Tag Archives: By T. Schuler

Alternate Ending

After decades of being off-limits to the public, Los Angeles’s Silver Lake Reservoir could return to the people.

By Timothy A. Schuler

Residents take a rare stroll inside the fence at the decommissioned reservoir as a part of a master planning workshop led by Hargreaves Jones. Photo courtesy Hargreaves Jones.

Among the popular myths about Los Angeles is that prior to European settlement the city was a desert. Continue reading Alternate Ending

Extra Space, Extramural

A projector and some creative programming make a way for landscape architecture students to connect safely.

By Timothy A. Schuler 

Roberto Rovira, ASLA, mapped the surfaces of FIU’s School of Architecture building to identify spaces that could accommodate projection and physical distancing. Image courtesy Roberto Rovira, ASLA.

More than a year into remote learning, Zoom has proven itself to be an adequate stopgap for basic instruction in university classrooms. Continue reading Extra Space, Extramural

A Memorial for the Moment

National echoes underscore the power of a memorial to the victims of a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

By Timothy A. Schuler 

Tapered landforms create a pair of sheltered spaces for reflection within the larger plaza. Photo by Tina Chee, ASLA.

Since at least the 1870s, Tucson’s El Presidio Plaza, located between the Pima County Superior Court and Tucson City Hall, has been a place of gathering, commemoration, and civic participation. Continue reading A Memorial for the Moment

Toward Reclamation

This article is also available in Spanish

The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta,  where five major waterways converge, steps forward thanks to a new National Heritage Area designation.

By Timothy A. Schuler 

On August 29, 2005, the world saw what happened when a levee failed. A Category 3 hurricane slammed the Gulf Coast, 169 linear miles of federally constructed levees collapsed, and nearly 80 percent of New Orleans flooded, killing almost 1,000 people, the majority of them African American and over the age of 65. Continue reading Toward Reclamation

Winter Warmers

In Colorado, outdoor dining concepts are grounded in pragmatism—and the latest public health research.

By Timothy A. Schuler 

Designed for Colorado’s ski resorts, the PARK[AS] concept prioritizes ventilation thanks to feedback from public health officials. Image courtesy Colorado Restaurant Association.
Cities around the country have held design competitions over the past several months, inviting ideas from designers and planners for how to “winterize” outdoor dining. Many of the resulting concepts, however, have been criticized for being impractical or too expensive, partially because of the vacuum created by the typical competition process, in which design teams receive a brief and proceed with limited feedback.

A program run by the state of Colorado in partnership with the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Colorado Restaurant Foundation offers an alternative model. Launched in October, the program has two components. The first is a $1.8 million pot made up of public and private funds that is available to locally owned restaurants (corporate-owned chains are not eligible). The second is a series of design concepts developed for specific spatial conditions, such as sidewalks, parking stalls, closed streets, and rooftops. Where the Colorado initiative diverges from a design competition is in its collaborative and interdisciplinary nature. Each concept was developed during a one-day charrette by a team of landscape architects, architects, and engineers, as well as public health experts, restaurateurs, general contractors, product suppliers, and government officials, all of whom were grouped and assigned one of nine pre-identified conditions by the event organizers. Continue reading Winter Warmers

Interview: Fire at the Doorstep

The Los Angeles-based designer Greg Kochanowski researches wildfire mitigation close to home.

By Timothy A. Schuler

Greg Kochanowski documented the loss of his own home in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which destroyed 110 of 217 houses in Seminole Springs, California. Photo by GK.

Earth is a water planet. It is also, as Stephen J. Pyne has written, a fire planet. The Earth “has held fires as long as plants have lived on land,” Pyne recently wrote in Yale Environment 360. To remove fire from landscapes that have coevolved with it “can be as ruinous as putting fire into landscapes that have no history of it. Continue reading Interview: Fire at the Doorstep

Mixed Media

Design firms are (finally) using social media for marketing, but in the era of physical isolation, it has also become a kind of social infrastructure.

By Timothy A. Schuler

 

Gina Ford, FASLA, wants me to know that she was asked to get on Twitter. It was early 2011, and the marketing team at Sasaki, where Ford was a principal at the time, felt that the firm needed to be more active on social media and also needed a fresh voice. Continue reading Mixed Media