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Landscape Architecture in the News

Fun Fountains for Kids in Denver
August 2015
“‘Water transforms public landscapes into welcoming and engaging spaces where people love to gather,’ said Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. ‘Landscape architects show tremendous creativity in designing water features that respect the environment, integrate sustainable practices and enliven the public realm.’”

Outdoor Classroom at Patterson Headstart First for Lakewood
Denver Post
“The idea for an outdoor classroom was hatched by [Kathy] Ireland about three years ago. The concept has gained traction at schools across the country, with a slate of nonprofits offering advice and research-backed knowledge on proper design. She asked city landscape architect John Paliga if he'd like to design the first one for Lakewood.”

Philadelphia Flower Show 2016 Theme: National Parks Service
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Hannah Lacasse, a landscape architect at Stoney Bank, said she was excited to help showcase the country's history of natural-resources preservation.”

Obama Library Architect to Be Selected Through Worldwide Search

Chicago Tribune
“Open space advocates have opposed the library being built in Jackson Park or Washington Park, which were designed by the great 19th-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.”

Our Handy Beginner's Guide to Fire Pits
World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska)
“The American Society of Landscape Architects ranks backyard fire pits as the most desired outdoor design element, and has for a few years.”

If You’re Living in These Towns, Your Home Is Your Best Investment Right Now
Boston Globe
“Hingham [a Boston suburb] can also boast the small but unique ‘World’s End,’ a blob of land in Hingham Bay attached to the mainland by a thin strip of soil dumped there by colonial farmers. The park’s original carriage trails, designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, still remain.”

Leong Leong to Design New Mixed-Use Campus for Los Angeles LGBT Center
“The final design will be the result of a collaboration between Leong Leong (Design Architect), Killefer Flammang Architects (Executive Architect), and Pamela Burton Associates (Landscape Architect).”

Designing a Sustainable Future, in 80 Ideas from Today
“The book is the brainchild of Jared Green, who edits The Dirt, the blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Why Nature Is Good for the Brain (Even If We Don’t Know What Is Natural)
Chicago Magazine
“We have a session at the American Society of Landscape Architects conference where we’re going to be talking about our research on the natural environment, and how our research can inform the design of built spaces, to improve people’s psychological and physical health. That’s kind of the goal—we want our research to be able to inform design.”

Noted Landscape Architect Calls Viaduct Park Design 'Flawed' as Proponents Push Ahead
Puget Sound Business Journal
“One of noted landscape architect James Corner's biggest criticisms of the citizen-driven proposal to build an elevated park on Seattle's waterfront is how big it is and how hard it would be to access.”

The Next Page: The Westinghouse Memorial, a Monument to Innovation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Susan Rademacher is parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Playground Battles: Can Safety and Adventure Co-Exist Where Children Play?
Observer (New York)
“The three-year battle has pitted parents who believe the playground, designed in the 1960s by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg, should be regraded and the Belgian block replaced with pavers to create a flatter surface free of tripping hazards, against those who believe it a remnant of adventure play and architectural gem well worth preserving.”

Into the Current
The Architect’s Newspaper
Landscape architects Mia Lehrer + Associates were part of original The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan developed in 2007. The firm’s renderings of a more natural river channel accompany the Alternative 20 that the Army Corps of Engineers approved for funding.”

Frank Gehry, Not a Landscape Architect, Will Help Re-work L.A. River. Why?
Los Angeles Times
“While Frank Gehry, who will draft the master plan for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River, is certainly one of the most talented and revolutionary architects of our time, Mayor Eric Garcetti's comparison of him to the greatest landscape architect in North America — and yes, this is a separate credentialed profession — is nearsighted.”

Gehry Wades into LA River Master Plan, Stirring up Ripples of Praise and Dissent
The Architect’s Newspaper
“[Chris] Hawthorne reports that Gehry Partners is leading a team of in-house designers and outside consultants to tackle the concrete channel, including

firm Olin, water expert Henk Ovink, who also serves as an advisor for Rebuild by Design’s Sandy Task Force, Geosyntec, and AN sources suggest that Arup’s civil engineering group might also be involved.”

