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Landscape Architecture Foundation Report

New scholarships, case studies and a proposed national center have all been on the agenda of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

In 2003 the LAF Board of Directors celebrated the launch of the Land and Community Design Case Study Series. The first three case studies in the series include Village Homes: A Community by Design by Mark Francis; Urban Open Space: Designing for User Needs, also by Francis; and The Paris-Lexington Road: Community-Based Planning and Context Sensitive Highway Design by Krista Johnson.

Kenneth Bassett

These case studies were scheduled to be published in August through a publishing partnership with Island Press, which is the culmination of five years of research and development, marking a major advancement for the landscape architecture and planning professions and landscapes across the country.

This series will demonstrate how design delivers holistic solutions to economic, social and environmental problems and will provide a legacy of critical thinking that will advance enlightened planning and innovative development in the classroom, in practice and in policy.

National Center for Landscape Intervention Proposed

LAF is continuing to explore the creation of a National Center for Landscape Intervention through the National Science Foundation. LAF is currently developing a white paper entitled The Landscape Imperative that shapes the case for the national center. If approved, a university consortium that would receive funding for research, benefiting not only the host university, but also the profession, would host the center.

Thomas Scholarship

The 2003 Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design was awarded to Rachel Leibowitz for her dissertation on the writings of William Allen White, and his impact as a journalist on early twentieth century landscape across the country.

Leibowitz is in her final year of coursework in the new doctoral program in landscape history and theory at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. With assistance from the Douglas Dockery Fellowship, she will visit Kansas and Washington, D.C., to view source material on White. Leibowitz intends to demonstrate how White's descriptions of his hometown of Emporia, Kansas promoted small-town middle-class values and impacted streetscapes, gardens and public parks across the country by shaping American perception of the ideal landscape.

The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design is awarded annually and provides $4,000 to an exceptional graduate student studying landscape architecture or horticulture.

2003 Officers

Kenneth Bassett, president of Sasaki Associates, Inc., was named president of LAF in 2003; Barbara Faga, chairperson of the board at EDAW, was named president elect, and will assume the title of president 2004.

Dennis Otsuji served as vice president of development; Philip Arnold was VP of finance; Susan Goltsman served as VP of communications; Gary Hack was VP of research and information; Grant Jones was VP of education; and L. Susan Everett served as executive director.

New Donors for American Landscape Fund (ALF)

The commitment and support of more than 900 donors has allowed LAF to continue the ambitious, long-range programs benefiting the profession. ALF gifts range from individual contributions of $35 per year to large donations: HNTB has pledged $10,000 per year for five years; Landscape Forms has contributed $20,000.

ALF was created to foster an ethic for shaping the land and enriching the human spirit by designing landscapes that enhance our environment and our lives.

To make a tax-deductible donation contact Melinda Sippel at

New Scholarship in Memory of Courtland Paul

LAF received a $25,000 pledge from the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation to help establish the Courtland Paul Scholarship, which will provide a significant award to an undergraduate landscape architecture student who is in the junior or senior year of study in a landscape architectural program.

The scholarship will honor the memory of Paul and his lifelong commitment to the landscape architecture profession. Paul died in January at the age of 75. He was one of the first landscape architects in California, and he founded Peridian International in Newport Beach more than 50 years ago.

Contributions can be sent to LAF, attention Ron Figura, 818 18th St. NW, Suite 810, Washington, D.C., 20006.

University of New Mexico MLA Program Accredited

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – This spring, the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB) reviewed the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning's master of landscape architecture program. In August 2003, the LAAB accredited the program for a six-year period, the maximum allowed. The LAAB is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for first-professional baccalaureate and master's degree programs in landscape architecture in the United States. The LAAB accredits 45 baccalaureate LA degrees and 30 MLA degrees.

The University of New Mexico MLA program is in its fourth year. Alf Simon, PhD, who heads the MLA program, told LASN that 40 students have matriculated for the fall semester. Dr. Simon explained that the MLA is a three year program, and that the number of graduate hours required match the requirements for other specialized graduate degrees at the university.

The MLA program complements the already established architecture and community and regional planning programs, which adds a strong interdisciplinary foundation for the students. The curriculum has been designed to teach the fundamental skills and knowledge required of a professional landscape architect, whether in the private, public or academic sectors; and to promote theoretical explorations and research that encourage each student to pursue a specialization within the broad discipline. Dr. Simon points out that the MLA curriculum, like all curricula, is a perpetual pursuit. The program investigates the principles and theories of landscape architecture and how to translate that knowledge into design.

Dr. Simon told LASN that while the technical aspects of landscape architecture are taught, he gives equal importance to teaching and investigating the cultural influences within landscape architecture, and points to the strong cultural influences of Southwest architecture and design. Dr. Simon is well equipped to lead the cultural studies, as his PhD is in cultural geography.

