Posted in ASLA, EDUCATION, LAM BLOG, PRACTICE, tagged 2016, ASLA annual meeting and EXPO, New at HQ, New Orleans, proposal, session on January 21, 2016 |
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One of the many peer-led sessions from the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO held in Chicago.
Until January 28, ASLA is accepting session proposals for the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, which will be held this year in New Orleans (yes, it is exciting) October 21–24.
The possibilities are broad. New topics, such as research into the mechanics behind a design, are always welcome to help push the knowledge discussion forward. But there is always an eager audience for familiar topics, says Emily O’Connor, the Education Programs Administrator at ASLA. “Residential design and sustainable development have been popular sessions in past meetings,” O’Connor says. But time is running out. Refine your topic, round up any other panelists you might invite, and get your proposal in!
For more information, please visit here.
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Stone masonry work in progress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Credit: By USCapitol [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Construction has been brisk across most of the country the past year, but material costs are not bad and are expected to hold steady this year, if not drop a bit more, given falling fuel prices and weakness in China and elsewhere. But the construction labor market is tightening; construction wages will likely need to go up, and some areas may see labor shortages. All this info comes in an excellent roundup on the shape of the current construction economy over at Equipment Today. Rod Dickens called on economists from the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Association of Home Builders, the Portland Cement Association, the Associated General Contractors of America, and IHS Global Insight. Take the forecasts as you will, but the remarks on the current status of the market are as informed as any report card you’ll likely find. The full rundown is here.
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, CLOSE-UP, LAM MAGAZINE, PEOPLE, PRACTICE, VIEWS, tagged Anne Whiston Spirn, Austin Allen, Backyard Gardeners Network, Claiborne Avenue, Claiming Open Spaces, Clancy & Associates, Clare Cooper Marcus, community, community engagement, community space, DesignJones LLC, Diane Jones Allen, engagement, Environmental Justice, equity, Goody, guerrilla garden, Hurricane Katrina, Ian McHarg, Jacques Morial, Jenga Mwendo, justice, kittelson & Associates, Liveable Communities, Local & Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity, Lower Ninth Ward, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans, pop-up park, pro bono, Race Forward, racial equity, Randy Hester, tactical urbanism, transit desert, Treme, vacant, West Philadelphia Landscape Project on November 24, 2015 |
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BY ADAM REGN ARVIDSON, FASLA
Diane Jones Allen works to put public spaces and neighborhoods back together in post-Katrina New Orleans.
In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, at a community garden baking in the March sun, some herbs struggle up out of cinder block planters, and irrigation lines snake through the beds, which are awaiting springtime seeds. On the side of a toolshed is a big chalkboard announcing an evening movie screening and other community events. In the shade of a wooden arbor, Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, is meeting with Jenga Mwendo, the director of the Backyard Gardeners Network, which runs the garden. They are discussing not this place, the Guerrilla Garden, but the vacant city block across the street. Mwendo wants to claim it as community space, and Jones Allen is helping her envision what that might look like.
Jones Allen starts up her laptop on the wooden picnic table and presents a few sketches: plastic crates repurposed as small gardens, movable tables on a gravel bed, a pile of tires as a play area. That last idea intrigues Mwendo. “I just came across a pile of tires,” she says. “I’m just trying to remember where I saw that. There are lots of tires in this neighborhood.” She says she could probably make that happen right away, and it would offer some more options for Kids’ Club, an after-school program at the Guerrilla Garden. As Jones Allen presents her ideas, (more…)
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Posted in ASLA, AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, LAM MAGAZINE, PRACTICE, STUDENTS, tagged 2015, Art Institute of Chicago, Dan Kiley, Landmark Award, Now, Professional Awards, South Garden, Student Awards on September 29, 2015 |
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October’s LAM is our awards issue, and that means almost 70 pages of Student and Professional Award winners, including the 2015 Landmark Award given to Dan Kiley’s South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago. Finished in 1962, the South Garden celebrates almost 50 years of continued excellence as both a landscape architecture project and a cherished space in the public realm.
Out of 327 submitted projects to the Student Awards, 23 winners were chosen, with many of the projects highlighting the diversifying nature of landscape architecture. In the Professional Awards, 33 winners were selected from 463 submissions, many of which set the tone for the future of the profession. All this plus our regular Land Matters and Now columns.
You can read the full table of contents for October 2015 or pick up a free digital issue of the October LAM here and share it with your clients, colleagues, and friends. 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 October articles as the month rolls out.
