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Make Strong Showing at Lightfair

. . . But Where Were the LA's?






Few LA's followed the path to Lightfair, the rest missing out on the latest in lighting technology.


At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, Lightfair International 1994 was host to the latest technology and applications in the industry. At least 14,000 architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers, facility managers, contractors, and developers were expected to attend the show. However, where were all of the Landscape Architects? According to Carole Carley, Director of Marketing for Lightfair, "We did not have very many Landscape Architects at the show. As a matter of fact, the profession had one of the least amount of representatives present."

Ms. Carley added, "Landscape Architects are among the specifiers that exhibitors most want to see at the show, so we're always looking for more to sign up. Most of the seminars at Lightfair were directed towards the Landscape Architect and related professions."



Japanese Beetle Quarantine Plan is Ratified






PHOTO: World Book Encylopedia, V10, 1978


The American Association of Nurseryman (AAN) recently announced that the Japanese Beetle Quarantine Harmonized Agreement has been finalized and signed by agricultural officials of the U.S. and Canada. AAN, the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Canadian government each played a major role in the four years of negotiations.

The new agreement governs U.S./Canada international trade involving nursery, green house and related commodities that may pose a risk of transporting the Japanese beetle. The new agreement outlines options for certifying shipments from infested areas. AAN sees the new options as more compatible with nursery integrated pest management programs and pesticide use reduction goals.

U.S. growers meeting the necessary requirements, should be able to ship under the new agreement in the spring. However, AAN recommends that nurseries contact their state plant regulatory agency to discuss certification options and paperwork that is required to accompany shipments.



Summer Institutes on the Environment at NYU

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service's Center of Management of New York University has announced their schedule of Institutes on the Environment.

Twelfth Institute in Risk Management in Environmental Health and Protection will be held from May 17-20, 1994, from 9 AM to 5 PM, designed for students and practitioners in environmental health services. The course will provide managerial, decisionmaking, and quantitative risk assessment skills.

The Third Summer Institute in Environmental Law is a comprehensive coverage of environmental laws in water and air pollution control, toxic substances, drinking water, hazardous wastes and solid waste management. Sessions are on Tuesdays, 6:10-7:50 PM (October 4 - November 22, 1994).

For information, contact Professor R. Zimmerman, Course Director: Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU, 4 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003 (212) 998-7432 or 7450.



New Program Planned to Help Adjust to New Federal Energy Legislation








Beginning this year, the Federal Government has prohibited the manufacturing of many common wattage fluorescent and directional incandescent lamps for sale in the U.S. These new standards are an effort to cut the nation's electricity bill by $250 billion dollars over the next 15 years.

In October of 1995, common 4-foot linear and U-tube fluorescents and R30, R40 and PAR 38 incandescent lamps will become obsolete, to be substituted with lamps approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. So far, HID lamps have not face new standards.

To help with the adjustment, GE Lighting has announced an education program for distributors to explain the coming changes in lighting standards. The program features a video, guide sheet, brochure, direct mailer and large laminated reference card for display.

For more information, call 1-800-435-2677 or contact your local GE Lighting Distributor.



Three Cheers for Wisconsion Governor Thompson!








Governor "Tommy" Thompson of Wisconsin signed AB100, the landscape architectural title registration bill, into law at 3:55 p.m. on April 28,1994, in Madison, Wisconsin. The signing ceremony, which was held in the governor's conference room in the state capital, was attended by approximately forty Landscape Architects and other supporters of the bill. According to Kevin Keane, spokesperson for the governor's office, "Governor Thompson, believes in the integrity that licensure brings. The Governor wants to assure the people of Wisconsin that when they hire a Landscape Architect that that is what they get."

In signing this legislation, Governor Thompson made Wisconsin the 45th state in the country to provide for the registration of Landscape Architects. AB100 stipulates that any person who holds the title of "Landscape Architect" must meet certain minimum requirements. These requirements include the following: a degree from an acceptable university, a minimum of three years of acceptable experience, and passing a comprehensive examination. During the first effective year of this legislation, individuals may become registered through a grandfather clause.

AB100 also creates a 5 member Landscape Architect Section which will be a part of the Joint Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyers.

"We are very pleased that Governor Thompson agrees with us [WASLA] in regards to the importance of the Registered Landscape Architect in providing health, safety, and welfare to the people of Wisconsin," Mr. Skidmore stated. "WASLA feels it was successful due largely to its grass roots support, fighting from the ground up through phone calls and letters to the governor's office. This is a great day!"



IRLA Sends WI News Across the Nation

New Group Asks for Help Locating Your Local Media

The Institute of Registered Landscape Architects recently issued a press release to more than 200 associations that affect the landscape architectural profession, as well as all television and radio stations, newspapers, and other influential news media in the major markets throughout the nation.

The press release makes note of Wisconsin Governor "Tommy" Thompson's signing of AB 100, applauding his recognition of the importance of the Landscape Architect to the health, safety, and welfare of the public. This brings Registered Landscape Architects (RLA's) one step closer to nationwide recognition as an unified profession.

As a state recognizing the Registered Landscape Architect, Wisconsin aligns itself with 44 other states and leaves only five states - AK, NH, CO, ND, and VT - yet to recognize the impact of professional registration on the public's mental and physical health, overall safety, and general welfare.

The organization remembers Frederick Law Olmsted and Ray Page, the people who first championed the profession. Olmsted's internationally known work introduced the landscape back into land development. Page, known as "Mr. Beverly Hills" by the Beverly Hills press, took the first steps towards establishing registration for Landscape Architects in 1953.

To help the IRLA reach every community, they ask that you contact them with the names and addresses of the major media sources in your area. You can call The Institute of Registered Landscape Architects at (714) 979-IRLA or write to P.O. Box 52062, Irvine, CA 92619-2062.



What a Landscape Architect
Needs to Know About Common Light Sources






Quartz halogen lamps can be very effective in producing a bright, pin-point of light


Quartz-Halogen Lamps

The MR and PAR lamps are very available examples of quartz lamps. They have flexible beamspreads and wattages. These lamps have a very natural color, so they are useful in lighting virtually any landscape. MR-16 Lamps are common to low voltage situations.

High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps

Last much longer than incandescent lamps and are much more efficient, but these lamps are quite a bit more expensive. However, the shorter life of an incandescent may cost more in the long run due to replacement costs.

Types of HID lamps






Mercury vapor lamps produce a blue/green moonlit effect


Mercury-Vapor produce a bluish-green light, a very powerful "moonlight" efffect. This lamp is very good at lighting foliage, enhancing the green of the trees and grass.

Metal-Halide, a nice alternative to the quartz-halogen lamp, for it combines the natural, sunlight color of the quartz-halogen with a longer lifespan. Therefore, these lamps are valuable in lighting buildings, statues and trees.






HPS lamps produce a more yellowish hue.


High Pressure Soduim creates a pretty yellow-gole color, which can enhance a brick wall or entryway. Also looks good on brass and can last over 20,000 hours.

Fluorescent Lamps

The lifespan of a fluorescent lamp can range from 10,000-20,000 hours and can create an even wash of light. According to Stan Kelsey of Kelsey-Kane lighting, these lamps have a wider range of kelvin values. For example, there are approximately 40 different white lights that a fluorescent lamp can produce.



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