Dr. Simon believes that social, economic and cultural understanding are critical for the landscape architect. In an article published by the UNM Public Affairs Office, he notes: "Our environment reinforces our values and needs, functioning in a natural, delightful way. The sky is our ceiling, the ground our floor. We understand the relationship between the sky and the earth. We understand the natural systems above, on and below ground. Human and natural systems can be elegantly integrated."

There is, of course, always the consideration for the use of resources when designing landscapes. "Everything has a cause and effect. How will future generations feel about what we do?" Dr. Simon asks.

Dr. Simon is clearly delighted with the program's accreditation, as it is in essentially a seal of approval at the national level. Dr. Simon said the accreditation status will translate into more students applying for the program, which will allow the university to be more selective in accepting graduate students. The challenge will be to keep up with the staffing demands. Dr. Simon gave thanks to the students who had the faith in the program to begin their graduate landscape architectural studies before accreditation was in place.

Landscape architecture courses have been taught at UNM for more than 25 years. In April 1997, the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning unanimously voted to add a graduate landscape architecture program. All university and state approvals were completed in June 2000, and the first class was admitted that fall.

Professor Baker Morrow, who began his teaching career at UNM in 1975, witnessed the initiation of undergraduate course work in landscape architecture at UNM in 1977. Even then he envisioned a master's program, but it wasn't until 1994 that it gained momentum under Dean Richard Eribes.

The program owes much to John Brinkerhoff Jackson, a twentieth century cultural historian and resident of La Cienega, New Mexico, who taught at Harvard, Cal. Berkeley, and at UNM, and was the editor of Landscape. Upon his death, he left the school a $3 million endowment.

Interim Dean Ric Richardson, and the current dean of the school of Architecture and Planning, Roger Schluntz, along with Prof. Morrow, persuaded the administration that the interest from the endowment should be used to support a new landscape architecture program. There was also support for the program from Governor Johnson.

Dr. Simon has recently received an $18,000 grant from the UNM Center for Regional Studies to develop an urban landscape for the Albuquerque neighborhood of Martineztown. He hopes to make it a representation of the people and events that have shaped the neighborhood. Toward that goal, he is working with a contingent of faculty and students to find those identifying themes that can be translated into the landscape design.


The University of New Mexico, founded in 1889, occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a city of half a million people.

The UNM campus has a pueblo revival architectural theme that echoes the buildings of the nearby Pueblo Indian villages. The campus has an arboretum that is nationally recognized for its botanical offerings.

Forty students are enrolled for the fall MLA program. In 2002, 24,705 students attended the main campus; another 7,090 attended branch campuses and education centers. The average age of the student body is 27.


NCPC Plan for Pennsylvania Ave. in Final Phase; Moynihan Honored

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

WASHINGTON – The National Capital Planning Commission will kicked off its September meeting with a dedication honoring late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The commission paid tribute to Moynihan's life-long advocacy for American cities by officially designating its primary conference room the "Daniel Patrick Moynihan Conference Room."

The commission also reviewed final plans for security and landscape improvements to Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. The proposed design will replace the temporary security barriers currently scattered along Pennsylvania Avenue and on Jackson and Madison Places.

The plan creates a distinguished, pedestrian-oriented and landscaped civic space to include well-designed security booths and bollards, street tree planting, new paving materials and street furniture such as benches and lighting.

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New Jersey ASLA Chapter to Celebrate 40th

MANALAPAN, NJ – The coming year marks the fortieth year of service for the New Jersey Chapter of the ASLA. The milestone will be celebrated during the 2004 NJASLA Awards Dinner, February 9, 2004. With a little help, NJASLA hopes to develop a PowerPoint presentation and perhaps a poster that will feature the many activities and people that have distinguished the chapter throughout its history.

To make this idea a reality, the chapter is seeking originals or copies of photos; brochures; seminars announcements; pins and favors; drawings; state and national award winning projects; newspaper clippings; or any other memorabilia collected by members of the chapter over their careers.

Include a short note describing the item and its significance. All items that include a self-addressed envelope and postage will be returned.

And for those who may wish to personally carry a cherished memento to the dinner, there will be a special display area for these items. Please contact NJASLA.

Send items to:

Joseph Perello
Schoor DePalma, Inc.
200 State Hwy 9
P.O. Box 900
Manalapan NJ 07726

Goetz + Stropes to Renovate Mackle Park

Parque Celestial, the second park designed by Goetz + Stropes, has an astrological them: a zodiac terrace (foreground); a sun clock; and a pavilion for stargazers. The park design won an award from the Florida ASLA chapter.

Naples, Florida – Goetz + Stropes Landscape Architects, Inc., founded just two year ago by Ellin Goetz and Jerry Stropes, has been selected by the Marco City Council to develop a renovation plan for Marco Island's Mackle Park, the city's largest park. The contract is for $59,500.

The Goetz + Stropes consultant team have planned three public meetings: the first will allow the public to present ideas; the design team will present residents with options and general cost estimates at the second meeting; and the firm will present the final design, cost estimate, and the complete park study at the third meeting.

