When you have more states with licensure for landscape architecture (all 50 now since 2010), you can expect growing numbers of landscape architects. In January, Julia Lent, ASLA’s managing director of government affairs, counted, as she does every couple of years, the names of resident licensees on each state’s licensure rolls and found there are currently 16,436 landscape architects in the United States. That’s an increase of 1,359 licensees (or 9 percent) over 2008. If you factor out Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont, which were later to licensure, the increase was 6 percent since 2008. Of 35 states with an increase, 19 had an increase of 10 percent or greater. By contrast, the number of architects has risen 3.3 percent since 2008; the number of engineers has risen by 2.7 percent.
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Posted in LAM MAGAZINE, PEOPLE, tagged 2015 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Architectural Digest, Cambridge, Chicago, Columbus, Coverings, Dubai, Greater & Greener 2015, Hearth Patio and Barbecue Expo, LABash, New York, Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting, On the Road with LAM, Orlando, Outdoor Design and Build Show, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, The Lincoln Institute on March 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Find the LAM staff out and about in March and April:
LABash 2015, San Luis Obispo, CA
2015 CELA Conference, Manhattan, KS
Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH
Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities, San Francisco, CA
You can also find Landscape Architecture Magazine this spring at the following shows:
Hearth Patio and Barbecue Expo, Nashville, TN
Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, NY
Outdoor Design and Build Show, Dubai, UAE
Coverings, Orlando, FL
And as always, at more than 400 Barnes & Noble stores.
Posted in AWARDS, EDUCATION, HOUSE CALL, LAM MAGAZINE, NEW YORK CITY, PARKS, PEOPLE, PLAYGROUNDS, PRACTICE, RECREATION, RESILIENCE, UNIVERSITY, WATER, tagged 2014 ASLA Student Awards, Alex Ulam, Chatham University, GreenWorks, Harvest Home, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Lateral Office, Lola Sheppard, Mason White, Meyer/Reed, nature-based play, Sand Fracking, SiteWorks, Solar Decathalon, sustainable, Trust for Public Land on March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment »
March’s issue of LAM looks at the cultural and environmental consequences of sand mining in Wisconsin to supply the fracking industry; Lola Sheppard and Mason White’s influential research-driven practice, Lateral Office, in Toronto; and three new play spaces in Oregon designed by GreenWorks and Mayer/Reed that embrace nature-based play.
In this month’s departments, Chatham University in Pittsburgh closes its landscape architecture program; SiteWorks has kids help turn New York City schoolyards into community parks; the winners of a 2014 ASLA Student Award of Excellence balance landscape and architecture in a home for a wounded veteran; Joni L. Janecki, ASLA, creates a drought-tough landscape for the Packard Foundation’s new headquarters near Palo Alto, California; Jane Wolff’s illustrated flashcards make the San Francisco Bay legible in Bay Lexicon; and we have numbers, however small, on landscape design’s growing impact on the economy. All this plus our regular Now, Species, Goods, and Books columns. The full table of contents for March can be found 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: “Many Sand Counties,” Lonniewishart.com; “Eyes Northward,” Ashley Capp; “Go Wild, Oregon Child,” Courtesy GreenWorks, PC; “Chatham Shuts the Door,” © Chatham University 2015; “DIY, Kiddo,” The Trust for Public Land; “The Drought Will Tell,” Jeremy Bittermann; “Team Effort,” Thomas J. Manuccia; “Bay Q&A,” Jane Wolff.
Posted in ART, ASLA, MINDS, PEOPLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, tagged African American Landscape Architects, ASLA, ASLA Diversity Summit, Black History Month, Janelle Johnson, landscape architect, OLIN Landscape Architecture, OLININSTA, Sahar Coston-Hardy on February 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
The house photographer and videographer at OLIN, Sahar Coston-Hardy, already has a cult following after her recent appearance at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver, so we aren’t all that surprised that she’s working social media channels in smart and interesting ways. Coston-Hardy (@saharchphoto) and Janelle Johnson, ASLA (@janelle_rla), a senior landscape architect at OLIN, have been handed control of the firm’s Instagram feed (@olininsta) for the month of February to highlight the contributions of African Americans to the field of landscape architecture.
Coston-Hardy and Johnson look expansively at how “contributions” might be defined by featuring the work of historical and newly emerging designers, as well as activists, scholars, and landscape architecture programs at historically black colleges and universities, among others. Johnson, whose work is seen here, has also written about ASLA’s recent Diversity Summit (“Diversity—Not Just for Plant Communities“), asking “Why hasn’t more been done to attract African American and Latino students to the world of landscape architecture?” You can see posts from Coston-Hardy and Johnson’s February Olininsta takeover, without signing up for Instagram, here: https://instagram.com/olininsta.
