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Landscape Architecture Magazine Sep-15

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3 min.
art gensler says so

For someone who once dreamed of running a six-person architecture firm, Arthur Gensler has proved rather flexible in that ambition over 50 years as he has grown his firm, Gensler, to 4,800 people in 46 offices on six continents. In the world of design firms, there’s big and bigger, and there’s also bad. But what Gensler has done with his company, which he calls his family, has made it a consistently rational powerhouse of design around the globe. The firm is not leading the edge of the avant-garde, nor does it have the whitest glove in the business, but there’s not a designer of any worth who doesn’t reserve a certain awe for what Art Gensler has accomplished in the quality of his vast operation. Gensler the company can give…

4 min.
a better fill for louisville

A decades-long dream to build a world-class botanical garden in Louisville, Kentucky, has finally found its footing. On May 15, the city of Louisville agreed to sell 23 acres of waterfront property to a local nonprofit organization for $1. The option-to-purchase agreement is a major milestone for Botanica, a group of local gardeners, horticulturists, and other plant geeks who banded together in 1993 to provide educational programming to the public. Botanica’s members have at various times proposed a botanical garden, but in 1999, a woman named Helen Harrigan, a longtime gardener, died and left more than $1 million in a trust to help fund such a project. Louisville does not have a true botanical garden, says Brian Voelker, the president of the board of directors for Botanica. “Many other cities have…

4 min.
testing the waters

In the high desert of eastern Idaho, on a research site roughly the size of Rhode Island, a full-scale municipal water system delivers water to no one. The facility, known as the Water Security Test Bed, is a new initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency to study water contamination detection and mitigation at this scale. Besides being aboveground, the test bed’s network of pipes and hydrants is nearly identical in its design to the labyrinths that reside beneath most American cities and towns. Built in September 2014 at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the facility allows researchers to simulate both “natural and unnatural” threats, from crude oil to pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, a waterborne parasite that killed 104 people in Milwaukee in 1993. The security of America’s drinking water was made a part…

4 min.
we, the emerald isle

In May, Ireland unveiled a National Landscape Strategy (NLS), in an attempt to establish guidelines for the governance of the country’s historic geography while recognizing its inherent dynamism. Getting to grips with a nation’s landscape in such an ecumenical, broad-brushstrokes way is a tall order, even for a small island nation the size of Maine. Human settlement has left its mark on the Irish landscape for nearly 10,000 years. It’s an old place etched with memories, from the craggy coasts of Western Ireland to the karst of County Clare to the genteel Georgian terraces of Dublin. These all now come under the protective purview of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage, and Gaeltacht (the latter word referring to the Gaelic language). The agency has committed itself to a 10-year program to implement…

4 min.
trending: sunbelt cities

In the mid-19th century, Americans flocked to California in search of gold. Today, the U.S. population is on the move again, in search of golden sunshine. According to recent census data, the Sunbelt, a region stretching roughly from Southern California to South Carolina and to the tips of Texas and Florida, is home to all but three of the country’s 15 fastest-growing cities, six of which are in Texas. Americans are migrating, especially south and west, to places like Buckeye, Arizona, which grew from a sleepy Phoenix suburb of roughly 6,500 people to a metropolis of 50,876 people in just 10 years, an increase of 678 percent. And it’s not just retirees. According to an analysis of census data reported by Forbes, between 2010 and 2013 San Antonio saw a 9.2…

3 min.
water views

“New Yorkers often complain about the infrastructure, but we also think it’s a miracle that it works every day,” John Kriskiewicz, an associate professor of architectural history at Parsons, told me on a recent boat tour of New York’s harbor earlier this summer. “The thing that makes the boat tour unique is you get to see all of this in one sweep.” While many of the old industrial waterfront properties have been reclaimed for residential and recreational use, New York still maintains a vital working waterfront, though much of it is not visible by land. In the past, the Municipal Art Society has taken the lead for New York’s architecture tours, but about five years ago, the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects began leading tours out onto…