14 Land Matters
An award-snagging student design for shade in the Utah desert; the conservation cuts in the 2014 farm bill; the petcoke blowing over Chicago’s south side; what killed a new national heritage area in the Missouri Ozarks; and more.
Edited by Adam Regn Arvidson, FASLA
The growing of vanilla, like its incredible flavor, is anything but ordinary; plus, the tiger beetle, often so often in overdrive that it can’t see straight.
By Constance Casey
3-D Printing: The Basics (For Now)
Do yourself a solid: The ability to make fast 3-D concept models in the studio from digital files could totally change the hours spent in conceptual design. But the technology is evolving by the week.
By John Pacyga, ASLA
Hold the Shoreline
Years of heavy engineering around San Francisco Bay have left its edges and ecologies in sorry shape against rising seas. Ecologists and engineers are trying out softer ways to let water meet the land.
By Lisa Owens Viani
Reefs Off the Shelf
New types of engineered barriers help blunt the force of tides and make habitats for plants and sea creatures along fragile coastal stretches.
By Kevan Williams
R&R Made Easy
Choices to ponder as the days grow longer.
BY LISA SPECKHARDT
104 Heaven’s Skate
Twenty-six acres of Olmsted and Vaux territory in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park have just been re-realized around a new skating complex. Robert Moses has been duly removed from the picture, and lyricism has returned to the landscape.
By Melanie Rehak
116 Neue Nature
Atelier Loidl turns Berlin’s scars into a park of unexpected pleasures, while leaving something of its past in the ground.
By Jessica Bridger
136 Up In The Air
Tempelhof, Berlin’s former airport and now an open public space, has had many lives. Berliners are trying to agree on the next one.
By Michael Dumiak
150 Ground War
To confront a concerted shift toward cool roofs and cool pavements in cities, the asphalt industry is fighting hard, and some would say dirty, to hold its market share.
By Arthur Allen
A review of Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, by Julie Campoli.
By Alex Ulam
184 Display Ad Index
185 Buyer’s guide Index
A new documentary explains the inescapability of dredging.
By Jennifer Reut