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Landscape Architecture Magazine November 2019

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ON THE COVER The Luz del Dia residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Surroundings Studio, page 104. EDITOR Bradford McKee / ART DIRECTOR Christopher McGee / SENIOR EDITOR Jennifer Reut / COPY CHIEF Lisa Schultz / EDITORIAL DESIGN ASSISTANT Emily Cox / CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Brian Barth; Jared Brey; 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:…

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CONTRIBUTORS DIANA FERNANDEZ, ASLA, (“Get Real,” page 138) is a landscape architect and associate at Sasaki in the Boston area. She can be reached at “I was really moved by this notion of being true to yourself (not pretending) and how letting our landscapes be true to themselves is imperative in our search for places and people we can identify with.” BENJAMIN H. GEORGE, ASLA, (“Get with the Program,” page 68) is an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department at Utah State University who researches emerging technology in landscape architecture. You can reach him at “The total openness of landscape architects to share their process and technical approach says a lot about who we are as a profession.” PETER SUMMERLIN, ASLA, (“Get with the Program,” page 68) is an…

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THE BIM THAT WORKS Thank you for the article “The BIM That Binds” (June). I’ve read it several times. I was mildly irritated that, in an article about BIM in LAM, the only landscape architecture-focused product was mentioned once. One major point of BIM is to be platform neutral—but that doesn’t come across in the article. I was in the position to move my firm to new design software about four years ago. We made the choice to move from AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT to Vectorworks Landmark and haven’t regretted the change. I fully comprehend that I am living in a limited world. I don’t have any experience with Revit and only minimal experience with Civil 3D. But I have used AutoCAD since 1996 (R12, when I was a sophomore in high school). I was…

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open your doors

Gabriel Díaz Montemayor, ASLA, has a marvelous project on the Sonora–Arizona border he’s worked on for several years, which appears starting on page 122. By coincidence (or not), he also took part in the 2019 diversity summit that ASLA held here at headquarters over three days in May—it was his second time. There have been seven such summits since 2013, aimed at forming a more variegated workforce in landscape architecture and bringing in recruits from all communities, particularly those that remain underrepresented. By now 100 professionals have experienced a summit weekend together to build something they would be reasonable to think that only they, so far, can see. A report from this year’s summit deserves attention by people in all corners of the profession (you can find it at,…

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tclf announces oberlander prize

In August, the Cultural Landscape Foundation announced that it was launching a major new international prize in landscape architecture. On October 1, the foundation made it official that the prize will be named for the landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, FASLA, for her “leading role in addressing environmental, ecological, and social issues and the impact of climate change.” The Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize will be awarded every two years beginning in 2021, and will be the only prize in the profession with a $100,000 award attached. Recipients will also be the subject of events sponsored by the foundation that focus on their practice to show the development and achievements of landscape architecture. In announcing the prize’s naming, the foundation released a statement from Oberlander, who has been based in…

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twice a big winner

I remember opening up Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations, Walter Hood’s first book, for the first time. It was 2007, and I had recently taken to learning more about landscape architecture. While I had found the subject of landscape architecture intriguing and important, it frankly never crossed my mind to enter the field. But there, in the pages of this book, were sketches of an approach to designing landscapes that felt unbound. It was unlike anything I had seen before. It was analytical yet poetic, precise in its crosscutting of questions of society and form, yet employed modes of inquiry that included collage, sketching, photography, model making, and even musical allegory. Looking back on that moment, it is not an exaggeration to say Walter Hood’s work is the reason I…