Category Archives: Nov/Dec 2012

Field Notes

Environmental Law Institute Florence LaRiviere is the recipient of one of the most prestigious environmental prizes in the nation. She was awarded the 2012 National Wetlands Award, and named the Wetland Community Leader of the Year by the Environmental Law Institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 1972, LaRiviere helped organize a band of concerned citizens and establish America’s first urban national wildlife refuge. The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Palo Alto, Calif. protects and preserves more … Continue reading

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Art Imitates Life

Signage can be beautiful, functional and educational. Courtesy Of Don Brigham, Jr.

Early-day sojourners stacked rocks into piles or used an axe to mark a tree to signify to those who traveled later that “This is the direction to follow.” In 1960, urban planner Kevin Lynch coined the term “wayfinding” to define signs and other graphic methods used by travelers to convey location. Although well-designed signage is important, travelers also have a desire to learn more about the location at which they have arrived. This is where interpretive panels come in. Successful … Continue reading

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Revitalizing DeKalb

Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes were key to revitalizing downtown DeKalb, Illinois. Courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

The objective was clear—to restore downtown DeKalb, Ill., to its former glory as the centerpiece of the community. To be successful, the city formed a revitalization task force and commissioned a study to determine ways to bring economic improvment to this historically important area. Despite the efforts of many, a variety of factors had debilitating effects on the area over the last several decades. An increasing number of local and regional retail competitors in easily accessible locations gave residents new … Continue reading

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Create A Glow Without The Glare

Here are some tips for creating beautiful outdoor lighting. Courtesy Of Architectural Engineering Design Group

Outdoor lighting is important for safety, security, comfort, and aesthetics. Good lighting enhances building- and landscape-design features while providing security at night. Following are three important ideas to consider when designing lighting for outdoor areas: Create Drama Outdoor-space design incorporates colors, textures, reasonable way-finding, and a sense of space. Lighting should complement and enhance architectural and landscape design as much as possible. A good rule of thumb in exterior lighting: Carefully choose what you want to light. Lighting everything eliminates … Continue reading

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Strawberry Bloom Boom

Strawberry plants that look as good as they taste! Photo By Diana Reavis

The Green Light Who says you can’t learn something new? Horticulturally, you can! Strawberries haven’t been much more than a tasty fruit we love to eat, but that is changing now with an impressive new breeding program from ABZ Seed in the Netherlands. Then And Now Strawberry plants have been around for so long because they are easy to grow over a broad range of climates and conditions. Professional fruit growers generally plant the June-bearing forms and generate a giant … Continue reading

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