Ms. Goetz observed that residents know better than anyone else what the park needs. Goetz + Stropes are not new to park design. The firm's first park, River Park Community Center, was completed last year for the city of Naples at a cost of $350,000. The firm also completed Parque Celestial last year for the Bonita Bay Group at a cost of $450,000. Parque Celestial, a private park, has an astrological theme and is the first of six themed parks for Mediterra that the Bonita Bay Group is developing. The park includes a labyrinth and a pavilion where people bring their telescopes to stargaze.

In August, the ASLA Florida chapter presented Goetz + Stropes with an Award of Excellence in the open space category.

Eric Lloyd Wright to Lead Tour and Lecture for UCLA Extension Course

LOS ANGELES – This fall, UCLA Extension offers a unique opportunity to learn about organic architecture from Eric Lloyd Wright, architect and grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright. Eric Lloyd Wright leads a tour of works designed by himself, his father, his grandfather, and time permitting, other architects. In addition, he gives an Organic Architecture lecture, enhanced by discussion, slides, writing, and poetry. Topics covered include humans' relationship to nature and ecological design principles.

"Organic Architecture with Eric Lloyd Wright" meets two Saturdays, November 15 and 22. The lecture is presented on the first Saturday, 10am-4pm, at the Organic Resource Center in Santa Monica. The tour is presented the second Saturday, 9am to 5pm and starts in Westwood. Cost: $275 (includes lunches and bus transportation for field trip.) For more information, call (310) 825-9061.

The Mighty, Venerable Oak

The largest certified oak tree in the U.S. is reported to be the Seven Sisters Oak in Lewisburg, Mandeville, Louisiana. It measures 37 feet, and 2 inches around; its crown spreads 150 feet; it is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.

Source: Times-Picayune

Bed Stuy is Greenest Block in Brooklyn

A MacDonough Street house on the winning residential block in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. The block was selected for its exuberant, colorful plantings and overall green visual impact.

House planters full of petunias, window boxes brimming with begonias, and tree pits beautified with colorful groundcovers and mulch adding splashes of color. Sounds perhaps like one of the quaint up-state New York communities. Would you believe Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn?

Each year the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), through it community horticulture program, Brooklyn GreenBridge, selects the greenest residential and commercial block in Brooklyn. Thirty judges, including BBG President Judith Zuk, travel throughout the borough over a one-month period evaluating the nearly 200 blocks that compete for top honors. The judges look for color; total visual effect; citizen participation; variety and suitability of plants; soil condition; conservation techniques; and use of mulch and other horticultural practices.

This year's winning residential block was MacDonough Street between Stuyvesand and Lewis Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant. It was selected for its exuberant, colorful plantings and overall green visual impact.

"The entire block was thrilled to win after working together over the last three years," said Wilma Atwell, MacDonough's block president.

"The entire block was thrilled to win after working together over the last three years," said Wilma Atwell, MacDonough's block president.

"It is such a pleasure to see the hard work and care Brooklyn residents put into the street where they live," noted Ms. Zuk. She sited Flatbush as the neighborhood with the greatest number of entries.

Of the 40 commercial blocks that entered the contest, MetroTech BID won the title of Greenest Business Block for Bridge Street between Willoughby and Fulton.

"The winning block on Bridge Street completes the image of cleanliness and safety with a new garden feeling," offered Manny Cabrero, director of retail/commercial development. "It is our hope and desire to have other commercial blocks in Brooklyn copy us and thereby improve the shopping experience throughout the borough," he added.

"Brooklynites are never bashful, but there are communities and commercial districts throughout the borough that should be incredibly proud of all of their hard work and dedication to these incredible gardens," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is a project of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Brooklyn GreenBridge program, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. It is sponsored by the Independence Community Foundation.

Historic note: The neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant is situated in north central Brooklyn. Bedford was a farming hamlet purchased from the Canarsee Indians in the 1600s. It may have been named for the Duke of Bedford, or perhaps was a diminutive of England's Bedfordshire. Stuyvesant Heights is named for Peter Stuyvesant, director general of New Netherland during the 1600s. Bedford-Stuyvesant, or "Bed-Stuy," become New York City's largest African-American neighborhood by the 1990s.

Oil, Oil Everywhere, but OPEC Owns It

In 1996, there were 1,047,200 million barrels of proven crude oil reserves; 76.6 percent came from OPEC member countries.

Source: OPEC Annual Statistical Bulletin: 1996

Landscape Designers
Take the HGTV "Challenge"

By Stephen Kelly, managing editor

While clicking the remote through the glut of cable channels to find something appropriate for my dinner dining enjoyment, I came upon HGTV, Home & Garden Television. At that very moment, HGTV was airing "Landscapers' Challenge."

Intrigued by the program's title (Was this "Fear Factor" or "Survivor" for landscape designers and contractors?) I stayed tuned. The program is hosted by Marianne Curan, who, curiously, has a background in comedy and reportedly likes to play tennis with her dog. In this episode, Ms. Curan introduces viewers to Southern California homeowners Brian and Mona Eremita, who, like many backyard challenged people, have an outdoor domain of dirt punctuated by esthetically pleasing clumps of weeds.

