Category Archives: Sep/Oct 2012

Field Notes

No Messy Mud At K9Grass Dog Park Central Park Dog Park in Fremont, Calif., is the largest synthetic grass dog park in the nation, measuring 40,000 square feet. The city park opened last summer, offering dogs and their pet parents a place to exercise, play, and socialize in a clean, mud-free environment. K9Grass by ForeverLawn was chosen as the surface for the park, due to features that allow for instantaneous drainage, simplification of waste removal, and antimicrobial blades. For more … Continue reading

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Ground Cover

The environment--hot and dry, wet and shady--will determine the appropriate type of decking. Photo Courtesy of Patrick Beasley

Outdoor spaces are an important part of residential planning. When done well, they tend to draw people into the fresh air as well as add value to a home. One important aspect of these spaces is the choice of flooring. When considering the options, there are several items to be addressed: What is the intended use? Who will be using the flooring? What is the slope and/or grade of the site? Should ADA accessibility be considered? What is the budget? … Continue reading

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Plants? Yeah, We’ve Got A Guy For That

Burgundy Fireworks. Photo by Jesse Hensen

Editor’s Note: Landscape Architect Business (LAB) welcomes Jesse Hensen of Eason Horticultural Resources Inc., as its new Horticulture Columnist. As you design outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures, I hope you’ll look to Jesse for insider know-how. After all, everyone has “a guy” … Consider Jesse your guy for all-things horticultural. This is my first contribution as the new horticultural columnist for Landscape Architect Business (LAB), and I am excited to be here! I’d like to share more about myself. I … Continue reading

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A Day In The Park

In these tough economic times, low-maintenance projects top the trends in park design. Photo Courtesy of Paul Hyso, CABQ Parks and Recreation

Park design, like any other task, involves some give-and-take. Landscape architects, members of parks and recreation departments, and vendors face emerging environmental standards, shrinking budgets and municipal belt-tightening, evolving needs of stakeholders and users, and dwindling plots of green space in dense urban areas. Joan Floura of Baltimore-based Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) spoke recently on best practices in park design. Three components take center stage, she says. “The trend is toward low-maintenance design,” Floura explains. “Many clients just don’t … Continue reading

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Living Laboratory

The North Campus at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Photo Courtesy Mia Lehrer + Associates

The Specs Location: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County North Campus Designer: Mia Lehrer + Associates Amenities: North Campus will serve as the new front yard of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The 3.5-acre urban nature experience is opening in segments and is slated to be complete in 2013, as the museum celebrates its centennial. North Campus is the first outdoor expression of the museum’s master plan, calling for interactive exhibits of butterfly, bird, bug, … Continue reading

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