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Landscape Architecture Magazine May 2020

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2 min.
contributors

JESSICA LUTZ (“Big Bend In the Road,” page 76) is a photographer based in Marfa, Texas, and the borderlands. Her work can be seen in the New York Times and Texas Architect, among other publications; on CNN; or in her studio in Marfa. You can follow her on Instagram @jessicalutzstudio. “Similar to the focus of my documentary work, this piece sheds light on the region as a whole, from the art mecca of Marfa to the border town of Presidio, with a humble bow to the land itself.” ANJULIE RAO (“Stand Up and Stand Out,” page 148) is a Chicago-based journalist and critic focusing on the built environment. You can follow her on Twitter @AnjulieRao. “I was both surprised and not surprised to hear that Pascale Sablan spends so much time convincing diverse…

2 min.
a new now

Not much good is coming from this parlous time, as the novel coronavirus floored just about everything people normally rely on, and with shocking speed. Some strands of hope, should they hold up with time, have appeared amid the desperate confusion. There is an odd but significant reassurance in how quickly so much of daily life buttoned up early on. That progress has been uneven, depending not least on brands of leadership. But once the severity of the situation everywhere became clear, enough people took heed of the stay-home advice that the numbers of holdouts thinned quickly if, alas, not to zero. Everything can change fast. The public compliance, the mass cooperation, happened without much pronounced role for the police, whose jobs have grown steep with new danger, like the…

4 min.
squatter’s rights, garden delights?

The reasons that Alexander Cassini, ASLA, got involved with the Carré Casgrain community garden in the Little Italy neighborhood of Montreal are as common as such green spaces should be. It was a chance to get to know neighbors, “foster a feeling of belonging,” and a way to “feel rooted in something real,” he says. Since the fall of 2017, Cassini, a landscape architect with Claude Cormier + Associés, has worked with a group of a half-dozen neighbors to plant, maintain, and program the space. It all went pretty much according to plan. As a landscape designer, Cassini says his role has been “offering a bigger vision” and sketching out simple plans for the 2,000-square-foot garden. Planting mounds extended into the rectangular site from concrete blocks painted with playful depictions of…

1 min.
special thank you

ASLA Annual Conference Education Advisory Committee Wendy Miller, FASLA Wendy Miller Landscape Architecture, PLLC Tom Mroz, FASLA SmithGroup Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA 2GHO Jose Alvarez, ASLA EDSA Robb Berg, ASLA Design Workshop - Denver Duane Border, ASLA Duane Border Design Kevin Burke, FASLA Atlanta BeltLine Susan Cohen, FASLA Susan Cohen Landscape Architect Chad Danos, FASLA Duplantis Design Group, PC Chris Della Vedova, ASLA Confluence Gina Ford, FASLA Agency Landscape + Planning Todd Hill, ASLA DTJ DESIGN Elizabeth Kennedy, ASLA Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC Glenn LaRue Smith, ASLA PUSH Studio LLC Juanita Shearer-Swink, FASLA Triangle Transit (Retired) Steven Spears, FASLA GroundWork Development Company Michael Stanley, ASLA Stanley Design Group, LLC. Ernie Wong, FASLA Site Design Group, Ltd. David Yocca, FASLA Conservation Design Forum, Inc. Florida Host Chapter Leaders Host Chapter Co-Chairs Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA Jose Alvarez, ASLA Field Session Co-Chairs Deena Ruth Bell-Llewellyn, ASLA Rituparna Simlai, ASLA ASLA/ACE Mentor Program Legacy Project Chair Ebru Ozer, ASLA Host Chapter Booth Co-Chair Abigail Reimel, Associate ASLA Kelsey Trujeque, Associate ASLA Public Relations Chair Dominic Mack, Associate ASLA Women in Landscape Architecture Walk Committee TJ Marston, ASLA…

3 min.
getting by on its own supply

In 2015, the Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that works on a range of environmental and equity issues, including gun violence and climate resilience, committed $30 million toward what would become the Kendeda Building, a 37,000-square-foot research and education facility at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which opened in January 2020. Intended as a demonstration of regenerative approaches to energy, water, and waste, the building is targeting certification through the Living Building Challenge and is expected to be the first Living Building of its type in the Southeast. The building is designed to draw zero water from Atlanta’s strained resources (in 2007, the city nearly ran out of water) and return what water it does use to the Chattahoochee River in a cleansed state. Erin English, who co-leads the integrated…

3 min.
salton sea sos

When the Colorado River flooded and burst through an irrigation canal in 1905, it created California’s largest inland lake, the Salton Sea. It filled what had been the lower basin of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla, which had disappeared hundreds of years earlier. Both the original lake and today’s “sea” are part of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian tribe’s territory: They fished in both water bodies, and many of their ancestral songs and stories revolve around them. Today, the tribe still owns sections of the Salton Sea, along with government agencies and irrigation districts. The water body is an important refuge for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, but now it is disappearing too. As freshwater inflows have been siphoned off for urban centers and agriculture, the sea’s only freshwater source is…