Credits: Landmark Award, © Tom Harris/Courtesy the Cultural Landscape Foundation; Professional Communications Award of Excellence, Landscape Architecture Foundation; Professional Analysis and Planning Award of Excellence, Hargreaves Associates and Red Square; Professional Residential Design Award of Excellence, Hocker Design Group, Robert Yu, Justin Clemons; Professional General Design Award of Excellence, Courtesy Reed Hilderbrand.
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Posted in INVASIVE SPECIES, LAM BLOG, NEW YORK CITY, PHOTOGRAPHY, PLANTS, PRACTICE, tagged Art Director's Cut, brick, contrast, Future Green Studio, natives, tension, time, weeds on September 22, 2015 |
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The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.
Wrought iron step and brick facade overcome by time. Credit: Future Green Studio.
From “In the Weeds” by Nate Berg, in the September 2015 issue, featuring Future Green Studio’s love for designing with weeds.
“The juxtaposition of new growth against old structure creates a nice tension, and the dead leaves and stems on the wrought iron step create a nice bridge.”
—Chris McGee, LAM Art Director
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.
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Posted in AWARDS, CITIES, LAM BLOG, PEOPLE, PLANNING, PRACTICE, VIEWS, tagged 2014, architecture, article, Award, Bradford Williams Medal, buildings, diversity, environment, If Women Built Cities, LAM, LANDSCAPE, outside, planning, Susanna Rustin, The Guardian, urban, What Would Our Urban Landscape Look Like?, winner, Women, writing on September 17, 2015 |
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“If Women Built Cities, What Would Our Urban Landscape Look Like?” by Susanna Rustin from The Guardian on December 5, 2014.
Every year LAM honors two articles that stand out in the realm of landscape architecture with the Bradford Williams Medal—one that has appeared in LAM, and one from outside the magazine. For the 2015 medals, articles from the 2014 calendar period were nominated by LAM’s Editorial Advisory Committee and then were narrowed to two winners from the nominees.
Earlier we announced Mimi Zeiger’s “Fresno v. Eckbo” as the winner for an article in LAM, from December 2014. Today we’re proud to announce Susanna Rustin, a feature writer at The Guardian, as the winner for an article outside of LAM for her December 2014 story “If Women Built Cities, What Would Our Urban Landscape Look Like?” Rustin’s article focuses on the need for diversity, particularly women, among those who shape the human environment.
The Bradford Williams Medal is awarded to two outstanding articles in landscape every year.
The medal’s namesake, Bradford Williams, was an editor and publisher of LAM in its earlier days when it was Landscape Architecture Quarterly. The medal was named to honor his contributions to the magazine and to ASLA. A list of past winners can be found here.
The medals will be presented at ASLA’s 2015 Annual Meeting & EXPO on Monday, November 9 in a ceremony at Chicago’s McCormick Place for the ASLA Student and Professional Awards.
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, GARDENS, LAM MAGAZINE, NEW YORK CITY, PRACTICE, WILDLIFE, tagged ASLA, aspen, atmosphere, backyard, Boston ivy, Brooklyn, Bureu of Land Management, cataloge, David Seiter, DDG, ecosystem, English ivy, erosion, Europe, existing, Future Green Studio, geotag, Germany, goldenrod, Gowanus Canal, gray birch, Greenbelt Native Plant Center, Harvard Graduate School of Design, hashtag, honey locust, informal, Jeremy LaPointe, lamb's quarter, Nate Berg, National Park Service, New York, Norbert Kühn, overgrowth, Peter Del Tredici, phytoremediation, plant palette, Soil Moisture, spontaneous, Spontaneous Urban Plants, sumac, Technical University of Berlin, trumpet creeper, U.S. Forest Service, underutilized, Urbanism, Virginia creeper, weeds, weedy, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide on September 8, 2015 |
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BY NATE BERG
Little-loved plants win the affection of Future Green Studio.
The huge backyard along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn was the perfect site for the summertime Sunday afternoon parties that the DJs Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin liked to throw. It had plenty of space, room for a bar, and the overgrowth that comes alongside New York’s lovable Superfund waterway. But they had only temporary leases and permits to throw parties. Their time in the huge backyard wouldn’t last forever.
Carter and Harkin went looking for a permanent home and found something similar: a garbage-strewn industrial lot covered in weeds next to the L tracks in Ridgewood, Queens, a few miles away. “When we found it, it was, like, kind of just a junk heap,” Carter says.
Carter called David Seiter, ASLA, the principal and the design director at Future Green Studio, a landscape design and urban ecology firm of about 20 people then based close to the party space along the Gowanus. Seiter and his studio had also warmed to the area’s unkempt feeling and wanted to keep (more…)
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