avenue, was next on the chopping block. Mimi McKay, ASLA, the landscape architect for the project, known as Harvest Commons, got a call from Dave Snyder, the staff gardener. “Dave said that he was gonna build a chicken run and that he was gonna remove the oak trees to do it, and I had an absolute cow,” McKay recalls. “I said, ‘You absolutely cannot remove them—and you don’t have to remove them.’” McKay, the principal at McKay Landscape Architects in Chicago,…

3 min.
popping up, again and again

Philadelphia is said to have more outdoor public swimming pools than any other city in the country— 70 in total—and although they are a popular source of summertime recreation, in the eyes of some designers, the unadorned concrete pads surrounding the majority of the pools leave much to be desired. “The pools in Philly are pretty much just concrete and water,” says Rosa Mannion, an associate at Sikora Wells Appel, a landscape architecture firm located across the river in New Jersey. “Philly pools, and parks and recreation properties in general, tend to have some very underused spaces. There’s almost always a big patch of asphalt that’s not used.” Enter the Pop-Up Pool Project, the brainchild of Ben Bryant, the director of design and planning at Group Melvin Design, which borrows the…