Posted in ART, BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, CLIMATE, COMPETITIONS, EDUCATION, IDEAS, LAM MAGAZINE, NEW YORK CITY, RESILIENCE, STREETS, STUDENTS, TRANSPORTATION, tagged Agence TER, art, Battery Park City, cycle track, FASLA, flooding, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, Mary Miss, New York City, Pershing Square, Piet Oudolf, river, Room for the River, SALT Landscape Architects, separated bike lanes, Somerset, South Cove, Staton Eckstut, student journals, Susan Child, The Netherlands on June 2, 2016 |
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This month, we have a few big stories that take you back a ways before bringing you back to the present. After decades of re-do schemes in Pershing Square in Los Angeles, and a tense year of competition that just ended with yet another redesign by Agence TER and SALT Landscape Architects announced as the long-awaited winners, we will see what becomes of the new design, and all the things a design needs to back it up, like services and programming. In New York’s barren Battery Park City in the 1980s, a small, subtle, and safe harbor came to life as a work of art, rather than a park, by Susan Child, FASLA; Stanton Eckstut; and Mary Miss, and it continues to mature and season handsomely. In the Netherlands, Room for the River, a nationwide project has been reworking the country’s four major rivers in anticipation of greater floods in the future for more than 20 years. Finally, in the small town of Bruton, near London, is the artist’s heaven of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with maximal garden designs by Piet Oudolf.
In the departments: the building momentum of separated bike lanes means safer routes for cyclists, in Streets; and three landscape architecture student journals create a window into the design culture of their universities, in Education. And, as ever, don’t miss our regular Now, Species, Goods, and Books columns. The full table of contents for June can be found here.
As always, you can buy this issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine at more than 700 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 June articles as the month rolls out.
Credits: “Better Luck This Time,” Agence Ter with SALT Landscape Architects; “Still Here,” Lexi Van Valkenburgh; “There’s Room,” Your Captain Luchtfotografie/www.luchtfotografie.com; “So Happy Together,” Heather Edwards, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth; “Cycle Away,” Jennifer Toole/Toole Design Group; “Class Consciousness,” Michelle Hook.
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Posted in ASLA, AWARDS, IDEAS, LAM ONLINE, PLANNING, STUDENTS, tagged 2015, aerial, Airborne, Analysis and Planning, Clementine Inhye Jang, design, easement, honor award, Jia Joy Hu, Michelle Shofet, seed transmission, Student ASLA, Student Award on October 8, 2015 |
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The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.
Credit: Clementine Inhye Jang, Student ASLA; Michelle Shofet, Student ASLA; and Jia Joy Hu, Student ASLA.
ASLA 2015 Analysis and Planning Student Honor Award winner “Airborne” by Clementine Inhye Jang, Student ASLA, Michelle Shofet, Student ASLA, and Jia Joy Hu, Student ASLA, in the October 2015 issue, features the investigation of designing easement networks through aerial seed transmission.
“This has a mesmerizing perspective with a mysterious quality that presents more questions than answers.”
—Chris McGee, LAM Art Director
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.
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Posted in ASLA, IDEAS, LAM ONLINE, tagged 2015, Alexander Russ, annual meeting, ASLA, ASLA annual meeting and EXPO, Bradford McKee, Chicago, Jared Green, Jennifer Reut, LAM, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Meet the Editors, The Dirt, Topos on October 6, 2015 |
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Hopeful candidates pitch their projects and ideas to editors at the 2014 Meet the Editors in Denver.
The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO can be a great way to catch up with current trends in the profession and those much-needed Professional Development Hours. But it can also be an opportunity to share with the Landscape Architecture Magazine team that much-beloved project you’ve been working on all year. Editors from LAM, The Dirt, and Topos will be on hand at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago, Saturday and Sunday, November 7–8, for Meet the Editors, a time block of 15-minute sign-up sessions with your choice of editor to pitch story ideas or that project you’ve worked so hard on.
