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Landscape Architecture in the News

Solving the Roadkill Problem with Wildlife Bridges
The Atlantic
“Gaining popularity over the past few years, wildlife bridges are now being reimagined by professional design and landscape architecture firms to be both pleasing to the eyes of passersby and to provide a safe method of passage for animals whose habitats have been disrupted by highways.”

SITES Pilot Projects Under Way
“Whether you are a building owner, a landscape architect, or an ecologist, the Sustainable Sites Initiative is for you. Launched in 2009, SITES is a performance benchmark for sustainable landscape design, construction, operations, and maintenance that begins to quantify performance of ecosystem services. Based on the LEED rating system, SITES partners include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the United States Botanic Garden.”

Pier A Park Designer Expresses Concerns About Hoboken's Plans for New 9/11 Memorial
“Among those present was landscape architect Henry Arnold, whose firm Arnold Associates designed the park, including the grove of ginkgo trees that was planted in 2002 as a living memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”

Conservation Proposals Stir Fury in Boone County
Des Moines Register
“People had flocked to protest a proposed ordinance that would require future development to meet certain conservation rules and be prepared by a licensed engineer or landscape architect. The ordinance's stated goal was to preserve property values and scenic vistas and to prevent environmental and public health problems caused by erosion.”

New Name and New Service for Local Contractor
Darien News
“Backyard ponds and natural landscaping are increasingly popular as cost-effective and beautiful alternatives to expensively maintained swimming pools and lawns. A 2010 survey of residential landscape architects by the American Society of Landscape Architects showed an increased interest in design elements that reduce time and money. Topping the list were low-maintenance landscapes (94 percent) that included native/adapted drought-tolerant plants (85.2 percent), less lawn (73.9 percent), and popular water features like fountains and ponds (87.8 percent).”

Green and Main Selected for International Study
Business Record
“Indigo Dawn LLC's Green and Main initiative pilot project has been selected to participate in the international Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). Green and Main will join more than 150 other projects from 34 states, Canada, Iceland, and Spain to evaluate the new SITES rating system for sustainable landscapes.”

Clemson Professor Appointed Green Representative
Independent Mail
“Robert Hewitt, an associate professor of landscape architecture at Clemson University, has been selected to serve as a national representative and as a member of three committees for national and state chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He will serve as the ASLA representative to the International Green Construction Code Committee.

Beach Shorts: Meet New Council Leaders
“Neptune Beach's Ish Brant Beautification Committee has teamed up with Blue Leaf Landscape for a unique fund-raiser. Meg Gaffney, principal of Blue Leaf and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has donated a $1,200 residential landscape consultation and design for the winning ticket holder. Gaffney can assist in planning native/Florida-friendly planting, edible gardening design, driveway and patio design, decking, pools and fountains, summer kitchens, rainwater harvesting, and lighting.”

Crack Garden Is Not What You Think
“This sustainable garden is only one of many described in an informative and interesting online exhibition by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), called Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes. It showcases 20 case studies that have been picked to demonstrate the diversity of sustainable landscape design projects. Lots of great ideas for projects large and small.”

ASLA Study Shows Improvement for Landscape Architects
“The slow march toward economic recovery continues for landscape architecture firms. In the latest American Society of Landscape ArchitectsBusiness Quarterly survey, more than half of responding landscape architecture firm leaders reported steady or increased billable hours and inquiries for new work. These numbers represent the third quarter in a row of positive findings outpacing negative.”

If They Build It, Bikes and Pedestrians Should Be Welcome Too
Star News Online Blogs
“A group of local landscape architects wants to make sure cars and trucks aren’t the only modes of transportation that can use the proposed Cape Fear Skyway. The Coastal Section of the N.C. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects last year started a grassroots effort to have a multiuse path added to the proposed high-rise bridge over the Cape Fear River south of the state port.

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