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Landscape Architecture Magazine March 2017

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12 Issues

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contributors

FRED BERNSTEIN (“Pedal Harder,” page 98) studied law at NYU and architecture at Princeton University and writes about both subjects. You can reach him at fredabernstein@gmail.com. “ What surprised me was learning from Steve Durrant that making room for bicyclists on roads doesn’t have to mean less room for motorists. With good design, it’s not a zerosum game. Roads can be made safer and more comfortable for everyone.” JANE MARGOLIES (“Walking the Walk,” page 110) is a New York-based journalist and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. You can reach her on Twitter @janemargolies. “ We all think of Chicago as being an architecture town, but it has a landscape architecture heritage that includes several Olmsted parks and more. Currently the city seems to be on a linear park kick, with…

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coal is king again

Among the very early priorities of the new Republican-controlled Congress was to give the greenest of lights to any corporation—corporations being people—that wants to blow off the top of a gorgeous Appalachian mountain for coal, throw the spoils into the nearest headwaters, ruin the stream, ruin much downstream, and destroy a spectrum of wildlife, not to mention human life, in the process. The instrument was a joint resolution of the House and Senate that pulled back the Stream Protection Rule, a long-sought goal of the Obama administration to prevent mountaintop removal for mining, which took effect on January 19, Obama’s last day as president. Its reversal by Congress was presented to President Trump on February 6. The resolution kills the Obama rule, which was out to prevent the destruction of streams.…

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the new regime, part iii

Additional responses to “Get Ready,” the December 2016 Land Matters column about the election of Donald Trump. While we have enjoyed looking at and reading your magazine for months now, after reading your latest editorial about President Trump and the EPA, Steve Bannon, etc., we would like to discontinue having your publication on our premises. While we acknowledge your right to be liberal and believe in liberal policies, you, like many liberals, do not acknowledge that any other point of view should be tolerated. President Trump and many Americans believe that many of the restrictive policies of the EPA can be scaled back to protect our economy and our freedoms as Americans without harming the environment. You want to demonize anyone with differing opinions, most often with personal attacks. As the great Dennis…

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living lessons

The emerald ash borer is rarely considered an author of a man-made landscape. Yet, as landscape architecture students at the Overlook Field School demonstrated last summer, the borer’s very presence is a result of human intervention during the colonial period, and the insects’ deadly actions under the bark of ash trees are creating new openings in the forest canopy for human– animal interactions. Each summer, Overlook students are given a new theme to explore at the 400-acre Fullers Overlook Farm property near Waverly, Pennsylvania. Last year, Roxi Thoren, the director of the Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes, invited Phoebe Lickwar, ASLA, to coteach the 2016 Field School program. Lickwar is the principal at Forge Landscape Architecture and an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and…

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seed money

In the winter of 2014, the designers at Mahan Rykiel Associates had one question on their minds: What could they do with $16,000? Earlier that year, the Baltimore-based landscape architecture firm had been hired to design the streetscape and courtyards for Anthem House, a new mixed-use development in the city’s Locust Point neighborhood, a historic mix of row houses, industrial parks, and active port terminals that jut into the Patapsco River. Although the brownfield site was vacant, developers still had to remove approximately 100 trees, and because it was located in Maryland’s Critical Area (which encompasses everything within 1,000 feet of the state’s tidal waters), the replacement ratio for the lost canopy was 3:1. In its design for Anthem House, Mahan Rykiel came close but could not quite satisfy the requirement.…

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outside channels

It has been said that at the height of the AIDS epidemic, young men dying of the disease simply became part of the landscape of Greenwich Village. Nowhere was this more evident than in the vicinity of St. Vincent’s Hospital, where so many came for care and, more often than not, to die. The hospital complex, which sits in the heart of the Village, was the first and the largest AIDS ward on the East Coast. In 2010, St. Vincent’s closed, and Rudin Management Company purchased the properties. A contentious debate followed, and a leftover triangular plot became a parkland bargaining chip as the developer negotiated variances and air rights for condominiums. In 2011, the developer hired the landscape architecture and urban design firm M. Paul Friedberg and Partners (MPFP) to…

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