Category Archives: March/April 2012

Alien Invaders

At the time, creating two small ponds and an associated wetland habitat in an urban wildlife park seemed a worthwhile objective. Thus it was that Phil, a fellow board member for Modie Park Conservancy, and I went out on a fine summer morning to direct the actions of a backhoe operator. By the end of the day, we felt modestly satisfied with our efforts, and could easily envision the ponds providing habitat for frogs, dragonflies, and red-wing blackbirds. Indeed, within … Continue reading

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More Than A Trend

A move toward performance-based design is changing the way we view landscape architecture.

As a rule, landscape design is preoccupied with aesthetics. The expectation that landscape be Arcadian is so entrenched in American culture that it’s difficult to imagine it any other way. Although essential, the visual appeal of landscape design may need to take a secondary role in an age of increasingly short water supplies and record-breaking weather events. According to a 2007 Dallas Morning News article, 80 percent of the water withdrawn from reservoirs around Dallas-Fort Worth is used for irrigation, … Continue reading

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Field Notes

LAB News Fypon Leads 2012 Brand Use Study Fypon, maker of synthetic decorative mouldings and millwork, has received a number-one ranking in Builder magazine for brand familiarity, brands used in the last two years, and most-used brands for Decorative Mouldings/Trim/Columns: Interior and Decorative Mouldings & Columns: Exterior. Fypon offers mouldings, trim, columns, louvers, gable vents, balustrade systems, E-Vent systems, QuickRail systems and a new Stone & Timber Collection of urethane products for entryways. For more information, visit www.fypon.com. Barenburg Introduces … Continue reading

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