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Landscape Architecture in the News

Restoring Oysters to Protect Us from Future Storms
Thirteen/WNET New York
“And [landscape architect] Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE, one winner of HUD’s Rebuild by Design challenge, joins anchor Jack Ford.”

Flashy Visions for Presidio
San Francisco Chronicle
“The symbol of choice for the team led by Philadelphia’s OLIN landscape architecture firm is the letter U; bluffs and paths are arranged as a variety of U-shaped spaces, a move we’re told ‘focuses attention both inward (like a microscope) and outward (like a telescope).’”

What Do Astronauts Do Once They Leave NASA?
“In his spare time, [Story Musgrave] was a trauma surgeon, pilot, and parachutist. Today he operates a palm farm in Florida, a production company in Australia, and a sculpture company in California. He is a landscape architect.”

Chappaqua, N.Y.: A Hamlet in a Woodsy Setting
New York Times Online
“[Paul] Keyes, a landscape architect in Tenafly, N.J., and his wife, Diahanna Keyes, a vice president for sales at a corporation in Rockland County, bought a 1920s five-bedroom four-bath colonial on a winding back road for $875,000.”

Rock Festival in L.A.’s Grand Park Was a Grand Experiment in Several Ways
Los Angeles Times
“Luckily, even as concertgoers were tramping across Grand Park’s lawns and through its flower beds, they were also helping demonstrate pretty clearly where its design might be tweaked and improved. They made up a huge and unwitting landscape-architecture focus group.”

Design Profile: Q&A with Marcel Wilson of Bionic Landscape Architecture
San Francisco Chronicle
“Marcel Wilson, the principal of San Francisco-based Bionic Landscape Architecture, sees every project as a possibility for invention.”

On the Market: Lakeside Living
Houston Chronicle
“An allée of 37 hornbeam trees line the drive, like a guiding star to the private sanctuary, as noted building and landscape architect Richard Bergman imagined it in 1982.”

New York’s Oyster Bar: Serving Up Reefs and Resiliency
“As part of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects’ ongoing blog at Metropolis magazine about effective implementation of landscape design principles, this article discusses one of the more unusual methods developed to create resilience and prevent storm damage: oysters.”

Weedsport, N.Y.: Everything is Embellished in This Rose-Tinted Victorian
Curbed National
“[Orrin] Burritt commissioned the home in the style of domestic architecture favored by ‘landscape architect, designer, and general arbiter of taste Andrew Jackson Downing.’”

Olympia by the Sea
The Paris Review
“A contest for park design was announced, then canceled, for the eminent architect Charles Downing Lay had been chosen: He was one of the first to earn a formal degree in the field of landscape architecture and, indeed, a founder of Landscape Architecture Magazine.”

Texas Road Trips with the Gardener in Mind
Dallas Morning News
“Owner Colin Melton, 48, of Hamilton is a landscape architect schooled at Texas A&M University and a licensed irrigator and backflow tester.”

Batavia Uses Dutch Concept to Revitalize Downtown

Chicago Tribune
“The project just won an award from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

The Six Best “Secret Gardens” of NYC
“Although the size of the garden is small, landscape architect and designer Walter Hood utilized the space to its fullest.”

Plans for Riverfront Housing Development Touted in Burlington City
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Peron [Development] has agreed to purchase the land from the city for an estimated $1.83 million, according to Jim Kennedy, a redevelopment consultant the city hired more than a year ago. He said Peron also would contribute $100,000 toward the cost of a landscape architect’s plan for the waterfront.”

Women in Business Q&A: Jacinta McCann, ASLA, Executive Vice President, AECOM
Huffington Post
“Jacinta leads the landscape architecture, master planning, urban design, and environmental planning practice within AECOM, a Fortune 500 global planning, design, engineering, environmental, and construction firm.”

That “Temporary” Frick Garden
Huffington Post
“In a bit of revisionist history, the garden at the Frick Collection designed by the world-famous British landscape architect Russell Page (1906–1985) and once hailed by The New York Times as one of his ‘most important works,’ has been downgraded by museum officials to nothing more than an interim land use.”

Better Economy Means More Homes Being Razed
Chicago Tribune
“Instead, officials can impose a delay if certain standards are met, Cross said, including when a home is ‘identifiable as the work of a notable builder, designer, architect, artist, or landscape architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, county, state, or country.’”

Experts Show You How to Work Out Outside
Boston Globe
“State officials are ramping up the construction and renovation of open-air gyms—also known as parcourses—in response to the popularity of exercising in the great outdoors. ‘There seems to be quite an interest in these outdoor exercise areas right now,’ said Matt Thurlow, a landscape architect with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.”

New Option Emerges for Estabrook Dam Problems
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“The federal bureau has custody of an island separating two sections of the dam, and by federal law, any work would first require a review under the National Environmental Policy Act, said Kevin Haley, a landscape architect with Milwaukee County Parks who is helping oversee the project.”

Dutch Solution to Miami’s Rising Seas? Floating Islands
Miami Herald
“Florida, like Holland, will have to tackle gradual sea rise in addition to event-related flooding like hurricane storm surges, Dutch landscape architect Steven Slabbers said at a recent workshop on resilient design in Miami.”

Milwaukee: Taking Green to Another Level
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“Tim Beatley, a landscape architect at the University of Virginia who has actively promoted biophilic design, has compiled a list of cities that get it: Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Wellington, New Zealand; Oslo; Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Phoenix; Singapore; Birmingham, England—and Milwaukee.”

Beatrix Farrand, Pioneering Landscape Architect, Brought to Life|One-woman Performance at Town Hall
Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American
“When Colleen Plimpton realized very few women were being remembered for their contributions to landscape architecture, she decided to do something about it.”

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