Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 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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56 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 3 Georgia Tech Uses Wastewater to Grow Food In October, the United States Department of Agriculture awarded a five million dollar grant to Georgia Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in order to develop and implement a pilot project that aims to "decentralize vegetable production" by finding sustainable methods of growing produce in urban areas. The grant will fund five years of research and assist in the creation and operation of a hydroponic growing system that will utilize wastewater from Georgia Tech's campus sewer system. A news article found on the Georgia Tech website states that the proposed project will use a "smart membrane, or nanomaterials, to extract trace contaminants, like endocrine disruptors, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals, [and] the nutrients that are left can be pumped through a vertical hydroponic system to grow produce without adding fertilizer." Yongsheng Chen, the lead professor for the project, stated that the overall goal is to show that utilizing waste water for urban agriculture environments is socially, environmentally and financially viable and could easily be replicated in other cities across the globe. To learn more about this project, visit https://tinyurl.com/ycr6mn2v U. of Tennessee Knoxville's LA Program Turns 10 The University of Tennessee at Knoxville's School of Landscape Architecture is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this month (November) while it also undergoes mandatory reaccreditation by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Started in 2008, the school's curriculum focuses on regional and local landscapes and cultures while developing students' "contemporary skills that emphasize modern theories and technologies that shape the field of landscape architecture." Gale Fulton, director of the program, was quoted in a UTK news post having said, "Since 2008, the school has prepared students to solve complex issues, develop research and engage communities to educate and involve the public. Our graduates engage landscapes as a cultural practice to help shape communities and solve problems for people in those communities." Even though the landscape architecture college was officially formed in 2008, one news article states that discussions to form the program actually started 25 years ago when the College of Architecture and Planning started working with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Because license–seeking professionals are required to hold a degree from a LAAB-accredited university, and since there were none in Tennessee at the time, the formation of the program fit perfectly. Earlier this month, a LAAB review team visited the college and announced that the college had met all seven standards for reaccreditation. The LAAB will make its final decision in February of 2019. https:// tinyurl.com/ydyrf9ag

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