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"View along US 40 in Mount Vernon Canyon, Colorado" by Andreas Feininger, 1942.

“View along US 40 in Mount Vernon Canyon, Colorado” by Andreas Feininger, 1942.

The staff of Landscape Architecture Magazine is off to beautiful Denver, Colorado, for the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO. You can find us in our dedicated space in the EXPO Hall. Look for the LAM logo in the ASLA Commons. Drop by and say hello, or you can find us at any one of the many events and sessions we’re participating in. Here are just a few:

Art Director Chris McGee and Associate Editor Jennifer Reut will be on a panel titled Fit for Print: Landscape Architecture Photos That Work (FRI-C08) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, 11/21.

Editor Brad McKee is moderating a panel, Design 2034: Our Resilient Tomorrow (FRI-D10), at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 11/21.

The staff will be in attendance at the Landscape Architecture Magazine Advertising Awards (LAMMYs) on Friday, 11/21 and the ASLA Student and Professional Awards Ceremony on Monday, 11/24.

LAM editors will be on hand for Meet the Editors on Saturday and Sunday.

We’re all really looking forward to the Edible Landscapes Celebration on Saturday, 11/20.

Throughout the meeting the LAM staff will be on the floor in the EXPO hall as well as helping out in sessions and events. Follow us on Twitter @landarchmag throughout the meeting, or stop by the LAM booth, or just introduce yourself—we love to meet readers and hear what they think about the magazine and the blog.

Credit: FSA/OWI collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540.

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Close-up view of a moveable climate station.

Close-up view of a movable climate station.

From the November 2014 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Reid Fellenbaum

Reid Fellenbaum, Student Affiliate ASLA

It’s 2080, a world deep in the throes of a changing climate where a landscape’s fertility is analyzed by mammoth structures that roam the Great Plains. It may seem like a scene from a sci-fi novel, but it is actually the basis for Reid Fellenbaum’s “Meridian of Fertility,” winner of the 2014 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in Analysis and Planning, which examines historical practices, climate models, projected precipitation, temperature, and current soil quality of the Great Plains region and suggests that the “Meridian of Fertility,” a geographical dividing line between prairie lands to the west and areas suitable for agricultural practices to the east, is steadily moving eastward. The project proposes a series of shelterbelts to slow this migration, as well as a return to dry-farming practices (a no-irrigation method that relies on the conservation of soil moisture) informed by structures called climate stations that use “hyperlocal climate predictions” to determine the best site for farmers to plant their crops. We talked with Fellenbaum about his project, and how he sees it as a focus on resiliency in a changing world.

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The 272-page November issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine is the biggest of the year, if not the past five. Why the extra muscle? Perhaps abundance is in the air: This year’s ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver is looking to be one of our biggest ever.

This year, the ASLA Award of Excellence in General Design went to Gustafson Guthrie Nichol for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. Despite the difficulties the central Seattle site provides, the site’s landscape design echoes its past as a bog, and its present as a centrifuge of global and local ethics. In “Fire, Rain, Beetles, and Us,” Carol Becker looks at the interconnected catastrophes recently visited on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. “Fluid Boundaries” finds the Colorado River reflow (“A Spring Flush on the Colorado,” April 24, 2014) is just one of several transnational projects to kick-start the riparian wetland along the Colorado River. Jayson DeGeeter, ASLA, talks to Guy Sternberg, the oak guru, about the species and his calling at Starhill Forest Arboreteum. “Detroit from the Ground Up” finds that landscape architecture is playing a major role in Detroit’s revitalization. And the photographer Alex MacLean and the journalist Daniel Grossman investigate the beginning and the end of the transborder tar sands oil trade.

Departments deliver this month as well: NOW has Editor Brad McKee’s perspective on the Rosa Barba Prize, updates on Changing Course, and elementary ag in NYC; Interview talks to Reid Fellenbaum, winner of the ASLA 2014 Student Award of Excellence in Analysis and Planning about his spooky-brilliant project, “Meridian of Fertility”; House Call features residential design in Arcadia National Park by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Architecture; and the Back has a portfolio of The Cultural Landscape Foundation‘s annual Landslide campaign, this year directed at saving site-specific artworks. All this and the usual rich offerings in Species, Goods, and Books. The full table of contents for November can be read here.

As always, you can buy this issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine at more than 200 bookstores, including many university stores and independents, as well as at Barnes & Noble. You can also buy single digital issues for only $5.25 at Zinio or order single copies of the print issue from ASLA. Annual subscriptions for LAM are a thrifty $59 for print and $44.25 for digital. Our subscription page has more information on subscription options.

Keep an eye out here on the blog, on the LAM Facebook page, and on our Twitter feed (@landarchmag), as we’ll be ungating November articles as the month rolls out.

