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Landscape Architecture Magazine April 2018

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CONTRIBUTORS ANNETTE WILKUS, FASLA, (“Slope Style,” page 60) is the founding partner of SiteWorks LLC in New York City. She can be reached at awilkus@siteworkscm.com “Soils are such an important aspect to topography and plants, it would have been beneficial to be able to expand on the relationship of soils, slopes, and plant establishment.” STEPHEN ZACKS (“Soft Power in Moscow,” page 160) is an architecture critic, urbanist, and curator based in New York City. He previously served as an editor at Metropolis and has been published in the New York Times, Art in America, The Architect’s Newspaper, Curbed, Print, and Architectural Record, among others. You can find him on Twitter @herocharlatans. “It benefits the American public to have a deeper cultural understanding of Russia beyond its political leadership, because surely we like to imagine…

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the disability rights rollback

When Congress passed and President George H. W. Bush s igned the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the landmark legislation had survived broad, hostile opposition from business lobbyists who claimed its cost and liability would run companies into the ground. But with monumental effort and few exceptions, the law has succeeded in opening a once-closed world of transportation, employment, government, communications, and public accommodations to people with disabilities—and everyone else lived. Nearly all commercial businesses that serve the public have had to create full access and remove obstacles to their establishments. Design professionals, not least landscape architects, have been active at the core of this revolution, turning the law’s many dimensional requirements into reality as ramps, doors, railings, driveways, slopes, stairs, and all the rest. For most people, the…

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battered, but not broken

EDITED BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER Just seconds after Grizelle Gonzalez picked up the phone, the line went fuzzy and then silent. Gonzalez already had e-mailed that day, asking me to call her cell rather than her office phone because the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), where Gonzalez works as a research ecologist and project leader, needed to conserve power from its diesel generator and would be shutting off the electricity early. I waited, unsure if Gonzalez would be able to call me back. It had been almost four months since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the island’s infrastructure and leaving millions without food, water, or shelter. The storm also wreaked havoc in El Yunque National Forest, a 28,000-acre tropical forest preserve located on the east end of the…

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oyster platoons

Eight years after Kate Orff, ASLA, thrust the term “oyster-tecture” into the design lexicon, the idea of using constructed oyster reefs to enhance water quality and coastal resilience continues to gain mainstream support. Among the entities championing the practice: the U.S. armed forces. Counter to the rhetoric of the Trump White House, the Pentagon has acknowledged climate change as a threat to the national security of the United States, specifically noting that a three-foot rise in sea levels would threaten operations of at least 128 military installations. In response, the military has begun partnering with various environmental organizations to explore how living shorelines and other nature-based solutions can protect its coastal facilities. At the Naval Weapons Station Earle, which operates a threemile-long, three-pronged pier off the New Jersey coast, the navy…

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pastoral playground

There are the requisite baseball and soccer fields, a one-acre dog park, and even a BMX racetrack at the new Twin Silo Park in suburban Fort Collins, Colorado. But it is around the two namesake silos where landscape architects and planners responded to community requests to keep some of the site’s “wildness” and connect to the area’s agricultural history. “We couldn’t and didn’t want to re-create a farm, but we thought there was value in creating farm-like experiences in a park,” says Craig Kisling, ASLA, a landscape architecture apprentice for the city’s Park Planning and Development Department. Completed in the fall of 2017, Twin Silo Park is the seventh of nine community parks in the city’s master plan. The 54-acre brownfield site (once a sheep farm but more recently vacant) is…

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do no harm

No large trees—they can be climbed on to exit the premises. No exposed rock—small round ones can be eaten, sharp angular ones used for cutting. No shrubs large enough to hide behind. No shaded seating outside staff–patient sight lines. No mobile furniture. No visible irrigation system—PVC pipes can be ripped out of the ground by fidgety hands. No structures that might anchor a rope for hanging. No water features. These are some of the challenges that Brian Bainnson, ASLA, faced in the design of a 20,000-square-foot therapeutic garden for the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon. Located in Northeast Portland, the new hospital, which serves patients in mental health crisis, is a partnership among four health systems. One of them, Legacy Health, is a national leader in integrating therapy…

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