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Have Your Say: Rate the Conceptual Designs for Georgetown’s C&O Canal
C O Canal in Georgetown National Park ServiceThe C O Canal National Historic Park is at a crossroads it can either be subtly restored enlivened by the local ecology and made more accessible or dramatically re-imagined and redesigned Earlier this month landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations presented preliminary conceptual designs to revitalize the canal offering a spectrum of alternatives ranging from the understated to the bold At the public review session in Georgetown Alison Greenberg head of the non-profit Georgetown Heritage and a partner of the National Park Service in the revitalization efforts said the goal is celebrate
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Interview with Mikyoung Kim on How to Design for Our Hybridized Lives
Mikyoung Kim FASLA Chris BakerMikyoung Kim FASLA is an award-winning landscape architect and founder of Mikyoung Kim Design Interview conducted at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles A recent study found percent of parents allow their children under the age of six to use technology at home despite concerns that too much time with phones tablets and computers cuts into their time playing outside Another study found one-third of all children worldwide spend less than minutes a day outside and half spend less than an hour a day outside which is lower than the average amount a prison inmate
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Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (November 1 – 15)
Tech Deck in Mountain View California BionicYoung Landscape Architect Works to Shape the Future San Diego Downtown News Growing up in Tempe Arizona Magnusson was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright s architecture and had opportunities to explore several of his commercial institutional and residential projects Michael Maltzan Architecture to Expand ArtCenter College of Design The Architect s Newspaper ArtCenter College of Design has unveiled renderings of a new two-phase master plan created by Michael Maltzan Architecture that aims to reposition the college as an expansive urban campus connected by pedestrianized open spaces new housing and student amenities Lines Are Drawn
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Rarely have I worked on a project that I feel is quite as timely and potentially impactful as the Beach st Street Garden With images of Texas Florida and the Caribbean fresh in our minds this story of how nature has helped one Queens New York community heal following Hurricane Sandy is incredibly relevant When we finished shooting this past spring it was months before the name Harvey had been uttered on a weather forecast But by the time September had arrived and with it a new wave of destructive storms we at TKF felt a renewed sense of urgency
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Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reach Record High
Protests outside the climate change meetings in Bonn Germany Sputnik InternationalAfter three years of flat carbon dioxide emissions the burning of fossil fuels is expected to reach a record high in increasing global CO emissions by percent to billion tons According to the Global Carbon Project which published its findings in three scientific journals the increase is driven in part by rising coal use in China The report authors note however that there are uncertainties in the data and actual growth figure could be anywhere from to percent Explained another way the atmospheric concentration of CO was parts per million
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Five Years After Superstorm Sandy, Is New York City Better Prepared for the Next Mega Storm?
Phase Beachfront Restoration in Brooklyn Staten Island and Queens Elizabeth FelicellaFive years ago New York City began the long task of recovering and rebuilding in the wake of Sandy one of the worst storms in the U S history in terms of physical devastation and loss of life According to the National Weather Service the cyclone generated a worst case scenario for storm surge for coastal regions in New York and its neighboring states Today as severe storms correlated with climate change escalate nationwide is the city better prepared for the next mega storm The answer is yes and no
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Interview with Clare Cooper Marcus on the Healing Power of Nature
Clare Cooper Marcus Clare Cooper Marcus is Professor Emerita of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at University of California Berkeley Most recently she is the author of Therapeutic Landscapes An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces co-authored with Naomi Sachs ASLA and Iona Dreaming The Healing Power of Place This interview was conducted at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles In your book Therapeutic Landscapes An Evidence-Based Approach to Design Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces co-authored with Naomi Sachs ASLA you argue we re returning to the wisdom of the ancient Greeks who understood the
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With Resilient Design, We Can Better Protect Our Communities from Wildfires
Washington state wildfire WikipediaThis year the Pacific Northwest saw an extraordinary fire season with approximately fires raging in Washington Oregon and Northern California by mid-September While there is an immediate knee-jerk reaction to fires as entirely negative wildfires are in fact a very natural part of the life cycle of forests In addition to removing undergrowth so sunlight can reach the forest floor and new plants can grow some plants such as the lodgepole pine even require fire to germinate and sprout What is so unusual about this year s season is how long it has lasted a full seven
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