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Landscape Architecture Magazine July 2017

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1 min.
contributors

JANE GILLETTE (“Off the Road: Learning to See, Trying to Remember,” page 142) was a writer for LAM and an editor for Spacemaker Press and Land Forum. She now writes short fiction and will have a collection published this fall: The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories. You can reach her at janeg@pwpla.com. “ Jack Williams—the author of the book I reviewed, Easy On, Easy Off—should write an ecological/historical guidebook to American small towns. It would be a best seller.” TOM STOELKER (“Danger! for Kids,” page 180) writes about art, architecture, urbanism, and academia. You can reach him on Twitter and Instagram @tomstoelker. “ Julia Jacquette’s new illustrated book celebrating 1960s New York City playgrounds is a much-needed swan song to the brutalist parks and plazas being leveled at a clipped rate.” GOT…

3 min.
workarounds

Were it not so consequential, Donald Trump’s pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement could be regarded as yet another of his ridiculous adolescent stunts. It surely pleased most of the 38 percent of people who, four months in, said they approve of his performance. It is a gift to the ultranationalists working in the White House. But like so many of Trump’s Twitter howls and other forms of selfhumiliation, it will harm his administration and the country in ways he scarcely computes. THERE ARE NUMEROUS WAYS TO COUNTER THE BURLESQUE OF SELF-INTEREST FAST UNFOLDING IN OUR GOVERNMENT. The rest of the world is moving on without him. Less than a week after the announcement, more than a dozen states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia had rejected Trump’s…

2 min.
hardwood specs

I read with interest Meg Calkins’s article “Hard Choices” in the April issue. I found it unfortunate that the U.S. Lacey Act was not mentioned. Amended in 2008, it has completely transformed the tropical hardwood industry in the United States. The concept of “due care” gives the U.S. Department of Justice a great deal of latitude when prosecuting companies participating in the illegal trade of forest products. One only needs to do some research into the impact on Lumber Liquidators and Gibson Guitars to understand the risks of noncompliance. Forest stewardship has been and remains the driving force behind the business model of Timber Holdings. While I appreciate that the article recognizes some of the pitfalls associated with the alternative wood treatments or processes designed to improve the durability of nondurable wood…

3 min.
moving the dial

Despite being named one of the U.S. cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels, Miami has been slow to act. It wasn’t until 2015, for instance—three years after Hurricane Sandy— that the city formed a sea-level rise committee to begin studying the impacts of climate change. It was the same year Florida’s governor banned state employees from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” “Just now people [in Miami] are starting to talk about the interface between infrastructure and landscape,” says Walter Meyer, a principal at New York City-based Local Office Landscape Architecture (LOLA). Built projects are beginning to come online. For a recent $20 million streetscape project in Coral Gables, LOLA designed an integrated green infrastructure system to reduce flooding and filter stormwater. Led by the architecture firm Cooper Robertson,…

2 min.
hand models

Time limitations and traditional landscape architecture tools have tended to make design a somewhat linear process, says Brendan Harmon, a landscape architect who teaches GIS at North Carolina State University. But Tangible Landscape, a type of simulated modeling environment, allows for creative thinking as a tactile, iterative process of continual experimentation, questioning, and critique. At least, that’s the idea. “Landscape architects face challenges modeling and visualizing landscapes, understanding how sociocultural, ecological, and physical processes change landscapes,” Harmon says. Tangible Landscape, an open-source tool developed with the landscape architect Payam Tabrizian and geovisualization scientists Anna Petrasova, Ross Meentemeyer, Douglas Shoemaker, and Vaclav Petras, along with many others, is designed to make the visualization process easier, integrating scientific analysis and 3-D sketching that can give continual computational feedback. The tool makes use of CNC-cut…

3 min.
maggie’s landscape legacy

Despite being founded by a garden designer and a landscape theorist, Maggie’s, the renowned group of drop-in cancer care centers, has been slow to see the full potential of landscape architecture in its mission. From the beginning—when in 1994 a dying Maggie Keswick Jencks, who was married to the landscape designer Charles Jencks, outlined her vision for a restorative, nonclinical environment open to anyone affected by cancer— gardens have been incorporated at the centers. But those early landscapes often consisted of simple English gardens or boldly conceptual landforms. “We didn’t quite get the knitting together of the garden and the building,” says Laura Lee, the executive director at Maggie’s. As Maggie’s enters its third decade, however, with 20 centers throughout the United Kingdom, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, it does so with…