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Landscape Architecture Magazine January 2018

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12 Issues

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contributors

JOHN KING, HONORARY ASLA, (“Public, with an Asterisk,” page 64) is an urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and lives with his wife and daughter in Berkeley, California. You can find him on Twitter @johnkingsfchron. “ San Francisco’s privately owned public spaces show that the quest for good public space goes back generations—as do the obstacles that often keep such spaces from reaching their potential.” ANDREW LAVALLEE, FASLA, (“Trouble on the Edge,” page 36) is a partner at SiteWorks LLC, based in New York City. You can reach him at alavallee@siteworkscm.com. “ ‘The edge’ in landscapes highlights the everyday need for landscape architects to bring an understanding and expertise of many disciplines to creatively solve even the most pedestrian design problems.” SARAH LOPEZ (“The Stakes of Remembering and Forgetting,” page 118) is…

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taxing times

You could conceive of a meaner tax plan than the one Congress has cooked up this session, and you could perhaps think of ways to pass it that are even more antithetical to those in which representative government is supposed to work. But you have to understand, these guys were in a hurry. They know it’s a Donors First plan. They don’t know what all’s in the legislation, except that they and everybody in the majority got their piece. What’s important was that you didn’t know anything, and neither did half their colleagues. That’s how they managed to plot out an immoral rearrangement of wealth in this country. Caveat: At this writing, it could be this immoral rearrangement or that one. A process is under way to reconcile the differing House…

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turf no more

For the better part of a year, the landscape at HP’s sprawling, 200-acre campus in Boise, Idaho, looked as if it were dying—and it was. More than 33 acres of water-guzzling Kentucky bluegrass had been sprayed with glyphosate and killed, a scorched-earth method that was said to be necessary to establish native grasses and transform an outdated campus symbolic of 20th-century planning into a model of sustainable, resourceefficient design. “In the past, planting large fields of grass was the thing to do. It was the aesthetics of that era,” noted Steve Birch, a manager of corporate real estate and workplace services for HP Inc.’s western subregion, in a blog post for the company. (In 2015, HP split into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise.) “Today’s modern landscape design uses a variety of…

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pier to pier

At first glance, the decision by Scott Torrance, the head of a 10-person landscape architecture firm in Toronto known for green roofs and naturalized park plantings, to merge his practice in 2016 with Forrec, a self-billed “entertainment design company,” is a bit surprising. I am most intimately familiar with Torrance’s work from the West Toronto Railpath, a greenway near my house that I would describe as a postindustrial weedscape, which I mean in the most flattering way. I know Forrec as a firm that designs Disney-esque environments in places such as China and Dubai. Little did I know that its world headquarters is but a short jaunt past the southern terminus of Torrance’s Railpath. The geographic yin and yang between the two firms is part of what brought about the merger—…

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juniper creep

In the 1950s, Dave Engle tells me, you could drive from Stillwater to Oklahoma City without seeing a single eastern red cedar. Now, he says, owing to a variety of commingled factors— fire suppression laws, passive land management, changes in seed dispersal patterns, and the trees’ use as horticultural plantings at cemeteries and residences—eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is abundant. A recent study estimates encroachment in Oklahoma at roughly 8 percent of land mass per year. Their rapid spread, says Engle, a rangeland ecologist and the former director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, poses a serious concern in the south-central Great Plains. Not only are grass-fed cattle vital to the local economy, but a rash of wildfires, fueled by the eastern red cedar, have destroyed private property in recent years. Engle…

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curb clots

SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS, SEATTLE The sight of a bike lane blocked by a delivery truck is so common that it has birthed Tumblrs and Twitter hashtags, often as a way to either shame drivers or encourage city officials to better enforce traffic laws. What those Twitter users may not have considered is that every box from Amazon or Blue Apron requires a trip from a warehouse to their door. And as online sales continue to grow (by roughly 15 percent per year), the increasing volume and frequency of home deliveries has cities like Seattle searching for solutions. “For us, it means curb use is changing, and it’s changing fast,” says Christopher Eaves, a civil engineer with Seattle’s Department of Transportation. The increase in deliveries has major implications for Complete Streets…

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