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Landscape Architecture in the News

Using Art to Control Water Flow in Larimer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Environmental attorney John Stephen, hydrologist Ian Lipsky, landscape architect Christine Mondor, storm flow data and mapping expert Matt Graham, and the Penn State Center are the key members of the technical team.”

Floodplains, Climate Change, and Alewife
Boston Globe
“‘This is not rocket science,’ Spirn said. She added that many Boston urban architects are incorporating this type of ‘green infrastructure’ over the ‘gray infrastructure’ of years past. She cited Gary Hilderbrand, a Cambridge-based landscape architect with the landscape architecture firm Reed-Hilderbrand, and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as someone using green infrastructure well.”

Energy-saving Tactics Pay Off in Green Workplace Challenge
Bloomberg Business (via The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
“A $3 faucet insert can help an office save money and be more environmentally conscious, whether that workplace employs eight people or 3,000. ‘Simple things like that, or putting insulation on outlets, trying to tighten up windows with weather stripping, it had a noticeable impact,’ said Jim Pashek, principal at Pashek Associates, a North Side landscape architecture and design firm.”

By Blocking View of the Brooklyn Bridge, a Building Incites a Battle
The New York Times
“Concerned about the possible effect on the view, Mr. Pearsall said he worked out an agreement with the park's landscape architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, acting on behalf of the park corporation, that mechanical structures were to be counted against that cap. Mr. Pearsall has email from Mr. Van Valkenburgh's office memorializing the agreement.”

Ex-Buckeye Eddie George, Others Become Entrepreneurs After the NFL
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
“Eddie George used his landscape architecture degree from Ohio State University to help found the Edge Group, a company that does landscaping and design projects in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, and Nashville.”

The Willow Oaks of Charlotte's Older Neighborhoods Are Reaching the End of Their Long Lives
Charlotte Observer
“Particularly hard hit was Greenway Avenue, which then was Ric Solow's street. ‘It was an amazingly beautiful, tree-lined street,’ said Solow, a landscape architect. ‘It lost a mind-boggling amount.’ Solow's wife, Kris, began an effort to renew the neighborhood's leafy heritage a decade ago.”

With Rupp Plans Stalled, City Turns Attention to Town Branch Commons Linear Park
Lexington Herald-Leader
“Mayor Jim Gray said in his State of the City speech last week that he would include money in his proposed budget in April for the project. Gray said in an interview Friday that the city is still looking at a design by the firm Scape/Landscape Architecture to determine what portion of the park could be started first. The city is also still working on cost estimates.”

News Briefs
KRQE News 13
“Albuquerque kids will soon get a chance to build their own playground. Pop up Playground is a one day event planned for this fall. The American Society of Landscape Architects has partnered up with students at Ace Leadership High School.”

Palo Alto Seeks Best Bridge Brainpower with Contest
San Francisco Chronicle
“‘The city understands that a bridge can be more than a crossing,’ said Marcel Wilson of Bionic, a San Francisco landscape architecture firm. ‘The ambition is genuine. My sense is that they want to accomplish as much as they can.’ Bionic is part of the team whose design the competition jury last month selected as the best of the three invited entries.”

People on the Move
The Denver Post
“Axel Bishop, cofounder of Design Concepts, was named to the Society [COUNCIL] of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Emanuel to Unveil Ordinance Transferring Parkland for Obama Library
Chicago Tribune
“The mayor plans to assemble a group of community leaders and open space advocates to identify potential land in the city to be converted to green space, as well as look for opportunities to reinvest in and restore the parks designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.”

Rule-breaking Art Is Just Plain Broken
San Francisco Chronicle
“The beauty of architecture and all its associated fields—landscape architecture, public art, and infrastructure—is that the stakes are high. Structures provide shelter. They shape how we live and how we navigate our shared terrain.”

Standout Creations: the Fabulous and the Flops
San Francisco Chronicle
“Levi's Plaza, landscape design by Lawrence Halprin, 1982. Legendary landscape architect Lawrence Halprin saw no reason why cities shouldn't include naturalistic romance, and this water-laced nook shows how alluring his vision could be. It's as if a Sierra meadow landed next to Battery Street near the Embarcadero, to the delight of nearby workers and families.”

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