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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Posted in ASLA, AWARDS, CLIMATE, INTERVIEW, LAM MAGAZINE, PLANNING, RESILIENCE, STUDENTS, UNIVERSITY, tagged Analysis and Planning, ASLA 2014 Student Awards, Award of Excellence, Climate Chapels, Climate Stations, Meridian of Fertility, Penn State, Reid Fellenbaum, University of Michigan on November 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in CLIMATE, COMPETITIONS, LAM BLOG, RESILIENCE, SANDY, SHORELINE, WATER, tagged ABX, Boston, Boston Living With Water, Building, Elizabeth S. Padjen, Infrastructure, interdisciplinary, international, Martin Walsh, planning, The Boston Society of Architects on November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Bostonians like to think they are smart. Maybe they’re right—they are certainly smart enough to know when to ask other people for help. On October 29, the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Boston’s mayor, Martin Walsh, announced a major international design competition called Boston Living with Water to address the threat of sea-level rise and coastal flooding. The competition, which is open and meant to be interdisciplinary, will unfold in two stages and focus on three sites representing three scales of challenge: Building (a condo structure in the North End), Neighborhood (100 acres in the Fort Point Channel District), and Infrastructure (Morrissey Boulevard, a multiuse transportation corridor). Phase 1 entries are due January 29, 2015, after which finalists will be selected to advance to the second stage. An award ceremony and exhibition will be held in June, including the award of $20,000 to the first-place team and $10,000 each to second- and third-place teams.
International competitions aren’t launched every day, but what was more unusual about the kickoff was its context—a new mayor, only 10 months into his first term, assuming regional leadership on climate change. The cities and towns of Greater Boston believe firmly that good fences make good neighbors; regional cooperation is pretty much nonexistent. But, as Walsh noted, “climate knows no municipal boundaries,” which makes his concurrent announcement of a regional climate initiative including 13 metropolitan area mayors seem downright historic. The mayor spoke at ABX, the annual building-industry convention hosted by the Boston Society of Architects, where he was surrounded by the city managers of Cambridge and Chelsea, as well as by the directors of seemingly every city and state agency in any way involved with climate, planning, or infrastructure. It was a scene that would have been unimaginable a year before Sandy. But then, even if Bostonians aren’t always quite as smart as they think, they are certainly quick studies.
Elizabeth S. Padjen is an architect and the former editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine.
Posted in ART, ASLA, AWARDS, CLIMATE, EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT, GARDENS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, INTERVIEW, INVASIVE SPECIES, LAM MAGAZINE, MAINTENANCE, NEW YORK CITY, NOW, PRACTICE, SCHOOLS, THE BACK, tagged Alex MacLean, Arturo Toscanini School, Canada, Colorado, Detroit, Gates Foundation, Guy Sternberg, Hunters Hole, Jonathan Lerner, Landslide, pine beetle, Rocky Mountains, Seattle, Starhill Forest Arboretum, tar sands, Texas, The Cultural Landscape Foundation on November 4, 2014 | 1 Comment »
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.
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.
Posted in AWARDS, CITIES, CLIMATE, COMPETITIONS, ENVIRONMENT, LAM BLOG, PEOPLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, RESILIENCE, SHORELINE, WATER, tagged 2014 Fuller Challenge, art, Bee Friendlier, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Boston, bridge, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Canadian Museum of Civilization, canals, Cascadian Farm, Chicago, Claude Cormier Associates, dredge landscapes, eco, Exploring Our Town, Future Ground, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Lagos, Landscape Lecture, Los Angeles, National Endowment for the Arts, New Orleans, Nigeria, Our Town, pedestrian, place making grant, Public Art Challenge, Ralph Cornell, seed bombs, shared streets, star wars, studio, Teresa Gali-Izard, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Van Alen Institute, Venice, wall stickers, What's Out There, Zurich on October 31, 2014 | 1 Comment »
A monthly roundup of the news, dispatches, and marginalia that caught our eye.
In the October Queue, the LAM staff catches up with Canada, imagines Boston as the Venice of Massachusetts, finds Florida’s (new) secession threat alarming, reads the phrase “climate apartheid” for the first but probably not the last time, and orders some adult stickers.
CATCHING UP WITH…
• Landscape Architecture Network explores the Canadian Museum of Civilization Plaza by Claude Cormier Associates (“How Sweet,” LAM, January 2013), whose graceful, undulating curves reflect the architecture as well as the Canadian environmental landscape.
