Posted in ARCHIVES, BOOKS, CLIMATE, ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, IDEAS, INTERVIEW, LAM MAGAZINE, MINDS, PRACTICE, RESEARCH, VIEWS, tagged #ASLACenter, #LAMLecture, ecological design, ECOLOGY, Elizabeth K. Meyer, environmental design, hybrid landscapes, landscape aesthetics, Landscape Architecture, landscape essay, landscape performance, landscape theory, Manifesto, sustainable landscapes, Sustaining Beauty, UVA School of Architecture on March 6, 2017|
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Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will be at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture on March 9, 2017.
We are delighted to announce the first event in the Landscape Architecture Magazine Lecture Series, a program we’ve been cooking for a while now. The LAM Lecture Series will bring together design professionals, educators, and thinkers in conversation around provocative issues in the field of landscape architecture. From the beginning, we’d hoped to land Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, as our inaugural speaker, and we are very pleased she’ll be joining us on March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in conversation with our own LAM Editor Brad McKee. Meyer will be speaking at the new ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C., about her ongoing engagement with the idea of beauty in landscape architecture, in a talk titled, Beyond Sustaining Beauty: Aesthetic Entanglements with Climate Change Science.”
Meyer’s talk will build on several years of thinking and writing on landscape and aesthetics, and we thought we’d post the two foundation essays she wrote on the topic as a kind of primer for Thursday’s talk. The first, “Sustaining Beauty: The Performance of Appearance,” appeared in the magazine in October 2008 (originally published in the Spring 2008 Journal of Landscape Architecture), and remains one of our most requested reprints. More recently, Meyer published “Beyond Sustaining Beauty: Musings on a Manifesto,” in Values in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design: Finding Center in Theory and Practice, edited by M. Elen Deming. We think both essays, and the talk she’ll give at the Center, will be topics of conversation for a long time to come.
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Posted in LAM ONLINE, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, PARKS, PRESERVATION, VIEWS, tagged Braulio Agnese, Citizen's Commercial Alert, Consumerist blog, corporate, Department of Natural Resources, Director's Order, Donations and Partnerships, Jonathan Jarvis, La Salle University, logos, Mary Tracy, Max Ashburn, Michael Reynolds, NPS, Office of Partnerships and Philanthropic Stewardship, philanthropy, Reginald Chapple, Scenic America, sponsorship on January 27, 2017|
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BY BRAULIO AGNESE
Photo illustration by Katarina Katsma, ASLA. Photo courtesy Shenandoah National Park from Virginia [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
On Dec. 28, 2016, then-National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed “Director’s Order #21: Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships,”
the latest update to the agency’s guidance on engagement in public–private partnerships and the appropriate acceptance of support from the private sector. Originally issued in 1998 and then revised in 2006 and 2008, the directive’s newest version received backlash from several quarters after the NPS released a draft version
for a 45-day public comment period in late March 2016. (Jarvis retired from the NPS on Jan. 3, 2017. Michael Reynolds, former deputy director of operations, is serving as acting director until a permanent appointee is named.)
The draft generated a strong negative response from preservation groups, government-focused nonprofits, and corporate watchdogs, which pointed out the greatly expanded possibilities for corporate visuals (such as wraps on NPS vehicles), warned of logos on national treasures, and expressed the worry that park managers would become active solicitors for commercial sponsorships. Scenic America, devoted to preserving the “visual character of America,” partnered with Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert, a nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative for keeping “commercial culture within its proper sphere,” to spread the word about the draft. The NPS received 350 comments on the directive, 80 percent of which were negative, Commercial Alert estimated in a September letter.
In its press release announcing the finalization of the order, the NPS notes that the revised order arose from a desire to “better align the bureau with (more…)
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Posted in ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, EPA, HISTORY, LAM MAGAZINE, LAND MATTERS, POLLUTION, VIEWS, tagged 2006, America, Border Wall, boundary, Clean Water Act, commerce, diversity, Donoran Desert, Endangered Species Act, EPA, Gavin Newsom, Gulf of Mexico, Jim O'Donnell, Mexico, National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA, Opossum Society of the United States, Rio Grande River, Rio Grande Valley, Secure Fence Act, Trump, wall, xenophobic on January 26, 2017|
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BY BRADFORD McKEE
Postcommodity, Repellent Fence, 2015. Image courtesy Museum of Walking/Angela Ellsworth.
