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Landscape Architecture in the News

Twin Cities 6th Safest Metro for Pedestrians
Star Tribune
“The coalition, along with its partners—AARP and the American Society of Landscape Architects—created a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) that gives an indication of the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck and killed.”

EDITORIAL: If Not Now, When?
Baltimore Sun
“It's dismaying that the Morgan State University board appears to have summarily dismissed a proposed collaboration with Towson University on new joint degree programs for students of landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and construction management.”

Rochester, N.Y.: the Picture of a Bloom Town
The Washington Post
“In the English-style west garden, we learn that, much to the chagrin of the landscape architect’s wife, [George] Eastman dug up decorative plants in favor of potatoes and onions during World War I.”

Public Memorial Defaced Days Before Centennial Ceremonies
Globe and Mail
“But removing the graffiti, which was on a panel at the back of the monument, has caused another problem: The rust patina was damaged by the cleanup, causing a whitewash effect. As a result, the entire element, consisting of several connected panels, is to be cleaned on Thursday according to the specifications of the landscape architect.”

The Architecture of the Future Is Far More Spectacular than You Could Imagine
The Huffington Post
“‘In a process called phytoremediation, specially selected plants metabolize pollutants and heavy metals present in the contaminated water,’ the American Society of Landscape Architects explains on its website. ‘Dirty water from the combined sewer system is captured in underground storage tanks and slowly released into the landscape.’”

Interview: Chicagoan Wins NBC’s ‘American Dream Builders’
Chicago Tribune
“The ‘neighborhood council,’ a group of people who lived near the renovated homes, selected the winning team, and the judges—Berkus, landscape architect (and Heisman Trophy-winning running back) Eddie George, and Chicago-based interior designer Monica Pedersen—sent one competitor home from the losing team.”

The Best and Worst Entry-Level Jobs
Motley Fool
Landscape architect is listed as number 69.

Ahhh, or Eww.... Splash Parks Cool, But Are They Clean?
Arizona Daily Star
“The Pima County Health Department is drafting new code that will make an ultraviolet system or an ozone system mandatory as a secondary cleaner at splash parks, said Ken Paulson, landscape architect and co-owner at Aqua Design International, who designed most of our area’s splash parks.”

America’s Most Beautiful Gardens
Huffington Post
“Borrowing from Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist philosophies, the late Takuma Tono created a garden true to the traditions of his native Japan. Stone, water, and plants harmonize in the five distinct gardens of this 5.5-acre oasis near the Rose Gardens in Washington Park.”

Roses for a Dry Land: Species, Old Garden Roses Are Tough, Low-water
Denver Post
“‘Old Garden Roses are classified as those that existed before 1867 and are known for their hardiness and fragrance,’ says Patricia Carmody, executive director of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. ‘We know that landscape architect/Fairmount Cemetery designer Reinhard Schuetze planted 380 roses of all kinds in 1891, the first year of planting at Fairmount.’”

American Dream Builders Season Finale
Architectural Digest
“It sounds like Berkus and his guest judges, landscape architect Eddie George and interior design expert Monica Pedersen, have a difficult decision ahead.”

Atlanta History Center Plans 21st-Century Transformation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“In one of his first acts, Hale had a chain-link fence and security gate out front removed. The Atlanta native said that “welcoming” has become his staff’s mantra as it has worked through planning with the Atlanta-based architecture firm MSTSD and landscape architect Mack Cain.”

Mount Nittany Medical Center Hopes Healing Garden Soothes
Centre Daily Times
“Local landscape architect Derek Kalp is leading the design team, with help from Penn State master gardeners, horticulturists, arborists, physicians, and patients. He’s been working for about a year on the project.”

Congressional Action Urged for Pedestrian Safety
USA Today
“The [Dangerous by Design 2014] report was released in conjunction with AARP and the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Company News: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Faculty Members Honored
The Post-Standard
“[Richard S.] Hawks is former chair of Department of Landscape Architecture. He has served as president of the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture, vice president of ASLA, and is a Fellow of ASLA and CELA.”

