Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Landscape Construction Class Aims to Use VR The College of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., is looking to include an immersive, 3D environment that students can explore using virtual reality (VR) headsets. The class, "Landscape Construction, Materials, Methods and Documentation," is a five-week summer course taught by Teaching assistant professor Carla Delcambre, PLA, ASLA. The purpose of the class is to promote student understanding of different landscape architectural concepts, such as the incorporation and utilization of sustainable materials, green infrastructure techniques and bridging commonalities between abstract design and physical processes. Essentially, students will take a "virtual field trip" around the campus to learn about how designs are taken and applied to the real world. Embedded in the 3D environment will be several short videos that demonstrate the building procedure at different sites around the campus, including a video on a project that is currently being installed on the campus. Postdoctoral research scholar Muntazar Monsur stated, "The field trips are really important for students to go out and see how design is translated into real construction." The virtual reality project is slated to be fully incorporated into the curriculum in September 2018. For more information, visit: tinyurl.com/y7pohrno K-State Adds Graduate Drone Certification Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, located in Salina, Kan. about 60 miles from K-State's main campus, is expanding its curriculum to include a new graduate certification course on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Beginning in the fall of 2018, the certification program will be an eight-week, online course with interactive segments throughout. Students will learn how to protect unmanned aerial systems from cyber attacks and understand risk principles applicable to drones on land, sea, air and space. Enrollment is now open. According to the school's webpage, the certification "provides working professionals and graduate students an educational foundation in an industry important to both military and civilian organizations." The course description states the certification could be beneficial for people wanting to enter the job force as a UAS pilot or operator in: communications, payload, navigation, ground-support, satellite coordination or air-to-air delivery. Randall Nichols, professor of practice in the School of Integrated Studies at Kansas State Polytechnic, said, "The unmanned aircraft systems cybersecurity graduate certificate teaches students how to ensure UAS data collection is accurate and secure, which is imperative in preventing hostile counterintelligence." NRPA Awards for Innovation and Honorable Efforts The 2018 recipients of the NRPA Innovation Awards were announced on July 13. The Innovation Awards are given to the park and recreation agencies that have practiced "park design, health and wellness, conservation and social equity" to enhance their communities. The recipients are as follows: • Park Design – Town of Glastonbury in Glastonbury, Connecticut • Health – Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation in Alhambra, California • Conservation – Forest Preserves of Cook County in River Forest, Illinois • Social Equity – Chicago Park District in Chicago, Illinois The Spotlight Awards were also announced, which recognized professionals, volunteers, community members and park advocates for their efforts in parks and recreation. The recipients will receive the awards at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on September 25-27. A public vote will be held to select one of the winners of the Innovation Awards as the recipient of the Best in Innovation Award. Drought-tolerant Gardens Can Still Be Beautiful Horticulturist and author Maureen Gilmer, has written her latest book, The Colorful Dry Garden: Over 100 Flowers and Vibrant Plants for Drought, Desert and Dry Times , to guide readers on the planting of flowers in dry landscapes. Her focus is primarily on California landscape and gardening, but she is also working to branch out nationally. Gilmer is determined to return flowers to gardens without increasing water demand. She believes that drought tolerant does not have to be boring, but that "saving water can be beautiful" and colorful.

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