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I ve always been struck by the undeniable power of nature It destroys as it did on a late Sunday afternoon in May in Joplin Missouri six years ago when an EF mile-wide tornado chewed through the city in minutes It left people dead others injured countless more traumatized and the rest of us watching and aching for them all Aside from the human toll it also caused billions of dollars in damages and left thousands of trees decimated uprooted or maimed Joplin was devastated It needed to recover in every sense physically emotionally spiritually Many stories have been told
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The Hive: An Acoustic Playground Made out of Cardboard Tubes
Jeanne Gang describing The Hive Dana DavidsenSpiraling upwards into the grand space of the National Building Museum in Washington D C is the Hive a trio of domed chambers designed to create unique acoustic experiences Conceived by Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang the Hive towers some feet and is comprised of over cardboard tubes Within its chambers are chimes made out of building materials like copper pipes and wrenches and a giant tubulum an instrument constructed out of pipes of varying sizes that produces warm surprising sounds The Hive Dana DavidsenIn a tour of the Hive Gang explained how she used
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Are Urban Bats the Future?
Urban bats at Congress Bridge in downtown Austin Texas FlickrThe plight of the honeybee has been well-documented since the term colony collapse disorder made its way into news headlines about a decade ago The phenomena fueled public interest in the health of bee populations ushering in a new generation of bee-keeping enthusiasts And justifiably so Pollinators like bees are essential to our nation s economy and food supply Another albeit less popular pollinator is also facing a precipitous population decline Bats are dying at an alarming rate due to an invasive fungal disease that s wiping out entire species and
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Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (June 16 – 30)
Shades of Green s -square-foot Pacific Heights rooftop garden Ive HaugelandSan Francisco Rooftop Terraces That Rise Above It All The San Francisco Chronicle Just in time for summer three local landscape designers share the San Francisco rooftop terraces they ve transformed from barren wastelands to inviting urban escapes Planned WWI Memorial Would Harm Historic Park TCLF Argues Curbed It shouldn t be any surprise that The Cultural Landscape Foundation TCLF is pushing against the National Park Service s planned WWI Memorial in Washington D C Lack of Coordination on Obama Center Tiger Woods Golf Course Threatens Jackson Park Redesign The
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Engagement by Design
Staten Island Living Breakwaters Community Meeting Rebuild by DesignIt s been just over three years since the winners of the Rebuild by Design competition were announced Since then there have been almost meetings with communities around each of the seven project sites in the New York metro region The competition launched by President Obama s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force called for large-scale cross-sector hybrid solutions to make communities more resilient to future storms Long before construction begins teams in charge of design and implementation are helping community stakeholders visualize the project the goal being to stimulate dialogue At each
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Landscape Architects as Futurists
Delivery robot Starship TechnologiesWe learn about landscape architecture through a study of context Technical courses teach students to see the physical characteristics of a site We learn to identify slope follow the point of steepest grade in a trail of mud following a rainstorm identify ecosystems Theoretical courses teach students to see the intangible qualities of a site the implications of design decisions upon usability We learn about the exciting but unpredictable ways a site may develop and come to be used differently than originally intended Forward-thinking landscape architecture practice usually involves re-combining the physical and intangible characteristics of a
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Inside the Garden, and Mind, of Peter Marino
The Garden of Peter Marino Rizzoli USAPeter Marino s garden is about as unexpected as you would expect from the celebrity architect whose name has become synonymous with high-end fashion lines like Chanel and Luis Vuitton The Garden of Peter Marino offers a look inside the designer s sprawling -acre Hamptons property where over the course of two decades he has carefully curated a series of gardens that blend formal landscape elements with unexpected details The Garden of Peter Marino azaleas Jason Schmidt via Rizzoli USAMarino organizes his garden by color But he also agrees with a friend s assessment
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Renewable Energy Is Soaring, but Debate Rages on Far It Can Take Us
Wind farm in Guazhou China Carlos Barria Reuters via National GeographicRenewable energy is gaining momentum Within a quarter of a century one third of global electricity generation will be supplied by wind and solar according to a report from Bloomberg Renewable Energy Finance BNEF released this month BNEF which produces long-term forecasts on the global energy sector says wind and solar will make up nearly half of installed capacity and percent of electricity generation globally by a significant increase from today s percent and percent respectively The plunging cost of renewable energy is making it cheaper than coal generation in
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