Staff Spotlight: Kevin O’Har
Parks & Recreation
“If you attended NRPA’s Legislative Forum in March, you’ll remember Kevin O’Hara, who recently joined the NRPA team as vice president of urban and government affairs. A powerhouse in both urban affairs and public policy, O’Hara comes to NRPA from his previous position as government affairs manager for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”

Home Design: the Value of the Ideal Exterior Color
Houston Chronicle
“Think about the next-door neighbor and the homes down the street. Regardless of the neighborhood, the streetscape—sizes and facades of homes, landscape architecture, balance of light and shade—plays a role in creating an idyllic neighborhood and affects the value of individual homes and communities, overall.”

Can These $20,000 Houses Save the American Dream?
Slate Magazine
“Rural Studio, the celebrated undergraduate program of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, has been educating citizen architects since it was founded in 1993 by D. K. Ruth and the late Samuel Mockbee.”

Inspired by Azores
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
“Hiring Maui landscape architect Hunton Conrad was the first step. For inspiration, Fatima Cameron showed him a book on gardens in Portugal.”

Steven Winter Associates’ Project Receives Highest Honor in 2014 GSA Design Awards Program
Houston Chronicle
“The project team consists of Julie Snow Architects, Design Architect; Robert Siegel Architects, Build Architect; Arup & Partners, Civil and MEP Engineers; Sasaki Associates, Landscape Architect; [and] Anastos Engineering Associates, Structural Engineers.”

Van Valkenburgh Named GSD Class Day Speaker
Harvard Magazine
“Michael R. Van Valkenburgh, Eliot professor in practice of landscape architecture, will be the Harvard Graduate School of Design Class Day speaker on May 28.”

Why Parks Are Essential for Greener, Healthier Cities
Parks & Recreation
“One of the speakers at the APA/NRPA Roundtable, Michael Van Valkenburgh, the noted landscape architect, described how old forms of stormwater management structures were often ugly and hidden from view. People didn’t even want to know about them.”

Developing Built Environment Programs in Local Health Departments: Lessons Learned From a Nationwide Mentoring Program
American Journal of Public Health
“LHDs also commonly engaged community-based and environmental organizations in BE work, and several mentees were able to engage local chapters of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Chelsea Flower Show Gardens Unveiled
“Career paths include: botanist, nursery staff, designer, florist, horticulturist, plant collector, landscape architect, entrepreneur, journalist, TV presenter, and many more.”

A Secluded Showplace
The New York Times
“The elegant house has five bedrooms, five full baths, and three half-baths. It was designed by Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick Architects; the landscape architect was Craig Socia, whose knack for unusual water features and sylvan nooks is evident throughout the property.”

Artistic Landscape Architecture Brings a Sense of Belonging
San Francisco Chronicle
“‘The art of landscape architecture can mean making our cities into places where everyone has a sense that they belong,’ said Kathryn Gustafson, whose past work includes a portion of Chicago’s Millennium Park. ‘If you build really beautiful parks, people go to them. They have fun; they use their cars less.’”

After Renovations, a Transformed Clark Art Institute
Boston Globe
“The campus itself, meanwhile, has been significantly revamped by landscape architect Gary Hilderbrand, of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, a firm based in Watertown, working together with Ando.”

How to Design a Nuclear Warning Symbol that Will Still Make Sense in 10,000 Years
Slate Magazine
“But there’s no way of knowing that this ominous landscape wouldn’t become an attraction in itself and actually invite people to explore it. Landscape architect Mike Brill imagined creating a ‘landscape of thorns’ to keep the people of the future away from the radioactive waste cemetery.”

Venice Biennale 2014: Danish Pavilion to Reintroduce the Power of Aesthetics
“Bohr and Einstein debated the complementarity of quantum mechanics almost a hundred years ago. Today the Danish landscape architect and curator of the Danish pavilion, Stig L. Andersson, argues that Bohr’s philosophical aesthetic approach—and the forgotten modernity it represents—is essential for our common road into a sustainable future.”

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