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Solar Farmhouse Near Ann Arbor One of World's Greenest Homes
“Jane Hughes of Organizational Designs played a major role in materials vetting and interior design, while Shannan Gibb-Randall of InSite Design Studio served as landscape architect.”

Lobbying Spending Reaches Record High $2.6 Million in First Half of Kentucky Legislative Session
Northern Kentucky Tribune
“Businesses and organizations which have recently registered to lobby include: 1800Contacts, a contact lens supplier; ADVOCATESincDC, a trade group for pharmacy benefit managers; American Massage Therapy Association, lobbying on changes to regulatory boards; American Society of Landscape Architects; Amplify Education, a provider of digital products to schools; and CompTIA, Computing Technology Industry Association, a trade association lobbying on HB 59 and HCR 93.”

Developers Plant Their Flags on Trinity Park’s Future
Towers (Dallas)
“This LGC is to collaborate with the Trinity Park Conservancy to raise funds and develop designs, with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. (MVVA) retained for the preliminaries.”

ASLA Business Quarterly Survey Shows Balanced Conditions for Landscape Architecture Firms
Retrofit Magazine
Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey.”

State Officials Eye Improved Landscaping for New North Dakota Governor’s Residence
Bismarck Tribune
“But the state’s facility management director said Monday, Feb. 26, the landscape architecture firm was involved with the residence project long before Burgum took office in 2016.”

Emerging Talent Preparation: How Colleges of Architecture and Design Are Ensuring Relevance of Emerging Talent
Design Intelligence
“On campus, our first year includes architecture, landscape architecture and interior design students engaged in design-thinking, design-making, drawing, history of design, introduction to the design fields and an introduction to digital programs.”

From Tragic Loss Springs Great Effort
February issue
“In 2014, Daniel P. Malloy, the governor of Connecticut, gifted the land – ‘I think it's 25 acres,’ says landscape architect Eric Rains - to build the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a new, no-kill facility to be a haven for abused, neglected or abandoned animals in need of healing support.”

SHoP Architects Wins 2018 Jeff Harnar Award for SITE Santa Fe
“Two winners were also announced for the inaugural Unbuilt Architecture Award and the Unbuilt Landscape Architecture Award. Check them out below.”

Editor's Letter: The Eternal Optimist
Houston Chronicle
“When landscape architect Sheila Condon's home in Braes Heights flooded, she and her husband retreated to their Shangri-La in Washington County.”

The Suburban Golf Course, Reconsidered for the Age of Climate Change
Fast Company Co.Design
“The water authority hired Houston-based landscape architecture and urban design firm SWA Architects—which has worked on local projects including Buffalo Bayou and Hermann Park—to create a master plan for a newly converted green space encompassing permanent water storage, as well as wetlands, and native habitats that will serve as a year-round park for residents.”

PHOTOS: Architects Reveal Details of Planned Renovations to Arkansas Arts Center
Arkansas Online
“Jeanne Gang, the lead architect, and Kate Orff, the landscape architect, gave a joint presentation to the museum’s board of trustees to kick off a series of presentations throughout the day that will culminate with a public presentation at 6:30 p.m.”

Edmonton Embraces the Cold by Turning Park Paths into Frozen Skating Trails
Atlas Obscura
“[Matt] Gibbs dreamed up a version of the frozen trails concept as part of his master’s thesis in landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia.”

Glendale Council Chooses Nicolet over Dominican for Development of Maslowski Park Fields
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Rettler Corp. President John Kneer, a landscape architect, said Dominican's plan was unworkable because it depicts fields on wetlands, stormwater drainage areas and parking outlets.”

This Gorgeous, Light-filled Barn Home in Suffolk Can Be Yours for $1.26M
“The landscape architecture around the property was maintained in the original style and layout.”

Should We Let Mother Nature Fix the Ecosystem? NIU Study Says Restoration Work Has Mixed Results, Rarely Succeeds Fully
Chicago Tribune
“The notion that nature will accomplish ecosystem restoration with little or no help is ‘the Walt Disney hypothesis,’ and is fraught with problems, said Steven Handel, editor of the journal Ecological Restoration and a Harvard professor of landscape architecture.”

How Ryan McKnight Launched His Baton Rouge Landscape Design Company
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
“Though he initially set out to become an architect, Ryan McKnight enjoyed an intro class to landscape architecture at LSU so much that he changed his plans and ultimately altered his career path.”

Two at Barge Design Get Certification
Cleveland Daily Banner
“Gloria Neal is now classified as a professional engineer, and Andy Carr is now a landscape architect.”

Book Review of "Toward an Urban Ecology" by Kate Orff
The Global Grid
“Kate Orff’s ‘Toward an Urban Ecology’ (2016) sets the stage for a potential (hopeful) direction for the discipline of landscape architecture and its allies.”

Lack of Diversity in Tricentennial Coverage Raises Red Flag
San Antonio Express-News
“When historian and landscape architect Everett L. Fly opened the January issue of Texas Highways, he was shocked by the content — or rather, the lack of it.”

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