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Top-10 Landscape Architecture Articles Viewed from the LandscapeOnline Weekly Newsletter in 2012

Landscape Communications, the parent company of LASN, sends out a weekly newsletter (LO Weekly) of news, columns, features and product information. The electronic newsletter goes to about 50,000 landscape professionals, including 25,101 landscape architects and designers. Here are the Top-10 landscape architectural articles viewed on LOL Weekly in 2012 through October 31.

#1 Boise Spanish Colonial, Heavy on the Basalt, LASN Jan. 2012
Landscape Architectural Design by Ivy Design

Accents throughout the Boise, Idaho home feature Mexican handcrafted ironwork, stone and tile, lending a custom quality to every feature. This views looks out from a tiled veranda to the Parterre Rose Garden and a three-tiered cantera stone fountain.

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#2 Outdoor Rooms: Small Backyard, Big Living, LC/DBM Jan. 2012
by Michelle Medaris

The koi pond in a small backyard in Redondo Beach, Calif. is encompassed by an outdoor living room with a fireplace, a barbeque cook center, dining area and landscaped yard. Three trees, two birches and one prunus are from the previous design. Photos courtesy of Dr. Eric Quinones and Geoff Guerrero

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#3 Earth, Air, Fire & Water: Orchestrating the Elements to Strike a Red Hot Note, LASN Jan. 2012
by Tiffany Carboni, Landscape Architecture by Robert Mowat Assoc.

The fountain is a series of stone and stainless steel mesh boxes arranged to comply with the city code that no structure be greater than four feet square in side yard setbacks. The fountains are seen from the master bedroom and begin with a fire bowl next to a lawn patio. Photo: Robert Mowat Associates

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#4 Backyard Patio Living, LASN Jan. 2012
Landscape Architecture by Grant & Power Landscaping, Inc.

A Pennsylvania fieldstone bridge fords the stream from the back door patio area (right) to an outcropping step and raised upper patio (left). The upper patio is backed by an 18-inch tall seatwall and wall block. All the concrete pavers and wall blocks for the home are from Unilock.
Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan

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#5 Hardscapes Help Define Large Estate, LC/DBM Feb. 2012
by Gregory Harris, Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting by Countryside Industries

Masonry Columns with stone to match the residence flank both sides of the paver driveway. The driveway leads up to a porte cochere, beyond which is a large paver motor court with garage access at the back of the residence. Approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of precast concrete pavers comprise the driveway and motor court.
Photo: Countryside Industries.

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#6 Landscape Design Rejuvenates Historic Property, LASN Jan. 2012
by Brian McDonald, Archiverde, LLC

At the lily pond of this Fort Worth home, built in 1915, 'Texas Blue Marble' aggregate bordered with heavy steel edging makes up the garden walk. The concrete faux bois trellis columns were refurbished and a new wood trellis was added on top.
Photo: Archiverde, LLC

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#7 Rhode Island Vacation Home, South County, Rhode Island, LASN Jan. 2012
by Elena Pascarella, RLA, ASLA, Principal, Landscape Elements LLC

Espied from the second floor of this South County, Rhode Island vacation home are the backyard fountain feature, covered veranda entertainment area and steps to the lower level waterfront patio (at left). The recirculating fountain has an upper pool with a spray feature, a waterfall cascading into a lower pool and accent lighting. The square pedestals in the lower pool of the fountain are mirrored by three freestanding square pedestals just beyond it on the lawn.

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#8 Woodland Adventure Playground at the Minnesota Zoo, LASN Sept. 2011
Landscape Architecture by Damon Farber Associates, Minneapolis, Project Manager, Matt Wilkens

The Woodland Adventure Playground, adjacent to the central plaza of the Minnesota Zoo, is located in Apple Valley, a southern suburb of the Twin Cities. The rope (and cable structure) bridge connects the tree house (behind) to a nine-foot high wooden walkway. The heavy bridge ropes travel through the yokes of two themed trees for support.

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#9 Ramblin' Rock Arrives, LASN June 2012 News

On March 10, 2012, a 340-ton granite boulder atop a 196-wheel transport arrived at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) after an 11-night, 105-mile journey across 21 cities from a Jurupa Valley quarry in Riverside, Calif. The boulder, which stands 21.5 feet tall, now sits atop a 456-foot-long concrete trench at LACMA.

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#10 Fort Worth Tuscan-Style Living, LASN Jan. 2012
Landscape Architecture by Archiverde, LLC, Dallas

Fire and water elements at the Fort Worth, Texas Tuscan-style home combine as a centerpiece for the rear patio. The custom copper weir (Fountains Unique) spills into the runnel, which connects to the main pool. Inside the fire pit, the copper water basin (middle) surrounds glass rocks from which the fire rises.

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