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Landscape Architecture in the News

New Jersey's “Done Deal”: Destroying a Historic Resource with False Choices
The Huffington Post
“From mobile phones to Starbucks beverages, we are used to having lots of options. So, when it comes to the disposition of historic resources, why do governmental officials so often offer us false choices? For example, the city of Minneapolis, as I've previously written, says there are no reasonable alternatives to the demolition of landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg's modernist icon Peavey Plaza.” 

More than 125 Organizations Focus on Regional Transportation Referendum
On Common Ground News
“More than 125 organizations across metro Atlanta have been actively engaged for more than a year, meeting the first Friday of every month, to discuss transportation issues and keep abreast of developments relating to the July 31 regional transportation referendum. Citizens for Transportation Mobility (CTM) Group: Organizations who have taken an advocacy role in the referendum: 5. American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Alexandrians Contribute to National Building Museum Exhibit
Old Town Alexandria Patch
“Rebecca May of Alexandria and Luke Van Bellegham of Washington, D.C., recent graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program, and Seth Estep of Alexandria, a current student in the program, designed and built the seventh hole, ‘Take Back the Streets.’”

How Growing Up in West Michigan Influenced Award-winning International Landscape Architect
Michigan Live
“Scott Bishop’s love of nature was born in his Grand Rapids backyard, where he explored the creek that ran through his West Side neighborhood. That fascination with his environment only grew as his exploration expanded to the many beaches along Michigan’s lakeshore. Eventually, his love of nature drew him into the fields of landscape architecture and human ecology, where Bishop, 37, has made a significant impact, winning many awards.”

Stepping It Up in the Park
The Wall Street Journal
“The park's planners, including its landscape architect, Matthew Urbanski of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., have responded that the project was designed for the public first.”

Design Firm's Fingerprints All Over Austin's Landscapes
RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture might be small, but its fingerprints are all over the Austin area.”

Closed to Public, Orton Plantation Is Transforming on a “Grand Scale”
The News & Observer
“’It’s a miracle this is still here,’ said Nick Dawson, a landscape architect from Scotland who is overseeing restoration of the gardens as well as the cultural research.”

Mayfield Village Nixes Hiring of Landscape Architect James McKnight
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Mayor Bruce Rinker hoped an ordinance would pass that would solidify McKnight as the village’s appointed landscape architect, thereby eliminating the village’s trend of hiring a landscaper on a case-by-case basis.”

Huntington’s Japanese Garden Marks 100 Years
Chicago Sun-Times
Landscape architects Takeo Uesugi and his son, Keiji Uesugi, oversaw the Japanese Garden project’s design.”

Downtown Austin High-rise Getting Green Roof (AP)
“While the high-rise was built in 1983, designing the green roof began about a year and a half ago. Daniel Woodroffe is the president and founder of DWG Landscape Architecture in Austin. His company designed the green roof.”

Fillmore Park
Architectural Record
“In a nod to the nearby cultural offerings, the complex’s interior courtyard, designed by landscape architect Fletcher Studio, prominently features a curved concrete planter shaped like one of Kurt Cobain’s famous guitars.”

Real Estate Briefs, Sarasota and Manatee
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“David W. Young, principal of DWY Landscape Architects, was presented with the Environmental and Sustainability Honor for the Center for Building Hope (formerly called the Wellness Community Center) by the Florida Chapter of the American [Society] of Landscape Architects (FLASLA) during its annual conference in St. Augustine.”

Ecology Center Renovation at Alexander Hamilton School
Morristown Green
“Students began each day with a seminar on permaculture, landscape architecture, organic gardening, farming, and environmental science.”

Bicycles Built for You: Wayfinding Art Bike Installation in the Works
Twin Cities Daily Planet
“Christensen is an urban planner and landscape architect who lives in St. Anthony Park. She says she often uses public art in her planning work.”

Transforming a House into a Home
Marco Island Sun Times
“A 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects survey shows people prefer an undemanding outdoor space for lots of entertaining. The economic recovery continues to struggle, but residential design has remained stronger than other categories throughout the recession, said Nancy Somerville, the society’s executive vice president and CEO, in the survey summary.”

No Downturn in Mentoring, Say Architects
“The professional path starts young—and it lasts a long time in the architecture profession. That’s why many groups including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) are quickly expanding their mentoring programs.”

Should Landscape Architecture Be Preserved as Art? The Case of Athena Tacha's "Green Acres"
Art Info
“Every day, employees of the New Jersey Department for Environmental Protection walk across a concrete plaza on their way to work. Most have no idea that underneath their feet is a celebrated piece of landscape architecture.”

Trending Job: Landscape Architect
Democrat and Chronicle
“When you see a cool park, an office building with striking landscaping, or a community streetscape with a fresh urban feel, it is probably the result of a landscape architect’s imagination at work.”

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