The Eremitas, like Jeanne d'Arc, have a vision-but theirs is worldlier: a backyard that, well, isn't full of dirt and weeds. Brian wants a patio and an area to barbecue and entertain; Mona desires the contemplative peace of regarding nature in her own flower garden; the kids want a swimming pool and trampoline (fat chance, kids, mom and dad opt for a lawn and a play apparatus, instead).

The Eremitas have $40,000 budgeted for the backyard; further, the couple will receive and select one of three, free, professional design proposals, will only pay for materials and labor, and appear on national television!

Enter three Los Angeles area landscape professionals and the "challenge" of the program: Philip Castiglia, landscape designer, Paul Contreras, landscape designer/contractor, and Jade Satterthwaite, landscape architect, each present their design proposals to the Eremitas. The suspense mounts-who will be kicked off the island? Sorry, wrong program. Which design will the couple choose? What happens if Brian and Mona disagree? (Hint: Whatever Mona wants, Mona gets.)

The Eremitas select Paul Contreras' design, as his includes all the elements they desire. Mr. Contreras explains aspects of his design work and how it will be accomplished. His crew gets to work: The land is leveled; an old fence toppled; concrete is poured for the patio (yes, the little Eremita girl squish her fingers in the wet goop); a tiled counter arises, replete with a stainless steel barbecue; the sod is placed; the garden dug and planted. And, tah-dah, a before-and-after that is as astonishing as on of Oprah's makeovers (so my wife tells me).

The producers of "Landscapers' Challenge" invite landscape designers, architects, and homeowners to participate. The only qualification is that homeowners must be in the Los Angeles area and have a minimum budget of $15,000.

APA Praises Vote Restoring Mandatory Funding for
Transportation Enhancements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Planning Association (APA) has applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing, by a strong bipartisan majority, an amendment to H.R. 2989 that restores mandatory funding to the extremely beneficial Transportation Enhancements program.

The program provides funding for pedestrian, bicycle and trail facilities, as well as for protecting historic, scenic and natural resources and beautifying transportation corridors. The final vote was 327 to 90 to preserve the enhancements program.

"We commended Reps. Tom Petri and John Olver for their leadership in offering this important amendment and the strong bipartisan majority in the House who supported this vital program," said APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, AICP. "Planners throughout the country have used the Transportation Enhancements program to help curb sprawl and improve the quality of life of our communities."

Since 1991, when the enhancement program was established by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), funding for transportation enhancement improvements has been mandatory. More than 17,000 local projects have been funded since the program began.

Builders Applaud NAFTA Lumber Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent ruling by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) calling on the International Trade Commission (ITC) to reconsider whether the domestic lumber industry faces a threat from Canadian softwood lumber shipments is good news for American home buyers and lumber consumers, according to the nation's home builders.

"In May of 2002, the ITC ruled that the U.S. lumber industry was threatened with injury by imports from Canada," said Bobby Rayburn, first vice president of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) "That action triggered 27 percent tariffs on Canadian lumber imports, which have harmed housing affordability, American home buyers, renters and consumers."

The 115-page NAFTA decision essentially states that the ITC did not provide adequate explanation or support for its finding, and that the domestic lumber industry faced a "threat of injury" from Canadian softwood lumber imports. In issuing its ruling, the NAFTA panel said that the ITC "made its threat determination on the basis of considerable speculation and conjecture," and the NAFTA panel noted that it "is particularly troubled by the extensive lack of analysis undertaken by the commission of the factors applicable to a determination of whether there is a threat of material injury to the domestic softwood lumber industry."

A new ruling by the ITC affirming no threat of injury would result in the elimination of the lumber tariffs. However, if the ITC were to uphold its original "threat of injury" ruling, NAFTA would then have three choices: affirm the ITC decision, order the ITC to reverse its ruling, or once again compel the ITC to reconsider the case.

AASHTO Elects Njord President

WASHIGNTON D.C. – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has elected John Njord, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, its president for 2003-2004.

Njord said his emphasis areas for the association in the coming year will be reauthorization of the federal surface-transportation finance law, which expired Sept. 30, optimizing the transportation system, and environmental leadership. The statute that governs federal financing of highways and transit is known as the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, or TEA-21.

Njord called on AASHTO, which represents state transportation departments in Washington, to develop and quickly implement a strategy for a transportation-finance bill that is timely, promotes AASHTO's goals, keeps state agencies in business with no interruption of funding or programs, and effectively positions the association "for the best long-term financial good."

HydroFlo Equipment Selected for
Landscape/Aquaculture Project

RALEIGH, N.C., – HydroFlo, Inc., announced that its equipment has been selected to provide aeration for a landscape/aquaculture project in Solvang, Calif. The project design and management is being performed by Bill Sandberg of Sid Goldstein and Associates. Among other noteworthy water related projects, Mr. Sandberg was recently responsible for the landscape architecture project for the residence of Bill Gates in Washington.

