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Landscape Architecture Magazine July 2016

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2 min.
contributors

SAHAR COSTON-HARDY (“The Big Sprig,” page 84) is a photographer. You can reach her at info@saharch.com and follow her on Instagram @saharchphoto. “The greenway is a departure from the rest of the city: It’s open and connected to downtown, but it also feels like an oasis and respite away from the bustle and historic fabric of the city.” BRIAN DAVIS (“A Course in Change,” page 120) is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. You can reach him at brd63@cornell.edu. “The most surprising part of the discussion was the vast scale and degree to which the upper Ganges Basin has been plumbed, and the profound effect this has had on not only the waterways but also the soils.” MARK HOUGH, FASLA, (“The Big Sprig,” page 84) is the…

3 min.
the better life

Alpa Nawre, ASLA, tuned the orchestra, as it were, early into the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s two-day June gathering in Philadelphia to celebrate its 50th anniversary. About 700 people had come to hear dozens of the profession’s leaders talk about its future. In a spellbinding presentation, Nawre, who is from India and is an assistant professor at Kansas State University, explained that India has 100 million people without safe water, that 1,600 people die of diarrhearelated causes daily, that there are “murders, suicides, and street fights over water.” Her call was for restructuring “resource landscapes” in ways that resonate locally, citing the talaab, or pond, landscapes of community water systems that serve multiple needs and have cultural importance. Among 1.25 billion people in India, Nawre said, there are 800 landscape architects,…

4 min.
shelter vs. profit

I am writing in response to your call for ideas following your editorial in the May issue (“Home Away from Homelessness”) about addressing the problem of homelessness. I am a graduate of the landscape architecture program at the University of California, Davis, class of 2015. I am 23 years old and have been working at a landscape design and construction company in Fremont for almost a year. I have been thinking about and researching the topic of homelessness and gentrification since college. I believe in the capacity of this industry to influence not only the physical environment but the social, psychological, and political realms as well. I discovered that the problem really could not be helped, not in America and not in our time. And it is because our country runs…

2 min.
microbes on order

Campuses. Coastlines. Entire geographic regions. As landscape architecture has evolved, the scale has generally gotten bigger. But Ian Quate thinks an equally vast opportunity waits at the other end of the spectrum, one seen only under the microscope. Quate is a designer at Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) and part of a team that won the Gowanus by Design competition with the BK BioReactor, a research project that identified and categorized the microbial communities within the Gowanus Canal. Quate’s interest in the microorganisms present in the muck of Superfund sites began with his thesis project at the Berkeley Pit, an open-pit copper mine—now a tourist attraction—in Butte, Montana. When Quate joined NBW in 2013, he turned his eye toward Brooklyn’s infamously polluted canal and eventually teamed up with a biotech nonprofit, Genspace,…

2 min.
mesa’s microparks

In Mesa, Arizona, the parks are shrinking, but that’s not a bad thing. Three pocket-sized green spaces have popped up along Mesa Drive within the past 12 months, built on city-owned parcels as part of a roadway improvement project and intended for respite and recreation. No park exceeds two acres, and two were built for less than $5 per square foot. It’s a new approach for Mesa, which is sorely in need of park space. On the latest ParkScore Index, which ranks the park systems of the largest cities in the United States, Mesa tied for number 91. According to Zac Koceja, ASLA, who as the city’s landscape architect led the design process, Mesa is rethinking how many acres—and dollars—it needs to create green space of value. And the smaller the…

3 min.
play it up

Today, young children spend much of their time in schools and child-care centers, but these places rarely offer rich outdoor environments for unstructured play. That’s a problem, says Sharon Easterling, the executive director of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children. Such play is not just a leisure activity. It’s how children learn. “Good earlychildhood education is really hands-on, play-based learning,” she says. Over the past year, the association and the Community Design Collaborative in Philadelphia have partnered to bring attention to the important role that play—and thoughtfully designed play environments—can have on children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. As part of an initiative called Infill Philadelphia: Play Space, they created an exhibit, brought in speakers, hosted a charrette, and sponsored a design competition. Their Play Space Design…