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Revitalizing DeKalb

Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes were key to revitalizing downtown DeKalb, Illinois. Courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

The objective was clear—to restore downtown DeKalb, Ill., to its former glory as the centerpiece of the community. To be successful, the city formed a revitalization task force and commissioned a study to determine ways to bring economic improvment to this historically important area. Despite the efforts of many, a variety of factors had debilitating effects on the area over the last several decades. An increasing number of local and regional retail competitors in easily accessible locations gave residents new … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Issues, Landscape Architect Business, Nov/Dec 2012, Private | Leave a comment

Overuse And Neglect

Much press is given to golf courses–the turf, the landscaping, the architecture of the clubhouse, even the layout of the pro shop. And those are all essential parts of the experience for players. But, just for this article, let’s turn our attention to a part of the public-golf facility most people don’t usually think about–the paths that wind their way through the course. Admittedly, this is not a sexy topic. Everyone would rather hear about the water hazards, sand traps, … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Golf Course Design, Insider Access, Issues, Landscape Architect Business, March/April 2012, Private | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 12, Landscape Architect Business, Landscape Design, Private | 1 Comment