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July 2022 Preview of LAM

Cherry blossoms dangle above the swimming pool at Dumbarton Oaks.
Photograph by Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA.

The JULY 2022 issue: Dumbarton Oaks Revisited
ON THE COVER: A detail from the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

  • Featured Story:Banking on Borrowed Land,” by Erin Kelly, ASLA. Some cities have too much land, others not enough, and few have the resources to manage vacant land in an era of climate change. For smaller cities and rural areas, land banks and land trusts could hold keys to better solutions, but navigating the regulations has its challenges. (Online in July on
Also in the issue:
  • How to Grow a Greenway,” by Jane Margolies. When budgets clipped several features from a new master plan for Lafitte Greenway, residents weren’t happy. Volunteers and community groups, along with Spackman Mossop Michaels, took the New Orleans park across the finish line.
  • NOW: “A Grande Plan,” by Jane Margolies. A binational park along the U.S.–Mexico border will unite Los Dos Laredos. (Also available in Spanish.) (Online in July on
  • NOW: “One Less Hurdle to Water Sovereignty,” by Timothy A. Schuler. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland clears the way to return tribal autonomy over natural resources.
  • NOW: “Pencils Down,” by Stephen Zacks. Landscape firms halt work in Russia in protest of the invasion of Ukraine.
  • NOW: Water, Power, Trees,” by Timothy A. Schuler. Would our cities benefit if the urban forest was managed like a public utility?
  • Goods: “Right as Rain,” by Emily Davidson. Water features with flash.
  • Materials: “Mind the Gaps (and Curves),” by John Payne, ASLA, and James Dudley. Precast concrete offers uniformity, complexity, and creativity. Getting ahead of construction and maintenance issues can ensure a project that stands out. (Online in July on
  • Practice: “Give Help, Get Help,” by Laurie A. Shuster. SWA Group’s Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA, wanted to do more to support Ukrainian landscape architects than post a flag on social media. (Online in July on
  • Back: Estate of the Art,” by Thaïsa Way, FASLA, with photography by Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA. New perspectives shape an expansive new book on Beatrix Farrand’s masterwork, Dumbarton Oaks.
  • Book Review: Second Site by James Nisbet, reviewed by Enrique Ramirez.
  • Backstory: From board to bench at Rittenhouse Square.


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