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Before the "highway improvements" of the 1950s, the banks of the Charles River
along the Back Bay of Boston presented a parklike setting.
See "Watery Dreams Under Repair." 42
METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COMMISSION ARCHIVES

D E P A R T M E N T S

Letters • 7
Land Matters • 11
Riprap • 12

A slightly irregular look at the new and noteworthy.
Edited by Heather Hammatt, ASLA

On the Boards • 18
When designers and citizens do not see eye to eye, the resulting compromise sometimes falls short of visionary.
By Heather Hammatt, ASLA

Plants • 22
The Garden Inside
Renovation of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory invigorates a landmark while uncovering new opportunities.
By
Heather Hammatt, ASLA
Details • 26
When New Looks Old
Contemporary materials aid historic restoration.
By Scott Clements

Design • 30
The Art of Playground Design
By integrating artists into the design process, landscape architects turn park and playground design into an art form.
By Heather Hammatt, ASLA

Ecology • 36
Courtyard Oases
Ecology at the heart of the school.
By
Sharon Gamson Danks

Planning • 42
Watery Dreams Under Repair
A Boston-area public agency has commissioned a plan for renewing Charles Eliot's waterfront parks.
By Jane Holtz Kay
Technology • 46

Treated Wood: An Update
Concerns about health effects spur new products.
By Alex Wilson
Practice • 52
Under New Management
How will policies under the Bush administration affect landscape architects?
By Lisa Speckhardt and Jennifer Dowdell

Shared Wisdom • 78
Not by Bytes Alone
Computer guru Jim Sipes uses digital tools to give landscape architects a key role on projects.
By Mark Lindhult, FASLA

Books • 80
Product profiles • 90

Buyer's Guide Index • 92
Display Ad Index • 121
Critic at Large • 124
Running Against the Wind
Williams Square and its galloping mustangs garnered extravagant praise in the 1980s. How's the place holding up?
By Heidi Hohmann, ASLA


 
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