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Landscape Architecture in the News

Getting Lessons on Water by Designing a Playground
The New York Times
“‘Each child has a design notebook, and we encourage them to be landscape architects,’ said Mary Alice Lee, the trust’s director of the city playgrounds program. “It’s our goal to capture one inch of rainwater.’” 

Create a Backyard Buffet for Birds and the Bees
“Few gardeners go as far as Kalantari, who works for the Nature Conservancy, but a growing number are incorporating native plants into their landscapes. Natives have been identified as a top trend by both the Garden Media Group and the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Deconstructing Green Infrastructure
Erosion Control
“The report, titled “Banking On Green: A Look At How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money And Provide Economic Benefits Community-Wide,” was released in April by American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and ECONorthwest.”

4 Tips for Starting a Farm in Your City 
Fast Company
“A recently released video by the American Society of Landscape Architects uses case studies from edible-city innovators, such as Cleveland and Detroit, to offer practical advice for bringing urban farms to your backyard (or corner lot or rooftop).”

What’s Hot, What’s Cool: Landscape Architects Rate Top Design Features
Durability + Design
“The American love affair with the back yard shows no signs of cooling, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects indicates.”

Nashville People in Business
The Tennessean
“Tim Huber is a landscape architect intern in the Land Planning & Design division. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Survey Shows Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2012
Nursery Management
Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements.”

Open the Park for Summer!
The Southern
“I am the landscape architect who designed the Town Square Park in Murphysboro. I have a degree in landscape architecture from Ball State University, which is rated in the top 10 for LA in the nation.”

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the 13th Annual National Design Awards
“Stoss Landscape Urbanism is a Boston-based collaborative design and planning studio that operates at the juncture of landscape architecture, urban design and planning.”

Daily Business Report
San Diego Metro Magazine
“The San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, partnering with the Friends of Ruffin Canyon and the ACE Mentor Program, has completed the design and installation of an educational and native garden at William H. Taft Middle School in Serra Mesa.”

Visualizing the "Edible City" in Three Minutes
Switchboard NRDC Blog
“The American Society of Landscape Architects has produced another great video, this one about growing food in cities. I'm a big fan of ASLA's work, in part because of their terrific skill at public and professional communications.”

Urban Agriculture - A Growing Phenomenon
Construction Digital
“With the boom of farmers markets over the last few years, local distribution networks are already in place to move produce around communities once these plots become more plentiful. The video below, created by the American Society of Landscape Architects, highlights many of these issues and shows how urban agriculture can be easily integrated into existing city spaces.”

On Partnerships: Marginalized and Misunderstood
Burlington Free Press
“The purpose of my letter is to raise awareness of a profession that is marginalized and misunderstood; that of landscape architects. I believe the state, specifically the Agency of Transportation, could benefit from the inclusion and collaboration with the profession.”

Saving a River, One Farm at a Time
National Geographic
“David Reckford sees the beauty and the good in all things. With the eyes of a trained landscape architect, David peers down from our small plane flying over the Flint River in southwestern Georgia and marvels at the patchwork landscape of forest, farms, and small towns beneath us.”

Before and After: Turf-Free Front Yard Kiesel Design
Apartment Therapy
“Echoing the look of a stream running through the yard, the landscape architect, Jack Kiesel, used soft edges and varying layers of plants to create the visual illusion of depth that clearly isn't there in the ‘before’ shot and to offset the hard lines of the home.”

Schedule of Events: Towson Gardens Day, May 3
The Baltimore Sun
“A free tour of the historic Courthouse Gardens, led by landscape architect Avery Harden and landscape designer Carol Oppenheimer, at 11 a.m.”

Genius Loci: What Does It Mean to the Modern Gardener?
The Washington Post
“‘The qualities of the site, which include both the natural features and the cultural traditions of the region,’ said Reuben Rainey, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Virginia.”

Developers to Mix Preservation and Growth at McMillan Site
Washington Business Journal
“Envision McMillan comprises nine architecture, design, landscape architecture and consulting firms selected as the site's developer by the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.”

GSA Brainchild: Full Fees After Building Hits Energy-Use Targets
Engineering News-Record
“In addition to ZGF, the original team included the local office of WSP Flack+Kurtz, for mechanical-electrical-plumbing-lighting-telecommunications engineering, including energy modeling; the local office of KPFF Consulting Engineers, for structural and civil engineering; and the local SiteWorkshop LLC, for landscape architecture.”

Amazon Adds Details to Planned Three-tower Complex in Seattle
Architectural Record
“The dog park is ‘not only for the Amazon employees, but the neighborhood,’ landscape architect Mark Brand told the board. ‘There's a lot of demand.’”

The Water’s Safe. Really.
New Haven Independent
“‘The water supply is the same as any other city water service,’ City Plan Department landscape architect David Moser wrote in an email.”

Three Designs that Will Transform the National Mall
“An estimated 25 million people visit the sprawling park in the capital of the United States and they should see the best that urban landscape architecture has to offer.”

Schoolyard Designed for Children with Autism
Science Daily
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“Chelsey King, master's student in landscape architecture, St. Peters, Mo., is working with Katie Kingery-Page, assistant professor of landscape architecture, to envision a place where elementary school children with autism could feel comfortable and included.”

PARK(ing) Day held at UNL
"‘There's a number of garages, there's lots of street parking and I think that's not always the best for cities and I think a lot of urban planners and landscape architects and architects would tell you the same and we're trying to get the students and others to start to engage in a critical debate about that,’ Peter Olshavsky, Assistant Prof., UNL Architecture, said.”

Hartford Neighborhoods Offer Tours, Events on Saturday
The Hartford Courant 
“At 7 a.m., more than a dozen landscape architects and neighborhood residents will begin a design challenge, creating front-yard gardens at 14 homes along Ashley Street.”

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