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Landscape Architecture Magazine July 2018

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contributors

CAROL E. BECKER (“The Hole Story,” page 46) is a Chicago-based writer, landscape designer, and design instructor specializing in sustainable and wildlife-friendly gardens. You can follow her on Twitter @ladysage14.“There was no space to write about the regeneration of viable soil in some locations at Hornsby Quarry, a process that has already been scientifically documented to have happened in 30 years, thanks to the volcanic past of this site.”KATARINA KATSMA, ASLA (“Love at First Light,” page 70), is a landscape designer and writer from Chicago. She is the cofounder of a travel blog, The Secret Garden Atlas, that highlights quirky, little-known landscapes around the world. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @katkatsma.“Working at LAM has been a rewarding experience that I will sorely miss. The past years spent…

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by the numbers

Here at LAM, we’re always humbled by reader feedback—whether it’s great, good, or not so good. As many of you know, we recently wrapped another cycle of our online LAM Reader Survey. Six hundred forty-five people responded, far fewer than in cycles past; we suspect survey fatigue is abroad in the land. To everyone who took time to answer the questions, we extend our sincere thanks.Now, on to some results. We asked you first for certain quality judgments on the range of topics covered, the quality of writing, the level of technical detail, and so forth. On the whole, these quality ratings for the magazine were solid, which is to say they fell within a definite range of positive satisfaction—there were no spikes or craters. In adding up the responses,…

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flying high

In the early 2000s, one of Portland, Oregon’s leading employers and research institutions, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), faced a steep, downhill battle. Sited on a hilltop, surrounded by unbuildable canyons and neighborhoods unwilling to yield another inch to expansion, OHSU’s nearest sizable hunk of developable land lay on the Willamette River less than a mile away—for a blue heron. Cars and buses contended with winding, traffic-snarled commutes of anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.A campus planner’s brain brightly blinked: Why not an aerial tram? Protests erupted, politicians tangled, and costs lurched $47 million over the earliest budget fantasy of $9.5 million. But in 2007, two sleek, bubble-shaped cars (their shiny artisanal shells carefully machine-hammered by craftsmen from Gangloff Cabins of Switzerland) began flying to and fro across the…

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a test in lighting

Kathryn Toth didn’t know what to expect when she showed up in Brunswick, New York, in 2011 to take a class on landscape lighting. All she knew was that Janet Lennox Moyer, the founder of the International Landscape Lighting Institute (ILLI) and the author of The Landscape Lighting Book, was legendary. But by the end of the course, which took place over five days and five nights on Moyer’s secluded property and included instruction in everything from the importance of pruning to how to wire electrical systems, Toth says, she was a different person.“It changed my world. It was the first time as an architectural lighting designer that I got a chance, in the field, to play with things and not be scolded,” says Toth, who went on to work…

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guardians of the soil

The custom grates at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles were cut by hand to follow the trees’ trunks.Tree grates such as these on Valencia Street in San Francisco provide a sense of place but also increase stormwater infiltration.Few elements of modern American cities would be familiar to denizens living at the turn of the 20th century, but among them would be urban streets’ ubiquitous tree grates, as common today as they were in the early 1900s. Perhaps as surprising is that they serve the same function: preventing soil compaction while serving as a decorative element within the streetscape. Today, tree grates remain a design opportunity for landscape architects. At the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, for instance, anodized aluminum tree grates designed by Hood Studio feature hand-cut openings that…

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quiet riot

Nadia Amoroso, Affiliate ASLA, a landscape architecture professor at the University of Guelph, with the students who designed and built Rising Up.Each installation must be affixed to a lifeguard stand (in red), which provides an anchor to withstand gales but introduces a variety of design challenges. (KHRISTEL STECHER)Each February for the past four years, a string of art installations has sprouted from a frozen beach like a winter mirage on the Lake Ontario shore in Toronto. These temporary displays, each of which is anchored to a permanent lifeguard stand to keep it from blowing away in the snowy gales, beckon area residents with bright colors and moving parts. Many of the installations have been designed to provide a respite from the wind for any brave souls who wish to venture…

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