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Landscape Architecture Magazine Jul-15

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a watershed for a watershed

We’ve had a qualified breakthrough for green stormwater infrastructure here in Washington, D.C., recently in the long push to clean up our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Washington is one of hundreds of cities since the 1990s that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said needs to fix its combined sewer overflow so that sewage no longer mixes with stormwater and surges into waterways, in our case the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and also Rock Creek, when we have heavy rain. About a third of the city has combined sewers, the last of them built about a century ago. There are 47 places where D.C.’s sewage overflows into open waters. The Anacostia, in recent years, has been likened to a septic tank. Under a 2005 consent decree agreed to by the…

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letters

ADD KIDS, TOO Hats off to the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (“Just Add Nature,” May) and all those who worked to provide those 88 outdoor classrooms. The importance of providing these kinds of facilities cannot be overemphasized. Giving our children the opportunity to learn about and work with the natural world is absolutely critical to the future of our planet. To my mind their recipe for success was missing one key ingredient— the children. Throughout the article there were many references to “the landscape architect did this,” and “the teachers did that.” Nowhere did I see any reference to how the kids were involved in the creation of these spaces. In 1997 I had the good fortune of teaming up as a volunteer with some teachers and parents of my daughter’s elementary school to…

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flood this basement

By August, the faded yellow house at 3930 North 35th Street in Milwaukee will be gone. In its place, invisible to all but the team that designed it, will be a new tool for stormwater management: the “BaseTern.” Conceived by Erick Shambarger, the deputy director of Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, a BaseTern is a basement that’s been converted into a rainwater or stormwater cistern. Milwaukee is completing what is said to be the world’s first such system this month. The BaseTern concept, which Shambarger trademarked, is simple. Stormwater will be directed to an abandoned or foreclosed property’s basement, which, after the aboveground structure is demolished, is waterproofed and filled with gravel and stormwater-harvesting cells. According to a feasibility study by engineers at HNTB, the system can hold anywhere from 13,000…

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position of power

On his first morning in New Orleans, Bryan Lee Jr. woke up to the sound of horse hooves on the pavement. “I look out my window, and I see three little black boys on horses, riding up the street getting ready for a second line,” he says, referring to the local tradition of marching and dancing through the streets behind a brass band. “That brought me to the city in a way that was so impactful, primarily because of the way that second lines interact with city space, the way that they bring people who would never, ever interact with certain areas of a community into the heart of the community.” Lee is trained as both an artist and an architect, and he is the first-ever director of place and civic…

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sky harvest

In its first growing season, the Sky Farm, on the seventh floor of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, produced more than 2,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and greens—100 percent of which gets used in the hospital’s commissary. This year, with a few strategic changes, the hospital anticipates an even larger bounty. The productive landscape has been so successful, and food such a dynamic part of Eskenazi Hospital’s broader approach to health and wellness, that edible plants such as Swiss chard, kale, and chives are now being added to the CommonGround, the public plaza at the hospital’s entrance, which opened last year at the same time as the Sky Farm. This spring’s plantings represent one more step toward a fully productive landscape and the fulfillment of the vision of…

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trees during wartime

Three years ago, in the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar, near a Jewish settlement called Karmei Tzur, the Israeli activist Ruth Edmonds was planting trees as part of a protest. Edmonds and her Palestinian colleagues were restoring the landscape with agricultural trees heavily associated with the Palestinian culture, such as olives and apricots, as an act of resistance against encroaching Jewish settlements in the West Bank of Israel. She says she’d planted about a half dozen trees before tear gas canisters fired by the Israeli military began bouncing in the dirt a few feet in front of her. “The immediate reaction was surprising,” says Edmonds (whose story could not be verified by a secondary source). “It was almost as if [tree planting] was more serious to them than just walking with…

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