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Landscape Architecture in the News

Contested Ground
The Architect’s Newspaper
Landscape architecture continues to experience a professional flowering based on the growing significance of sustainability and ecological issues as they relate to planning the broader built environment. But awareness is also growing among architects that they are no longer kings of the mountain.” 

In Your Own Backyard
Trib Local
“Steve Kooyenga, senior landscape architect at Chalet Landscape, Nursery, and Garden Center, Wilmette, Ill., answers readers’ questions about gardening best practices, managing solutions to tricky problems and landscape design challenges every month in this column.”

How to Make Organics Recycling “Business as Usual”
“Smaller jurisdictions can just copy or reference those specs. At the national level, we’ve helped adapt the soil best practices into the Sustainable Sites Initiative (similar to the LEED green building criteria) available online at”

In Defense of Rain Barrels
Energy Bulletin
“Owen Dell, landscape architect in Santa Barbara and author of Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies, recently wrote a blog post he refers to as an exposé of rain barrels. Basically, his conclusion is that the current popular status rain barrels have attained is misplaced, and rain barrels don't make sense. I disagree.”

Tools of My Trade: Ken Smith on Hotels, Lawrence Halprin, and Inspiration
Fast Company
“The landscape architect shares the tools and inspirations that help him breathe life into the artificial.”

Wellesley's Fuller Brook Park Approved for Nomination to National Register of Historic Places
The Wellesley Townsman
“Three prominent designers advised on the project: John Charles Olmsted, founding member and first president of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Warren H. Manning, who worked at the Olmsted firm before establishing his own office in 1896; and engineer Ernest Bowditch, a native of Brookline.”

Famed Olmsted Elm Loses Battle to Disease
The Boston Globe
“A signature tree beside the historic Brookline home of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted will be cut down next week after years of disease and decline turned it into a potential hazard.”

Commercial May House Boardwalk
The Union
“The Nevada City Sustainability Team’s Commercial Street boardwalk project might make this a reality. The beautification pilot project, designed by local landscape architect Karin Kaufman, proposes the installation of a ‘modular and removable boardwalk seating area.’”

San Diego Stadium Master Plan / de bartolo + rimanic Design Studio and McCullough Landscape Architecture
“In conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture, they have released their design for a new football stadium in San Diego, California.”

Hebron Residents Offer Vision for Town Center
Norwich Bulletin
“Hebron residents discussed the good and the bad of the town’s center and its potential during a forum Wednesday run by landscape architecture students from the University of Connecticut.”

Parks in the Realm of Landscapes and Infrastructures
“Are parks landscapes or infrastructures—or can they be both? This question is broached in this wide-reaching interview on the role of parks in cities with landscape architect Gerdo Aquino.”

Platform Discussion Series: Barbara Gallucci
North Adams Transcript
“Join exhibiting artist Barbara Gallucci and landscape architect Michael Blier in this Platform-exclusive event.”

The Brave New World of Manufactured Soils
Boston Globe
“Bob Pine and John Swallow of Pine and Swallow Environmental will lecture Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 PM at the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building about manufactured soils—formulated to provide highly predictable and consistent performance. Today, many landscape architectural designs must use manufactured soils to meet sustainability and high-performance project requirements.”

Breakfast with Miles Barnard
Chestertown Spy
“A graduate of the University of Maryland, he’s a registered landscape architect in Maryland and Virginia. His ideal project incorporates the principles of sustainability (water conservation and reuse), ecological restoration (reduction of impervious surfaces), and the use of native plant material. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Maryland Native Plant Society, and the International Society of Arboriculture.”

Secure, Sustainable U.S. Embassies Is Focus of ASHRAE Briefing
ThomasNet News
“Representatives Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), who serve as cochairs of the High-Performance Building Caucus, have been invited to deliver opening remarks, followed by presentations by Lydia Muniz, deputy director, Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), U.S. Department of State; Paul Phillips, American Institute of Architects, principal, Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey; and Faye Harwell, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Rhodeside & Harwell.”

SWT Design Announces Three Principal Promotions
Healthcare Design
“St. Louis landscape architecture firm SWT Design is pleased to announce that Jay Wohlschlaeger Jr., Bonnie Roy, and Hunter Beckham have been promoted to principals.”

A City in Bloom
“‘This is one of the grandest horticultural displays in the country, if not the world,’ says Brian Berry, a senior associate for Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects of Chicago. The median planters were Doug Hoerr's idea.”

ELECTION 2011 | Madison City Council, District 9
“Incumbent Paul Skidmore is seeking re-election to the District 9 aldermanic seat on the Madison City Council. His challenger is Rick Cruz. Skidmore is past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (two terms); past chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association.”

RETTEW Promotes Brinser to Group Manager
“Brinser is a registered landscape architect with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute.”

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