Updates from ASLA

Coverage Continues to Range Far and Wide

‘Complete Streets’ Improve Campus Environment
UConn Today
“‘Improving campus safety, access, and appearance while promoting sustainable, universal design is the guiding framework for all our landscape architectural work at UConn,’ says Sean Vasington, associate director of university planning, design, and construction, and university landscape architect. ‘The underlying principles and concepts that define a Complete Street fit nicely into that structure.’”

Downtown Dog Park May Get Artificial Turf (Wisconsin State Journal)
“‘The turf there is worn from so much use,’ said Sarah Lerner, a landscape architect with the city Parks Division. ‘The turf is having a hard time becoming established. It gets muddy during wet weather. It’s not always the most pleasant to walk on. Right now, it’s kind of like your backyard.’”

Sasaki Creates Two Landmark Buildings for Monterrey Tec Campus in Mexico
“The library and pavilion are part of a larger masterplan conceived by Sasaki, a multidisciplinary firm with offices in Boston and Shanghai. The firm was founded in 1953 by the late landscape architect Hideo Sasaki, who was born in California and taught at Harvard.”

Travel Like You Live Here: Detroit
“Belle Isle was designed in the 1880s by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.”

10 Ways to Make Sure Your Home Is Winter-Ready
Real Simple
“But most deciduous perennials—plants that shed their leaves annually (like asters, irises, and lilies)—do best with an aggressive trim, says Jennifer G. Horn, a landscape architect in Washington, D.C.”

Brooklyn’s Luxury Real Estate Market Had a Surprisingly Strong 4th Quarter
NY Daily News
“The ODA-Architecture designed building offers an abundance of amenities including a fitness and yoga room, rooftop terrace, landscaped courtyard designed by Steven Yavanian Landscape Architecture, and pet grooming station.”

Playground Honoring Boston Marathon Victims Is Underway
“Martin’s Park, like Menino Park, will be inclusive and accessible to children of all abilities. Designed by landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., the park uses natural elements—logs, rocks and an undulating but wheelchair-friendly topography, for example—to create a safe play space for every child.”

Morning Commute OK, But Super Bowl Activities Disrupting Afternoon Traffic
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“‘Working mobile, working from different locations is something that we promote,’ said landscape architect and urban designer John Slack, one of the principals.”

The Genius of a Place
The Source (Washington University in St. Louis)
“Every site possesses a spirit, or ‘genius,’ of its own. So believed Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture.”

Confluence vs. Confluence: Brewery Sues Apartments Over Namesake
Des Moines Register
“The lawsuit makes no mention of another Des Moines business using the name ‘Confluence.’ That business, a landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, was founded in Des Moines and has offices in six different Midwest cities.”

Cleveland Public Library Names Nine Semifinalists in MLK Branch Design Competition
The Plain-Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
“John Ronan Architects, Chicago, with: Michael Boucher, landscape architecture; Shen Milsom & Wilke, acoustics; dbHMS, engineers, sustainability.”

Lower Manhattan’s Celebrated 140 Broadway May Get Unwelcome Ornament
Curbed New York
“A landscape architect working on the redesign said that it was ‘a way to add more seating and more planting into the plaza space and better activate the space.’”

Airbnb in Your Own Backyard: Locals Exploring Toronto in More Profound Ways
Metro News Toronto
"I figured: might as well wake up in Scarborough," said [Daniel Rotsztain] the landscape architecture grad student, who is studying how to enhance strip malls.”

Letter: A Lesson for Jackson Park: Landscapes Change
Chicago Tribune
“As a landscape architect, I have always thought that landscapes naturally evolve, as do the plants in every design.”

The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and Klyde Warren Park Win the AIA's 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award
Architect Magazine
“The affordable housing forum and Dallas park design by OJB Landscape Architecture were recognized for their lasting impact on the profession and their communities.”

Hearing Brings Call for More U.S. 30 Green Space in Hobart
Chicago Tribune
“‘We're dealing with two different concepts,’ said Kevin Clark, director of design with The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based urban designer, planner and landscape architect firm that co-hosted the event with the City of Hobart.”

Welcome to Amazon’s Jungle: Inside the Spheres, Where 40,000 Plants Create a Stunning Urban Oasis
“That credit goes to Seattle based landscape architecture firm Site Workshop, who collaborated with NBBJ.”

Green House Effect: Plants Enhance Life in Tiny Homes, Apartments
Milwaukee Sentinel Journal
“According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, ‘Research has explored how exposure to plants, or even images of plants, indoors and outdoors, can improve productivity and create a sense of well being.’”

International Architect Behind Y-block Park Explains Vision
The State Journal-Register (Illinois)
“Before landscape architect Peter Wirtz could bring an ‘exotic’ park to Springfield’s Y-block, he decided to bring himself.”

AIA: "Licensing Protects the Public"
Architect Magazine
“Many include public members and/or practitioners from related professions (engineering, landscape architecture).”

Landscape Architect Claude Cormier's Montreal Home Is Just What You'd Expect – Playful and Engaging
Globe and Mail (Canada)
“Claude Cormier likes a challenge. The landscape architect is well known for his playful-verging-on-tongue-in-cheek designs, such as 18 Shades of Gay, the kilometre-long installation of 180,000 coloured plastic balls suspended above Montreal's Sainte-Catherine Street East in the Village, or the recently renovated Berczy Park in Toronto, featuring a classically styled Victorian fountain with canine statues spouting elegant arcs of water, alongside a drinking trough for the neighbourhood's actual dogs.”

Sonoma Valley Students Tour Sweetwater Spectrum Gardens
Sonoma Index-Tribune (California)
“Roche and Roche landscape architecture firm recently hosted 20 sophomore and junior students from Sonoma Valley High School’s Sustainable Agriculture Academy.”

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