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Landscape Architecture Magazine July 2019

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2 min.
contributors

F. PHILIP BARASH, (“Into Detroit’s Backwater,” page 112) is currently on leave as the creative director of Sasaki to serve as a fellow at the Boston Foundation, where he leads a public realm philanthropic strategy. Reach him at barashfp@gmail.com. “Seeing a river from the low, precarious vantage of a kayak is instructive. Besides insight into its culture and ecology, I walked away from the river with a satisfyingly aching back and a wicked sunburn.” MARK R. EISCHEID, (“Every Branch and Blade,” page 36) is an assistant professor in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. You can reach him at marke@uoregon.edu or follow him @markreischeid on Instagram. “I realized that Ben Wever’s thoughtful approach to the care of Dan Kiley’s modernist masterpiece—incorporating extensive engagement with the site, direct experience with multiple Kiley landscapes,…

3 min.
be present

A striking thing about the acoustical work of Nadine Schütz is its focus on the presence of the individual in a space and its invitation to engage rather than deny what the senses are taking in. Michael Dumiak’s profile of Schütz and her recent projects, which starts on page 96, details the ways she aims to insert composed sound between a person and the background noises that surround them to modulate the auditory experience, even subtly, and at times using those very background noises. The result is meant to have people pause and absorb what is around them rather than rush through to the next perfectly ignorable theater of life in public. Schütz’s work fits in with certain other investigations by designers to try to reprogram the fleeting interactions people have…

3 min.
turn the temperature down

Most people know it intuitively, and landscape architects know it better than most: Shade is crucial to a pleasant urban space, especially in Sunbelt cities, where temperatures can reach upward of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. But as global temperatures rise, shade is becoming something else: a matter of life and death. “As deadly, hundred-degree heatwaves become commonplace, we have to learn to see shade as a civic resource that is shared by all,” Sam Bloch wrote recently in Places Journal. Nine of the 10 deadliest heatwaves in human history have occurred since 2000, and the impacts have reached worldwide. Last summer, in Montreal, a heatwave killed 53 people. Bloch points out that because shade tends to aggregate in wealthy neighborhoods, it can be seen as “an index of inequality.” It is this disparity…

3 min.
untangling an intersection

Why on earth would a developer agree to have a street carved right through a property it has purchased, presumably at great expense? Jeff Speck, Honorary ASLA, certainly didn’t expect his client to go for the idea. “I never in a million years thought it was viable,” he says. And yet that is what Mark Development is now planning for a triangular site that the company owns at a busy five-way intersection in the Kenmore Square area of Boston. The developer was working with Speck, an urban planner and principal at Speck & Associates, on another project, and had informally asked Speck’s advice. After analyzing the site, Speck managed to persuade Mark that the seemingly farfetched idea would yield a host of benefits: Kenmore Square would gain a new public plaza…

3 min.
designs for panda land

Think of Chengdu as the Austin, Texas, of China: a mild climate, proximal to nature, and an eminently livable cultural capital in a landlocked province. Like Austin, Chengdu (already eight times the size of the Texas city) is quickly growing, the target of a government-sponsored effort to attract tourists, residents, and new industries to China’s western provinces. A new international airport is under construction, as are entirely new urban districts. But the city is also thinking about its nonhuman inhabitants, including its best-known symbol, the giant panda. Last year, the Chengdu Tianfu Greenway Construction Investment Company, a government entity charged with major development projects, announced a design competition for three sites in and around the city that would offer a variety of new visitor experiences while simultaneously conserving crucial panda habitat.…

2 min.
you are here

Modern roundabouts reduce accidents, improve traffic flow, and enhance fuel efficiency compared to angular intersections. But they also define islands that offer scope for design to enrich the public realm. In Ireland’s County Cork, Cathal O’Meara Landscape Architects has transformed a trio of roundabouts to imbue three of the county’s main gateways with a sense of identity, wit, and celebration. “Each area has a slightly different hook,” says Cathal O’Meara, a principal at the firm, “and for each design we’ve pulled a thread from the local area.” At the southwest gateway, the design takes inspiration from the landscape of Ireland’s west coast and a scenic drive, dubbed the Wild Atlantic Way, to which a route from the roundabout connects. Located on a three-quarter-acre roundabout, a staggered grid of 19 steel-framed polyhedral…