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Landscape Architecture Magazine August 2018

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12 Issues

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1 min.
contributors

CHRISTINE G. O’MALLEY (“Understanding Manning,” page 136) is a research consultant and historian specializing in the history of North American architecture. You can find her on Twitter @CGOMalley. “The various types of projects Warren H. Manning and his office completed throughout the United States are impressive, especially when one remembers that they were accomplished in a pre-computer age.” LISA OWENS VIANI (“Lots of Opportunity,” page 36), a longtime LAM contributor, is a Bay Area freelance writer who specializes in ecological restoration and water-related topics. She lives in Berkeley and can be reached at lowensvi@icloud.com. “When I interviewed Esmeralda Jimenez, who installs rain gardens for PUSH Blue, she told me that the work has helped her heal from depression and given her a way to ‘come out and take part in life.’” GOT A STORY? At…

3 min.
conclusion: inclusion

Summer had barely started in the Northern Hemisphere when the heat records started to break. There were the highest highs: Los Angeles had an all-time high temperature of 111 degrees Fahrenheit on July 6, and Montreal had its highest-ever recorded temperature of 97.9 degrees Fahrenheit four days earlier. And in Ouargla, Algeria, the temperature rose to 124.3 degrees Fahrenheit, said to be the hottest ever measured in Africa. Then there were the highest lows: Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, tied an all-time warmest low temperature, 60 degrees Fahrenheit, on July 2. And Quriyat, Oman, on June 28 had the hottest low temperature ever recorded, 109 degrees Fahrenheit. The Arctic coast of Siberia warmed into the 90s, about 40 degrees above normal, on July 5. In Chicago, where heat indexes were…

3 min.
high streets

Faced with rising sea levels, the City of Miami Beach is lifting itself out of the water’s way—one street at a time. Beginning with the neighborhoods lowest in elevation, the city has raised dozens of streets in the past few years, some by as much as two feet. The $500 million project, which also includes new stormwater pumps, is a coordinated effort to prevent flooding in the long term. In the short term, however, the rapid elevation of the public right-of-way is presenting the city with novel challenges. Some of those challenges, such as pumps that can fail during power outages, are mechanical. Others are legal. When one restaurant flooded, its insurance company initially refused to cover damages after classifying the restaurant’s dining area as a “basement” since it was now…

2 min.
erosion in view

As an assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isaac Larsen generally looks at the big picture, studying how entire landscapes are created and change over millions of years. Now, he has taken that ultrawide lens and focused it on the problem of soil erosion. With a $265,000 grant from NASA’s Earth Science Division, Larsen is using satellite images to study erosion across the Midwest. He got the idea while looking at satellite photos of the Iowa farmhouse in which he grew up. Looking down on the landscape, he realized that he could identify eroded areas in nearby fields. Lighter areas in the photos matched up with places he knew lacked topsoil. Larsen’s research has two aims: to examine how the loss of topsoil has changed the Midwest’s…

2 min.
bury it

Setting the pace for energy-efficient building in the United States, California has pledged to meet a goal of net-zero energy use for all new buildings by 2030 and recently mandated that all new homes must have solar panels starting in 2020. Since 2011, PG&E, the state’s Northern California utility company, also has funded an annual design competition called Architecture at Zero. This year’s top entry leverages the landscape to meet energy-use targets and also address sea-level rise. The real-world design challenge: Create a new 10,700-square-foot visitor center and 5,000-square-foot boathouse for the San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies in Tiburon, California. Located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, the proposed 10-acre site for the visitor center slopes steeply down to the water, with 145 feet of…

3 min.
canada, connected

Darcy Granove’s career has involved a lot of bushwhacking of late. Her Winnipeg-based firm, Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture + Design, has spent the past four years developing the Border to Beaches Trail, which stretches 230 miles from Whiteshell Provincial Park on the Ontario border to Grand Beach Provincial Park on Lake Winnipeg. The route traverses a portion of the Canadian Shield, a geologic formation populated by granite outcrops, peat bogs, and glacial lakes—but few humans. It covers half of Canada. “We did a lot of GIS work,” Granove says. “But we physically bush-crashed through a lot of the territory to identify the best routes. One time we were surrounded by wolves.” Granove’s ardor was born of great purpose—and haste. The Border to Beaches Trail is a relatively small link in the…