Mr. Sandberg is currently designing and constructing three large ponds for the support and propagation of koi. He anticipates the design used for these ponds will become the benchmark for Koi ponds used throughout Japan.

HydroFlo's aeration equipment is initially being incorporated in the mixing and recirculation of three koi ponds ranging in size from 50,000 gallons to over 150,000 gallons. The HydroFlo aeration equipment was selected due to its high efficiency and ability to achieve saturated levels of oxygen with minimum electrical costs.

HydroFlo is in the business of providing aeration equipment used for water treatment and the pre-treatment of wastewater. Using the patented pressure line up-stream or PLUS pre-treatment system, customers begin the treatment process at their pumping stations, prior to the wastewater reaching a treatment plant. The company also provides a full range of related services to companies and municipalities to treat their wastewater at the treatment plant by the use of the energy efficient aeration systems in treatment lagoons.

National Trust Calls For Permanent Protection for Zuni Salt Lake

WASHINGTON – Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recently called on the Department of the Interior to protect the Zuni Salt Lake and Sanctuary Zone in New Mexico. The Zuni Salt Lake and Sanctuary Zone Traditional Cultural Property have been saved from a proposed coal strip-mine just two months after the National Trust named the area one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

"The decision not to develop this mine presents a tremendous opportunity for the Department of the Interior to implement permanent protection measures for this extraordinarily significant area," Moe said "The National Trust strongly encourages the Department to develop a long-term protection plan for Zuni Salt Lake and Sanctuary Zone, in order to ensure that this area is not faced with new threats in the years and decades to come. We stand ready to work with the department and the tribes in developing a meaningful protection plan."

The board of Salt River Project (SRP), an Arizona utility, voted to abandon its plans for strip-mining coal from an 18,000-acre area known as the Fence Lake Mine, about half of which would lie directly within the Sanctuary Zone. SRP plans to relinquish its state and federal permits and coal leases. The proposed mine would have had a disastrous impact on the Sanctuary Zone, and the decision to abandon the mine will spare hundreds of traditional cultural properties and religious sites from disturbance.

"The Zuni Tribe has waged a spirited battle against this mining project," Moe said. "Saving the Zuni Salt Lake and other cultural resources is important to us all, regardless of our religion or heritage. I am pleased that the National Trust was able to help publicize the tribe's battle and to support their effort to save the Zuni Salt Lake from destruction. We also commend the board for making this important decision."

Located in a remote region of western New Mexico, the Zuni Salt Lake and the surrounding 182,000-acre Sanctuary Zone are considered sacred ground by the Zuni, Acoma, Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and Laguna people. According to Zuni belief, the lake gives life to Ma'l Oyattsik'i, Salt Woman, one of the tribe's central deities, and has long been an important source of salt for domestic and ceremonial use. The entire Sanctuary Zone has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and Zuni Salt Lake, owned by the Zuni Pueblo, is listed on the National Register.

Second Annual Beverly Hills Flower & Garden Festival

BEVERLY HILLS – Greystone Mansion, a Beverly Hills-owned estate and park will be the site of the second annual Beverly Hills Flower & Garden Festival to be held Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9.

The Beverly Hills Recreation & Parks Department is now selling tickets to the festival. The weekend-long event provides a rare opportunity for the public to view the historic grounds and mansion of one of the city's most cherished properties, enhanced by Beverly Hills' most talented designers and retailers for this event. Some of the city's premier expert gardeners, retailers and service providers will be on-hand to help you enjoy the year-round growing season here in Southern California. The event will offer landscape designer gardens and guest lecturers.

Ticket prices range from $12 – $25 and attendance is available only through advanced ticket sales. For more information on the Beverly Hills Flower & Garden Festival, please call 310.285.2537, or visit

Grants Get County Parks Upgraded

FAIRFAX, VA – John Mastenbrook, a Fairfax County resident and longtime park advocate, has nearly 40 county park projects benefiting from a grant program that bears his name. Mastenbrook, 84, who lives near Merrifield, successfully lobbied officials to match volunteer resources with county funds to upgrade county parks.

Mastenbrook came up with the matching grant program after he and his neighbors worked in conjunction with the county to improve a local park. In 1996, Mastenbrook and his neighbors donated their time and effort to plant a garden in Pine Spring Park, while the county removed brush and supplied other support services.

Since this program began, the county has raised $400,000 in park bond funds for the grants. Projects must take place in a Fairfax County Park Authority park or facility. The majority of the grants are for less than $10,000 each and volunteers match funds. Approximately 25 percent of the projects rely on volunteer labor, which the county values at $16.05 an hour when calculating grant amounts.

Applying for a Mastenbrook grant involves completing a two-page application form with a project description, explanation of public benefit, proof of sponsor commitment and detailed budget. Park Authority officials aim to respond within 60 days. Park Authority staff review each project and make recommendations to the Park Authority Board, which makes the final decision on funding. Grants are funded throughout the year.

