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Landscape Architecture Magazine November 2017

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contributors

JANE BERGER is a writer, professional landscape designer, and the editor of GardenDesignOnline.com based in Washington, D.C. You can follow her on Twitter @GdnDesignOnline. “Until I delved into the subject, I had no idea that there were 1,600-plus species—not cultivars—of bamboo, and that most of the tropicals are clumpers.” JONATHAN MUELLER, FASLA, is a landscape architect with a practice headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was president of ASLA in 2011–2012. You can reach him at jonm@architectswest.com. “Cecil Andrus is well-known here in Idaho, but I would have to say that his preserving 160 million-plus acres in Alaska is pretty much off the charts! His style of leadership is rare in these times.” GOT A STORY? At LAM, we don’t know what we don’t know. If you have a story, project, obsession, or simply an…

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the pretend teddy roosevelt

Ryan Zinke is not the Interior secretary he wanted you to expect. He rode a horse to the Interior Department’s headquarters in Washington on his first day in March. A number of agency officials welcomed him along with a drummer from the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana, the state that sent Zinke, a Navy SEAL, to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015. The horse was meant to channel Theodore Roosevelt, who as president a century ago turned 230 million acres into public lands. At his swearing in, Zinke vowed to “uphold Teddy Roosevelt’s belief that our treasured public lands are ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.’” RYAN ZINKE IS UNWINDING RATHER THAN REINFORCING PUBLIC LANDS’ PROTECTION. Through his confirmation process, Zinke chose his words and phrases cautiously. “I am…

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a landscape first

Kate Orff, ASLA, became the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which carries a $625,000 award over five years for “originality, insight, and potential.” Orff was among 24 fellows named by the foundation in early October, who also included artists, activists, scientists, and historians. Orff is the founder of SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York and the director of the urban design program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The firm’s work has achieved wide renown in recent years for its novel and intensely collaborative approaches to addressing climate change, urbanization, and species survival. The firm’s best-known project, Living Breakwaters, is scheduled to begin construction next year off the north shore of Staten Island, having won funding from the Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by…

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landscape in the loop

Rebecca Leonard, ASLA, first heard about hyperloop much as everyone else in the world did, through bits and pieces of hyperbolic news articles that fawned over the transportation technology and the subsequent think pieces that critiqued it. “It ranked right up there with other technologies that seemed so far-fetched at the moment, like artificial intelligence and virtual reality and that kind of thing,” she says. This was in 2012 and 2013, shortly after Elon Musk first published a paper describing the technology, which uses magnetic levitation and a vacuum-sealed tube to propel specially designed pods at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour. Five years later, Leonard, who recently left her position as president of Design Workshop, is taking hyperloop very seriously. She is part of the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop…

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below the streambed

Despite appearances, a streambed is not the bottom of the stream. Beneath it lies the little-known world of the hyporheic zone, a porous substrate where surface waters mingle with groundwater in the voids between pebbles, and microorganisms essential to the stream’s health flourish. The recent restoration of two stretches of Thornton Creek, the largest of Seattle’s salmon-bearing streams, provides a rare example of reconstructing a waterway’s hyporheic zone. Historically quite limited, public awareness of the hyporheic zone is getting a boost from the landscape architect Shelly Solomon. Also a filmmaker, Solomon has documented the Thornton Creek restoration in her forthcoming film, Engineering with Nature, and her short film, The Secret Life of Rivers, is helping scientists and educators increase public understanding of the hyporheic zone. “It is our experience that a…

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cultivated and curated

Gardens have been part of America since the country’s first days. As Thomas Jefferson noted, “Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens…they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.” That long history is now on show in a comprehensive exhibit, Cultivating America’s Gardens, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., through August 2018. Drawing from the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens—which includes the Archives of American Gardens—the exhibit explores American gardening from its inception to the present day. Museum specialist Joyce Connolly says the exhibit “speaks to the universal nature of gardens and how important they are.” She adds that gardens are a reflection of our culture, regional differences, and design tastes, and…

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