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Cities Try to Restore Wildness to Urban Rivers
Miami Herald
“Like many city rivers, Houston’s bayous were once a dumping ground for trash and raw sewage. The water smelled so bad that an annual canoe race was dubbed the ‘reeking regatta,’ said Kevin Shanley, a landscape architect who specializes in urban river projects, including the Buffalo Bayou.”

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How to Build Better Buildings
Environmental Management & Energy News
“The organizations that have signed the statement are: American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, ASHRAE, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, [and others].

Outdoor Showers: 14 Refreshing Design Ideas
“This stone wall marries the shower’s architecture with the landscape architecture, while woolly pockets create vertical garden walls around it.”

National September 11 Memorial Museum by Snøhetta Opens in New York
“Snøhetta located the museum beneath the surface of the plaza. It emerges aboveground in only one place, creating an angular glass pavilion between the two memorial fountains designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.”

Nature Can Play Key Role in Recovery
Chicago Tribune
“Designed by Hoichi Kurisu, a renowned Japanese landscape architect, the Healing Garden offers a variety of plants and structures as the means for a pathway to self-discovery and inner peace.”

People Are Excited by Small Change in Landscapes, Not Mammoth Buildings
Huffington Post Canada
“Squeezing more nature into cities requires creativity. It also needs buy-in from homeowners, property managers, and experts from fields like landscape architecture and urban planning.”

The Trade-Offs of Relocating North to Canada
New York Times Online
“Daniel Earle, 75, who was born in Rhode Island, educated at Michigan State, Harvard, and Louisiana State University, and worked for 37 years as a professor of landscape architecture at LSU, now calls Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, his home.”

World’s Scariest Water Slides
“‘By strategically adding flat panels to three sides of the funnel, [WE HELPED] the passengers in the rafts rise higher up the side walls—25 percent more than they would otherwise—making the Abyss more thrilling than the standard cone-shape slides,’ explains Tat Won, senior landscape architect at Whitewater, the company that designed the slide.”

How to Switch to an Organic Landscape Plan
“The foundation of a healthy landscape is healthy soil. This is the mantra of many landscape architects.”

Orland Grassland Restoration Nearly Complete
Chicago Tribune
“The Forest Preserve District of Cook County also hopes to begin work on a five-mile asphalt bike path that will circle Orland Grassland in the next few weeks, said David Kircher, chief landscape architect for the district.”

National Holocaust Monument Design Unveiled
Globe and Mail
“The design of Canada's National Holocaust Monument will be led by the architect associated with New York’s Ground Zero and Berlin’s Jewish Museum. Daniel Libeskind has won a design competition for the Ottawa project, in combination with photographer Edward Burtynsky, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and museum planners Lord Cultural Resources.”

Big Size, Big Statements, Big Color Are the Trends for Outdoor Furniture
Miami Herald
“‘Homeowners are interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly,’ says Nancy Somerville, executive vice president for the American Society of Landscape Architects, which conducted the survey. ‘Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives—as well as their property values.’”

Dallas-area Trees Took a Beating in Powerful Storms
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News gardening columnist and landscape architect Howard Garrett said ornamental trees such as crape myrtles and redbuds are poor choices for areas near sidewalks and roads.”

Style, Color, and Durability the Focus of Today’s Outdoor Spaces
Detroit News
“‘Homeowners are interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly,’ says Nancy Somerville, executive vice president for the American Society of Landscape Architects, which conducted the survey. ‘Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives—as well as their property values.’”

Aspiring to the Trophy Garden
The New York Times
“Why marvel at the scenery of a Romantic plein air painting, when one can commission one's own version of the sublime? ‘If you have the resources,’ cautioned Peter Walker of PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, California, who is widely considered the dean of American landscape architects.”

Subtropical Style for a Modern Sydney Home
“Paul’s work is inspired by the late Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who specialized in tropical and subtropical landscape design using endemic plants.”

Five Landscape Designers and Architects Who Pair Soil with Toil
New York Post
Profiles of five landscape architects.

Half-Century Later, Questions over Who Designed a World’s Fair Dome
The New York Times
“The aviary, an open enclosure under wire mesh, was plagued by problems, including malevolent visitors who grabbed birds or threw stones at them. After being closed for many years, it reopened in 1992, renovated by Mark K. Morrison Landscape Architecture.”

A Georgetown Garden from the Past Finds New Life
The Washington Post
“The garden had been assembled over the course of a century or more, but it was given its character in the 1930s as one of the major Washington projects of a pioneering landscape architect named Rose Greely.”

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Bill Evans
Disney Parks Blog
“Morgan (Bill) Evans, Senior Partner. Bill was named a Disney Legend in 1992. He died on August 16, 2002, at the age of 92. He was posthumously awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal for his lifetime of achievements.”

$200 Million Project Will Add Two Towers to Dallas’s Uptown
Dallas Morning News
“RED hired Seattle-based Graphite Design Group as architect of Akard Place. And landscape architect OJB, which designed Klyde Warren Park downtown, is also working on the project.”

Disney World Unveils First New Coaster since 2006
“‘As you move down the hillside, it gets greener and greener,’ says Rebecca Bishop, a landscape architect with Walt Disney Imagineering.”

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on How Design Can Prepare Us for Climate Change
Fast Company
“The final design proposals display an innovative approach to flood management, largely through landscape architecture.”

Landscaped Courtyards Are NYC’s Latest Status Symbol
New York Post
“For the 20-unit building’s tall, narrow courtyard space, Stillman hired acclaimed landscape architect Ken Smith, whose previous work includes the Museum of Modern Art’s synthetic roof garden.”

We Can’t Wait to Watch this Frederick Law Olmsted Doc
Fast Company
“Frederick Law Olmsted, god of 19th-century landscape architecture, is coming to the small screen. Olmsted, who shaped some of the earliest park systems in the country, will be the subject of a new documentary premiering on PBS next month. Olmsted was a founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and he transformed parks, parkways, and college campuses across the country.”

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