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Landscape Architecture Magazine September 2020

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American Society of Landscape Architects
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

VIVIENNE PEARSON (“Creative Constraints,” page 36) is a freelance writer based near Byron Bay in Australia. You can follow her on Twitter @VivienneWriter. “I hope this story will have resonance about the importance of sensitive design within a vocally strident community.” KAMILA GRIGO (“Middle of the Road,” page 30) is a landscape architect who writes about landscape architecture projects as a method of design research. You can reach her at “I was intrigued by how the [Copenhagen] projects work within larger urban watersheds, how public consultation was integral to success, how traffic calming was enabled, how experimentation pervades soil regimes and species selection. There’s so much more to say about projects that redefine the form and function of city streets.” GOT A STORY? At LAM, we don’t know what we don’t know. If you…

6 min.
perfect ten

On my first day in this job, Angela Danadjieva was in my office. I didn’t know who she was or how she got in my office, situated in a far corner of ASLA’s top floor—I had barely located the restrooms at this point—but she was wearing dark glasses and talking excitedly as she unrolled drawings on my floor and told me about her collaborations with Lawrence Halprin. Dan Jost, ASLA, who at the time was a staff writer, seemed in semi-awe at Danadjieva’s presence, whereas I was merely annoyed at her suddenly interrupting the train of anxiety I was busy driving upon my arrival. It was the start of many surprises to come in this office, many of them pleasant, which is how I eventually came to think back on…

2 min.

REQUIRED READS Bravo on the July issue, the most focused and courageous in my memory! It was not about landscape, but about land. That is why it is so profound and moving. It captured the spirit of who we are and what we believe as landscape architects in a variety of scales, settings, and circumstances. The desecration of public speech and gathering at Lafayette Square (“All Ours”) is the same as the desecration of the national monuments in the Southwest (“Leases to Destroy”). Your issue made that visible. The article on Tbilisi (“After Extraordinary Conditions”) described a COVID world and a post-COVID world in a way that gave some glimmer of hope in a year of despair. Excellent writing and a timely response to what seems at times to be the Hopi term koyaanisqatsi:…

1 min.
post-free fence™

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5 min.
a landmark law for public lands and parks

On July 22, the House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a milestone law to lock in permanent federal funding for public lands and parks. President Trump signed the measure August 4, having been persuaded several months ago to support it by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who is up for reelection this year. On the day the House passed the Senate’s version of the bill, approved in June, by a vote of 310 to 107, the president said on Twitter: “We must protect our National Parks for our children and grandchildren. I am calling on the House to pass the GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT today. Thanks @SenCoryGardner and @SteveDaines for all your work on this HISTORIC BILL!” In 1964, back in the days of broader bipartisanship than…

3 min.
goal: nothing fancy

“It’s so incredibly simple, you almost wouldn’t recognize it as landscape architecture,” Tanya Olson, ASLA, a cofounder of Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, says of her firm’s latest project, the Custer Beacon. “And that’s why it’s kind of interesting, because we were involved for years before it got built.” The Beacon, as it’s known, is a concert hall and “canteen” in Custer, South Dakota, a town of approximately 1,900 people situated in the far west part of the state in the scenic Black Hills. Opened in 2019, the venue occupies a pair of converted metal warehouses located a block off Custer’s main street, Mt. Rushmore Road. Custer is also Tallgrass’s home base, which gives the firm a unique understanding of the culture and rhythms of a small town that is dependent on summer…