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Freeway Design Is a Mash-up on Newly Expanded 405
Los Angeles Times
“Engineers at Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversaw the five-year, 10-mile expansion project with Caltrans, contractor Kiewit, engineering firm HNTB, and landscape architect Lynn Capouya, had to hammer out a wide range of aesthetic decisions with the property owners whose land runs alongside the 405.”

Roger Partners and ASD Picked to Give St. Petersburg, Florida, an Exciting New Public Pier
“New York studio Rogers Partners, landscape architect Ken Smith, and local firm ASD were selected to design the new hybrid pier and park in St. Petersburg, Florida.” 

There's Still a Wait for Maggie Daley Park's Restaurant
DNAinfo Chicago
“Imagined by landscape architect Ernest Wong and Chicago-based SPACE Architects, Maggie's at the Park would be housed in a 10,000-square-foot glass structure with retractable walls aimed at bringing the outdoors inside.”

Emanuel Appoints Three New Members to City Landmarks Panel
Chicago Tribune
“[Mayor Rahm] Emanuel is reappointing commission members James M. Houlihan, Rafael M. Leon, Mary Ann Smith, Richard L. Tolliver, and Ernest C. Wong, who is a landscape architect.”

National Park Service Explores Canoe-sharing Service Along Mississippi
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
“‘We represent the Mississippi, which is America’s river. There is a lot of romance to that,’ said Susan Overson, landscape architect and park planner for the river park. ‘We see this as a way to attract people to our park as a destination. They want to put their feet into the Mississippi, and we are trying to make that easier for people to do.’”

Three Staten Island Public Artworks Receive Makeover
Staten Island Advance
“The Barrett Memorial on Stuyvesant Place is celebrating its hundredth birthday this year. American sculptor Sherry Edmundson Fry designed the piece, and it is dedicated to Maj. Clarence T. Barett, a Staten Islander who was a captain in the Civil War, a landscape architect, sanitation engineer, and New York Police Commissioner.”

Landscape Great Dan Kiley Is Subject of Retrospective in Dallas
Dallas Morning News
“Writing more than 20 years ago in The New Yorker, the critic Calvin Tomkins wondered why the landscape architect Dan Kiley, given the prominence and multitude of his commissions, was not better known outside his chosen profession.”

Six-time Shuttle Astronaut Musgrave Will Speak at Marathon
Florida Today
“Franklin Story Musgrave is a trauma surgeon, a pilot, a parachutist, an author, a poet, a mathematician, a multimedia producer, a professor of design, a landscape architect, a lecturer, an electrician, a mechanic, and a prior U.S. Marine.”

Jackie Kennedy’s Handmade Scrapbook Offers a Rare Glimpse of Rose Garden’s Birth
The Washington Post
“In 1961, [John F.] Kennedy asked Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, a friend of his and Jackie Kennedy’s, to redesign and improve this part of the grounds. Mellon, an avid gardener and horticulture expert, took on the task with landscape architect Perry Wheeler and White House head gardener Irwin Williams.”

ASLA Accepting Applications for $5K Grant
San Diego Daily Transcript
“The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is accepting applications from local community groups for a $5,000 grant.”

Building a Park Above a Blazing Hot Pit Is as Complicated as It Sounds
“Then there’s the soil issue, which is complicated since the park will rest on a steel foundation. As the landscape architect behind the project bluntly put it to The New York Times a few weeks ago, ‘We have no soil.’”

Cuyahoga Falls to Decide on Front Street Traffic Study
Akron Beacon Journal
“If approved, MKSK, a landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm, will receive $73,394 to design a scheme to reopen Front Street and analyze the costs for what is being called the Downtown Area Circulation Plan.”

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opening New Vistas
The New York Times
“The Pier 6 portion, in particular, offers a different experience for parkgoers, since many of the features that have opened so far have been designed for active recreation. Pier 6 was intended by the park’s landscape architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, specifically for passive use.”

Making the Impossible Possible? The Senate Moves the DRIVE Act
NRDC Switchboard
“Tightening the lens reveals several smaller changes to law that help or hurt. Helpful: Requires the Secretary of DOT to 'encourage' protection of pollinator habitat and makes such activities eligible for highway funding, something NRDC and allies including the American Society of Landscape Architects favor.”

Streetscapes: Minneapolis's Original 'Mad Men' Buildings Live On
Star Tribune
“Framing a verdant plaza designed by celebrated landscape architects Sasaki, Walker, and Associates, the Towers had a lively social scene, with community continental breakfasts every Sunday, poolside barbecues, and frequent cocktail parties on all floors.”

Landscape Architect Kurt Kraisinger, Owner of the Lorax Design Group, Knows What’s Cool in Pools
Kansas City Star
“With summer in full bloom, the allure of the outdoors grows. Shady trees, colorful blooms, and refreshing pools make the experience that much greater for those who have a scene designed by landscape architect Kurt Kraisinger.”

Johns Hopkins Business Student Gets Rooftop Gardens Off the Ground
Hub (Johns Hopkins)
“In less than three years, Pratum has landed contracts with several prominent Mid-Atlantic property developers and management firms, including JBG and Akridge, to repair and/or maintain green roofs at the DOT, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the International Monetary Fund, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and various commercial properties.”

It's Your Business: Grant Awarded
Naples Daily News
This article, available only to subscribers, mentions that Naples, Florida-based landscape architect David Driapsa has been inducted into the American Society of Landscape Architects' Council of Fellows.

Peter Schaudt, Distinguished Landscape Architect, Dies at 56
Chicago Tribune
“Chicago landscape architect Peter Schaudt, whose creative and collaborative approach burnished everything from iconic midwestern football stadiums to outdoor plazas in downtown Chicago, died Sunday at 56 of a heart attack at his Villa Park home, according to his wife, Janet.”

Clay Stafford Joins Stevens & Wilkinson as Principal, Director of Planning
“[Clay Stafford] has been a featured or keynote speaker at various universities, conventions, and conferences, and received a bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia in 1990.”

Movie Listings for July 17–23
The New York Times
“In the handsomely mounted period drama directed by Alan Rickman, Mr. Rickman stars as the wily French 'Sun King' Louis XIV who has just moved his court to Versailles. Here, his chief landscape architect (Matthias Schoenaerts) hires Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), a sturdy, guileless everyday woman, to design the Rockwork Grove, an outdoor arena-like ballroom whose completion is imperiled by court intrigue.”

A Secret Garden in Oakmont
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California)
“[Kris] Sunderlage, a partner in Exteriors Landscape Architecture, had earlier worked with the Clements on their Montecito home.”

The Rise and Fall of the American Lawn, at Least in California
The Washington Post
“‘This would never have happened without the Hetch Hetchy, without Owens Valley, without taking the water to allow us to have an oasis where it really shouldn’t happen,’ landscape architect Sarah Sutton told KQED, referring to the reservoir and aqueduct that convey water to California cities.”

How More Lawn Restrictions Could Remake the California Landscape
Los Angeles Times
“‘It will be a far more interesting place than this monoculture of grass,’ said Esther Margulies, an instructor in the landscape architecture program at USC. ‘The attraction to subdivisions with pristine lawns has changed.… People are a lot more sophisticated and urbane…[and] much more likely to let go.’” 

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