New to Meet the Editors this year is Christopher McGee, Art Director for LAM, who will be available to provide feedback on photography portfolios. Spots are limited and fill quickly, so be sure to snag a session before they’re gone. While we love to hear about new products and advertisements, Meet the Editors is meant for practitioners and professionals only. However, if you’ve got that hot new product you’re sure landscape architects will love, be sure to contact our Goods columnist, Lisa Speckhardt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted in FOOD, GREEN ROOFS, IDEAS, INTERVIEW, LAM MAGAZINE, tagged ACTION, ASLA, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, business, Cambodia, Chicago, climate change, ecosystem, entrepreneurial, field, finance, grasses, Hawaii, Illinois, Lauren Mandel, Molly Meyer, Obama, Omni Ecosystems, Roof Crop, Rooftop Green Works, science, sedum, soil on August 6, 2015 |
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BY LAUREN MANDEL, ASLA
Molly Meyer is capitalizing on a surge in demand.
Molly Meyer, a Stanford University-trained biogeochemist and the CEO of Omni Ecosystems and Rooftop Green Works in Chicago, is part of the green roof industry’s emerging generation of innovators. Meyer’s approach to green roof design emphasizes affordability and simplicity, with the goal of maximizing biodiversity. Through her sister companies, Meyer sells and installs a specially designed green roof tray system that supports unusually diverse plant species in shallow growing medium, most notably in veneer meadows. Meyer recently cofounded a third company, the Roof Crop, which began cultivating its first rooftop farm in April.
You’re from Indianapolis, which is a fairly large city. What drew you into soil science?
I loved playing outdoors as a kid. By the time I got to college I was looking for opportunities to do schoolwork outdoors. There were a lot of classes and research opportunities [for which] I could work outside and travel for by doing (more…)
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Posted in CITIES, FOOD, GREEN ROOFS, IDEAS, LAM MAGAZINE, PRACTICE, tagged advertisement, Austria, BDP, Bradford Williams Medal, Coca-cola, countries, economy, Energy for Life, exploitation, Expo, Feeding the Planet, Ferrero Rocher, Fiera Milano, gentrification, global cucumber, horticulture, Infrastructure, Israel, Italy, Jacques Herzog, LANDSCAPE, Lindt, Marco Balich, McDonald, Milan, Milan Expo 2015, nature, pavilion, politics, recession, regeneration, Ricky Burdett, riot, Russia, Singapore, Stefano Boeri, technocontraptions, technophilia, unemployment, United Kingdom, United States of America, wild flowers, William McDonough, Wolfgang Buttress on July 29, 2015 |
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BY TIM WATERMAN
The Milan Expo 2015 raises unsought emotions about food, cities, the world.
A city like Milan reflects the strivings of generations. It has a rich quality of everyday life that includes a sophisticated food culture, which, as in so many Italian cities, is both distinctly local and, because of its history of trade, cosmopolitan. The evolution of the city’s form has intertwined with the tastes and appetites of the Milanese. The convivial quality of many of its spaces comes from enclosures such as its ubiquitous courtyard gardens, its cool semiprivate zones where neighbors come into contact, or its sidewalk cafés. Milan was once Mediolanum (meaning “in the midst of the plain”), the capital of the Western Roman Empire. It was enclosed by walls, but open to its countryside in the Po River Valley, where alluvial soils raised abundant grain and grapes, and roads brought influence from all over Europe.
Milan’s economy has suffered, as has all of Italy’s, from the crash in 2008, and recession and unemployment are tenaciously rooted. While its economy continues to be underpinned by industry and agriculture, notably by small, family-owned farms, government policy has looked to urban and infrastructural development for solutions to the crisis. Italy’s new, post-Berlusconi government is trying to show evidence of its ability to deliver, and Milan, the financial center of Italy, has become a showcase of contemporary neoliberal development. In particular, two developments have shown great international visibility: the Milan Expo 2015 and the business district at Porta Nuova, best known for the Bosco Verticale (vertical forest), the heavily vegetated and much-published twin luxury apartment towers by the architect Stefano Boeri.
Boeri has courted controversy at both sites, attracting antigentrification protests both from the working-class neighborhood the towers protrude from, as well as accusations of deploying expensive greenwash that would never be possible in a lower-cost development. Much the same objections have been raised against the plans for this year’s expo in Milan, which he master planned with Jacques Herzog, William McDonough, and Ricky Burdett. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is the expo’s motto, meant, as it was, to embody a sustainable ethic, but it clashed with the presence of food giants such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola among the nations represented. Lavish spending on the project further excited anger, as many people questioned the concentration of municipal spending on one site instead of many, and the inevitable siphoning away of funds that such concentration engenders. On May Day in Milan, cars blazed in the streets, windows were smashed, and ‘No Expo’ graffiti proliferated.
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