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Landscape Architecture Magazine September 2018

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contributors

CHRIS BENTLEY is a writer and radio producer based in Washington, D.C. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @Cementley.“I wish we could have honored even more student work! Lots of talent on display.”MAKEEYA HAZELTON, the Honors and Awards Coordinator for the American Society of Landscape Architects, lives in Washington, D.C. You can reach her at honorsawards@asla.org.“The best part of working on the awards this year was getting to see the jury process in action—an all-star team of individuals, deliberating on top-notch projects from around the world, and ultimately choosing what represents the best in the field. Truly a humbling experience.”GOT A STORY?At LAM, we don’t know what we don’t know. If you have a story, project, obsession, or simply an area of interest you’d like to see covered,…

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zinke’s follies

A recent history of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is as follows:In April, the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General issued a report on its investigation into the reassignment under Zinke of 27 career members of the department’s Senior Executive Service, high-level staff whose jobs are to “provide institutional stability and continuity” across administrations. More than 40 percent of the executives reassigned, CNN reported, were nonwhite. Ten of those employees told the inspector general’s office they believe their reassignments were for “political or punitive reasons,” including past work on climate change, energy policy, or conservation. The inspector general was unable to figure out whether the department followed legal requirements and guidelines for internal reassignments because “DOI did not document its plans or reasons” for the reassignments. Several department employees…

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far from home

Avine Ismail, a Syrian refugee living in the Domiz camp in Iraq, tends a garden similar to one she grew in Damascus.As a young girl, Elizabeth Brabec, ASLA, knew her mother’s garden was different. Where the neighbors grew lettuce and carrots and cucumbers in neat rows, her family’s garden featured mounded beds of currants, gooseberries, and celeriac interspersed with fruit and nut-bearing trees. Everything was mixed together. Brabec didn’t understand the reason for the difference until she visited the Czech Republic decades later. Every garden looked like her mother’s.A community garden in Domiz. Gardens often offer refugees food and a reminder of home. (DIRK-JAN VISSER/LEMON TREE TRUST)That was the first time that Brabec, now a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, realized that gardens could function…

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big (bird) data

The eBird mobile app provides access to a huge arsenal of global bird data.As landscape architects increasingly are charged with providing high-quality habitat on a budget, new mobile apps—from Deer Tracker to Reptile Scan—offer cost-effective ways to determine which species to target and whether those species occupy a project site after construction. These tools aggregate the observations of citizen scientists, who collect valuable biodiversity data.Depending on the type of project, any number of mobile tools may supply useful data. Although a tool’s utility will depend on the type of project, among the more robust apps on the market is eBird, founded and managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which has more than 100 million bird sightings logged by hundreds of thousands of citizen scientists per year. With availability in…

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deep dive

The new reef, shown here at an intermediate depth, will provide an armature for the marine ecosystem.Redondo Beach, Washington, on Puget Sound, is one of the most popular scuba diving sites in the state. The seabed drops fast enough that divers can make worthwhile dives from the sandy shore, with no need for a boat. Ropes lead out to an artificial reef where marine creatures such as sea urchins, barnacles, and algae attach, creating habitat for sea stars, sculpin, red octopus, and more.But though artificial reefs provide complex marine habitat, the assorted rejectamenta with which they are commonly built can pose a problem. The reef at Redondo Beach incorporates sunken boats, household appliances, a PVC-pipe biodome frame, and a Volkswagen Beetle, all carefully placed over a period of decades and…

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shadier lanes

Dallass tree canopy is thickest in the southern part of the city, where new development is encouraged. (TEXAS TREES FOUNDATION)The tree ordinance in Dallas was called “Article X,” and that “X” might have appeared to some as a symbol of the city’s very relationship to its trees: If they were in the way, they were getting axed. That may be changing. In June 2018, the city council unanimously approved amendments to the ordinance, the least of which is a titular upgrade: “Landscape and Tree Conservation Regulations.” Now, conservation will be part of the city’s approach, in both name and practice.The ordinance dates to 1994, but it doesn’t appear to have been popular with developers or conservationists. Steve Houser had been trying to change it from the beginning. An arborist and…

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