Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

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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CLARB in the Cloud Like many organizations, CLARB has taken advantage of cloud computing resources. "We have seen increases in efficiency and productivity," CLARB CEO Joel Albizo (left) told LASN. "It does reduce the need for replacement/ updating the hard and soft costs associated with managing hardware and software. It's certainly something that we're pleased with and expect that the world of computing will continue to move in this direction." The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), headquartered in Reston, Virginia (est. 1970), exists to establish and promote licensure standards for landscape architects. CLARB has been operating using onsite servers and a traditional IT system. The burden of buying, maintaining and servicing its own technology, however, became a growing and costly diversion of resources. CLARB began to look to "the cloud." "We needed to put ourselves in a position to work more efficiently and take advantage of new opportunities out there," explains CLARB CEO Joel Albizo. "With this in mind, we've been working to get lighter and more agileā€”and the cloud makes this possible." CLARB was looking for a full, customized transition to the cloud. It has now made the full cloud migration transition via Cetrom's association management software (AMS). Cetrom boasts a "zero downtime record" and ensures CLARB staff to access data from the cloud and receive any necessary technical support any time.` A Hospital's Holistic Landscaping Constructed in 2010, Khoo Teck Puat hospital spans 8.6 acres and illustrates how a natural landscape design can play a role in human recovery. The Khoo Teck Puat hospital in Yishun, Singapore, recently received the award for being one of the most "biophilic" buildings in the world. The Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award is a prize that honors a Yale University academic who helped pioneer "biophilia," a theory regarding humans' affinity with nature. The term can best be defined as a "love of life or living systems." The International Living Future Institute, which gives out the award, said in a statement, "Khoo Teck Puat surpasses traditional hospitals and opens the door towards a new kind of building type for the healthcare industry, which considers how the build and natural environment can become part of the healing process." The hospital includes a waterfall, gardens, ponds and an abundance of plants all within its confines. 80 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 0 1 Continued on page 85

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