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Landscape Architecture in the News

Outdoor Kitchen Can Be Social Hub
Orange County Register 
“Since the economic downturn, ‘People have been unable to sell their homes, so they are starting to upgrade with better landscaping and outdoor kitchens, spending more time at home,’ said Sue Fern, manager of the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Majority of Landscape Architecture Firms Report Stable or Improving Business 
“Business conditions for landscape architects appear to be stabilizing, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey. For the second quarter in a row, over half of landscape architecture firms reported steady or above levels of billable hours and inquiries for new work—representing continued improvement from one of the worst years ever recorded for the industry.”

Nine U.S. Landscape Architecture Students Help Green the Grounds of the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva
“Nine U.S. landscape architecture students will spend the first two weeks of August studying the grounds surrounding the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and drafting a sustainable landscape design that can be phased in over five years. The students will work alongside three Swiss landscape architecture students, and under the guidance of three American landscape architecture educators, to deliver a comprehensive, sustainable landscape design that improves the landscape’s performance while also demonstrating American expertise.”

Record Number of Continuing Education Opportunities for Design and Construction Professionals 
EDC Magazine 
“For the first time, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will offer continuing education credits for U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED credential maintenance, adding to a record number of education opportunities at the 2010 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO. The meeting also features dozens of sessions approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES), the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The event takes place September 10-13 in Washington, D.C.”

LEEDing the Way into the Future
Irrigation & Green Industry 
“Until a few years ago, there wasn’t any way to certify or even evaluate the performance of our landscapes. In 2005, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden partnered together to establish the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) to ‘promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings.’”

Sustainable Landscaping
Arizona Foothills Magazine 
“The SITES program is designed to encourage commercial, residential, and municipal developments, with and without buildings, to create sustainable landscapes that are forward thinking and socially beneficial—promoting desirable outcomes such as cleaner water, reduced pollution, restored habitats, and pedestrian-friendly urbanscapes. The program is sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the United States Botanic Garden. During the past four years, more than 15 other organizations and 30 professionals have also participated in developing the rating system.”

Regal Ruins — Palatial Mansion Near Philly Crumbles 
The New York Times 
“It had a ballroom that held 1,000 people, an indoor pool and squash court, a bakery, and full-time upholstery and carpentry shops. The estate boasted its own power station, horse track and stables, and a 220-acre farm run by a staff of 100. French landscape architect Jacques Greber designed the formal French gardens, which were graced by his brother Henri-Louis Greber's fountain of bronze and marble statuary.”

Toss the Turf: Home Owners Rally Around Lawn Reform Movement 
“Textures of tall grasses and perennials animate the garden beds between the sidewalk and the elevated porch of Suzanne Hubbard’s cedar shingle house, also in Takoma Park. Hubbard, a weaver, worked with landscape architect Holt Jordan to create a garden that was natural without becoming wild. Jordan, mindful that a personal front garden still needed to connect to the neighborhood, designed a stone path that produced a strong diagonal link between the street and the house, a Sears kit bungalow from the 1930s.”

Green Roofs May Bring Long-Term Energy Savings 
“The roof of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is home to several green terraces, but that may change in the future. University landscape architect Tom Ritzer said those green spaces are hard to maintain. The Humphrey terraces were not designed to be low-maintenance.”

A Bold Vision for a More Beautiful Sofia 
“‘As architects, we're professionally obliged to take care of our city and suggest ideas that could make it better. That's the purpose of the organization—combining our ideas and experience for a good cause,’ said Stefan Stefanov, a landscape architect from the organization. For six years the architects accumulated a wide collection of ideas, but they were too busy to put them together. When the economic downturn came and business dropped off, they finally found the time to formulate their Sofia 2020 concept.”

Decorative Downtown Crosswalks Marred by Asphalt After Roadwork 
“Macon landscape architect Wimberly Treadwell, who works with the authority and NewTown Macon on projects, told the board that the city halted an attempt to pressure wash the asphalt off the crosswalks because the asphalt and cleaning chemicals were spilling into storm sewers.”

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