Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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and extensive use of California natives. The project's real value is in providing migrating Monarch breeding habitat, including, forage, protective weather cover and water, all essential to the monarchs during their long migrations. This authentic habitat attracts new butterfly species that now harbor and breed here. The concept is a front line strategy illustrating that active public parks can provide appropriate wildlife habitat. Educational panels double as history lessons of the neighborhood and the biology of native butterflies. These compelling educational and environmental park elements exemplify a striving for a holistic viewpoint on play and recreation. The park imagery includes many examples of biomimicry where structures of nature have been morphed into park furniture, play apparatuses and educational park elements. Above & Right: The butterfly metal cut designs on the trash bins and kiosks are those of the landscape architect. The designs were "plasma" cut, which is achieved by an electrical channel of superheated, electrically ionized gas. How many butterflies do you see at left? We see the mostly full outlines of 5 butterflies and parts of 6 others. Hint: Look for the orange heads and abdomens. 66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 68

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