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Landscape Architecture in the News

D.C. Community Calendar, Jan. 15-22, 2015
The Washington Post
Landscape architect and author Marc Peter Keane, a specialist in the gardens of Japan, leads an exploration of karesansui gardens, tracing their origins, traditions, and cultural and spiritual importance, moving from the genre’s roots in sacred stones (iwakura) to early-stage karesansui gardens of the Kamakura period (1185–1333) into the highly stylized gardens seen in Japan today and discusses the meaning of these gardens, and how they are—and are not—related to Zen Buddhism.”

St. Paul's Downtown Loop Offers Latest Skirmish in Battle of Bike Lanes vs. Parking Spots
“Another change is a call for completion of the Grand Round, a series of major trails connecting the Mississippi River and the lakes on the northern border of the city, something conceived more than a century ago by landscape architect and parks visionary H.W.S. Cleveland.”

Huntington's New Visitor Center Strikes Studiously Neutral Pose
Los Angeles Times
“After moving from the parking lot through an arrival court lined with pepper trees, visitors to the new complex will pass ticket windows and the cafe and enter a courtyard anchored by a fountain and four mature podocarpus trees. (The landscape architect is Office of Cheryl Barton.)”

Developer Breaking Ground on Boston’s Tallest New Skyscraper
Boston Globe
“A 5,000-square foot park designed by the renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh will sit between the skyscraper and Pritzker’s apartment building.”

Expect a Doggone Good Time when Buffalo Bayou Dog Park Opens
Houston Chronicle
“The $1.5 million [Johnny Steele Dog Park], named for a noted Houston landscape architect, is a part of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership's $58 million transformation of Buffalo Bayou Park.”

Polly Earl Award Spotlights Renovated 1952 North End Home
Palm Beach Daily News
“Moving the home’s entry to the center of the front façade create a visual axis all the way through to the landscaped pool area. At Niven’s request, landscape architect Mario Nievera of Nievera Williams Design arranged native plants in an informal, natural design.”

Knight Cities Challenge Announces Its Selection of 126 Finalists
“[One of the winners is] Re:Place | Re:Purpose by Big Car Collaborative (Submitted by Jim Walker): Testing quick, innovative solutions for repurposing vacant buildings and bringing more vitality to neighborhoods by bringing together a local team of artists, landscape architects, city planners and other community members.”

A New Volume Showcases Delightful Parisian Landscapes
Architectural Digest
“Twenty-five years ago fashion designer Kenzo Takada hired landscape architect Iwaki to create a Japanese-style garden for his home near Place de la Bastille.”

Chattanooga Receives $10K Green Development Grants
WRCB-TV (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
“The Shelby County Engineering program in partnership with Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability with support from Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects propose to install multiple green infrastructure demonstration rain gardens at the Peggy W. Edmiston Administration Building (one of the largest Shelby County Government offices) and to offer multiple educational sessions to homeowners.”

Tim Smith Named ASLA San Diego Chapter President
San Diego Daily Transcript
“The San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has announced its executive board members for 2015.”

Mercer Arboretum's 2015 Season Programs Feature Plant Diversity
Houston Chronicle
“Planned for Friday, Jan. 30 is Mercer's ‘Sustainable Landscape Conference: Resetting the Meter: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Parking.’ This one-day conference, set for 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m., will feature experts, from engineers to landscape architects, who will present strategies on creating environmentally friendly parking areas. Participants will earn six continuing education units approved by the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Park District Ready to Give Control of Land to City for Obama Library
Chicago Tribune
“Of the two U. of C. proposals remaining, both are centered on historic parks. Washington Park, designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux, is 350 acres.”

Coming Year in Architecture Figures to Be Filled with Drama
Chicago Tribune
“Chiefly designed by Brooklyn-based landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, who shaped Maggie Daley Park, the first phase of this ‘rails to trails’ project will open in June, according to the website of the private, nonprofit Trust for Public Land, which serves as the Chicago Park District's project manager for the 606.”

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