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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100 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 9 8 LAF Honors Two Auburn University Case Studies The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) selected two case studies, designed by Charlene LeBleu FASLA and students in the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at Auburn University, for publication on the LAF Case Study Investigation website. One team examined Samford Park at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Ala., and the other researched Railroad Park in Birmingham, Ala. Both case studies are the first of their kind in Alabama to receive this national honor. The LAF's Case Study Investigation program highlights landscape architecture projects that can make positive c o n t r i b u t i o n s to solving some of the issues of our time. The program s h o w c a s e s L A F - f u n d e d faculty-student research teams who collaborate with leading practitioners to document the benefits of landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and then produce Case Study Briefs. The briefs are featured in LAF's Landscape Performance Series, an online site that features information and innovations from research, industry, academia and professional practice. L.A. Recreation and Parks Department Receives Tree Grant Over the last several years, trees have been disappearing from Los Angeles parks due to the drought as well as damage done by the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle. However, the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department (RAP) is hoping to combat tree loss with the CAL FIRE grant, a $1.3 million grant that will allow park officials to create a database of all the trees in Los Angeles city parks. Retrieving such information is vital to the replacement of lost trees as well as education and awareness of proper tree care and maintenance. Formerly, the city had no way to account for trees that are threatened or dying in parks as there was never a full tree inventory for Los Angeles. In addition to tree inventory, the grant is also expected to pay for more than 600 new tree plantings in parks to replace trees lost to pests and drought.

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