For more information, please visit the Fairfax County Park Authority website:

Moment of Silence . . .

Dennis Colliton, FASLA

Dennis Colliton, FASLA
(1951 – 2003)

FARGO, N.D. – Dennis C. Colliton, FASLA, professor of landscape architecture at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., died suddenly at his home on Aug. 17. He was 52.

Born in upstate New York and raised in Minot, N.D., Colliton's professional life began with his bachelor of architecture degree at NDSU in 1974. He received a MLA degree from Cornell University in 1976. He earned his initial professional registration as a landscape architect in Minnesota in 1980.

Colliton joined the faculty of architecture at NDSU in 1976. He was appointed landscape architecture program director in 1986, and except for 1997-98 when he served as department chair; he served continuously in the position until his death. He led the program through its initial LAAB accreditation in 1991.

He was honored for his teaching, faculty service and advising eight times in the past 10 years, including teaching excellence awards from his department and the College of Engineering and Architecture in 2000.

Colliton was selected to the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects in October 2000. He published extensively on wide-ranging issues of landscape architecture, and provided community service design work that benefited communities throughout the Great Plains region, including work for the Sheyenne River Scenic Byways. On a grant basis, he assisted the North Dakota Department of Transportation on highway beautification and transportation enhancements from 1990-2003. As a practicing landscape architect, his creative design work included the ceremonial landscape garden at the NDSU Alumni Center.

He served on boards of advisers for the International Peace Garden; the North Dakota State Capitol grounds; the NDSU campus; the Clearing Landscape Institute in Wisconsin; and the executive board of the Great Plains Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects.

Colliton was also instrumental in North Dakota's recent practice act for landscape architects. Before the March 2003 passage, North Dakota had been one of only four states to not have a licensure program for its landscape architects.

After the practice act was signed into law, Colliton told LASN, "This is definitely going to help curb the migration of young professionals from North Dakota. Until now, most students would start their job search at firms (in states) where they could get licensed." A memorial service was held at NDSU on Aug. 21.

Franz Golbeck, ASLA
(1954 – 2003)

Franz J. Golbeck, ASLA, Palatine, Ill., passed away on August 10, 2003.

Golbeck graduated from Louisiana State University in 1977 with a B.S. degree in environmental design. He was a registered landscape architect in both Illinois and Michigan. During the 26 years of his professional career, he created streetscape improvements, urban parks, commuter parking lots, and highway designs.

Golbeck held design and project management positions at several consulting firms including Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., Richard A. Miller & Associates, Inc., and Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer & Associates, Inc. For the last eight years, he was a senior landscape architect and project manager at Civiltech Engineering, Inc. He joined ASLA in 1981.

OCASLA Raises Dues

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) voted to increase the state's membership dues from $55 to $95 per year, to be incorporated into the national dues.

This is the first increase since 1988, and will allow the chapter to meet goals for the advancement of the profession in the state.

The organization is striving to provide more opportunities for networking and education within the profession, improve the status of landscape architects in general, support accredited landscape architecture programs in the state, attract recent graduates to the organization and educating the public, potential customers and allied professionals to the benefits of our profession.

The passage of the practice act in April of 2002 advanced our cause to assure continued opportunities in the state for us to do the work we were trained and licensed to do. This effort was successful through a large volunteer force and significant financial support throughout the state.

Monitoring of proposed state legislation and lobbying efforts continue to be an important job of our chapter. Recent threats to the right to practice, as defined in the practice act, have been averted and bills defeated as a result of the chapter's ability to quickly educate its membership to the issue and mobilize them to contact their local representatives.

New Headquarters for Varon Lighting 2003
Sales on Track for Double-Digit Gains

ELMHURST, Ill – Varon Lighting, Inc., one of the nation's fastest growing manufacturers of indoor/outdoor commercial/ residential light fixtures, electronic relays, ballasts and low-voltage regulators, has moved to the Crown Metals Building, 765 South Route 83, in Elmhurst, Illinois, minutes from O'Hare International Airport. Previously, Varon Lighting was in Wauconda, Illinois, substantially northwest of O'Hare.

Varon Lighting companies consist of Beacon Products, Inc., DJS Industries, Rockscape LLC, and Thomas Research Products.

C. Joseph Incrocci, president, founder and CEO of Varon, has also announced that company-wide sales and profitability are on track to post double-digit gains by the end of the year, compared to 2002 figures. Varon grew 9.3% from 2001 to 2002, and 10.8& from 2000 to 2001. "Unlike most of the lighting industry, we are experiencing substantial new growth," noted Mr. Incrocci.

Varon Lighting can be contacted at varonlighting, or at (630) 993-2551.

Legislative Update

Rep. Thomas Petri

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Restoring funding for the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR) and initiating congressional funding for the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) in the FY04 interior appropriations bill continues. On the House side, money was not included for either UPARR or HALS, and is not currently included in the Senate bill, either. The American Society of Landscape Architects is working to get senators to sponsor amendments to fund both programs. It appears that attention to these funding issues are not a high priority on Capitol Hill.