Frank Gehry Wants to Incorporate All That Concrete into His LA River Revitalization Plan
Curbed Los Angeles
“He's got engineers, water experts, landscape architects, and a relationship with a tech firm that bought the architect's Gehry Technologies and has already produced a ‘a three-dimensional, so-called point-cloud model’ for around 70 percent of the river that, when combined with high-definition photos, will provide a starting point from which all projects along the channel can build.”

Defining Parks for the Social Good
Boston Globe
“One hundred and fifty years ago on this date, Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, and many other city parks, outlined ideas for a very different space: Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Sequoia Grove in California.”

Frank Gehry Agreed to Make over the L.A. River -- with One Big Condition
Los Angeles Times
“Gehry has been assembling a group of engineers and designers for meetings at his office. They include Richard Roark, a partner in the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm Olin, the Dutch water-management expert Henk Ovink, and consultants from the engineering firm Geosyntec.”

Lessons from Garden Designer Edmund Hollander’s Own Unassuming Oasis
The Wall Street Journal
“Visitors to landscape architect Edmund Hollander’s Sag Harbor, N.Y., home gravitate toward the patio by the pool, then spread out across a square of lawn that ends at a low stone wall, an ideal perch for overflow guests balancing supper plates.”

World War I Memorial Proposals Please Classicists and Anger Preservationists
Architectural Record
“The Eisenhower competition was open only to licensed architects, landscape architects, and engineers, who were invited to submit portfolios.”

How Do You Create a Successful Urban Park?
Co.Create (Fast Company)
“Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen give new life to old land. As the principals of award-winning New York landscape architecture firm Mathews Nielsen, they specialize in transforming urban terrain, whether they're revitalizing Lincoln Center's public plazas, restoring the historic St. Paul's churchyard near ground zero, or contextualizing Manhattan's new Whitney Museum of American Art with untamed greenery that echoes the neighboring High Line.”

'Portal' Points Way Toward R Street's Future
Sacramento Bee
“The Capitol Area Development Authority, which oversees the R Street corridor, contributed $7,000 toward the structure. The total project cost is $11,000, Borden said. Landscape [architecture], architecture and design firm Quadriga and Hacker Lab are making in-kind contributions.”

150 Years Ago, Olmsted Released His Historic Yosemite Report
“The landscape architect's landmark report is largely credited with providing the basis for the creation of Yosemite National Park.”

Construction Kicks Off on Second Phase of North Dallas Mixed-use Project
Dallas Morning News
“The developers have hired the Office of James Burnett, the landscape architect firm that did downtown Dallas' Klyde Warren Park, for the park.”

Building Blocks: Brooklyn Sites Get $2.6 Million to Undo Hurricane Sandy's Toll
The New York Times
“‘There have been three years of invasive growth, so it's like a jungle,’ said Christian Zimmerman, a landscape architect and a vice president of the nonprofit Prospect Park Alliance, which manages the park under contract with the city. ‘People say this is pretty, but it's unhealthy.’”

Big SoMa Project on Track for First Vote
San Francisco Chronicle
“‘We see the alleyways as the spine to the project,’ said Laura Crescimano of San Francisco's Sitelab Urban Studio, which is part of the design team along with local landscape architect Tom Leader and the New York architecture firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.”

Hydrology, not Landscaping or Landmarks, Is Focus of Frank Gehry's L.A. River Plan
Los Angeles Times
“Gehry has been assembling a group of engineers and designers for meetings at his office. They include Richard Roark, a partner in the Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm Olin, the Dutch water-management expert Henk Ovink, and consultants from the engineering firm Geosyntec.”

Volunteers from Lake Bluff Landscape Firm Give Their All to Spruce Up Waukegan Playground
Chicago Tribune
“The school maintenance men weren't among the crowd of nearly 100 volunteers from Scott Byron & Co. Landscape Architecture, Lake Bluff, who transformed about 1.4 acres of school property into a beautiful recreation facility, as a gift to the school.” 

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