Product News by Land8, WestEdge Design Fair, CitiesAlive, and MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute

Product News by Land8, WestEdge Design Fair, CitiesAlive, and MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute

Land8 Hosts 9th Annual Happy Hour in New Orleans

WestEdge Design Fair, November 3-6, in Los Angeles

Five Reasons to Attend CitiesAlive in Washington, DC.

The 2016 Tucker Design Awards


Landscape Architecture in the News

Police Training Program in Rochester Focuses on Environmental Crime Prevention
Fosters Daily Democrat
“The Lilac City hosted law enforcement officials from around the world this week as they took part in the National Crime Prevention Council's ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design’ training. The city's chief planner, Michael Behrendt, also attended the training and said he was joined by a landscape architect as the only participants who weren't in law enforcement.”  

Philadelphia Conference Focuses on Future of Water Management
Digital Wire
“That was the sobering lesson of a two-day symposium this weekend at the University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Penn's design school, the event brought a flow of ideas from an international lineup of designers, landscape architects, engineers, and historians.”

UTAs The Green at College Park
“After the dedication of the Green at College Park, UTA President James Spaniolo, Marni Jade Evans, interim director of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, and Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon released 200 Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies.” (See picture 9.) 

The Green Issue: Go Blue to Preserve Our River
Atlanta Intown Paper
“A great resource to help you create your own toxic-free lawn is the Sustainable Sites Initiative (, a voluntary set of guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices that you can apply to your own backyard.”

Local Events Highlight National Landscape Architecture Month (April Issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine Available Online for Free)
“From a newly created traveling park in San Diego to the New Jersey Governor’s office, local chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will volunteer in their communities, reach out to schools, and educate the public this April during National Landscape Architecture Month.”

Metropolis Magazine Editor to visit OU
Norman Transcript
“Susan Szenasy, editor in chief of New York City-based Metropolis Magazine, will give the keynote address 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the American Institute of Architects Oklahoma Chapter Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Oklahoma City. She has earned honors and special distinctions from the International Interior Design Association, the American Society of Interior Designers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Institute of Architects.”

Make It Green: Landscaping Effects Much Broader Than You Will Ever Fathom
Naples Daily News
“Your Design Pundit encourages reader email, receiving dozens a week, often from frustrated or exasperated readers who just don’t know where to turn. Michael Spencer, ASLA, has been practicing landscape architecture for 28 years and is president of MSA Design Inc.”

Museum to Open Miller House in May
Inside Indiana Business
“After nearly two and a half years of renovations, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will open the landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus. The day’s talks will respond to the individual design elements that combine to make Miller House a singular masterpiece. Presented by the IMA Design Arts Society in partnership with Indiana Landmarks and the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Hearing Revives Handling of Complaint
“A state licensing board’s handling of a case involving an ex-Bozeman legislator dominated the confirmation hearing Monday of a Bozeman architect reappointed to the state Board of Architects and Landscape Architects.”

Workshop: Low Water Use Plants for Residential Landscape Design
“This is the first of a new series of workshops offered by the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture that teaches participants how to transform their ordinary residential landscapes into distinctive garden rooms for outdoor living.”

Gary Houses Put on National Register of Historic Places
“Chris Baas lived and worked in Lake County for seven years. During that time the landscape architect, now an associate professor of landscape architecture at Ball State University, fell in love with Northwest Indiana’s historic architecture.”

Coupeville Tries to Retain its Green 
Whidbey News Times
“A popular patch of green space in Coupeville could receive a facelift sometime in the future. The town council recently approved a $19,000 contract with Bellevue-based JGM Landscape Architects to develop a master plan for the town’s community green.”

Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering Firms Merge in Petaluma North Bay
Business Journal
“Civil engineering firm Land Development Solutions, Inc., of Petaluma and Michael A. Cook Landscape Architect of Santa Rosa merged to form Firma Design Group, which is taking a landscape-first approach to project design.”

MASterworks Awards Here
“Architects Rafael Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Marc Kushner of HWKN;; and real estate developer Charles Bendit of Taconic Investment Partners are among the jurors who will select the winners of the Municipal Art Society’s 11th annual MASterworks Awards.”

Last Main Street Forum Is April 14
Norwich Bulletin
“A professor at the University of Connecticut Plant Science and Landscape Architecture school has offered to conduct a charrette process for Hebron’s Main Street area with his junior and senior classes.”

Community Center Next for the Acreage?
Palm Beach Post
“What would residents prefer to have first in this semirural neighborhood: A community center or a slew of park features such as sports fields and tennis and basketball courts? ‘The intention is they would mainly be unstructured,’ said Collene Walter, a landscape architect with Urban Design Kilday Studios, a West Palm Beach planning firm.”

Annual Home Tour to Be Held Friday
The Island Packet
“The Parish Church of St. Helena's Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and will include a reception in a residential garden designed by nationally renowned landscape architect Robert E. Marvin, the mastermind behind Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort and the Governor’s Mansion of South Carolina.”

Bellevue Botanical Garden gets $506,000 Gift from PJA Foundation
Bellevue Reporter
“The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society has received a $506,000 gift from the PJA Foundation toward the Growing a Living Legacy Campaign for the garden. World-renowned plant collector and author Dan Hinkley is serving as horticultural consultant on the project, collaborating with landscape architect Barbara Swift.”

Sustainable Landscape Is Green and Lush
“It’s an unusual cistern that grabs attention from a well-designed house and landscape, but the 1,650-gallon galvanized-steel cylinder has pride of place in a Dallas-area front yard. Architect Stephen Chambers and landscape architect Shane Garthoff, both of Dallas, were instantly on the same page with the husband and wife regarding their desire to create a new homestead that trod sensitively, respectfully upon the site.”

Custom Rock Pools
“Uniting your pool with the natural landscape and features of your home takes careful planning. Your pool builder, landscape architect, or rockscape designer can examine your yard and work to create a project plan that achieves a harmonious balance between your pool, house, yard, patio area, and rock or stone work.”

Grow a Lush Green Garden Inside Your Furniture with FurniBloom
“Looking for a fun alternative to your home or office’s drab and lifeless seating? Then take a cue from the FurniBloom designed by Icelandic landscape architect Dagný Bjarnadóttir.”

RECPs Hold Fast
Erosion Control
“Blankets and mats of all stripes work in conjunction with other stabilization methods. Partway through the process, a new consultant joined the project: the new, local landscape architect consultant, Thomas & Thomas, which advised Seedmasters to increase the amount of seed.”

Business Leaders Asked to Embrace ‘River District’ Project
“Danville business leaders viewed what the future could hold for the downtown ‘River District’ last week as a project consultant presented successful transformations in the North Carolina cities of New Bern and Goldsboro, as well as Rock Hill, S.C. ‘Whether a project succeeds or not is about you, not about me,’ said Allison Platt, an urban design and landscape architect who said she has done about 80 plans in her 30-year career.”

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