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Landscape Architecture Magazine April 2020

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1 min.
contributors

LEAH GHAZARIAN (“Patricia Johanson: House & Garden,” page 133) is the production editor at LAM, where she manages the flow of copy and art among the magazine’s writers, editors, copy chief, and art director. She also writes and edits for the magazine. You can reach her at lghazarian@asla.org. “I was intrigued by the way a nearly forgotten project, ardently crafted but never realized, redirected a career.” DAVID GIRAL (“Hell of Fun,” page 112) is a Montreal-based photographer specializing in architecture, travel, and portrait photography. He recently collaborated with the New York Times and the Guardian. You can see his work at www.davidgiralphoto.com. “Editorial assignments like these are among my favorite. Knowing Claude’s work, I wanted to make sure the space in which he was captured both reflected his vibrant personality and gave some…

3 min.
sacred and profane

The desecration is well under way at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. To fulfill the border wall passions of the president, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has begun blasting into the sandy loam of the Sonoran Desert to build a 30-foot-high wall with footings 10 feet deep. The wall and accompanying roads will run the entire 30-mile length of Organ Pipe’s southern boundary. Organ Pipe, where three types of Sonoran plant communities converge, had been degraded in the past by ranching. It was designated by UNESCO in 1976 as a protected ecological reserve for its unique biodiversity. Along its stretch of the border grow the monument’s namesake organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi), common in Mexico but rare in the United States, and the saguaro cactus…

4 min.
letters

POST-POSTINDUSTRIAL In the February issue of LAM, there is a strange but fertile relationship between the potential of the Green New Deal as described in editor Brad McKee’s Land Matters column, “Out with the Bad Old Deal,” and Elissa Rosenberg’s excellent review and summary of Ross Mclean’s book, Transformative Ground (“Disturbance and Regeneration”). These two articles ought to be read in conjunction with one another. Also, as someone who has written about this in the past (Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature, and the Sustainable Landscape, 1994), I must now beat a path to the bookstore to order Mclean’s book, even if I am long retired and in my 70s. However, something bothers me about the presumption implicit in the word “postindustrial.” This is a convenient term created by a North American…

3 min.
play loud—or don’t

Of all the unique, site-built features on offer at the Lake Olathe Park nature playground—the willow dome, the cascading water tables of the splash creek—its labyrinth of limestone paths is perhaps the most unusual. Built out of irregular paving stones that snake through thick stands of prairie grasses, the playground’s meadow maze is set apart from the more active play structures and is a reminder that even the most adventurous kids need opportunities for stillness. “A playground is a busy place. We thought maybe there’s a need for some quiet spaces as well,” says Lisa Donnelly, ASLA, a landscape architect and park planner with the City of Olathe outside Kansas City, Kansas. Donnelly’s intuition speaks to a genuine need in the realm of nature play, which prioritizes unstructured play either in…

1 min.
smokey the beaver

As climate change continues to exacerbate drought and wildfire cycles in the western United States, the North American beaver is creating fire-resilient wetlands that offer refuge for other wildlife and vegetation. That’s according to new research by Emily Fairfax, an assistant professor of environmental science and resource management at California State University Channel Islands. Fairfax analyzed satellite-derived vegetation indices of riparian areas, beaver dams mapped via Google Earth, and perimeter data for large wildfires that had occurred between 2000 and 2018 in California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming. She compared dammed areas with non-dammed areas in large fire zones before, during, and after the fires and found that riparian corridors within 100 meters of beaver ponds were buffered from wildfire. “It’s not that the riparian zone won’t recover without beavers, but…

3 min.
career competition

In 2017, there were 71,000 more jobs for landscape professionals than there were people to fill them, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, and a recent survey found that 82 percent of CEOs within the industry say the labor shortage is their number one concern. The reasons for the shortage include misperceptions about the industry and the number of H-2B visas that are issued by the federal government, which means there isn’t a silver bullet that can solve it. But one professional association in Ohio is taking an enterprising approach to developing a pipeline for future landscape professionals. Each year since 2016, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) has hosted the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics, a one-day competition in which teams from schools across the state compete…