• Finalists were announced for the Van Alen Institute’s Future Ground competition for 30,000 vacant lots in New Orleans (“Take Aim At New Orleans’s Vacant Land”). Public presentations are scheduled for spring 2015.
• SCAPE Landscape Architecture (“What Kate Orff Sees,” LAM, May 2012) was one of seven finalists for the 2014 Fuller Challenge aimed at creating holistic solutions from a multitude of disciplinary backgrounds to solve “humanity’s most pressing problems.”
• Dredging and the energy manufacturing industry are at the heart of a recent New York Times Magazine cover story on lawsuits around Lousiana’s catastrophic land loss (“The Dredge Underground,” LAM, August 2014).
OUR WOBBLY WORLD
• Future Lagos reports on a plan to protect Lagos, Nigeria, one of the world’s most populous (21 million) coastal cities, from the effects of climate change. Will a planned eight-kilometer “Great Wall of Lagos” create an eco-urban utopia or “climate apartheid”?
• A recent EU analysis says onshore wind is cheaper than other forms of energy when human health, the environment, and other “external” factors are added to the equation.
• South Florida might become the 51st state in the union. Salon reports it could happen if Florida’s state government doesn’t start taking climate change seriously.
• A new series of webinars on the National Disaster Resilience Competition (“Resilience by Design,” LAM, October 2013) and other resilience topics has been launched.
• Are shared streets a great innovation for pedestrians, or a complete nuisance to motorists? Chicago will soon find out with its very first shared street to begin construction this winter.
• Cascadian Farm, owned by General Mills, has launched a new “Bee Friendlier” campaign to promote the cultivation of wildflowers for our pollinator friends. But with Cascadian Farm making up only 3 percent of General Mills, some claim it’s not enough to offset the other 97 percent of bad bee practices.
• How do you make a city center more pedestrian friendly? For Zurich, it limits how many cars can enter.
OUT AND ABOUT
• On November 7, the New York Botanical Garden hosts a symposium on “The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities.”
• Teresa Galí-Izard (“Auckland Takes the Rosa Barba Prize”) is at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on November 13, 2014, as part of its Landscape Lecture series to talk about her innovative works across Europe.
• Making LA is a one-day conference on November 7 to discuss “urgent issues that Los Angeles faces in the areas of water, transportation, density, and community.” Panelists include urbanist Mia Lehrer of Mia Lehrer + Associates, landscape architect Deborah Deets, of the City of Los Angeles’s Department of Public Works, and Hadley and Peter Arnold of the Drylands Institute, among many, many others.
• Landscape photographer Mishka Henner will talk about “Looking Down, From Up Above” with Andrew Hammerand and Julian Roeder on Tuesday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m. at the Open Society Foundation in New York City. The talk is part of the Moving Walls 22 exhibition; Dutch Landscapes will be on view November 4, 2014–May 8, 2015.
DISTRACT ME FROM MY DEADLINE DEPT.
• The all-too-familiar Archetypes of Studio. Which one are you?
• These eco wall stickers help save the world one toilet flush at a time.
• We hope you’re not still on this London bridge when it opens.
• Even Darth Vader is conscious about his carbon footprint.
Posted in CITIES, CLIMATE, COMPETITIONS, FARMS, GARDENS, LAM BLOG, NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE, SAN FRANCISCO, WATER, tagged Alex Ulam, alley, art, beeds, before and after, California, climate change, Colony Collapse Disorder, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Crystal Cathedral, dancing stop light, drought, Graham Foundation, green infrastructure, jaywalking, Jon Stewart, Larry Weaner, Longwood Gardens, Nashville, National Parks Now, National Parks Service, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Russell Page, sidewalks, street art, Susan Herrington, The Frick Collection, urban agriculture, vacant lots, Van Alen Institute on September 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
A monthly roundup of the news, dispatches, and marginalia that caught our eye. In this month’s issue of the Queue, the staff wades through a myriad of headlines to find $2.4 billion might not be enough for New York City’s new green infrastructure, reads about gender and urban farming, and slows down to enjoy a dancing stoplight.
CATCHING UP WITH…
- Frequent contributor Alex Ulam looks at the benefits of New York City’s plan to spend $2.4 billion on green infrastructure, including stormwater management in priority neighborhoods—but some wonder whether it reaches far enough.
- With urban agriculture’s popularity on the rise, Michael Tortorello of The New York Times wonders why the majority of workers are female (and why it matters).
- San Francisco’s new tax breaks for converting vacant lots into urban farms might not make sense when there’s a lack of affordable housing in the city.
