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Landscape Architecture Magazine

Landscape Architecture Magazine June 2019

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landscape architecture magazine

EDITOR Bradford McKee / ART DIRECTOR Christopher McGee / SENIOR EDITOR Jennifer Reut / COPY CHIEF Lisa Schultz / EDITORIAL DESIGN ASSISTANT Emily Cox / CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Brian Barth; Jessica Bridger; Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA; Jonathan Lerner; Jane Margolies; Zach Mortice; Anne Raver; Timothy A. Schuler; Alex Ulam; James R. Urban, FASLA; Lisa Owens Viani EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Falon Mihalic, ASLA / Chair Haley Blakeman, ASLA / Vice President, Communications Camille Applewhite, ASLA Benjamin Boisclair, Associate ASLA Kofi Boone, ASLA Conner Bruns, Student ASLA Kassandra D. Bryant, Student ASLA Farah Dakkak, International ASLA Ujijji Davis, ASLA William Green, ASLA Robynne Heymans, Student ASLA Brian Jencek, ASLA Dalton M. LaVoie, ASLA Maren McBride, ASLA Tobie E. Merrill, ASLA Cleve Larry Mizell, ASLA Erin Monk-Tharp, ASLA Forster O. Ndubisi, FASLA Charles Kene Okigbo, ASLA Fern Lan Siew, Associate ASLA Kathleen Trejo, ASLA EDITORIAL Tel: 202-898-2444 PUBLISHER Michael D. O’Brien, Honorary ASLA / ADVERTISING SALES 202-216-2325 SENIOR SALES MANAGER Daryl Brach / SALES MANAGER Gregg Boersma / SALES MANAGER Kathleen Thomas…

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AIDAN ACKERMAN, ASLA, (“The BIM That Binds,” page 50) is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. You can reach him at “I was expecting to write a piece focusing solely on the struggles of landscape architects adopting BIM in their practice. Instead, I discovered that many landscape architects are creating sophisticated BIM work flows and are seeing the immediate benefits of their efforts.” NATHAN HEAVERS, ASSOCIATE ASLA, (“Reading Material,” page 134) is a landscape architecture professor at Virginia Tech with a passion for the ephemeral qualities of landscapes. You can reach him at “The article came together when I connected Brian Barth’s 2017 LAM article on the impacts of tin mining for cell phone…

3 min.
here’s the deal

The Green New Deal is revealing a schism in landscape architecture. It isn’t creating a schism so much as making plain one already there. In February, barely a full business day had passed after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced separate resolutions in their respective chambers to create a Green New Deal, and calls were out to ASLA to “sign on” to it, or them, although there was no actionable legislation to sign on to. They were resolutions, significant but bound for nowhere. ASLA made a statement supporting parts of these resolutions, and then another flank opened up to express its deep reservations toward the society’s having done so. And as the turtle told the cop about the snails who mugged him, it all happened so…

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a skyway brought down to earth

A pair of parallel staircases, separated by a wide, flat green, leads dramatically westward from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The stairs fall over a small, open valley, passing a pair of stone dragons, then rise again, like the yellow brick road pointing to the Emerald City, toward a large dome-roofed building on a hill. This is the Nord Family Greenway, a 15-acre linear park running through the heart of the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Designed by Sasaki, it opened last year in the center of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Described as a “grand walkway” by Matthew Langan, ASLA, a senior associate with Sasaki and the lead designer, it carries pedestrians over the culverted Doan Brook to the 1920s-era, Byzantine-style Temple–Tifereth Israel building, which was purchased in 2010 by…

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changing the channel

Every autumn for the past five years, the Waller Creek Conservancy has hosted a temporary exhibition of site-specific lighting installations along Austin, Texas’s Waller Creek. The exhibition, known as the Creek Show, has served as a platform for both established and up-and-coming artists and designers, and is something of a showroom for the conservancy’s vision for the channelized waterway, which zigzags through downtown Austin and into Lady Bird Lake. While the conservancy works to implement the full greenway plan developed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the Creek Show’s temporary interventions have given local landscape architecture firms a chance to engage the site in creative, often provocative ways, such as the neon accoutrements of Asakura Robinson’s hypothetical swim club and dwg.’s “garden” of 80,000 fluorescent survey flags. For the most recent exhibition…

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gut health, but for coral

Over the past several years, science has proven Walt Whitman right. We do contain multitudes—multitudes of microorganisms, microbes such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminths (aka worms). We are walking, talking ecosystems, whose microflora have surprisingly real consequences for our physical health. Scientists believe the same is true of coral. A coral reef is home to 10,000 times more microorganisms than the surrounding water, and recent studies suggest that those microorganisms may hold clues as to what makes some coral resilient to environmental changes. In a study led by Andréa Grottoli, the director of the Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network, different coral species were subjected to conditions that simulated what is expected to occur by the end of this century. What Grottoli’s team found was that “the species that was most…