Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 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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Hala Nassar, a landscape architecture professor in Clemson's College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, is the university's principal investigator into landscape design that hinders the use of drones. She is being assisted by Robert Hewitt, an associate professor of landscape architecture, also from Clemson, and the co-principle investigator for the research. PHOTO CREDIT: CLEMSON UNIVERSITY Developing Drone Deterrent Landscapes Hala Nassar is a landscape architect professor at Clemson University in South Carolina who is looking into how to design public landscapes that detect and deter drone activity. Conducting research alongside a multidisciplinary team of engineers and landscape architects from both Duke University and Clemson, professor Nassar aims to "design drone deterring structures so there is minimal impact on the aesthetical composition of outdoor environments." The National Science Foundation awarded Clemson and Duke a $750,000, three-year grant to further their research pertaining to the development of an economically viable option for municipalities to incorporate in order to limit the use of illegal, unmanned aerial vehicles. Professor Nassar states that the developed solutions and prototypes will be tested at the North Carolina Sarah P. Duke Botanical Gardens, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and North Carolina prison campuses. Mary Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke, is quoted in a Clemson news article as having said, "Public space managers don't often have the budget for expensive active drone countermeasures. If strategically placed shade canopies and trees or directed lighting can achieve the same results, we want to let people know how best to use them." 70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 1 6 PHOTO CREDIT: CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

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