Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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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June 2015 49 Civil Engineers to ensure the design detailing and grading concept melded seamlessly. It was important to create a "flow" through the indoor and outdoor spaces. Matsumoto notes that "flashy software" like Photoshop and Sketch-up are great design tools for landscape architects, but said the "intuitive aspect of hand drawing to work out the detailing was crucial to the (design) space making." Middle A space, inspired by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, helps address the building grade challenge and provides visual interest for the upper floors while allowing natural light into the building. Gravel and locally-quarried boulders, along with Japanese black pines in 4' dia. pots highlight the space. Some flats of Dymondia margaretae groundcover is being introduced to the mulched earth. Top, Right Boulders and rock beds, reflective of the adjacent canyons, were specified for visual interest and for their low maintenance requirements. Crape myrtle 'Tuscarora' multi-trunk trees decorate the eastern edge of the Mesa College Student Services Center Building. Bottom, Right Fifteen towering Italian cypress run down the west side of the stairway and extend across the lower plaza. The prominent tree in the planter (right) with the block seat walls is a coral tree.

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