Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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90 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 5 7 Set for February 2016 release is Skies of Concrete, Austrian architectural photographer Gisela Erlacher's exploration of how people adapt remnants of inhospitable urban places for human use. A house squeezed between two bridges in her native Vienna inspired Erlacher to travel to China, Britain and the Netherlands to photograph vacant and disused spaces created by transportation construction. The focus is what's between and beneath bridges, viaducts and multistory highways. What's there? housing; parking; storage; but also skate parks, tea houses and food stalls in varying shades of legality. Skies of Concrete is from Park Books ($45). It's a hardback photographic book of 112 pages, with 43 color illustrations and essays by a Lilli Licka and Peter Lodermeyer http://www.amazon.com/Gisela-Erlacher-Concrete-Lilli-Licka/ dp/3906027929 This 13-pedal zinnia, grown from seed in zero gravity, is the first plant to have blossomed on the International Space Station. Technically, you might say it's the first flower grown by Earthlings in space to have blossomed outside the planet's biosphere. Hardcover: 112 pages Pu blisher: Park Books (February 15, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 3906027929 Orbiting Ornamental A Zinnia Blooms in Space Coming to Book Stores Skies of Concrete Not everything is hi-tech aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has been doing some experimental gardening in what it calls the "VEG-01 module." Red romaine lettuce has already been grown in VEG-01, and eaten aboard ISS. On Jan. 16, 2016, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly posted a picture of a blossoming zinnia on his Twitter account. It's not just that Scott likes this colorful plant in the daisy family. He posted it because the zinnia was the first plant to blossom aboard the International Space Station, which makes it a historic flower, another space first for terrestrial-based man. NASA says its VEG-01 module garden experiments are for raising edible and ornamental plants in space. On the menu are Chinese cabbage and eventually dwarf tomato plants. Fun facts: ISS was launched into orbit on Nov. 20, 1998. It is the largest artificial body in orbit and can often be seen without the aid of a telescope. ISS is traveling 17,136 mph, that's 285.6 miles/per sec. It orbits the Earth 15.54 times every 24 hours. Sharan Wilson is IECA's New Executive Director After an extensive search, the IECA Board of Directors has chosen Sharan Wilson to lead the organization. Wilson has more than 20 years of senior level leadership experience in the telecommunications industry, followed by nearly 10 years as an executive director in the nonprofit sector. Her undergraduate degree is in advertising/public (Continued on page 91) The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has named Sharan Wilson the association's new executive director for region one (North America, South America, and Europe).Wilson succeeds Russ Adsit, FASLA, who led IECA from Nov. 2007 to June 2015.

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