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Stanford experts discuss impacts of downsizing the Delta twin tunnels project

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this week his plan to downsize the Delta twin tunnels project, a controversial $17 billion water conveyance system aimed at diverting water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the Central Valley and Southern California. The tunnels are intended in part to reduce the impacts that massive pumps at the south end of the Delta currently have on Delta hydrology and ecosystems.

Part of the California Water Action Plan signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, the twin tunnels project proposed to build two tunnels, 40 feet high, 35 miles long, buried 150 feet below the Delta. Formally known as California Waterfix, the project also involved building three new water-diversion facilities to restore […]

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Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater Renovation on Pace

by: Robin Wander

The university is upgrading the 82-year-old facility while preserving its iconic past.

In the summer of 2017, renovation construction began on Frost Amphitheater, a venue that holds a special place in the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to attend an event there since its opening in 1937. The goal of the project is to build a state-of-the-art stage and introduce other back-of-house amenities, as well as to create improved conditions for audience members while maintaining the quality, the essence and the sense of place that characterizes this treasured tree-lined bowl.

Video by Kurt Hickman

Watch aerial views of the Frost Amphitheater renovation.

Eight-thousand-seat Frost, located at 365 Lasuen St. in Stanford’s arts district, will reopen in the summer of […]

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Landscape Architecture Career Video

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Fourth Annual Sharks Night

by: Andy Nowak

Cathy Blake, ASLA-NCC President Katrina Majewski and David W. Nelson

It was another wonderful and loud evening in the Tank watching the Sharks pull off a victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins, all thanks to our generous sponsors: Belgard, Delta Bluegrass, Landscape Forms and Miracle Play!

The same traditions we all love filled our hearts with joy, while the game itself was a new and exciting thriller! The Penthouse Plaza provided an ideal atmosphere for the pre-game social where new and old colleagues mingled, chowed down on tacos, and enjoyed sipping on a shark-arita or two (teal colored margarita). Not only was the game itself an exciting thriller adding to this fun social, it was also a […]

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2019 National ASLA Public Awareness Summitt

by: Siobhan Hussey

For this year’s National ASLA Public Awareness Summit, I had the opportunity to go out to New Orleans and meet with representatives from each chapter to discuss, collaborate, and learn about what we can do to elevate the profession of landscape architecture through public relations and social media communications.

When we weren’t stuffing our faces with beignets and taking in all the goodness that is New Orleans, other chapters and myself had the opportunity to discuss the efforts they are making locally to inspire their members and educate the public about landscape architecture. With publications and social media tips and tricks, each chapter had unique value to bring to the table.

One major point of discussion this year, was commemorating […]

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Preserving California’s Natural Resources While Landscaping

by: Allie Carter

California is rich in a number of natural resources including oil, natural gas, wood, and water. Of all the aforementioned, water is by far the most precious, especially considering that, according to the EPA, the average American family uses up to 320 gallons of water in a single day, of which nearly 30% is dedicated to outdoor use. The preservation of natural resources, including water, needs to be implemented at both industry and residential level in order to be truly effective. While a healthy dose of common sense is key as far as using water sparingly is concerned, adhering to a few basic guidelines such as the following can boost the effectiveness of your efforts […]

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Knowing How Invasive Grasses Compete Could Help Preserve Native Grasslands, According to Stanford Researchers

by Sofie Bates

The order of arrival determines which invasive grasses predominate, according to a combination of experiments and computational modeling. The results could help in efforts to preserve the native plants that remain.

Rolling golden hills are an iconic landscape in California, but these golden grasses aren’t native to the Golden State. As invasive European grasses swept through California, their numbers quickly surpassed that of native species.

Stanford researchers monitor plant growth at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve to learn about native and invasive species. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Although California’s grasslands are yellow with invasive species, some native bunch grasses survived. The question is how best to protect those that remain. To find answers, Erin Mordecai, assistant professor of biology at […]

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Interview with Linda Jewell: How to See More Deeply

by: Jared Green

Linda Jewell, FASLA, is the recipient of the 2018 ASLA Medal, the 2008 Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal, and the 2007 Bradford Williams Medal. Jewell is professor emerita of landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was chair from 2006-2010 and partner in the firm Freeman & Jewell. She was construction editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine in the 80s, and co-author of Women in Landscape Architecture: Essays on History and Practice (McFarland, 2011). She is working on a new book on outdoor event spaces.

Interview was conducted at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philadelphia.

How can landscape architecture educators strike a balance between teaching students about the big picture issues — climate change, […]

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Third Annual San Jose Sharks Night Success

The 3rd annual ASLA-NCC Sharks Night event was held on January 23rd 2018 and drew a sold out crowd to the ASLA-NCC hosted Penthouse Plaza. Members and friends were treated to exclusive seats in our private loft, dinner, and drinks as we watched the San Jose Sharks rush onto the ice through a massive shark head, as is Sharks tradition. The San Jose Sharks faced off against Winnipeg Jets in an exciting, high-scoring game that led to overtime. Sharks night is a great opportunity to bring together our members and their friends and families from across the bay area. Together we cheered on our local champions in an exciting environment, with the luxury of having our own private space to […]

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