Posted in BIRDS, CITIES, COMPETITIONS, PARKS, PEOPLE, tagged Arid Lands Institute, Detroit Future Cities, Edge Effects, Erin Kelly, Finnish urbanism, Hadley Arnold, Knight Cities Challenge, Lotusland, Minhocão, National Parks Now, Presidio, The Building Centre, The Landscape Institute, Van Alen Institute, World Resources Institute on January 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
A monthly roundup of the news, dispatches, and marginalia that caught our eye.
The LAM staff dives into this month’s news and views in the first Queue of the year, including a vacant lot project in Detroit that could unite barbers and landscape contractors, Brazil’s hopeful rails-to-trails project, and a collection of short films about the environment.
CATCHING UP WITH…
• The San Francisco Chronicle visits the Gallery + Ideas Forum at the Presidio Trust Headquarters, where the winning design for the Presidio parkland (“The Lucas Museum’s Rough Chicago Landing,” August 19, 2014; more), along with the four runners-up, are on display for public comment and review.
• Four finalists for the National Parks Now, a National Park Service and Van Alen Institute (“Take Aim At New Orleans’s Vacant Land,” August 12, 2014) competition, were announced. Each finalist will receive a $15,000 stipend for implementing strategies that connect four parks to more diverse audiences.
• Erin Kelly of Detroit Future City (“Detroit from the Ground Up,” LAM, November 2014) was among the 126 finalists for the Knight Cities Challenge, a competition created to generate beneficial design for 26 target communities in which the Knight family has newspapers. Out of a whopping 7,000 entries, her proposal for a barber and landscape team up for vacant lots in Detroit moved to the next stage.
• African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. labor force but only 5.9 percent of the labor force in solar industries. Brentin Mock at Grist asks whether “African Americans are obtaining equitable opportunities in the emerging green markets.”
• Finnish Urbanism—it’s a thing. Timo Hämäläinen, an urban geographer based in Helsinki, helps us catch up with “Six Major Developments Shaping Finnish Cities in 2014″ on his blog, From Rurban to Urban.
• A group of residents in São Paulo hopes to see the Minhocão, a highway by day and cultural hub by night, repurposed into a rails-to-trails project for the local citizens.
OUR WOBBLY WORLD
• Six companies in the Jiangsu province of China were recently fined 160 million yuan ($26 million) for dumping chemical waste into two Taizhou rivers.
• Sam Adams, the former mayor of Portland, Oregon, was recently appointed as the new director of the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute. Adams was one of the key figures responsible for shaping Portland into one of the most sustainable cities in the United States.
• A year after a drinking water disaster in Charleston, West Virginia, and after a lot of promises for regulatory reform, threats to drinking water supplies are not much diminished.
OUT AND ABOUT
• From February 28 to May 23, 2015, Lotusland in Montecito, California, will play host to FLOCK, a temporary installation that calls attention to the disappearing wild bird population, seen by many as an indicator for the loss in biodiversity.
• Olafur Eliasson: Contact, a series of installations displaying Eliasson’s multidisciplinary “investigations into the mechanisms of perception and the construction of space,” is on view at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris through February 23, 2015.
DISTRACT ME FROM MY DEADLINE DEPT.
• Eight short films that play with the idea of perspective.
• Think it’s expensive where you live? Try living in Greenland.
BY JOHN KING
William Byrd Callaway, an ASLA Fellow and 2007 recipient of the ASLA Medal, died on November 24, 2014, in San Francisco after a brief fight with cancer. He was 71.
During his career, the burly but genial man known as Bill to colleagues and clients excelled both as a designer and as an executive. In the former role he crafted everything from corporate campuses and community parks to private estates. In the latter, he spent his entire career at what now is SWA Group in a procession of positions that included president, chief executive officer, and chairman.
Raised on his family’s ranch near the state capital of Sacramento in California’s Central Valley, Bill graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1966. Then, after a six-month stint in the U.S. Marine Corps reserve, he joined what at the time was Sasaki, Walker, and Associates. He left to earn a master’s degree at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, but returned to SWA in 1971 and didn’t budge after that.
During his career, Bill took a lead role in such projects as the expressive plazas outside the Philip Johnson-designed towers at PPG Place in Pittsburgh and 101 California Street in San Francisco, the low-key Shoreline Regional Park in Palo Alto, and the master plan for the vast Beijing Finance Center. On the business side, he helped steer SWA’s expansion to what is now a firm with 230 employees and offices in China and the United Arab Emirates, as well as six cities in the United States. The firm received ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Firm Award in 2005, while Bill was CEO.
Two years later, Bill was awarded the ASLA Medal for, among other things, inspiring fellow designers “to retain an idealistic view of the profession and the world.” He remained a principal and board member at the time of his death.
What coworkers remember is a leader who was also a colleague—comfortable with, and respectful of, everyone from major clients to entry-level employees.
“Bill was a unique individual for a group practice. He set a tone that allowed young designers to come into their own,” said John Wong, FASLA, who worked alongside Bill for decades at the firm’s home office in Sausalito and who is now SWA’s chairman. “He had a way of providing leadership without being heavy-handed, and people respected that.”
John King, Honorary ASLA, is the urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.