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Landscape Architecture in the News

ASLA Announces Call for Educational Presentations for 2018 Annual Meeting
Retrofit Magazine
“The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the call for presentations for the 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO.”

Their View: The Obama Center, Now a Federal Case
The State Journal-Register
“Chicago has more than 600 parks, with Jackson Park among the most magnificent. The lakefront gem was designed in 1871 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, trailblazers in landscape architecture.”

Viewpoint: Another Big Winner
Canadian Architect
“In full disclosure, I had the honor and challenge of serving on this year’s jury, along with architect and Université de Montréal professor Daniel Pearl, as well as landscape architect and U.B.C. professor Moura Quayle.”

7 Homes with Beautiful Outdoor Patios
“Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded Landscape Architecture & Design helped her friend Elizabeth Birdsall design this woodland home in Charlottesville, Virginia, with plenty of commodious outdoor spaces, like this patio that looks out to the trees.”

Marty Walsh Checks Off Promise to Spruce Up City Hall
Boston Herald
“Two years ago landscape architect [firm] Reed Hilderbrand came up with ideas to open up City Hall and find new uses for the plaza, with the firm pitching a restaurant pavilion or a sloping lawn.”

A New Leader for Central Park
The New York Times
“Ms. [Elizabeth W.] Smith and Mr. [Douglas] Blonsky, who wears a Central Park baseball cap nearly everywhere he goes, came from different backgrounds — he was trained in landscape architecture, she in finance, beginning in the training program at what was then Morgan Guaranty Trust.”

Urban Greening Is Good for the Environment. Let’s Make Sure It’s Good for Local Residents, Too.
“In the case of Newtown Creek Nature Walk, the project was for the neighborhood, not for tourism or the cover of a landscape architecture magazine.”

Incoming President of ASLA S.D. Chapter Aims to Engage Next Generation of Landscape Architects
San Diego Business Journal
“Michael Douglas Brennan, co-owner of Carson Douglas Landscape Architecture (CDLA), has been named the incoming president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA SD).”

Council Committee Picks Developer for Sought-After Angels Landing Site
Los Angeles Downtown News
“The two-tower project is being designed by Handel Architects, with the firm Olin serving as landscape architect.”

Changing Houston, One Little Fix a Time
Houston Chronicle
“But even some of our most established public spaces and institutions can point to early efforts that signified tactical urbanism in all but name, from the Menil Collection to Project Row Houses. Architect and landscape architect Charles Tapley helped us see the beauty in our local waterways by transforming an unremarkable stormwater outfall along Buffalo Bayou into a lushly landscaped riparian feature, now named the Tapley Tributary.”

Heatherwick's Vessel Reaches 150-Foot Height
“Vessel will be located in New York's Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards, designed by New York– and Virginia-based Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, and both the structure and the park are scheduled to open in 2019.”

2017 Best of Design Awards for Landscape – Private
The Architect’s Newspaper
“‘The landscape design celebrates the western landscape and bluff overlook. The limestone units morphing between wall and floor surfaces give the continuous space a subtle dynamism.’ —Emily Bauer, Landscape Architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (juror)”

St. Louis Art Museum Buys John Singer Sargent Portrait of Girl for $2.2 Million
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“She [Charlotte Cram] was raised by her grandparents and married landscape architect Robert Ludlow Fowler Jr.”

Waterline Square Mega-development Tops Out on the Upper West Side
“All three buildings surround a new landscaped public park designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, which includes tree-lined groves, open grass areas, walking paths, a playground and water features.”

What WATG's New CEO Has in Store for the Global Design Firm
Hotel Management
“This, he said, would ensure that all disciplines—from the landscape planning and landscape architect to the urban designer or the city planner through to the interior architect and the architect themselves are all working better to achieve a distinctive outcome, he said.”

“Splash Pad Urbanism” and 2017’s Other Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture.

Huffington Post
“This was a breakout year for landscape architecture, as well as a period of great trial.”

A Brand New Boston, Even Whiter Than the Old
Boston Globe
“The Globe could not find a single black senior executive at any of the 14 firms on the project team. That included the landscape architect, acoustic consultant, elevator consultant, and lighting consultant.” Project of the Week for December 11, 2017: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
“Designed by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, its living roof has a healing lodge and fire circle, surrounded by a lush roof garden of varied native perennials, shrubs, and trees.”

Plan Commission Gives First OK for 12-story Building in Downtown Skokie
Chicago Tribune
Landscape architect Pamela Self estimated that 30 percent of the site plan calls for green space.”

House Envy: Hidden Staircase, Custom Touches Make Oakland Township Home One of a Kind
Detroit Free Press
“Not only did the house take three years to build, it took five experts. They were a prominent architect and a builder, an interior architect, a color and fabric expert and a landscape architect.”

Mackey Mitchell Architects Collaborates on New Residence Halls at Arkansas
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The project design was a collaboration involving Mackey Mitchell Architects, Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston, Modus Studio of Fayetteville, and Philadelphia-based landscape architect OLIN.”

Nike Headquarters Names Building After Serena Williams
Architectural Digest
“PLACE, of Portland, Oregon, provided landscape architecture services.”

2017 Best of Design Awards for Hospitality
The Architect’s Newspaper
“‘The congruous nature of the ambitions and the execution makes the small restaurant quite special. The warm material selection and element lighting is fun and approachable.’ —Emily Bauer, landscape architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (juror)”

Upcoming Event Will Honor Late Landscape Architect
Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon (subscription required for viewing article)
“A celebration of life for late Portland landscape architect J. Douglas Macy will be held Dec. 14 at the Portland Art Museum.”

In Design Building at UMass Amherst, Students Learn by Example
Design New England
“But what is exemplary about this project is that it is the cooperative venture of three departments — landscape architecture, architecture, and building technology — from three colleges: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences, respectively.”

Eminent Architecture Historian Vincent Scully Dead at 97
The Washington Post
“‘Because of Vince, architects, urban planners, historic preservationists and landscape architects have gone about their work with a sharper eye and keener understanding,’ Yale President Peter Salovey said in a statement.”

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