Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 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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78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 8 0 The Landscape Architecture Foundation is seeking firms to participate in the 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, which runs February 5 through August 6. Lurie Garden (pictured) in Millennium Park, Chicago, was the subject of a past Case Study Brief, which are produced through LAF's Case Study Investigation program. PHOTO CREDIT: CHOOSE CHICAGO, CITY OF CHICAGO LAF Seeks Case Study Investigation Participants The Landscape Architecture Foundation's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of landscape projects. Teams led by CSI Research Fellows develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits, and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF's Landscape Performance Series. Applications for design firms are being accepted through November 30. Participating firms will provide the narrative for projects, assist the research team in identifying potential benefits and information to quantify them, provide the research team with access to key project information, and participate in program webinars and reviews. For more information or to apply, visit www.lafoundation.org/research . Blue Thumb Acquires LiquidArt Blue Thumb ( www.bluethumbponds. com ), a pond building equipment/products company based in Saginaw, Michigan, announced the acquisition of LiquidArt Fountains ( www.liquidartfountains.com ) on September 18, 2017. LiquidArt produces "pondless" fountain kits (reservoir, pump, hoses, bubblers, etc.). Its custom bubbling boulders are made of glass-fiber-reinforced-concrete (GFRC). Kip Northrup, President of Blue Thumb noted the synergies between the two companies and said the acquisition would "offer the most comprehensive lineup of professional-grade fountains in the industry from a single source." Blue Thumb is moving all production and inventories from LiquidArt to its corporate headquarters in Saginaw, Michigan. Blue Thumb anticipates that its ability to ship LiquidArt fountains together with pond kits, pond-less waterfall kits and other fountain equipment will provide lower delivered costs for customers and an expedite ordering. Below: LiquidArt says it "pioneered the manufacturing of bubbling boulder fountains in 2004."

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