Credits: Gates Foundation, Tim Hursley; Pine Beetle, Paul Milner; Hunters Hole, Fred Phillips, ASLA; Guy Sternberg, Noppadol Paothong; Detroit, Detroit Future City; Alberta Refinery, Alex MacLean; Arturo Toscanini School, WORKac; Microtopographic Section Model, Reid Fellenbaum, Student Affiliate ASLA; Opus 40, © Thomas Hahn, 2014, Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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From the October 2014 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine:

Several faculty members at different schools recently have told me, unbidden, that remarkable numbers of their landscape architecture students want to find work that has a social impact, such as with a nonprofit or NGO group, after they graduate. To judge by this year’s run of ASLA Student Awards in this issue, it would seem they are having no trouble finding worlds of need. There is a playground designed and built for 350 children at an AIDS orphanage in South Africa, and a project for people in an informal settlement in Lima, Peru. There are two projects that directly benefit military veterans. Another considers the tangible ways people attach to a place as they grow old. And, of course, examples of ecological redemption abound. What I think we are seeing is a natural impulse to do good, compounded by a much greater awareness among young people today of the importance of community service, which is being ingrained in and required of them before they finish high school. Added to that are the signs of starker inequality, food scarcity, and climate volatility that are getting through to students and sticking with them.

In that regard, this issue, with the awards for students plus the ASLA Professional Awards and the Landmark Award, is all good news, which is why we look forward to doing it so much each year. This is our fourth year combining the student and professional awards in one rather mind-opening and deeply heartening package. There are 21 student winners chosen from 313 entries; 34 professional winners emerged from 596 entries. Seriously, if you need a lift as much of the world seems bent on coming unglued, read this magazine.

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The Denver skyline. Photo: Bob Ashe, courtesy of VISIT DENVER.

The Denver skyline. Photo: Bob Ashe, courtesy of VISIT DENVER.

The time has come for all good people—all of you—to register for the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, which runs from November 21 to 24 in beautiful Denver. We’re expecting more than 5,000 attendees, and there will be 135 education sessions, workshops, and field sessions for your edification (plus, you can earn up to 21 professional development hours). Nearly 500 exhibitors will fill the Colorado Convention Center with their latest products and services.

The education sessions are too eclectic to do justice to them here, but they include the wildly popular “Inside the LA Studio” programs, which this year will feature Balmori Associates, !melk, Biohabitats, and Confluence. You can choose from field sessions such as a tour of gardens in historic Denver neighborhoods, a visit to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s sustainable campus, and a close-up look at how the old Stapleton Airport and Lowry Air Force Base have become communities designed to warm the greenest of hearts. Oh, plus: There will be a visit to several breweries in Fort Collins, where two great causes, beer and environmental stewardship, go hand in hand.

There are many more programs and events to explore–and afterward, you can head off into the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. If you register and reserve a hotel room before June 20, you’ll enjoy the best rates. You can track news about the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO on Twitter. See you there!

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Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum  by students from Mississippi State University. Rainwater was moved away from and around the north end of the building with a dry swale. Rain collected from the roof is managed in a sand filter, which helps to define an outdoor amphitheater. Image: Cory Gallo

2013 Award of Excellence for Student Collaboration: “Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum” by students from Mississippi State University. Image: Cory Gallo.

We at LAM are big supporters of the ASLA Student Awards and the work of students who, despite thesis deadlines and studio crunch, manage to submit terrific work each year. We publish the winners in our annual awards issue (this year, in October); we cheer them on during the awards ceremony at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO; we feature student work throughout the year.

Communications, Award of Excellence: Above Below Beyond Exhibition by students from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.

2013 Award of Excellence for Communication: “Above Below Beyond” exhibition by students from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.

In the past year, we’ve interviewed Zheming Cai about his project, Preservation as Provocation, Matthew Moffitt about Dredge City: Sediment Catalysis, and Chen Chen about her project, The Overlapped City. We’ve also written about Shadeworks, an award winner from University of Colorado Denver, Andrew Thomas Doyle’s project at Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, and Concrete Habitat Units by students at Cal Poly Pomona. There are more to come.

Residential Design, Award of Excellence: Yitian Zhao and Siyu Tian, University of Pennsylvania. Paths of Life site plan.

2013 Award of Excellence for Residential Design: “Paths of Life,” by Yitian Zhao and Siyu Tian, University of Pennsylvania.

So here we are at the end of the semester, and you’re pretty much out of your mind. But we can celebrate your work only if you compete and win! The deadline for applications for the 2014 student awards is Friday, April 25, 2014, and binders must be received by Friday, May 9, 2014. More information can be found on the awards page of the ASLA website. Good luck!

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