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Landscape Architecture Magazine October 2017

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contributors

KASSANDRA D. BRYANT, STUDENT ASLA,(“The Trees of North America,” page 201) was the magazine’s first summer intern. She is a third-year MLA student at Virginia Tech’s Washington–Alexandria Architecture Campus. You can reach her at dbkass9@vt.edu. “ Though I expected the processes to be similar, being edited is a bit different from having drawings redlined, because changes in tone and cadence can be read immediately. In a drawing, a bit more time is required to see the improvements.” TOM CARSON (“Third Way L.A.,” page 132) is a freelance culture critic and the author of Gilligan’s Wake and Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter. You can follow him on Twitter @TCarsonwriter. “ I could have talked to Hawthorne forever about L.A.’s architectural history, but I knew we had to focus on its future.” KELLY COMRAS, ASLA, (“Trails of Trees,”…

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denial and devastation

Michael D. Talbott wasn’t shy in showing his hand about climate change. For 18 years, Talbott, an engineer, served as the head of the Harris County Flood Control District in Texas until his retirement in 2016. He flatly dismissed any links between climate change and the frequent extreme storms—four of them now since 2015—to hit Harris County, the nation’s third most populated county, and its seat, Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city. The month he retired, Talbott told a team of reporters with ProPublica and the Texas Tribune that the flood control district did not plan to look at ways climate may be driving the extreme weather that affected Harris County. “I don’t think it’s the new normal,” he said of these weather extremes. (The person to follow him in the…

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bim there, too

In his article “BIM There, Done That” (August), Brian Barth states that “a number of landscape architecture firms have dabbled in BIM over the past decade, but I’ve struggled to find even one that incorporates it into daily work flow.” We are happy to offer one counterexample. At PGAdesign, we have been using Revit since 2010 and have completed more than 58 projects using the software. Every piece of software has its limitations, requiring landscape architects to be creative and discover workarounds. Working in Revit allows PGAdesign to seamlessly coordinate with architects, which has been especially valuable with on-structure multifamily housing projects. We are busy advocating and asking site furnishing companies to supply Revit files. We’re happy that this year companies such as Landscape Forms have provided those files for download on…

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remnant to whole

EDITED BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER Until recently, Patricia McGirr taught out of a converted men’s dorm room. Its floors were covered in gray vinyl, and the building, originally built in the 1960s at the edge of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, had long been known to have poor air quality. The landscape, to boot, was mostly turf. “There was nothing about the landscape that said there were landscape architects in the building,” says McGirr, the assistant chair of the Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning (LA&RP) department, “or that design was going on.” But in January 2017, the LA&RP department—the second-oldest landscape architecture program in the country—moved into a new home. The 87,000-square-foot Design Building, designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, is the first masstimber building on the East Coast and brings together…

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the value of vacancy

For all the watering, trimming, and fertilizing that we give suburban residential lots, they might show us a little love back. But according to a study conducted by Christopher Riley, an ecologist at the Ohio State University, the typical suburban yard provides few of the ecosystem services that we have come to associate with green space. In the study, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening,Riley analyzed the level of ecosystem services provided by trees in three types of landscapes: suburban residential, urban residential, and urban vacant lots. He found that vacant lots provided more shade, removed more pollutants, and held on to more stormwater than their manicured suburban counterparts. (The study did not address benefits to wildlife.) He found that the back…

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paint the town gray

Initially, the product was for the military. Marketed as CoolSeal, the light gray-colored asphalt seal coat was developed to reduce the surface temperature of runways so that they would be less visible to infrared satellites. A few years ago, Greg Spotts, the assistant director of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, wondered what would happen if you painted every street in the city with CoolSeal. Could you reduce the urban heat island effect, a phenomenon that has been estimated to cost the city $90 million each year in energy bills? Now, with $150,000 in public funding, Spotts is testing the coating at locations in each of the city’s 15 council districts. The coating, which is just 15 microns thick, goes on in a brilliant gray, far lighter in…

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