Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 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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human experience in the city. Renovations of existing green spaces are important projects, as building density and development within our cities increases and the availability of land for open space areas becomes scarcer. The project is an example of the leadership role of landscape architects in the design of multifunctional open spaces that also benefit the greater watershed through improved water quality, groundwater recharge, and cleaning of the L.A. River. AHBE was the prime consultant and landscape architect on this project. To achieve technical, environmental, functional and aesthetic design excellence, AHBE successfully led a design team that included civil, structural and electrical engineers, an environmental graphics designer and a stream restoration specialist. AHBE also prepared demolition, hardscape, irrigation and planting designs for the park, as well as also managed the design team through construction administration support during the yearlong construction period. This restoration project reveals the evolving role of the landscape architect as park designer. The profession is now called upon to consider conditions beyond the recreational or aesthetic value, e.g., drought, limited number of public open space, pest infestations and multi-benefit spaces— all while working within constrained budgets. Just as AHBE did for the Johnny Carson Park revitalization project, the profession of landscape architecture must seize every opportunity to push Above: A main challenge was transforming the concrete storm channel that bisects the park into a natural streambed with native plants. This view shows a section of the restored Little Tujunga Wash with one of the replacement pedestrian bridges. Drawing: To protect the slope of the wash at the toe of the bridge abutment, 2 tons of salvaged boulders were set on the soil at the sides of the abutment, along with riprap placed directly against the abutment face. January 2018 37

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