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Landscape Architecture Magazine December 2017

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12 Issues

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contributors

BARBARA LAMPRECHT (“Dissonance to Consonance: Five Points on a Spectrum,” page 140) is the author of three books on Richard Neutra. You can reach her at bmlamprecht@gmail.com. “ The surprise was slowly realizing the profound intellect and complexity that Aalto and Barragán brought to their work. Each defined a haunting, haunted existential response to the Finnish or the Mexican soul, a condition that is damnably difficult to convey in words.” DEANE MADSEN (“It Always Rains on Campus,” page 34) is a writer and architectural photographer living and working in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @deane_madsen. “ I wrote this article before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made their landfalls. As storms continue to grow in frequency and intensity, it becomes ever more important for cities to reconsider their stormwater…

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security, the hard way

The calls for bollards came within hours, as you might expect. The bollards themselves—Jersey walls, actually— showed up within a day and a half. At 57 intersections along the bikeway in New York City’s Hudson River Park, the state transportation department placed these effective but ugly walls to calm the public’s fears after a man weaponized a Home Depot rental truck and killed eight people and injured 12 others who were enjoying a day along the river on October 31. The deployment of barriers suggested that lightning could strike twice in the same place. More likely, the state wanted to look responsive in the most obvious possible way. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers to “Do what you do best” and “Be New Yorkers.” The morning after the attack,…

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beach rescue

As cities across the southeastern United States piece themselves back together following a season of major hurricanes and tropical storms, and wildfires wreak havoc in Oregon and Northern California, climate change threatens the future of another region: Southern California. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research predicts that by the end of this century, sea-level rise could gobble up between a third and two-thirds of Southern California’s beaches, many of which are both scenic treasures and major economic engines for the area. According to the study, which makes use of a new model called CoSMoS–COAST (Coastal Storm Modeling System–Coastal One-line Assimilated Simulation Tool), rising sea levels will result in the complete erosion of between 31 and 67 percent of Southern California’s sandy beaches by 2100. Sean Vitousek, a…

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looking local

From the fourth floor of a sevenstory brick building in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood, the office of Studio Bryan Hanes overlooks a section of what will become the city’s new Rail Park, one of a dozen such elevated rail parks being planned, designed, or built around the country. Bryan Hanes, ASLA, led the design of the first phase of the Rail Park, where this past summer chain-link construction fencing flanked the gravel pathway and the rusted girders that will become a takeoff point for the elevated green space. Hanes’s proximity to the project, which involves converting the 130- year-old Philadelphia and Reading railroad lines into a park, means that he can frequently check on its progress. This can have its drawbacks. “We’ve been working on this since 2010. Construction on phase one…

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a water-wise west

The pipeline Las Vegas plans to build from Spring Valley, Nevada, 300 miles north, to the city will not be delivering oil or natural gas, but a resource even more precious: water. Spearheaded by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and approved by the Bureau of Land Management, the pipeline is the latest attempt to locate viable sources of drinking water for the growing and increasingly parched desert city. But Kevin Davidson, the planning and economic development director for the Hualapai Tribe just south of Las Vegas, sees uneasy echoes of the past, such as the early 1900s, when Los Angeles drained Owens Lake dry. If Las Vegas, which historically has drawn its water from the Colorado River, diverts water from the basins to the north, the city is going to “wind…

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calling songbirds

All it takes to get started is a zip code. Plug that into the Audubon Society’s Plants for Birds database, and you instantly get a list of native trees, shrubs, and forbs for your area, with information about the various bird species they support. With this new tool, launched in September 2016, anyone can help songbirds thrive simply by adding native plants to the landscape, and a 60-second video on the home page explains why they should: Bird habitat has diminished substantially over the past several decades, leading to losses of up to 40 percent in songbird populations, as measured by the Audubon Society’s 117-year-old annual bird census. The Plants for Birds project began when Audubon CEO David Yarnold had an “aha” moment. He was trying to decide what to plant…

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