Passage of the reauthorization bill for TEA-21, which expired September 30, 2003, is not likely this year. Congress will need to act quickly to either reauthorize the bill or pass an extension of the program. Both the House and the Senate are working on extension language now. It is expected to be a six-month extension with a possible year extension after that.

ASLA and coalition partners have scored a victory in the fight to maintain enhancement funding in the FY04 transportation appropriations bill, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI) and Rep. John Olver (D-MA). ASLA sent out a legislative alert to chapters, the board of trustees, and the government affairs committee asking everyone to contact their representatives. ASLA, along with 42 other organizations, signed a letter sent to every member of the House of Representatives expressing support for restoring the mandatory 10-percent set-aside for transportation enhancement funding. The amendment passed 327-90.

Odds & Ends

And What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

WESTWOOD, Mass. – The Boston Herald reports that William Chase, the new police chief of Westwood, has his priorities: "traffic and school safety, monitoring liquor license applications and updating the department's technology." Chief Chase said he always wanted to be a policeman. "The only other profession I gave any serious consideration [to] is landscape architect."

Designing Star

JACKSON, Miss. – The Clarion-Ledger reports the New Stage Theatre opened its 39th season with a "phenomenal performance of "I Do! I Do!"

The musicals tells the story of Michael and Agnes, and follows them through 50 years of marriage. The casting for Michael is a local namesake, Michael Gibson, a landscape architect with a design business in Madison.

The Clarion praised Mr. Gibson's performance, and noted his theatrical work in "Forever Plaid" (he played Sparky) and the "Robber Bridegroom." He has also performed with the Opera Memphis productions of "La Boh?me" and "Romeo et Juliet."

Climb Every Mountain

JACKSON HOLE, Wy. – Beth and Joe Hestick, of Bridgeport, W.Va., have decades of climbing experience, noted the Casper Star Tribune. But when heavy snow, winds and clouds disoriented them on the tallest peak in the Teton Range, they were unable to find a route of descent. Fortunately, the couple spotted a small cave, barely hospitable, but just big enough to shelter them from the elements, ride out the storm for two days, and live to tell about it.

Beth, a landscape architect, and Joe, a coal miner, tried to stay warm and sleep. They kept up their strength with a few burritos and an assortment of snack foods: cheese, cookies, an apple, some gum, and the old standby-M&Ms.

Florida ASLA Honors Foster Conant

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second time in the past two years, Orlando-based Foster Conant and Associates (FCA) has won the highest award given by professional associations in Florida for landscape architecture. The Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects gave FCA the coveted Frederic B. Stresau Award for its South Pacific-themed work on the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

The 53-acre site surrounding the resort was turned into a Pacific island paradise with the use of extensive hardscapes and semi-tropical plant material inside and outside the 1,000-room Loews hotel.

FCC Delays Implementation of New Facsimile Rule

Washington, D.C. – On June 25, 2003, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a new ruling on blast faxing. That ruling would make it illegal for all organizations, including trade associations, construction supplier companies, and contractors, to send fax advertisements without first getting permission from the receivers of those faxes.

A coalition of business groups, including the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), enjoined the FCC to defer the August 25, 2003 implementation of the requirement. As a result, the FCC will delay implementing the ruling until January 1, 2005. "The rule went far beyond the intent of Congress, and now we have an opportunity to work with the FCC and Congress to address the regulation," noted Kirk Pickerel, president and CEO of the ABC.

The new rule derives from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which generally prohibits anyone from sending a fax that contains an unsolicited advertisement. Under the new FCC rule, "advertisements" include information that solicits money in any form, e.g., bids, new products, seminars, apprenticeship registration, conventions, etc.

With the delay in imposing the new rule, a prior FCC decision remains in effect:

A party can send another party an unsolicited advertisement fax if the sender has an established business relationship with the recipient.

ABC Testifies in Support of OSHA Small Employer Act

Washington, D.C. – Anita Drummond, director of legal and regulatory affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Sept. 17, 2003. She expressed ABC's support for H.R. 2731, the Occupational Safety and Health Small Employer Access to Justice Act of 2003.

H.R. 2731, introduced by Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Ga.) in July 2003, is intended to help small business owners when they are cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The bill would allow the award of costs and attorney's fees to small businesses when the companies are successful in defending themselves against OSHA citations.

Drummond expressed ABC's recommendation that the bill be amended to include a provision that assures awards for costs and attorney fees be directly reimbursed from OSHA's budget.

"The costs of defense are particularly harmful to small businesses, like many ABC member firms, that lack the resources to defend against unreasonable prosecution," asserted Ms. Drummond.

