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Landscape Architecture Magazine February 2018

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contributors

MAC GRISWOLD (“A View of the World,” page 108) is finalizing a biography of the renowned gardener, style icon, and art collector Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon for publication in the spring of 2019. Griswold is the author of four previous works of garden and cultural landscape history, including The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island (2013). She can be reached at mac@macgriswold.com. “ A deeper look into the science that underlies Olana’s Strategic Landscape Design Plan, a greater understanding of how incredibly collaborative the process was, more interviews with the wide net of practitioners in many fields—those are the things I wish I could have included in my story.” KYNA RUBIN (“Secrets to Share,” page 36) is a naturalist and freelance writer in Portland, Oregon. “ I wish I…

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credit only where due

In November, Moody’s Investors Service, the bond rating agency, released a cautionary report on climate change. Looking ahead, the report said, the effects of what it describes as climate trends and climate shocks are sure to become a “growing negative credit factor” for states, localities, or utilities that don’t appear to be responding to potential climate change effects through mitigation or adaptation. Cities and others issue bonds to borrow money for building things such as infrastructure or schools. They need investors to know they’re a good risk. Moody’s came out to say that it has begun deciding, based on climate resilience among a matrix of other factors, whether a given risk is good or bad. “If you’re exposed,” one Moody’s analyst told Bloomberg, “we know that.” The other of the two…

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the community that soccer built

Louisville, Kentucky, has long been linked with sports. Some know it as the home of the Kentucky Derby, others as the birthplace of the Louisville Slugger. But in recent years it’s become a city of soccer. In part, Louisville’s embrace of soccer follows national trends—soccer’s popularity has grown steadily since the 1990s—but it is also the result of decades of refugee resettlement. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016, Kentucky had twice as many refugees (individuals who have experienced or have reason to fear persecution based on their race, religion, or nationality) resettled per capita as the national average. This demographic shift inspired the creation of Liberty Field, a pop-up soccer pitch converted from an unused parking lot in the city’s Phoenix Hill neighborhood. The project, led by City Collaborative,…

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burial at 64° north

For thousands of years, the people of the Canadian Arctic lived lightly on a landscape of ice and tundra, moving with the animals and the seasons. Neither their dwellings nor their graves broke the surface of the land. In the latter half of the 20th century, however, cities sprouted in the north. Iqaluit, on Baffin Island’s Frobisher Bay, is one of these: latitude 64° north, population 7,700 and growing. For decades Iqaluit’s funerary infrastructure consisted of a municipal cemetery that was little more than functional, and then it was full. A new municipal cemetery, winner of a 2017 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Award of Excellence, now offers the community a sacred place that “expresses spirituality, the passage of time, the circle of life,” the awards jury said. “Austere and…

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getting to the roots

You’ll be forgiven if you haven’t heard of the Woodward juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Woodward’). The tree is an uncommonly slender columnar evergreen native to the Rocky Mountain region and the western plains, and hardly a celebrity in the landscape world. That is, unless we’re talking about Colorado. In recent years, this relatively obscure, highly sought-after tree—long an enigma to horticulturists—has wooed both designers and growers alike on the Front Range. More xeric than the Italian cypress and more compact than the Skyrocket juniper, Woodward is, in the words of Genevieve Villamizar, “matchless.” Villamizar is a landscape designer based in Carbondale, Colorado. She often works on high end residential projects in the Roaring Fork Valley and uses columnar evergreens to accentuate the rolling landscape. The Woodward, she says, is perfect. “Unlike the…

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not a wall, but a bridge

In 1988, Rick Lobello crossed the Rio Grande from Texas’s Big Bend National Park to the Mexican state of Coahuila and hiked deep into the Sierra del Carmen mountain range. Big Bend and the Maderas del Carmen—the area in which the mountains lie—are essentially one continuous ecosystem characterized by sunset-colored rock formations; white, cloud-like yucca blooms; and, in the higher-elevation mountains on the Mexican side, cooler forests of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. As Lobello navigated those coniferous forests and surveyed the unbroken landscape on either side of the river below, he had an epiphany that would drive him for the next 30 years. Big Bend, he realized, shouldn’t be a national park. It should be one half of an international park, stretching from Texas to Mexico. Twenty years later, the…

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