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Landscape Architecture in the News

Letter: Tucson Has Richer Xeriscape Options than Salt Lake
Salt Lake Tribune
“We have a very different palette of plants to xeriscape with, and it takes an inspired landscape architect and careful maintenance to create something that does not look like a weed patch.”

City, TxDOT Begin Pilot Landscaping Project on RM 620
Austin American-Statesman
“TxDOT will put down about 8 inches to 1 foot of soil and plant a mix of spineless prickly pear cacti and hardy native plants, such as Mountain Laurels, that are suited for extreme rocky conditions, said Kerry Blackmon, TxDOT’s landscape architect for the Austin district.”

FIRST LOOK: Shriners for Children Medical Center
Healthcare Design
“The landscape architect, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, was challenged to design a flexible healing landscape intended for rehabilitation.” 

Multipurpose Hybrid Pier-park Planned for Florida
“The new U.S. $46 million project is a collaboration between Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect.”

Cedar Rapids Is Missing Piece of History
KCRG-TV9 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
“Steve Krug, a landscape architect, is working on the Green Square’s renovation project, which aims to do an about $2 million makeover completed in 2016. With heavy machinery constantly chewing up ground left and right, contractors are being told to keep an eye out for the box.”

Edina Launches Tougher Rules Against Tree Teardowns
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
“Trees are ‘a resource that we’ve been given and we don’t really see the benefits until they’re gone,’ said Matthew Rentsch, an urban designer and president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

WWI Group Seeking National Memorial Designer
Military Times
“The current plaza, which opened in 1981, was designed by modernist landscape architect Paul Friedberg and contains a monument to Pershing created by architect Wallace Harrison.”

The High and Mighty Phragmites
“As landscape architects, there are numerous best practices we can employ on sites vulnerable to Phragmites invasion.”

Outdoor Rooms with Not-so-secret Gardens
Houston Chronicle
“Cathy Carr, landscape architect and founder of Greenheart Garden Design, and her partner, Charlie Bessant, live in a 1935 brick Cape Cod close to Silver Spring, Md.”

$27M Project Reconnects UW, Montlake Triangle
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
“‘I mostly went through there jogging or on my bicycle,’ said [Shannon] Nichol, a founding principal of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, a Seattle-based landscape architecture firm.”

What Happened to the Planned Public Art Project Near Consol Energy Center?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“In 2008, the Sports and Exhibition Authority commissioned Walter Hood, an artist and landscape architect in Oakland, Calif., to design a sculptural walkway and rain garden between Consol Energy Center and Epiphany Catholic Church in the lower Hill District.”

Naturally Indoors> The French Laundry
The Architect’s Newspaper
“Chef Thomas Keller has teamed up with design partnership Snøhetta (lead design architect and landscape architect), Envelope A+D (executive architect), and Harrison & Koellner (kitchen designer) to bring a new interpretation to the globally famous restaurant.”

Memorials Show Metro Phoenix Commitment to Veterans
Arizona Republic
“LVA Urban Design Studio Ryan Trudell, senior landscape architect, left, Laura Thelen, landscape architect, and Matthew Thomas, landscape designer, right, work on some last minute details on the design of the memorial to fallen soldiers from Scottsdale on April 30, 2015, in Tempe.”

Changes in Weather Call for Rethinking Gardening
Statesman Journal (via Associated Press)
“Melanie Sifton, vice president of horticulture and facilities at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in New York City, suggests that homeowners start with, an interdisciplinary effort toward sustainable gardens led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.”

Fernando Caruncho’s Shock Waves
The New York Times
“Instead of planting in a traditional, rigorous grid, Fernando Caruncho, the celebrated Madrid-based minimalist landscape architect, conceptualized the 250 acres as a green sea of voluptuous, undulating waves that ‘traverse the landscape of this ancient place.’”

Lafayette Landscaping Inspired by Natives
San Francisco Chronicle
“Oakland landscape architect David Thorne’s award-winning native landscape design is one such garden that’s swoon-worthy and packed with great tips for gardeners during these lean water times.”

Face of Defense: Army Civilian Finds Passion in Engineering Project Management
U.S. Department of Defense
“The landscape architect now serves as a project manager for the USACE Galveston District, directing each stage in the life of a project, from programming and planning to design and construction.”

Plants as Art and Architecture
San Antonio Express-News
“An agave’s bold leaves ‘have power in their structure,’ said landscape architect John Troy. He often chooses agaves for contemporary settings.”

Santa Rosa Landscape Architect Blends Steel Works into Environment
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California)
“David Fowler has always liked working with his hands and studied landscape architecture in college. But he never set out to be a sculpture artist.”

Landscape Migration
Places Journal
June 2015
“In 1995, the landscape architecture firm West 8 produced a speculative design for Buckthorn City, a real estate development that would accommodate urban expansion in the Rotterdam-Hague region.” 

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