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Landscape Architecture Magazine December 2018

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old pratt street got a new lease on history

The “Fifth Avenue of Hartford” is back to its original glory. The storied lane of Connecticut merchants and bankers recently got a visionary makeover that’s as authentic as the dirt of John Pratt’s farmland that was purchased to build this business district in 1814.The draught horses and wagons are gone, but Pratt Street and its sidewalks are still paved with authentic clay brick. Pine Hall Brick English Edge Full Range Heavy Duty pavers, to be exact.We engineer them to accommodate everything from tractor-trailers to bicycle messengers—as well as walkers, joggers and moms with strollers—while maintaining the authenticity of historic Hartford for generations to come.Read more project details at: PineHallBrick.com/LAMWorld’s largest supplier of clay pavers.…

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contributors

HANIYA RAE (“Practice Makes Permeable,” page 56) is a Brooklyn-based journalist who covers design and technology. Her Twitter handle is @haniyarae.“Tessellations, or the tiling of a shape across a plane, certainly have a long history in architecture, but I didn’t realize new shapes that can tile are still being discovered and applied to architectural projects today.”MELISSA S. RAGAIN (“Well Grounded,” page 146) is an associate professor at Montana State University. Her e-mail is melissa.ragain@montana.edu.“I was struck by Mark Cheetham’s careful consideration of contemporary Native American landscapes and hope that there will be more academic scholarship that addresses native artists’ consideration of land use, water protection, and resource management in the future.“MAGGIE ZACKOWITZ (“The Specialists,” page 134) is the managing editor of LAM. You can find her on Instagram @maggie_asla.“I was…

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first amendment first

The National Park Service in mid-October ended a public comment period for a slate of changes it has proposed to the Code of Federal Regulations that would make protests harder to stage around the National Mall and White House in Washington, D.C. The park service stated the rule changes are meant to provide “clarity” to people applying for demonstration permits while protecting “iconic landmarks, views, and grounds” for the enjoyment of visitors from around the world. The American Civil Liberties Union, which for decades has defended the openness of these First Amendment spaces, says a number of the rule changes are unconstitutional.Without any real reasons given, the proposed rules would close 80 percent of the sidewalk on the north side of the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue to demonstrators and…

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entitled to the title

Your editorial “Make Yourself Known” (October, about the failure of media outlets to identify landscape architects) is interesting in light of your magazine’s own policies around calling people landscape architects. It may have been an anomaly, a mistake, or an outdated policy, but in a June 2016 piece about Portland’s Backyard Habitat program, I was quoted and described as a “landscape designer trained at the University of California, Berkeley.” The author told me this was an editorial change demanded by the magazine. While this description is not untrue, it would have been more accurate to call me a landscape architect , which I am and was. At the time I did not reach out because I figured it was stemming from the fact that I was not then a member…

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el paso precipice

One of El Paso, Texas’s most beloved yet neglected public spaces will soon be renovated to better highlight the geological wonder that’s been hiding there in plain sight for decades. Murchison Rogers Park is a rocky, tongue-shaped overlook off Scenic Drive that follows the contours of the southernmost tip of the Franklin Mountains to an elevation of 4,200 feet. Visitors are treated to a 270-degree view of El Paso, as well as Juárez, across the border in Mexico.“It’s truly an iconic view,” says Isha Rogers, the granddaughter of Samuel Macintosh Murchison, the park’s namesake, and a member of Friends of Murchison Park. The overlook, which is owned and maintained by the city, has remained a fixture of the community, even as it’s fallen into disrepair. “Everybody goes there. Everybody’s got…

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142 parks with a view

The East Allison Street End provides water access as well as a picnic spot with a view of Lake Union. (J. A. BRENNAN ASSOCIATES)Whichever way you go in Seattle, c hances are you’re heading for the shore: Puget Sound to the west, Lake Washington to the east, Lake Union and its ship canals across the middle, or the Duwamish River cutting up from the south to meet the sound. As a result, many of the city’s streets dead-end at the shore. Hence the creation of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Shoreline Street Ends Program, an initiative to manage and improve right-of-way termini as waterfront neighborhood pocket parks.“We realized that we had these incredible public access spots,” says Karen Daubert, a cochair of Friends of Street Ends (FSE), the advocacy group…

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