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Clips from Around the Country

Harvard Yard, Uncovered
Harvard Crimson
“Enter Michael Van Valkenburgh. A well-known landscape architect, Van Valkenburgh convinced then-University president Neil L. Rudenstine to secure funding for a committee in the early ’90s, according to Del Tredici. The committee—comprised of landscape experts and Harvard facilities maintenance staff —was tasked with developing a ‘Master Plan for the Harvard Yard Landscape.’”

Landscape Architect Gets Nat'l Honor
“Last week [Jon] Mueller was honored with the President’s Medal of the American Society of Landscape Architects at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago.”

Landscape Architecture: There’s an App for That
“A growing number of landscape architects now use apps in their workplace. In a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, 76% of respondents use apps in analyzing a site, 44% use apps for conceptualizing their ideas and 50% use landscape apps during construction.”

Memos and Distinctions
Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina)
“Remark Studio LLC has been named the recipient of an honor award and a merit award from the South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work, respectively, on a Bojangles restaurant and a private residence, both in Mount Pleasant.”

Column: Two-dimensional Plan for Moore Square Shows Promise but Lacks Defining Icon
News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
“I approached this column warily a few weeks back, less than enthusiastic about Sasaki Associates’ new master plan for Moore Square. But after a twilight walk through the square with Sasaki landscape architect Gina Ford on Tuesday evening, I reconsidered. She’s a persuasive force – and the space, at that time of day, is magical.”

Guest Column: Next Quarter-century Will Write Story of Greenprint’s Vision in Action
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)
“In the last year, Greenprint 2015/2040 has garnered three awards for excellence in planning from the Sustainable Communities Division, the Tennessee Chapter of American Planning Association and the Tennessee Chapter of American Society for Landscape Architects.”

Well-designed Path Is the One Most Taken
Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas)
“‘From a design perspective, at the start of a path, we want to create a focal point, like a personalized piece of art, whether it’s a gnome or sculpture,’ says Steve Kooyenga, senior landscape architect with a company named Chalet in Wilmette, Ill. ‘I want to go down the path and get a close look at that object or plant.’”

California Has a New Top Water Hog
San Diego Union-Tribune
“Martin Schmidt, a landscape architect with Environs Landscape Architecture, Inc., said relatively few single-family residential properties are large enough to require 14 million gallons of water per year for landscaping, but they’re out there.”

A Gathering of Professionals in Chicago
“‘It’s a great time to be a landscape architect,’ K. Richard Zweifel, current president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), declared during the opening general session of the 2015 National Meeting and Expo on Saturday, November 7. That session, which featured a panel discussion from participants in the upcoming PBS special ‘10 Parks that Changed America,’ may have highlighted the increasing visibility of landscape architects in the public eye, but it wasn’t all that he was referring to.”

Recalling Those Who Are Forever Young
Coeur d' Alene Press
“Jonathan Mueller and his wife, Nancy, spent the past week in Chicago for the annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects and enjoying some Windy City sight-seeing. On Monday night, the final night of the conference, the prestigious President’s Medal is presented to one member of the organization to recognize their contributions. This year the medal was placed around the neck of Coeur d’Alene's Jonathan Mueller. Kudos!”

Houston's New Buffalo Bayou Park Reimagines Urban Waterfront
“‘Putting a park in a floodway isn't typical,’ says Scott McCready, a landscape architect and principal of SWA.”

10 Questions with… Charles Jencks
Interior Design
“With a lustrous, decades-long career as a landscape architect, designer, critic and theorist, Charles Jencks has been instrumental in questioning Modernism, defining Post-Modernism, and designing landscapes that merge sculptural forms with modern science and philosophy.”

Renson Announces Eide Industries as New Special Projects Partner
Specialty Fabrics Review
“Renson Inc., European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, announced its collaboration and growing project capacity in the North American market with Eide Industries Inc., a Cerritos, Calif.-based manufacturer of fabric and metal structures for commercial installations, at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and Expo, held Nov. 6–9 in Chicago, Ill.”

Gov. Deal Appoints 15 to State Boards
Atlanta Business Chronicle
“Rebecca Kirk, Georgia Board of Landscape Architects. Kirk is the vice president of landscape architecture and civil engineering at Southern A&E, LLC. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and active in the Georgia chapter of ASLA. Kirk earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.”

Thomas S. Marvel, Architect of the Tropical, Dies at 80
The New York Times
“In 1990 the Society of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico gave him the Henry Klumb Award, its highest honor.”

Recreation and Outdoors Calendar
Baltimore Sun
“Scott C. Scarfone of the American Society of Landscape Architects will talk about the Upper Gunpowder Watershed Brook Trout Conservation Partnership when he gives a presentation to Maryland Trout Unlimited at 7:30 p.m. at Towson Presbyterian Church at 400 West Chesapeake Ave.”

For Landscape Architect Kate Orff, Sunday Morning Means Having to Say ‘Sorry!’
The New York Times
“Kate Orff, a landscape architect, first captured the public’s attention in 2010 with her passionate promotion of a plan proposed by her firm, Scape, to bring oysters back to New York Harbor (the bivalves filter water and form reefs that can buffer against storm surges).”

Toomer's Corner Redesign Project Receives ASLA Merit Award
Auburn Plainsman
“To give Toomer’s Corner the makeover it needed, a design team made up of registered landscape architect Judd Langham and Daniel Ballard, watershed division manager of water resource management, decided to redevelop and improve three non-university corners of the intersection.”

Land-use Pros Respond to Lobby Proposal
Austin Monitor
“Those signing the letter include representatives of the American Institute of Architects Austin, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the Austin chapter of Associated General Contractors, the Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Real Estate Council of Austin, the Structural Engineers Association of Texas, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas and the Greater Austin Contractors & Engineers Association.”

Landscape Architects See Creations Evolve Over Time
San Francisco Chronicle
“Incidents like this are par for the course in landscape architecture. Unlike buildings, designed to look their best on opening day, parks, plazas and planted spaces debut with the promise of something better yet to come. After the trees spread out and the shrubs settle in, the larger intentions emerge.”

Metroparks Plans "Greening" for 1.5-acres of the Future 20-acre Canal Basin Park
Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
“That early-stage design, created by Akron-based Environmental Design Group, won an honorable mention in this year's design competition of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a rendering has been posted on the Ohio ASLA website.”

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Wins $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize
Canadian Architect
“The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia announces landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander the winner of the 2015 Margolese National Design for Living Prize.”

Tournament of Roses Announces 2016 Float Judges
Pasadena Journal
“Jodie Petersen is a landscape architect for the National Park Service (NPS), Denver Service Center, the central planning, design and construction project office for the NPS. For 24 years, Petersen has worked for the NPS managing projects nationwide including Flight 93 National Memorial, Mesa Verde National Park and Hamilton Grange National Memorial, among others. In 2013, Petersen was elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows.”

Some Residents Skeptical as Updates to Washington Square Park Take Shape
DNAInfo Chicago
“To help guide the process, the council has brought on Alison Zehr, a local consultant, and Chris Gent, a local architect and former president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”

The Best Home Gardens of 2015
Architectural Digest
“Every fall, the American Society of Landscape Architects Awards selects the best of the best from a global pool of nominees.”

Editorial> Landscape Operations
Architect’s Newspaper
“In the realm of landscape architecture, however, these ambitions seem to be in harmony more than ever.”

‘Walking While Black’ Can Be Dangerous Too, Study Finds
Washington Post
“‘We definitely can’t say that the differences in things such as fatality rates can be explained by what we observed,’ said Arlie Adkins, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Landscape Architecture and Planning.”

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