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Landscape Architecture Magazine May 2017

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contributors

KATARINA KATSMA, ASLA, (“The Right Fit,” page 56) is the magazine’s writer/editor and writes the Goods and Palette columns for LAM. She has a BLA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MLA from Sheffield University in the UK. You can reach her on Instagram or Twitter @katkatsma. “Sandy [Clinton] said that for her, a good landscape comes out of a good relationship. It’s been a common theme I’ve seen in all the designers I’ve interviewed for Palette.” KARL KULLMANN (“High Fidelity,” page 132) is associate professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley. You can reach him at karl.kullmann@berkeley.edu. “I was surprised by the accessibility of next-generation drone mapping technology. With less than a minute of instruction, my students were piloting their own ultra-highresolution surveys.” JAMES…

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deregularities

Anybody who values holding a license as a landscape architect is not going to like what happens next. The current political environment and a general disdain for moderation are encouraging an assault against many forms of occupational licensing, including licensing for landscape architecture. So far this year, there have been many bills introduced to end landscape architecture licensing and revamp occupational licensing structures in the legislatures of Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington. There are no doubt more to come. These attempts take various forms. Some would outright deregulate landscape architecture by simply removing it from the group of professions that require licensing. Others are more insidious and would reform landscape architecture as well as most all other licensing systems in the guise of “right to earn…

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writing on the wall

When I pay my dues each year, I do so to support our profession —landscape architecture—which I believe to be first and foremost about design—design, not political activism. In my opinion, it is inappropriate for LAM to openly take and promote biased political positions. If I want to hear how wrong Trump is, or how perfect a former president was, there are plenty of other places I can turn. Members should be able to participate in ASLA and LAM without ever having to come to grips with the staff’s personal political beliefs. Please. Be objective. Be professional. KEVIN VIA LAM ONLINE You may note that this is an opinion piece in a magazine which is only one of the many benefits that your ASLA membership provides. More importantly, your membership provides you…

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do not disturb

When the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center opened in Los Angeles in 1976, its two main towers were surrounded by notoriously unattractive concrete terraces. “It was like a prison yard. Literally concrete and maybe a few trees in planters,” says Zeke Triana, the hospital’s director of facilities planning, design, and construction. “People didn’t really want to sit out there.” When recently invited to redesign the terraces, the Los Angeles-based AHBE Landscape Architects saw a chance to turn the concrete into what the firm’s president, Calvin Abe, FASLA, calls a “healing environment.” The terraces could be reconfigured to actually contribute to the hospital’s mission of improving people’s health. But physically building such a space proved difficult at a working hospital. A previous attempt to redesign the deck spaces had to be halted completely because vibrations…

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innovating upstream

Tucked within the old bends and oxbows of the Mississippi River, the cornfields of Somerset Plantation in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, are the backdrop for a high-profile competition to solve one of the region’s most pressing environmental issues. Here, four hours north of New Orleans, five finalist teams are testing new methodologies and management systems as part of the $1 million Tulane University Nitrogen Reduction Grand Challenge. Although the solutions will be evaluated for their effect on crop yield, their main target is not the field itself but an environment hundreds of miles away: the Gulf of Mexico. The goal of the challenge, which was conceptualized and funded by the New Orleans philanthropist Phyllis Taylor, is to reduce hypoxia, an ecosystem-wrecking scarcity of oxygen in a body of water, usually caused by…

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paying by the parcel

Since at least 1975, property owners in Detroit have paid a drainage charge for stormwater transportation and treatment. Some paid on an outdated fixed-rate meter system, while others were charged based on impervious acreage. But in October 2016, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) began charging all property owners by the acre rather than by a meter. Customers pay $750 per impervious acre per month for each parcel they own. The drainage charge has two aims: to bill customers more equitably and manage the revenue requirements of combined sewer overflow facilities and wastewater treatment plants, says Palencia Mobley, the deputy director and chief engineer of DWSD. Customers will transition by class, beginning with cityowned properties and followed by industrial, commercial, tax exempt, residential, and faith-based parcels, to a single, impervious-based…

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