- D.C. residents are slowly shaping alleyways from dark corners of miscreant activity to vibrant social assets for the community—one alley at a time.
- For every mile of road in Nashville and its county, there is only half a mile of sidewalks, according to the Tennessean. And the city’s new flat rate fee that allows developers to opt out of building sidewalks altogether isn’t going to help.
- An Op-Ed in the New York Times says Colony Collapse Disorder is in the rear-view mirror, but it’s still too early to breathe a sigh of relief: The United States averages a 30 percent loss of our pollinator friends annually.
- Think the drought in California isn’t so bad? These before and after photos suggest otherwise.
OUT AND ABOUT
DISTRACT ME FROM MY DEADLINE DEPT.
- Jon Stewart’s elementary school science project.
- How do you slow a speeding menace?
- The end to jaywalking as we know it?
Posted in CLIMATE, ECOLOGY, LAM MAGAZINE, VIEWS, tagged Conservation Letters, Douglas Fir, Forest Ecology and Management, Franklinia alatamaha, ginkgo, Kevan Williams, Ponderosa Pine, Torreya Guardians, Torreya taxifolia on September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
BY KEVAN WILLIAMS
For more than 200 years, naturalists and plant enthusiasts have come to the woods along the Altamaha River in south Georgia, searching for a horticultural holy grail: a wild Franklinia alatamaha, William Bartram’s “lost camellia.” First discovered by the famed naturalists John and William Bartram in 1765 at a single site near Darien, Georgia, and seen only a handful of times since, a wild specimen of the plant was last conclusively identified in 1803. Franklinia is considered extinct in the wild, and the species has survived only in propagation: All living plants are descendants of seeds collected by the Bartrams and grown in their Pennsylvania garden. But many aficionados have continued the search for a surviving wild plant, ignoring the seeming finality of extinction. I’m wandering through woods repeating the exercise in the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area, but the Franklinia I’m seeking aren’t wild, as such. They’re an outplanting of two dozen nursery-grown plants, attempted by the staff of the Nature Conservancy to see whether Franklinia could still survive in Georgia.
My guides are Alison McGee, the Southeast Georgia conservation manager for the Nature Conservancy, and her husband, Rob Sutter, a conservation ecologist, who lead me down a dusty dirt road to the conservancy’s experiment site. We park near a campground frequented by hog hunters and venture off into the woods, clad in orange. For a couple of hours we wander through a maze of saw palms, searching without success. All the signs seem to be there. There are tattered strands of survey tape hanging from a few of the trees, and machete wounds mark others, but there are no Franklinia. The planting should have had a marker—“That’s the way we usually find rare species these days,” Sutter says—but we can’t find it. Was it kicked over, hidden under the saw palms, or are we looking in the wrong spot? McGee takes home two hog skulls as a consolation prize, signs of one migrant species that seems to be doing well here.
Posted in CLIMATE, CLOSE-UP, EXTRAS, LAM MAGAZINE, PEOPLE, PRACTICE, tagged California Polytechnic State University, Cathy Deino Blake, Christy Edstrom O'Hara, DakeLuna Consultants, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, Glen Dake, Los Angeles, Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer & Associates, Nora Harlow, Oakland, Palos Verdes Estates, plant book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanford University, Susan Van Atta, Van Atta Associates on September 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
For our September cover story, Bill Marken, Honorary ASLA, traveled through California to report on the effects of the persistent drought that is gripping the state. His coverage continues online this month with a series of reports on landscape architects and designers about the effects they’re witnessing from the drought and how it is influencing their practice.
We’ll be posting these below every couple of days throughout the month of September, so check back or follow us on Twitter (@landarchmag) for updates.
“Today, the East Bay is better prepared than it has ever been to cope with a severe drought.”
—Nora Harlow, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland
Stanford University’s diverse and self-sufficient water supplies are in better shape now than those of neighboring communities…
—Bill Marken on Cathy Deino Blake, Stanford University, Palo Alto
“Sometimes I feel like I’m the Ambassador of Dry.”
—Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles
“Drought is a great opportunity to rediscover design.”
—Christy Edstrom O’Hara, California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo
Susan Van Atta can take the long view on dry periods in Santa Barbara…
—Bill Marken on Susan Van Atta, Van Atta Associates Inc., Santa Barbara
“Politicians don’t want to talk about water. There’s never good news. Water is always going to be scarcer and cost more.”
—Glen Dake, DakeLuna Consultants, Los Angeles