From the upcoming February 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Instead of a sensible and humane overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws to deal with current realities, we are apparently going to get a wall between the United States and Mexico. It was among the most outlandish promises of the Trump campaign, if only one of its rank xenophobic turns: a gigantic blockade stretching from the Pacific Ocean, through the Sonoran Desert, and down the Rio Grande River to the Gulf of Mexico, with fear as its mortar. During the first week of the new Republican-led Congress, the House Republican Policy Committee chair, Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, told the Washington Post that legislators are looking for ways to begin work on such a wall under existing law and with American (not Mexican) money. The existing law Messer means is the Secure Fence Act of 2006, signed by President George W. Bush, which called for 700 miles of actual fencing and a “virtual fence” of beefed-up surveillance along the Mexico border. That work remains incomplete. Barriers block less than half of the 1,954 miles of international boundary. Theoretically, a resumption of building could begin to lock it all up later this spring.
The human effects of this simplistic idea will be mixed. A big wall will stop some population flow, but hardly all of it, and it will kill informal cross border commerce. Ecologically, though, it is likely to be a catastrophe. It will fragment habitat on a huge scale in one of the most biologically diverse parts of North America—the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas alone is said to have (more…)
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Posted in LAM MAGAZINE, VIEWS, tagged 3-D modeling, AIA, architecture, AutoCAD, Autodesk, BIM, BIM for Landscape, BIMForum, CAD, Civil 3D, computer, design, landscape information modeling, LIM, planning, Revit, SIM, site information modeling, software, technology, The Landscape Institute, Vectorworks on February 16, 2016|
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BY BRIAN BARTH
Landscape architects feel the push of architecture-centric software.
Building information modeling, or BIM, has become the default digital format for designing buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure the world over, though in theory it is just as applicable to landscape design. You are not likely to find an architecture or engineering firm that does not employ BIM software, but there are surprisingly few landscape architecture firms that do. It’s not that landscape architects don’t appreciate the information-rich approach of BIM—quite the contrary—but many loathe its building-centric nature.
“Landscape architecture as a profession is kind of down on BIM,” says James Sipes, a landscape architect based in Atlanta who was an early proponent of adapting the technology for landscape architecture purposes. “It seemed to be exactly what we were looking for—that combination of CAD and 3-D modeling and smart software that linked things together in the way we as landscape architects design.” But, Sipes says, companies like Autodesk, which publishes Revit, a BIM software used widely by architects, “put a lot of time and energy into building BIM data for buildings and building components, but none of that had anything to do with landscape architecture.”
All of which would be fine if landscape architects weren’t being pulled into (more…)
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Posted in CLOSE-UP, LAM MAGAZINE, MAINTENANCE, NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE, VIEWS, tagged 34th Street Partnership, Ala Moana Beach Park, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Boston, Bryant Park, Dallas, Dan, Daniel Biederman, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, FASLA, Fred A. Bernstein, Grand Central Partnership, Harvard, Hawaii, James Burnett, Jessica Sechrist, Klyde Warren Park, Manhattan, Midtown Messiah, Military Park, Office of James Burnett, OLIN, Pittsburgh, programming, Ray Chambers, Sasaki Associates, Schenley Park, Sierra Club on December 22, 2015|
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BY FRED A. BERNSTEIN
Daniel Biederman sweats all the details in a crusade to make parks that work.
Daniel Biederman’s desire to improve America’s parks has him patrolling green spaces from Santa Monica to Boston, issuing complaints about everything from a messy bicycle rack weld (“it looks like Play-Doh”) to the quantity of caution tape around an out-of-order bathroom (“people will think it’s a crime scene”). When he is in Manhattan, in his office overlooking Bryant Park, he tries to speak with each of his employees daily—he describes it as essential to their professional development. (“I have to build them up so they can interact with clients.”) But, as in the business of renovating parks, building up often involves tearing down. During a weekly meeting of his business improvement district minions, Biederman browbeat one employee over how he approached newspaper circulation executives (who, he explained, “are former truck drivers, with IQs of 97”); corrected the grammar of another; and ordered his social media team never to tell him a mention of one of his parks had “gone viral,” which he dismissed as a cliché. Instead, he told the team, “Give me real data.”
Asked about his tough leadership style, Biederman later said, “I can’t have kindergarten.”
He also can’t achieve (more…)
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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 ART, CLOSE-UP, INTERVIEW, LAM ONLINE, MINDS, NEW YORK CITY, PEOPLE, VIEWS, tagged architect, architecture, LANDSCAPE, Nicholas Quennell, oral history, Pioneers of American Landscape Design, series, TCLF, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, United Kingdom on October 20, 2015|
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As part of the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Pioneers of American Landscape Design oral history series, the landscape architect Nicholas Quennell recounts his early influences and the work that shaped him into the architect, artist, and landscape architect he became. The interview is broken up into 13 one- to three-minute videos from his early years to his professional working career. This is the 12th installment of the oral history series; the others can be found here.
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