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Landscape Architecture Magazine October 2016

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contributors

BRETT ANDERSON (“Catch of the Day,” page 152) is the restaurant critic and a features writer at Nola.com/The Times Picayune in New Orleans. You can follow him on Twitter @Bretteats. “The Mississippi Delta is one of the most starkly beautiful places I’ve ever visited. In a longer piece, I would have tried to lace more atmospherics into the copy. I also would have written more about how delicious catfish can be. My favorite is the thin-cut catfish at Middendorf’s in Manchac, Louisiana.” BRIAN BARTH (“Let’s Beat It,” page 132) is a Toronto-based writer with a master’s in environmental planning and design from the University of Georgia. You can follow him on Twitter @brianjbarth. “Oil spills are a part of life in southern Louisiana—it’s not just the BP disaster; there are thousands of small…

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unexpect the expected

Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, has reopened, its historic storefronts repaired for the moment but its bigger problems unsolved. On July 30, almost six inches of rain fell in two hours right atop the 244-year-old former mill town—now a shopping and dining destination—which is built into a tight granite valley atop a network of streams that flow into the Patapsco River. The flood was a surprise. The water came not from the river but from upland, where suburban development in recent decades has hardened the ground. Main Street turned into a torrent within minutes. Dozens of people who had gone out to shop or eat had to be rescued, and two people died. The water shoved around a couple hundred cars and gouged out the streetscape, baring the infrastructure…

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CYCLE AWAY BY G. RYAN SMITH, ASLA, JUNE 2016 PLANTING CIVIL RIGHTS BY SONJA DÜMPELMANN, DECEMBER 2015 CORRECTION The August article on Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (“Industrial Evolution”) misspelled the name of the designer of a proposed visitor center at Overlook Park. It is Ralph Appelbaum Associates, not Ralph Applebaum Associates. We regret the error. A picture caption on page 178 in the September article on the Michigan Avenue Streetscape in Chicago by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects (“Magnificent Mileage”) implied that the variegated Miscanthus sinensis shown in a planting is a “native” grass. It is in fact native to eastern Asia. SUBMIT LAM welcomes letters from readers. Letters may be edited and condensed. Please e-mail comments to LAMletters@asla.org or send via U.S. mail to: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS 636 EYE STREET NW WASHINGTON, DC 20001–3736…

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looking for something?

When it was released this past M ay, Terrapattern was heralded as “the first open-access search tool for satellite imagery.” Articles in the Atlantic, Wired, and the New Yorker all lauded the visual search engine for its speed and ease of use. But these reviews—and its creators, which include the Carnegie Mellon University professor of computational arts Golan Levin, the developer David Newbury, and the artist Kyle McDonald—also emphasized Terrapattern’s apparent lack of utility: “We don’t exactly know what it’s good for,” Levin told the New Yorker. And yet its potential uses have made themselves readily apparent to those practicing and teaching landscape architecture. Adam McGuire, ASLA, an associate at LandDesign, began exploring Terrapattern, which currently is available for seven cities, after seeing it mentioned in an e-mail newsletter. He says Google…

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turn on the tube

Teenagers. They’re probably some of the most difficult subjects to study in their natural environment. Benjamin Shirtcliff learned this quickly as a doctoral candidate at the University of New Orleans, where he was attempting to study how adolescents used public spaces in the city. “They tend to leave as soon as somebody they don’t know shows up and sits down,” he says. So, like many people looking for something hard to find, Shirtcliff turned to YouTube. The website was a surprisingly rich repository of user-submitted videos featuring adolescents, particularly skateboarders, playing in the city’s public spaces. He found about 100 videos from 17 different sites throughout New Orleans, some formal public parks, others the sort of informal chunks of the built environments skaters tend to favor. By breaking up these videos…

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peak experience

During the Cold War, the 43-acre summit of California’s Mount Umunhum was leveled by the Air Force to build an early-warning radar station. The station was one of 23 installed along the West Coast to scan the Pacific Ocean for incoming Soviet bombers, and was accompanied by a swimming pool, housing for officers, and support structures. When the military ceased operations there in 1980, it left the peak, named for the hummingbird that delivered fire to the world in a Native American creation legend. It was contaminated with petroleum products, PCBs, asbestos, and lead paint. Now, following the property’s purchase by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which received $3.2 million in federal funding for cleanup, the summit is being returned to the public. Meredith Manning, a senior planner with the…

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