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Top-10 Viewed (Clicked On) Landscape Architectural-Related Articles from the LandscapeOnline Weekly Newsletter in 2013 (Jan. 2013 to Oct. 29)


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#1 Top 15 Undergrad and Grad LA Programs, 2013 - May 5, 2013 LO Weekly
Yes, it's that time of year again. DesignIntelligence has published its 2013 America's Best Schools of Architecture and Design. DesignIntelligence notes design education is "pretty good the way it is," and "most likely the best that it has ever been." Still, it says this year's rankings by deans, administrators, students and practitioners show considerable quality in design schools, but also "reveals an unrelenting and increasingly dynamic restlessness for renewed strength and fresh relevance." The top three landscape architecture undergraduate programs are: Louisiana State University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and Pennsylvania State University.

Online Article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17755





#2 U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Wetlands Protection Case Says Florida Water Rule Violated Landowner's Constitutional Rights - July 9, 2013 LO Weekly
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25, 2013, that state regulations followed by the St. Johns River Water Management District against a property owner to protect wetlands from development in Orange County, Fla., interfered with the landowner's constitutional rights. The ruling, applauded by property-rights advocates, could mean a national shift in how local governments approach regulating development.

Online Article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17975





#3 Splash Pads: A Growing Trend, by Patricia Rotschild, Marketing & Design Specialist, Vortex Aquatic Structures International - May 5, 2013 LO Weekly
With the intent to eliminate danger and create a stress-free family play environment, splash pads have developed systems that address safety concerns. With no standing water on splash pads, the risk of drowning is eliminated. Structures are designed to be as safe as possible through advanced engineering and innovative design. Considerations are made to effectively eliminate pinch points, protrusions and risks of head entrapment.

Online Article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/16267





#4 "Bad Dog" Marks Its Territory at Orange County Museum of Art - March 5, 2013 LO Weekly
Richard Jackson's "Bad Dog" sculpture in front of the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, Calif., is sort of the artist's calling card for his retrospective exhibit at the museum through May 5, 2013.

Online Article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17448





#5 Causal Link to Dying Ash Trees and Human Mortality Rates? - February 5, 2013 LO Weekly
Now there's a new angle on the problem. A new study in the February 2013 American Journal of Preventive Medicine concludes: "Results suggest that the widespread death of ash trees from the emerald ash borer lead to an increase in mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness. These results are consistent with previous research that has identifıed a correlation between the natural environment and health. They also provide stronger support for a causal relationship."

Online Article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17356





#6 National Stormwater Calculator Launched - August 20, 2013 LO Weekly
The Environmental Protection Agency has designed and launched a national stormwater calculator to aid in reducing runoff. This desktop application estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). It is designed for site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, homeowners, and anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property.

Online Article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/18153





#7 New "Living Concrete" Provides Insulation, Air Filtration - June, 11, 2013 LO Weekly
Structural Technology Group, based at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, has developed and patented "living concrete", a breakthrough that allows the concrete to serves as a facade material, air filtration system and insulation layer.

Online article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17863





#8 Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete Revealed - July 30, 2013 LO Weekly
A team of researchers sampled a concrete breakwater built by Romans in Pozzuoli Bay, near Naples that dates back to 37 B.C. The team found the long-term strength of the concrete comes from the use of volcanic ash in the mortar mix, which creates a more stable bonding compound within the cement. Modern cement is designed to last about 100 years at best. Credit: UC Berkeley/D. Bartoli, courtesy of J.P. Oleson

Online article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/18102





#9 Global Position Without Satellites - May 14, 2013 LO Weekly
The prototype timing and inertial measurement unit chip has the capabilities of GPS without using global positioning satellites. The chip is about a third the width of a penny and said to be the thickness of six human hairs.

Online article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17780





#10 Milwaukee's Green Stormwater Mandate - January 22, 2013 LO Weekly
Wisconsin water officials passed a pollution permit requiring the Milwaukee area to develop one million gallons of green stormwater capacity annually for the next five years. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has been sponsoring the installation of area green roofs for nearly a decade, including this planting at the Aquatics Unlimited store in Greenfield, Wis., in December 2010.

Online article: landscapeonline.com/research/article/17306







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