Category Archives: Nov/Dec 11

Light Up The Night

The strange thing about sports facilities–tennis and basketball courts, ball fields, soccer pitches, and others–is that we don’t often think of them as energy-hogging areas. And generally, they’re not, unless we’re talking about a professional-level stadium for baseball, football, etc., which has electronic scoreboards, P.A. systems, concessions, Wi-Fi, and more. In fact, the energy expended in a local or recreational-level facility is mainly that of the athletes. Unless the facilities are lit for night play, that is. While lighting can … Continue reading

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The Floating Barge

Project Portfolio: The Floating Barge The Specs: Location: Oakwood, Ohio Architects: Jim Teske, landscape architect, Centerville Landscaping; team also included Tim Ludwig on woodwork and Cate Renner on the mixed container plantings. Amenities: Every two years, the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association (DPVA) puts on a Decorator Show House and Gardens. The 2003 month-long show took a 35,000-square-foot house inspired by a European Castle–once used as a convent–and made it magical. A custom-made floating barge was designed to convert the undersized … Continue reading

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The Making Of A Memorial

Memorials are opportunities to include in one location the memories and emotions of events and sacrifices that span generations. Memorials are also the most daunting work a designer will take on. Still, it is the work that we as landscape architects often find the most rewarding. The Client Sometimes the client is a government entity, but more often the client is a “not-for-profit” organization that may or may not have Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 status. The client generally has an … Continue reading

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Pleasing The Palette

Located only 500 feet from the ocean on a quarter of an acre in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., a Mediterranean/Spanish-style residence needed more pizzazz in the outdoor living space. After numerous consultations, meetings, and design proposals with the owners, the project finally “got on the board” with a promise to deliver: • State-of-the-art swimming pool complex • Fireplace • Fully equipped casita • Personal putting surface • Multiple water features • Driveway and stone patio • Creative … Continue reading

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Collective Thinking

Is it possible to have several smart individuals in a group, only to have them produce lousy ideas? The answer is yes! Can the collective intelligence of a group go beyond the abilities of individual group members? Again, the answer is yes. If a manager wants to contribute to a team’s performance, consider that teamwork does not come naturally. In the rush to create highly functioning teams, it is easy to assign a number of individuals with diverse talents, goals … Continue reading

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