Landscape architect Peter Walker’s decades-long career includes enough professional highlights to fill several careers, among them the 9/11 Memorial in New York. How he as an landscape architect translates a patron’s vision – whether a garden for a great art collector’s sculpture or a hallowed place for remembrance and reflection – will be among the subjects covered in a West Coast legacy lecture/interview with Walker by Charles A. Birnbaum, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. How did Dan Kiley influence Walker, especially Kiley’s Miller Garden in Columbus, IN? What does Walker consider his signature achievements and impact on the profession? And what are his views about the future of his projects, given the existing threats to some of [...]
AIA San Francisco, January 23, 2014
Review by Paul Dillingham
In this lecture, three local designers presented their experiences and perspectives on the use of concrete in shaping the historic and present-day landscape.
Gary Strang, Architect and Landscape Architect, GLS Landscape|Architecture observed how landscape architecture commissions are shifting from suburban projects to urban infrastructure projects, such as the Seattle Art Museum, that require intense design and engineering. He noted that just as Corbusier looked to the design of machines to see the future of architecture, we must look to our grand infrastructure projects to see the future of landscape architecture. According to Strang, the principle role of the designer is to find ways to apply the lessons of infrastructural design to site scale [...]
Betsy Flack feels her landscape practice has come full circle. She says: My early study of biology, native plants, horticulture, garden design and preservation, and landscape architecture led me to a three-prong career in professional gardening and contracting, landscape architecture, and public garden education. Today, I feel that I am back where I am supposed to be after many years of preparation— and that is back in the dirt, beginning a 20-year plan for restoring a California grassland/prairie in Sonoma County.
By Melissa Erikson
As a child, I was surrounded by art and theater and by adults who talked about their work. My University of Texas professor parents introduced me to mountains, cemeteries, [...]
The following article has been reposted with permission from LAND Connections, O’Dell Engineering’s monthly e-newsletter authored by Chad Kennedy, ASLA.
During a recent trip to the sunny beaches of San Diego, California I watched my three children closely as they interacted with the salty ocean water and the silky smooth sand. I am constantly amazed at the differences between each of them and their distinct individual actions at the beach were no surprise. The oldest, methodically traveled the beach, fascinated with the textures and colors of the many seashells and with the spongy qualities of the sand as evidenced in the depth of her footprints. The middle child was timid and tiptoed across the sand trying, futile as it [...]
Letters of support are needed immediately
William Cole Vineyards, St Helena, CA
By Pam-Anela Messenger
Published February 14, 2014
William Cole Vineyard, photo by Pam-Anela Messenger.
Napa Valley’s William Cole Vineyards, owned since 1999 by Bill and Jane Ballentine, includes landscape and gardens designed by the great Modernist landscape architect Thomas Church. For safety reasons, local officials are now requiring the Ballentines to widen the Church-designed service road – a move fire code consultants, engineers and preservationists say is unnecessary – or they will shut the winery down.
How to Help
Unless the county’s proposed 20-foot-wide driveway is built by February 17th, the winery will be shut down.
Letters in support of preserving the garden should be emailed immediately to:
Brad Wagenknecht – email@example.com
Dear Landscape Architecture Professional:
As a current or former ASLA member in California, your interests are being represented in Sacramento by ASLA Chapter representatives who make up the California Council of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA).
As you know, Landscape Architects are licensed by the state of California and are regulated by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) in Sacramento. The LATC and other consumer agencies are reviewed frequently by the state Legislature to ensure that licensees are held to high standards and consumers are protected.
The CCASLA Board of Directors is sending you this survey to help us rank and prioritize the key issues that we monitor and [...]
Mark your calendars for the first workshop of the series:
Grassland Monitoring: Methods & Techniques
Friday, March 14, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yolo County Flood Control, Woodland and Cache Creek Nature Preserve
Fees: $130/CNGA members, $150/Non-members, $85/Students with ID
Chad Aakre, Restoration Ecologist, Olberding Environmental
Andrew Rayburn, Restoration Ecologist, River Partners
Hillary White, Senior Restoration & Wildlife Ecologist, H.T. Harvey & Associates
Download flyer of all California Native Grassland Association Spring Workshops.
This one-day workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of vegetation and wildlife monitoring in the context of grassland habitats. During the morning session, workshop instructors will give indoor presentations on grassland ecosystems and ecosystem services, goals and objectives for monitoring, sampling designs and in-field methods, data analysis, and use of [...]
Introduced by Assembly Member Stone on February 5, 2014, AB 1603 proposes to add Part 6 (commencing with Section 71450) to Div 34 of the Public Resources Code, relating to parks and recreation. The proposed bill would establish the Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program in the Department of Parks and Recreation, for “purposes of increasing the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational experiences by awarding grants to education programs that are available to the public and are operated by public entities or nonprofit organizations.” Download the full text of AB 1603 (pdf).
Introduced by Assembly Member Holden on January 27, 2014, AB 1551 proposes to add sections to the Business and Professions Code relating to professional engineers and land surveyors. The bill, as proposed, would prohibit the use of a licensed engineer’s or land surveyor’s documents without the written consent of the engineer or land surveyor as specified.
Download the full text of the bill.
This article has been reposted from the caeconomy blog of the California Economic Summit.
JANUARY 27, 2014 BY JOHN GUENTHER
California Aqueduct. (Photo Credit: sfbaywalk/flickr)
Released today, Governor Jerry Brown’s final version of a five-year “Water Action Plan” lays out something most people involved in the contentious water issue can agree on: finding new, smart ways to navigate the choppy waters of long-term financing is vital to the California economy.
While the twin Delta tunnels and the possible $6-8 billion water bond got the bulk of the water press last year, the newly-official drought has been a stark reminder that there are a lot of moving parts to the state’s water network that need attention.
The governor’s Action Plan highlights the $619 million [...]