Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 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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96 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 7 ASLA Southern California Chapter Opposes New Bill The ASLA Southern California Chapter calls for the support of the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight, an unaffiliated Los Angeles-based advocacy group that focuses on fighting against billboards in Southern California, in its opposition of bill AB 3168 on Outdoor Advertising Displays. The bill would allow companies to easily install advertising displays near state highways, and it fails to differentiate between traditional billboards and digital signs that can change the images they display through a computer system. Current laws ban the installation of billboards alongside landscaped state highways. However, the ASLA states that the AB 3168 bill would limit the term "landscaped" in order to disqualify areas that have been protected, such as areas with ornamental plantings less that 20 feet wide and those with plantings covering sound walls. The State Senate Appropriations Committee is presently (as of August 6) considering the new bill. ASU Landscape Architecture Grad Plants Trees Kristin Antkoviak, master in landscape architecture, has used her expertise to help revitalize her Phoenix neighborhood, and by doing so, come up with future goals. Last year, she and a neighbor organized community meetings with the plan of recruiting volunteers to help plant trees - a hardy hybrid mesquite variety that can withstand low watering and doesn't get too big. "We didn't know how many volunteers we would get but it turned out fantastic," she said. So they organized another planting in April, this time a community pollinator garden, with native shrubs and perennials meant to draw butterflies. The group also planted 10 kinds of native trees, which included desert marigold and flame acanthus. That experience inspired her to consider a new kind of career. "I'm starting to think about this concept of a neighborhood landscape architect who works directly with people," she said. "I'm big on empowering residents to understand that they can make a big impact. I'm trying to make a new role that doesn't exist yet." Article Credit: Mary Beth Faller, ASU Now

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