Landscape Architecture Magazine

Landscape Architecture Magazine January 2021

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United States
American Society of Landscape Architects
12 期號


4 最少
off the books

Lately my mind keeps returning to a session I saw at reVISION ASLA 2020, “Perpetual Adaptation: The Design Business in 2020 and Lessons from the Great Recession.” The panelists—René Bihan, FASLA, of SWA Group; Molly Bourne, a principal at MNLA in New York; and Chris Hardy, ASLA, and Michael Grove, FASLA, of Sasaki—proposed it for the in-person Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami but ended up delivering it virtually. The pandemic had done more than dictate the new format; it fundamentally revised the session’s context. Rather than offering lessons from the recession on how to grow in an expanding economy, the panelists addressed how to use those lessons to survive one that had shrunk radically and unevenly. I was drawn to the session for the lessons but also for the candor.…

8 最少
a resilient renewal

In 2012, the East River swamped the New York University Langone Medical Center complex, four city blocks long, during Hurricane Sandy. People directly across FDR Drive saw massive waves cresting the river’s embankment. In short order, the lights went out. Water flooded the basement of the medical center and killed the complex’s power system. Patients had to be carried down darkened stairwells by hospital staff and evacuated in the midst of whipping winds and sheets of rain to ambulances that took them to other hospitals. Sandy halted the build-out of a 2008 master plan for the campus and sent the architects for the project back to the drawing boards. When Joanna Pertz, the principal of Joanna Pertz Landscape Architecture (JPLA), came onto the project, part of her brief was to…

2 最少
books of interest

HANDBOOK OF CITIZEN SCIENCE IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION EDITED BY CHRISTOPHER A. LEPCZYK, OWEN D. BOYLE, AND TIMOTHY L. V. VARGO; OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, 2020; 336 PAGES; $85 HARDCOVER/$39.95 PAPERBACK OR E-BOOK. Citizen science, the mobilization of nonscientists in the collection of scientific data, has expanded across the sciences in the past decade and has become particularly vital in environmental justice actions. In places where residents lack the political capital to draw attention to dangerous environmental conditions, citizen science has brought awareness and even change. As citizen science grows in impact and reach, this handbook can help communities, planners, and professional scientists organize citizen science efforts to have the maximum benefit. Chapters on legal and ethical policy, team building, data quality and visualization, and project planning accompany case studies…

11 最少
reveal the river

As it snakes for 100 miles through sprawling metro Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River borders 19 municipalities in seven counties. It descends through landscapes that transition from wooded Appalachian foothills and manicured subdivisions into underserved urban neighborhoods, across a low-rise industrial zone, and back out into agricultural countryside. That’s almost a complete rural-to-urban transect, except it lacks an urban-core segment. But Atlanta originated at a rail terminus, not on a waterway. The Chattahoochee is nowhere near downtown. Distance from the city center is one reason why much of the river shore is still undeveloped. More important in keeping it that way has been Georgia’s 1973 Metropolitan River Protection Act (MRPA), which reserved a 2,000-foot buffer along both banks through most of the metro area. Since then, suburbanization has been rampant: The population…

3 最少
a monumental task

In 2017, Karyn Olivier, a Philadelphia-based artist and associate professor of sculpture at Temple University, wrapped a 20-foot-high monument to a minor Revolutionary War battle in her neighborhood park in mirrored acrylic. It reflected back the image of whoever walked past it. It amplified a nearby sculpture of the 17thcentury abolitionist Francis Daniel Pastorius. At certain angles, it disappeared altogether. Olivier was hoping the project would help her neighbors see the park in a new way, and that it would say something about “the fragmentary nature of how history is revealed to us.” “How do we make monuments porous? How do we make them malleable?” Olivier asks. “What does it mean for me to become the monument?” Olivier’s piece was part of a citywide exhibition, curated by the Philadelphia-based public art and…

3 最少
mountain time

When Susannah Drake, FASLA, first began splitting her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Denver, she was astounded by the amount of potential work for her firm, DLANDstudio. Outside of design-saturated New York City, there was less competition and a growing appetite for well-crafted, walkable urban environments. “There was just work,” she says. “And I didn’t have to compete with 12 firms for a $50,000 fee.” It appears the word is out. In October, Sasaki, which has offices in Watertown, Massachusetts, and Shanghai, launched a Denver outpost under the leadership of Anna Cawrse, ASLA, and Joshua Brooks, ASLA. The S/L/A/M Collaborative, which has nine offices grouped mostly on the East Coast, recently opened a Denver office to be led by Jessica Petro, ASLA. And Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which currently has…