Highway Reauthorization Extension
Approved by Senate Committee
House Expected to Approve Extension

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a five-month extension of federal highway and mass transit programs on Sept. 23, 2003. The House, while expected to mimic the Senate's action, still needs to enact a short-term extension to avoid a shutdown of the Federal Highway Administration and construction projects around the country. TEA-21 is set to expire on September 30, 2003.

"An extension is critical to keep the 'lights on' at the Federal Highway Administration and to keep highway construction from coming to a screeching halt, said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). "Once Congress passes an extension, they need to immediately turn their sights on enacting a comprehensive surface transportation bill that will bolster our economy, protect and create good-paying jobs, and improve our roads and bridges."

The House will consider H.R. 3087, a five-month extension of the TEA-21 bill, which provides federal funds for highways and public transit. The immediate concern for passing a short-term extension is to allow state and local governments to plan for the next construction season.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is working to fund the TEA-21 reauthorization at $375 billion over six years. Such a program would create millions of jobs, rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, and mass transit. The investment in highways and mass transit would create an estimated 1.3 million jobs.

Tom Papandrew "Retires" from Belt Collins

Tom Papandrew was with Belt Collins for 33 years.

Tom Papandrew has left Belt Collins to take a position as general administrator for the Manoa Punahou Catholic Community in Honolulu, Hawaii. LASN spoke with him on his way to work.

"It doesn't feel like I retired," he laughed, noting he's been working 70 hour weeks with the Catholic parishes of St. Pius X and Sacred Heart, and with the Korean Catholic community.

"I'm still putting all my landscape experience to use, as we have several building projects and 300 to 400 volunteers."

The Belt Collins firm is 50 years old this year. Mr. Papandrew's partners, Jim Bell, Joe Vierra and Ray Cain are still active with the firm; Paul Hirota retired in 2002.

Mr. Papandrew was ASLA president, 1993-1994. His experience was in land use planning, master plan studies, landscape architecture, urban design, and site planning and development.

EDAW, Inc., and Kuhl Join Forces

NEW YORK – EDAW, Inc., recently announced the integration of its Montclair, NJ staff with the New York City office of William B. Kuhl. The two will be joining forces to form the New York office of EDAW, Inc., to be located in midtown Manhattan.

Kuhl will co-manage the New York practice along with Tim Delorm, managing principal of EDAW's Montclair office and the Eastern region.

"There's a mutual respect that has to be present for any relationship of this sort to work," said EDAW president and CEO Joe Brown. "When two talented groups of people are brought together, there's going to be some creative push-and-pull, which makes everyone involved better designers. In my experience, that's one of the most rewarding aspects."



Pittsburgh engineer George Ferris created the Ferris Wheel in 1893. The wheel was supported by two 140-foot steel towers and connected by a 45-foot axle, the largest single piece of forged steel ever made at that time.

Builders and Developers Honored for
Tree Conservation EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten builders and developers who made tree preservation a priority in the design, production, development and marketing of their new communities have been honored with 2003 Building With Trees Awards of Excellence by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Firewise Communities and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The 2003 winners are: The Eagles Club at Quail Hollow, Concord Township, Ohio, developed by Pulte Homes of Ohio; FishHawk Ranch, developed by Newland Communities, Lithia, Fla.; Riderwood Village, developed by Erickson Retirement Communities, Silver Spring, Md.; Bailey's Grove, a mixed-use community by Eastbrook Homes, Kentwood, Mich.; Waterchase, Tampa, Fla., developed by Taylor Woodrow Communities and tree preservation consultant Hanley Landscaping Service, Inc.; Island Wood, Bainbridge Island, Wash., and developed by the Brainerd Foundation; the Rodine Global Ministry Building on the Trinity International University campus, Bannockburn, Ill.; Maple Valley Library, part of the King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash.; Wal-Mart Supercenter, Bradenton, Fla., developed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and tree experts Steve Clark and Associates; and the Daniel Island Club, Charleston, S.C., developed by the Daniel Island Company in collaboration with the tree knowledge of Kenneth A. Knox.

Princeton Memorial Garden
Dedicated to Alumni Who Perished in 9-11 Attacks

Quennell Rothschild & Partners, of New York, the landscape planning and design consultant for Princeton University, has collaborated with Jon Hlafter, former director of physical planning at the university, on a campus Memorial Garden in honor of the13 Princeton alumni who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The Princetonian reported the Memorial Garden was dedicated on a drizzling Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, by Shirley Tilghman, president of the University, and the alumni council. Princeton student Chloe Wohlforth spoke in remembrance of her father, Martin Wohlforth, class of '76; Ellen Mello, mother of Christopher Mello, class of '98, payed tribute to her son and the other victims of 9-11.

Hlafter's design is 13 gold stars circling a paved walkway within the garden that displays the names and class years of the alumni killed in the attack. The entrance to the garden is a bronze Remembrance Bell created by Toshiko Takaezu, a visual arts professor. The bell was tolled 13 times in memoriam.

Quennell Rothschild & Partners will be restoring the university's older landscapes over the next five years. The firm also does the landscaping for all new building development on the campus.

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