Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, DETAILS, GREEN ROOFS, LAM MAGAZINE, NEW YORK CITY, RESILIENCE, WATER, tagged Adrian Benepe, Alex Ulam, bioswales, Bronx, Croton Reservoir, Croton Water Filtration Plant, Department of Environmental Protection, driving range, fertilizers, fish emulsion, golf course, gray infrastructure, Green Roof, Grimshaw, Hazen and Sawyer, herbicides, Honorary ASLA, inorganic, insecticides, Ken Smith Workshop, Metcalf & Eddy, Mosholu Driving Range, Natural Resources Defense Council, Norwood neighborhood, organic, Pelican Hill Golf Course, permeable concrete, pesticides, phytoremediation, pollution, polystyrene, rain gardens, rainwater, Safe Drinking Water Act, sewage, Stephen Kay/Doug Smith Golf Course Design, stormwater, terrorism, Van Cortlandt Park, water filtration, wetland on July 28, 2016|
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BY ALEX ULAM
The new Mosholu golf driving range is part of a controversial water filtration plant project built at the edge of the bucolic Van Cortlandt Park.
Many things are not exactly what they appear to be at the new Mosholu golf driving range, located in the northwest section of the Bronx in New York City. Behind high stone walls and a gate monitored by armed policemen there are carefully crafted illusions worthy of an Olmsted design. A driveway leading into this place looks as if it were carved out of wilderness. On either side are sunken beds of untamed riparian plants that pool with water after rainstorms. Up a slope, past a low-slung building faced in rust-colored steel, you are at the high point of the range. The greens below are composed of hillocks with carpets of turfgrass, plush enough for a nap, which overlook a bowl-shaped depression.
Beneath the driving range is the Croton Water Filtration Plant. At a cost of more than $3.2 billion, it is among the most expensive public works projects ever built in New York City. The driving range sits atop a nine-acre green roof covering the plant, which is said to be the country’s largest contiguous green roof. It replaces an old municipal driving range bulldozed more than a decade ago to make way for the underground filtration plant, which descends about 100 feet into the ground. The subterranean structure is designed to filter up to 30 percent of New York City’s water supply.
The need to purify water, especially water that humans have polluted, has become (more…)
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Posted in ASLA, AWARDS, LAM MAGAZINE, PEOPLE, RESIDENTIAL, SAN FRANCISCO, tagged 2015 ASLA Honor Award, Advancing Full Spectrum Housing: Design for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Arizona State University, autism, Bay Area, California, Center for Independent Living, chickens, community, drought-tolerant, greenhouses, Honorary ASLA, John King, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Residential Design, Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, roosters, sensory, Sonoma, stimulation, Sweetwater Spectrum, vegetable beds on February 25, 2016|
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BY JOHN KING, HONORARY ASLA
A community for adults with autism shows the power of an understated landscape.
If Sweetwater Spectrum in Sonoma, California, had been one of her typical Bay Area projects—the visitor center of a winery, perhaps—Nancy Roche might have chosen a different aesthetic in selecting the five trees that will form a statuesque line between the lawn and the communal porch within the cluster of four spacious four-bedroom houses designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. She might have gone with ornamental pear or a particularly vivid maple, something that in the autumn would shed its leaves with fiery drama.
But Sweetwater isn’t a typical project, or a typical residential enclave. It’s perhaps the nation’s first housing complex designed specifically for adults with autism living largely on their own, a population that is served best by surroundings that offer predictability and simplicity rather than potentially disruptive stimulation. So when it came time to order the high-visibility quintet, intended to form a linear canopy 40 feet high, the tree she selected was a different deciduous variety, zelkova, a relative of the American elm.
“I chose them because I like them, but also because the fall color is a more subtle rusty red,” says Nancy, who with her husband, Dave Roche, ASLA, leads Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, a four-person firm based three miles away. “It’s more sophisticated than a (more…)
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Posted in ASLA, AWARDS, LAM ONLINE, PHOTOGRAPHY, tagged 2015 ASLA Honor Award, 2015 ASLA Professional Award, Art Director's Cut, February, Honorary ASLA, John King, Residential Design, Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, Sweetwater Spectrum, Welcome Home on February 23, 2016|
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The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.
Credit: Marion Brenner, Affiliate ASLA.
From “Welcome Home” by John King, Honorary ASLA, in the February 2016 issue, featuring the rich simplicity of a landscape in a community built for adults with autism by Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture, winner of a 2015 ASLA Honor Award in Residential Design.
“I’m smitten with the geometry of the shapes that lead into the background.”
—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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