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A lift behind the scenes helped bring the National Park Service into being.

A lift behind the scenes helped bring the National Park Service into being.

From the April 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

In February 1916, the American Society of Landscape Architects met in Boston for its annual meeting. Among the reports entered into the proceedings was one of the Committee on National Parks. The committee was made up of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Harris Reynolds, Stephen Child, Percival Gallagher, and Warren H. Manning, and it had been formed on the recommendation of ASLA President James Sturgis Pray in 1915, part of a groundswell of unease that had been brewing for several years over the fractured administration of the national parks.

The passage of the National Park Service Organic Act on August 25, 1916, established the park service and its mission, and though it has been amended many times, and threatened many more times than that, it remains, 100 years hence, our primary apparatus for preserving and interpreting the national parks. Ethan Carr, FASLA, the landscape historian and author of Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture & the National Park Service, writes that (more…)

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MeettheEditors

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 lspeckhardt@asla.org.

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March’s issue of LAM looks at the cultural and environmental consequences of sand mining in Wisconsin to supply the fracking industry; Lola Sheppard and Mason White’s influential research-driven practice, Lateral Office, in Toronto; and three new play spaces in Oregon designed by GreenWorks and Mayer/Reed that embrace nature-based play.

In this month’s departments, Chatham University in Pittsburgh closes its landscape architecture programSiteWorks has kids help turn New York City schoolyards into community parks; the winners of a 2014 ASLA Student Award of Excellence balance landscape and architecture in a home for a wounded veteran; Joni L. Janecki, ASLA, creates a drought-tough landscape for the Packard Foundation’s new headquarters near Palo Alto, California; Jane Wolff’s illustrated flashcards make the San Francisco Bay legible in Bay Lexicon; and we have numbers, however small, on landscape design’s growing impact on the economy. All this plus our regular Now, Species, Goods, and Books columns. The full table of contents for March can be found here.

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.

Keep an eye out here on the blog, on the LAM Facebook page, and on our Twitter feed (@landarchmag), as we’ll be ungating March articles as the month rolls out.

Credits: “Many Sand Counties,” Lonniewishart.com; “Eyes Northward,” Ashley Capp; “Go Wild, Oregon Child,” Courtesy GreenWorks, PC; “Chatham Shuts the Door,” © Chatham University 2015; “DIY, Kiddo,” The Trust for Public Land; “The Drought Will Tell,” Jeremy Bittermann; “Team Effort,” Thomas J. Manuccia; “Bay Q&A,” Jane Wolff.

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A modern landscape for a historic cemetery by Halvorson Design Partnership and HGA, the remaking of a major Parisian public square by TVK with Martha Schwartz Partners and Areal Landscape Architecture, and the long and winding road back to health for the L.A. River are all in the April issue of LAM. The Climate section looks at Buenos Aires’s flood problem; Now embraces landscape “failures” and reconsiders contaminated military sites; and in Palette, Bernard Trainor, ASLA, melds his native Australia with California natives in his planting designs. All this plus our regular features in Species, Books, and Goods

You can read the full table of contents for April or pick up a free digital issue of the April LAM here and share it with your clients. 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 purchase single digital issues for only $5.25 at Zinio. 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 on the LAM blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed (@landarchmag), as we’ll be ungating some April pieces as the month rolls out—excellent accompaniments to a very welcome spring.

 
Credits: Lakewood Cemetery, © Paul Crosby; Place de la Republique, © Pierre-Yves Brunaud/Picturetank; Pistia, Peter Essick/Aurora Photos/Corbis; Landscape Fails, Niall Kirkwood, FASLA; Palette: Bernard Trainor, Jason Liske.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE STAFF EDITOR/WRITER

Landscape Architecture Magazine is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Since 1910, the magazine has served as the voice of the landscape architecture profession. The magazine’s purview encompasses landscape design, land use, and environmental and ecological concerns at all scales, including gardens, parks, streets, urban development, brownfields, watersheds, and regional and global issues, not least climate change.

We are seeking a versatile staff writer/editor for its print magazine and website to cover landscape architecture, environmental and urban affairs, design practice and technology, among other areas. The ideal candidate will be a sharp, fast writer and reporter with a natural ear for news and emerging developments, a perceptive and constructive editor, and an omnivorous but skeptical consumer of design and culture.

The job duties include:

  • Regularly developing your own stories, both short and fast and longer stories, for the magazine and its blog.
  •  Cultivating story ideas for the magazine’s departments and feature well.
  •  Assigning stories to outside writers and managing their work on deadline.
  •  Substantive editing of outside writers’ stories.
  •  Researching, assigning, and gathering photography and graphics with an eye for vitality in presentation.
  •  Shaping the tone of stories and display copy with a distinctive voice.
  •  Aiding with basic page layout.
  •  The ability to work quickly, accurately, and independently on a tight deadline as part of a small staff.
  •  Excellent grammar, usage, and copy skills.

The ideal candidate will show:

  • Excellent reporting, fast writing, and oral communication skills.
  •  A passion for landscape architecture, and a working knowledge of the design and construction industry in general.
  •  An innate sense of great design.
  •  A strong sense of enterprise in spotting and developing stories.

Education: B.A. in English, journalism, communication, or related field; degree or coursework in landscape architecture, horticulture, or environmental design issues a plus.

Skills: Proficiency in written, verbal, and interpersonal communication.  Excellent organizational skills, good judgment, and attention to detail.  Ability to balance heavy workload with short- and long-term project deadlines, address changing priorities, and work well under pressure. Experience with basic magazine layout, blogging, knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Experience: Minimum three years’ experience in writing for publication; knowledge of landscape architecture, design, planning, and/or environmental issues.

Apply to: HR@asla.org

Please send your résumé, along with 3 writing samples, and salary requirement (negotiable will not be accepted). All of the items must be received in order to be considered.

This is an in-house, staff position located in the Chinatown section of downtown Washington, D.C. No phone calls or agency referrals, please.

No relocation benefits or remote working are offered.

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Landscape Architecture Magazine comes out 12 times a year, but we like to call it a quarterly that comes out monthly. In other words, we pack a lot into each issue for ASLA members, subscribers, and readers who pick up LAM at their local bookstore. But what a lot of our online readers don’t know is that, four times a year, we give digital issues of LAM away for free. As luck would have it, December’s excellent issue is one of those times. Here’s a little preview of what you can find in the free December issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine:

  • L.A.’s Grand Park by Rios Clementi Hale Studios is the big civic park that street-shy Los Angelenos can, and do, actually use.
  • James Sipes, ASLA, reports on the convergence of data visualizations and mapping.
  • Canada’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning helps communities literally see climate change’s effects on their own towns.
  • Folk art is often situated in some of the most unique and ephemeral vernacular landscapes around. Kevan Williams finds out what it takes to preserve and restore these unique places.
  • Graduate students from Washington University work the food chain from the farming end and discover the link between “city” and “country” is much more complicated than they’d thought.
  • Also, essays on starlings, Code for America’s Streetmix interface, clean energy as urban form maker, a “risky” schoolyard renovation, a restored rooftop garden in Chicago, and a study of communal property ownership. All this, plus our regular Goods and Books columns and LAM’s annual product guide.
Photo credits: Grand Park, Jim Simmons; Wind Map, HINT.FM/Wind; Streetmix, Code for America; Alfred Caldwell’s rooftop garden, Hedrich-Blessing Collection, Chicago History Museum; Magic Garden, Nic Barlow; Playground wood frame, Straub + Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Urban Designers.

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