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Landscape Architecture in the News

At Coyote House, Every Day Is an Earth Day
Los Angeles Times Blogs
“With Earth Day 2012 almost upon us, nearly 60,000 homes in the United States are in the process of being certified in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Education and Environmental Design program, according to Nate Kredich, the organization's vice president of residential market development. Need more convincing proof of just how far we've come? Take a peek at the new home of architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta.”  

Planet Party
The Advocate
“As part of National Landscape Architecture Month, Brian Goad, a member of the executive committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects Louisiana chapter, will lead the walk through historic Beauregard Town, and the first stop will be Beauregarden.”

Duke Landscape Designed by Landscape Architecture Greats
Duke Today
“Walking the Duke campus and admiring its architecture is a natural thing to do. The buildings are, with a few obvious exceptions, pretty impressive. Duke's rich architectural history is well known on campus. But what about the landscape? We don't hear nearly as much about the contributions landscape architects have made to the campus. This is a good time to change that considering April is National Landscape Architecture Month.” [NOTE: The author of this piece is Mark Hough, ASLA, Duke’s landscape architect and current ASLA vice president of communications.]

Natural History Museum to Open the North Campus Nature Exhibit
KABC Los Angeles
“An exciting new exhibit is taking root at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The museum is getting ready to open the North Campus, a biodiversity experiment that will turn the museum into an indoor-outdoor nature experience in the heart of L.A.… ‘We hope through the experience here, you will all understand the world around you better,’ said landscape architect Mia Lehrer.”

Sustainability Saves Landscape Architecture
Hartford Business Journal
“As construction and related industries such as architecture and engineering suffer through reduced workloads that could last until 2014, landscape architecture should be down with the rest of them. But the industry is holding its own, thanks to sustainability, says Thomas Tavella, landscape architect for Manchester design firm Fuss & O’Neill and newly designated president of the industry’s national organization.”

Architects Peeved About Peavey Plaza Plan
Finance & Commerce
“Although many architects think more effort should have been made to repair Peavey Plaza, the city of Minneapolis seems poised to recommend that the downtown landmark be demolished.… The proposal would raze the 1975 plaza, which is recognized as a valuable example of the work of M. Paul Friedberg, one of the nation’s top landscape architects.”

Uprooting of Landscape Licensing Would Affect Other Fields
Toledo Blade
“Gov. Rick Snyder set up an advisory committee to look into the possibility of the state deregulating various occupations. This week, the committee released a stunning report that recommends abolishing nine occupational boards and ending regulation of 18 occupations—including landscape architects, speech pathologists, dietitians, nutritionists, and even those who provide respiratory care.”

Helping a Secret to Bloom
The Sun Chronicle
“Tucked in woodlands surrounding the former home of the Barton family, which is part of Barton State Park off Granite Street, community members, with the aid of Girl Scouts, are uncovering sections of the gardens created roughly a century ago by Jens Jensen, a renowned landscape architect.”

Gamut of Green: Memphis Is Getting Greener Every Day
The Commercial Appeal
“The Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park was one of the first pilot projects to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative for its sustainable site design, construction, and maintenance.”

Trees! What Are They Good For?
“People like city planners, engineers, scientists, mayors, landscape architects, businessmen, developers, and homeowners are all tree huggers.… Scientists have realized for a while that trees improve air quality by filtering pollution from the air when they “breathe.” Now they know that trees also prevent water pollution in a big way.”

Mahan Rykiel Associates to Win Two ASLA Awards
“Baltimore-based Mahan Rykiel Associates (MRA) will receive two Honor Awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Mary Catherine Bunting Tower Green Roofs at Mercy Medical Center and the T. Rowe Price Corporate Campus from the Maryland and Potomac Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

UT Arlington Students Recognized by Texas ASLA
University of Texas School of Architecture
“Earlier this month, the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects distributed its 2012 student competition awards at its annual state meeting in Grapevine, Texas. Students with the UT Arlington Landscape Architecture program were recognized in an unprecedented number of awards."

$1 Million Gift to Create Family Garden at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
University of Texas at Austin News
“The Family Garden, which was designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith, will also be a model of green landscaping as a pilot project of the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The effort, a Wildflower Center partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the United States Botanic Garden, has developed the most comprehensive national system for rating the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes.”

Focusing on Fixing Falls State Park
Buffalo News
“That means $25 million in much-needed improvements to Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest in the nation. It also signals, officials said, a return to the principles of Frederick Law Olmsted—who designed the park—and a pledge to never let it become neglected again.”

Landscape Architects to Plant Trees in Memory of Olmsted
The Courier-Journal
“Volunteers from the Kentucky chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects will plant trees in Cherokee Park from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the 190th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth.”

Landscape Architecture Focus on Walking Tour
U-T San Diego
"Four free walking tours will highlight the local commemoration of National Landscape Architecture Month. The hour-long tours, all at noon Thursday, will cover Carlsbad, La Mesa, Balboa Park, and the University of California, San Diego."

Home and Garden Briefs for April 22: American Society of Landscape Architects Presents Walking Tours
North County Times
“The American Society of Landscape Architects is offering four free walking tours around San Diego County at noon April 26.”

Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions
The Atlantic Cities
“The lesson learned so far by early adopter communities who have already implemented green infrastructure in a significant fashion is that a wide-ranging commitment to including green infrastructure stormwater approaches, on public as well as private properties, can result in long-term fiscal savings for local governments as well as provide numerous, tangible economic and community benefits through related ecosystem services," notes the study, coauthored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, and ECONorthwest.”

Green Infrastructure Worth Its Weight in Gold
“While large-scale green infrastructure projects such as roof gardens or permeable streets are often characterized as being hugely expensive, a new study, coauthored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, and ECONorthwest, set out to compare the costs of such projects with traditional infrastructure projects.”

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