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Landscape Architecture Magazine September 2016

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find the connection

Topic A around ASLA these days is pretty much about “emerging professionals.” These are the people who are five years or fewer out of a landscape architecture degree program and are still figuring out the direction of their careers. They are not to be confused with “young professionals.” The “young” part would be especially misleading in landscape architecture, a field that draws a lot of people as a second career after it strikes them as much more interesting than their first one. Architecture, for instance, is a major source of the second-career folks in landscape architecture. The reason emerging professionals matter so much is because the future of the profession depends on them. That is the loftiest and also the plainest way to put it—and it sounds obvious, right? But this…

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settling in

It’s been nearly three years since Los Angeles County Waste Management’s fleet of rumbling trash trucks ceased their daily climb up and down the massive landfill in Puente Hills, for years one of the nation’s largest. Now, the 640-acre site is poised to become a public park, and despite its proximity to an area rich in outdoor amenities like the picturesque Powder Canyon and Arroyo Pescadero Trail, it lacks easy access and infrastructure that would allow surrounding working-class San Gabriel Valley communities a chance to experience its spectacular views and raw terrain. “When the county came to us, they wanted us to think big, and they wanted the public to think big,” says Bryan Matsumoto, a landscape design associate at Withers & Sandgren Landscape Architecture and Planning in Montrose, California. On…

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take the heat

The idea was to design a prototype living wall for the hot, semiarid climate of Austin, Texas. But since it installed its vertical garden this past spring, the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin has fielded inquiries from California, Maryland, North Carolina, and the Caribbean. Some want to replicate it, others want to buy it, and the university already has requested that the patent-pending green wall be replicated at its campus in Dallas. “Since the installation, we’ve been contacted by architects literally from all over the country,” says assistant professor of architecture Danelle Briscoe, who led the design of the living wall alongside ecologists from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC). Five years in the making, the living wall is designed as an integrated ecosystem. The honeycomb…

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there’s power in water

If cities want to save energy, they should start saving water. That’s one message of a recent study conducted by the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Davis. Using public data, the study found that the total amount of energy saved through water conservation efforts in California—460 gigawatt-hours— was equal to the savings of all other energy efficiency initiatives undertaken during the same period. It’s a vivid picture of just how much energy the country’s water systems require, and is also one more piece in the puzzle known as the water– energy nexus, a relatively new field of study that seeks to understand the complex relationships between our water and energy infrastructure. To calculate the energy savings, Frank Loge, the director of the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, and a…

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double duty

A ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula is a deeply lobed fjordscape whose 216 miles of shoreline have provided the perfect laboratory for development of so-called end-of-pipe stormwater solutions: space-saving treatment occurring at the bottom of the watershed, near aging municipal outfalls. These stormwater retrofits were most recently tested in Manchester, a close-knit village piled up at the peninsula’s eastern edge. Here, a former gas station site was recruited to treat 100 million gallons of polluted stormwater each year, before it enters Puget Sound. Tucked between homes and businesses and adjacent to a busy swimming beach, the half-acre parcel now known as Manchester Stormwater Park inspired the project team—a cadre of Kitsap County staff plus engineers and landscape architects from Parametrix, N. L. Olson & Associates, and GeoEngineers—to take…

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gift to greece

There’s a direct line of sight from the newest hilltop in Athens to the oldest. The Acropolis, the ancient citadel of Greece, is a prominent peak in the skyline that fills the view from the green roof of the recently built Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a 65-acre public space that includes new buildings for the National Library and the National Opera and a park that envelops them both. Funded by the late shipping tycoon at a cost of roughly $660 million, the buildings, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and the landscape, designed by New York-based Deborah Nevins & Associates, eventually will be donated to the Greek state, a generous if somewhat risky prospect, given the ongoing financial crisis that has left Greece hundreds of billions of euros in debt. The…

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