Category Archives: Jan/Feb 12

Spread The Love

I walked into the office, a 23-year-old recruit, fresh from the halls of academia ready to change the world. As I sat down, I noticed the message light on my phone blink, blink, blinking away. I picked it up, punched in my code and heard, “This is a general message from Bob Wieber.” Bob was the owner, founder and president of the publishing company I was working for. In my six short months with the company, I never had a … Continue reading

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Field Notes

AZEK/VAST Alliance AZEK Building Products Inc. recently purchased an interest in VAST Enterprises LLC. The agreement opens the door for AZEK to make products from VAST, a materials science research and manufacturing company that patented Composite Masonry, available to AZEK’s exterior product distribution network. AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors. For more information, visit AZEK Building Products’ website at To learn more about VAST Enterprises, visit … Continue reading

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Sicilian Courtyard Restored

Early photographs of Sicilian Court at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., show the space serving as a quiet study court, a place for subdued conversations and a cup of tea. And that is how we see the courtyard being used again today–after a modern interlude of 29 years. Sicilian Court, designed by campus landscape architect Edward Huntsman-Trout in 1930, was part of the initial phase of campus construction. The college–now on the National Register of Historic Places–was designed by architect … Continue reading

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Gathering Among The Greenery

Plantings soften the hardscape along this walkway.

While traveling through downtown Baltimore, it might be easy to miss the plazas and spaces that dot the city. However, by taking some time and walking through The University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus, a unique urban oasis is revealed, with a rich palette of hardscape and plant material. Situated on 75 acres in the city’s Central Business District, the campus houses an array of elements, including The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), as well as the seven University of … Continue reading

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Planning For A Rainy Day

Rain gardens on the University of Kansas west campus help manage storm water runoff.

The University of Kansas in Lawrence is well-known for its basketball history, but did you also know the university has a commitment to effective planning principles and sustainable practices? As KU expanded its west campus by adding a new classroom and pharmacy building, an opportunity to create a large-scale comprehensive Stormwater Management Project presented itself. In 2009, funding was secured and design began on this significant green improvement to the university. About The Funding The project was funded through a … Continue reading

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