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Landscape Architecture Magazine February 2017

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contributors

BRAULIO AGNESE (“City, Heal Thyself,” page 116) is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter @bagnese. “ I was surprised to learn the old headquarters of D.C.’s Chief Technology Office was a multistory subterranean building; the back wall ran along the original on-ramp for southbound I-395 with tinted windows looking into the sunken highway.” JULIE LASKY (“Layers of Players,” page 130) is a New York-based writer, editor, and critic. You can follow her on Twitter @julielasky1. “ Though the story of brutish urban infrastructure made human sounds like a fairy tale, I was happy to discover through Queens Plaza the extent to which it is becoming reality.” ALEX ULAM (“The Seven-Foot Sandwich,” page 82) is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes frequently about…

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the wall

Instead of a sensible and humane overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws to deal with current realities, we are apparently going to get a wall between the United States and Mexico. It was among the most outlandish promises of the Trump campaign, if only one of its rank xenophobic turns: a gigantic blockade stretching from the Pacific Ocean, through the Sonoran Desert, and down the Rio Grande River to the Gulf of Mexico, with fear as its mortar. During the first week of the new Republican-led Congress, the House Republican Policy Committee chair, Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, told the Washington Post that legislators are looking for ways to begin work on such a wall under existing law and with American (not Mexican) money. The existing law Messer means is…

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more on the new regime

Additional responses to “Get Ready,” the December 2016 Land Matters column about the election of Donald Trump. I found it interesting that the letters in January’s LAM criticizing Brad McKee’s December “Get Ready” editorial come from Virginia, Florida, and Texas, while supportive letters originated in New York, California, and Minnesota. Perhaps we should continue to do our own spatial analysis here. In fact, if anyone has been paying attention to major news sources since the election, creating GIS maps of U.S. political and social positions now seems to be a sunrise occupation for bright young geographers; maybe even a few landscape architects, too. America has never been this divided since the Civil War; we are like two different countries occupying the same national boundary. Apparently the profession of landscape architecture is just…

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white water on dry land

When NUVIS Landscape Architecture was h ired to assist the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) with its dust mitigation effort at Owens Lake (see “Dust to Bust,” LAM, October 2012), Perry Cardoza, ASLA, was given a list of objectives. Foremost, any design needed to tamp down the dust that had become a public health hazard, but it also would have to meet very specific habitat goals and help the department meet its water-use reduction targets. (LADWP has used up to 95,000 acre-feet of water annually for dust mitigation.) What was not on the list was any mention of land art. “In everyone’s mind, this was going to be a hiking trail with a parking lot,” says Cardoza, an executive vice president at NUVIS. “We would have gravel and…

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ghosts of shorelines past

A few years ago, Mary Pat McGuire, ASLA, became fascinated by the South Side of Chicago—or rather, with what was beneath it. She was flying back to the East Coast often, leaving from Midway Airport, and she started to notice “really interesting patterns along the coastline that looked like stripes, ridges along the shore. They were some kind of remnant,” she says, describing the landscape south of the city. “I just started to wonder, ‘What’s really going on here? What was this place?’” McGuire, an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Univer- sity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was already familiar with the South Side’s more recent history of white flight, shuttered industry, and disinvestment. Now, she became interested in the area’s geologic history, and how it might be put to…

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calculating corridors

Whether it’s about black bears in rural V irginia or mountain lions in the urban wilds of Los Angeles, modeling the connectivity of wildlife habitat typically has been an extremely time-consuming task. The calculations that allow land managers and wildlife ecologists to predict how actions humans take might affect certain species can take even the fastest computers weeks, months, or even years to solve. But Paul Leonard, a postdoctoral fellow in Clemson University’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, and his colleagues figured out how to reduce the complexity of those equations. In November 2016, they unveiled GFlow, software that Leonard says is 170 times faster than existing wildlife modeling programs. As published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, GFlow’s speed allows land planners and others to model landscape…

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