Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

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18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News n e w s Chicago is in its second year of a smart lighting program to replace 270,000 city street, alley and viaduct lights within four years. The Orange Glow Gives Way to Bright White Chicago launched a smart lighting program in 2017 to replace the old high- pressure sodium lights and their orange glow with the white light of LED fixtures. Thus far, the new lighting retrofit has been focused on neighborhoods with "heightened public safety concerns." More than 18,000 smart LED lights along major south and west side streets have been installed. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would now focus on lighting up more west side residential streets. On Jan. 5, 2018, Mayor Emanuel toured the Lyons View manufacturing plant on Chicago's westside, where more than half of the lights used in the program's first year were assembled. Because of the lighting program, the plant has added jobs, some of which have been filled by "ex-offenders." Top 10 Landscape Architecture School Programs for 2018 According to, the bachelor of landscape architecture program at the University of Florida is the #1 undergraduate landscape architecture program in the U.S. for 2018. Students in the department have opportunities to study in summer programs abroad. To graduate, the students in the five-year program must present "an independent capstone project" that showcases the culmination of their academic work. A list compiled by www.thebestcolleges. org was recently released announcing its top 10 bachelor of landscape architect programs in the U.S. The rankings were derived from data provided by colleges and universities to the National Center for Education Statistics. The program rankings were calculated using these weighted criteria: admissions rate (20%), default rate (20%), retention rate (20%), graduation rate (20%) and the percentage of students enrolled in online classes. According to this ranking system, the top 10 best college landscape architecture programs for 2018 are: 1. University of Florida – Gainesville, Fla. The department of landscape architecture was established in 1933, and offers the only accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree in the state. In 2010, UF authorized a new school within the department: The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (SLA&P), which UF says benefits from the collaborative environment of the Department of Landscape Architecture (LA) and Urban and Regional Planning (URP). The school also offers a first professional master of landscape architecture program, a post professional master of landscape architecture program and a PhD program. 2. University of Massachusetts Amherst – Amherst, Mass. 3. North Carolina State University at Raleigh – Raleigh, N.C. 4. Cornell University – Ithaca, N.Y. 5. Clemson University – Clemson, S.C. 6. University of California Berkeley – Berkeley, Calif. 7. University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, Wis. 8. Purdue University – West Lafayette, Ind. 9. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign – Champaign, Ill. 10. University of Connecticut – Storrs, Conn. The website (http://www. landscape-architecture-programs/) has the list as well as a description for each school and why it made the top ten. Note: According the statistics reported by the United States Department of Labor, the employment rate for landscape architects is projected to increase by 5% between now and 2024. 2018 Fire-Clay Brick Trends The Children's Hospital in Troy, Michigan takes the painted brick trend to the next level with its Lego- inspired colors. Manufacturing members of the Brick Industry Association (BIA) are reporting that clay bricks in cool shades and earthy- tones are trending so far this year in the residential sector. Black and dark gray bricks, however, are gaining popularity in the commercial zone, especially for restaurants and office spaces. Reportedly, these colors are trending primarily due to their contemporary and Art Deco looks. Across the country, rougher, heavily tumbled textures are becoming more prominent in the southern states, while states in the West are seeing more clay brick use overall. "We're seeing more grays, simulated painted brick or brick to be painted," said Davis Henry, president, Henry Brick Co. Inc., and BIA's 2018 chairman. Trending larger units include 21-inch Roman size brick with a long, linear look and radial (curved) brick in deep, burgundy reds. BEFORE AFTER

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