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Landscape Architecture Magazine January 2017

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12 Issues

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contributors

JESSICA BRIDGER (“Permafrost Urbanists,” page 72) is a frequently traveling urbanist, journalist, and consultant based in Berlin. She can be reached at jessica@jessicabridger.com. “ The superb shopping and dining options in the High Arctic were a (welcome) surprise.” JULIA E. CZERNIAK (“Through the Hourglass,” page 136) is associate dean and professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. She can be reached at jczernia@syr.edu. “ Girot has made important points regarding the propagandist origin of the native versus nonnative distinction in ecology, which was founded in Nazi Germany. This, especially now, deserves discussion.” ANNE WHISTON SPIRN, FASLA, (“The Art of Inquiry, Manifestation, and Enactment,” page 126) is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author, most recently, of The Eye Is a Door: Landscape, Photography, and the Art of Discovery. You can…

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a pause on the pipeline

You may safely expect that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ halt on the Dakota Access pipeline will end after the close of the Obama administration. It shouldn’t. The halt should instead force a rethinking of the pipeline’s route through unceded Sioux lands near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and under the Missouri River, “to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” as Jo-Ellen Darcy, the army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in announcing the cease order in early December after months of protests. The stop on the project should also compel a total reconsideration of certain perversities that pass as common practice by government and industry in the construction of oil and gas pipelines, which have been helpfully highlighted by the rising tension over Dakota Access in the past…

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the new regime

Your editorial rant against the president-elect offends and should not be published. Regardless of your personal political creed or persuasion, all communications from ASLA should be nonpartisan, including our journal, LAM. My political mentor, the Ohio Supreme Court Justice William Burbridge Brown, said, “As a justice, I have to be fair to everyone that comes before me, and in that respect I am bipartisan.” ASLA represents my profession. Such disrespect from LAM to our soon-to-be president of the United States is shameful and does not represent professional values of reason or fairness. Yes, there are many concerns. I hope that landscape architecture will lead mankind and unite the nation with solutions to its challenges rather than spew blather and sow discord and division. DAVID DRIAPSA, FASLA DAVID J DRIAPSA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE NAPLES, FLORIDA Thank you for standing up…

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powering down

SAN RAFAEL RIVER BASIN — EXTRACTIVE RESOURCES INVENTORY Emery County, Utah, population about 11,000, is 500 miles from California but not impervious to that state’s energy policies. As California pursues a goal of zero coal power, and as new Environmental Protection Agency regulations take effect, states like Utah are grappling with economic uncertainty. In rural Emery County in the northeast part of the state, energy production is 60 percent of the economy, much of it sold to its neighbors to the west. Jordan Leonard, the county’s economic development director, says the area already has lost 300 coal mining jobs. If its two power plants close, it could mean upwards of 1,200 jobs. “That would be catastrophic,” he says. It’s not actually a question of if. Both power plants are expected to shut…

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propagating an idea

“F ree the urban woods from anesthesia!” declared Lisa Diedrich at the convocation of “Beyond Ism: The Landscape of Landscape Urbanism.” The conference, hosted this past fall by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Alnarp, Sweden, was a referendum on the 20-odd-year dominance of the North American strain of landscape urbanism and a forum to home in on the aesthetics and nuances of contemporary urban landscape design. In her introduction, Diedrich, a conference organizer and landscape architecture professor at SLU, highlighted how techniques developed in the SLU landscape laboratory are influencing new urban environments throughout Scandinavia. Established in the early 1980s by the landscape architecture professor Roland Gustavsson on a strip of soggy agricultural terrain not far from SLU’s design studios, Alnarp Västerskog (Alnarp West Forest) is a 32-acre…

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side by side

The evocation of skin tones is intentional. From black walnut’s rich chocolate to creamy bald cypress to the vivid ochre of the Osage orange, the eight species that make up the communal table installed at the White House kitchen garden this past October are meant to signify this country’s diversity—arboreal and otherwise. Designed by University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture students and faculty, the laminated wood table is one of several recent additions to the 2,800-square-foot kitchen garden, which was established by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009. With the election of Donald J. Trump to succeed Barack Obama as president, the future of the entire garden is in jeopardy. At press time, the president-elect had not said whether he would keep the garden, but shortly before the election, President…

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