Category Archives: May/June 2012

Biofiltration Street

Hardly a day passes without a headline about a drought, wildfire, or some other unsettling symptom of climate change. With so many environmental issues in the news, it’s curious how landscape design and American culture stubbornly cling to the image of the English garden and its postcard views of Arcadian settings, clipped hedges, and watered lawns. However, that’s not the case at the Dallas Urban Reserve. Developed as a single-street subdivision of 50 modernist houses, the 10.5-acre project is an … Continue reading

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Stormwater Infiltration

Planning for stormwater infiltration is vital to any landscape architecture project. Photo By Estes Design Inc.

Landscape architects are a special breed. All of us began our pre-career existence intrigued by our natural surroundings. As an infant, my first word was “Look.” Most of us began the elementary-school years with an inherent attraction to art, spending many class periods doodling elaborate sketches in the margins of notebooks. But our interest in art was matched only by the desire to understand how things work. So we tended to fall between the categories of artist and scientist. Personally, … Continue reading

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The Starting Point

In the spring of 2011, the city of Stevens Point, Wis., began the historic Mathias Mitchell Downtown Square Redevelopment Project. The landscape architecture firm Rettler Corporation partnered with the city, from the master planning to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The following is the process that made the project a success, as well as advice for anyone planning for a water feature. Planning And Design The first step to a successful water feature (fountain, splash pad, spray pad) involves public input and … Continue reading

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LAB News

Cannon To Design Student Recreation Center Cannon Design has been commissioned to design the University of Louisville’s new student recreation center. The new facility will provide indoor and outdoor activity space for residential and commuter students at the university’s Belknap Campus. Building components include a three-court gymnasium stacked on top of a three-court recreational gym, a weight/fitness areas, a multi-use activity court, four raquetball courts, a fitness lab, three classrooms, two group exercise rooms, a spinning room, jogging track, sports … Continue reading

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