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Developers Seek to Take Over Building of O.C. Great Park

The developers of the Orange County Great Park, Lennar et al., impatient with the pace of the park's development, is negotiating with the city of Irvine, through its FivePoint Communities Management group, to take over the building of the park. The entry Palm Court (pictured) is one of the few manifestations of build development at the Great Park.

Wash. Cities & Counties Protest New Stormwater Rules

Under Washington state's new stormwater permitting regulations, cities like Ferndale (pictured) will pay $7,721 a year for water sampling and evaluations, which the city's stormwater specialist said are unlikely to be useful. The permit requires the payments to begin in August 2014.

Welcome to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Sinuous Visitor Center Integrated into the Landscape

Adjacent to the western edge of the green roof atop the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Visitor Center, the building's south-facing meadow (foreground) separates a ramped promenade linking the overlook at the top of the berm and the ginkgo terrace (left). The meadow landscape offers 'Winter King' green hawthorn trees, 'Regent' serviceberry, grasses, perennials ('Starlight Prairie Blues' wild indigo, New England blazing star) and 'Pagoda' trout lily bulbs.


Chicago Riverwalk Expansion

Chicago officials are planning a six block expansion of the city's central riverwalk, as the next phase in a multimillion dollar state and local effort to clean up and rebrand the eponymous river.

Philly Waterfront Building Under Closer Scrutiny

Central Delaware River Waterfront master plan for Philadelphia was developed by Cooper Robertson, OLIN, and Kieran Timberlake. The plan is a blueprint for transforming the waterfront over the next 25 years or so into a more vibrant, green waterfront that is better connected to the city.

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Urban Land Institute Honors Peter Walker
The Urban Land Institute announced its 2012 J.C. Nichols Prize for "Visionaries in Urban Development" goes to Peter Walker, FASLA of PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, Calif. Walker will receive the honor during ULI's annual fall meeting in Denver Oct. 16-19.

Landscapes at Risk

Over 50 years in the making, Innisfree was largely the work of landscape architect Lester Collins (1914-1993). He combined Modernist ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. This distinctive strolling garden on 185-acres surrounds a large glacial lake. While Innisfree's short-term legacy is secure, challenges remain. Patron: Walter and Marion Beck

SITES Certifies Eight More Projects

One of only two SITES projects to be certified with three stars, "Cleveland's Public Garden: Modeling Sustainability in the Rustbelt" is the highest-rated project of the eight announced the week of Sept. 17. Located at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, sustainable techniques include a low-maintenance lawn; a rain garden with native plantings; permeable asphalt; a green roof; and production of onsite food crops that are given away to the public to foster interest in sustainable practices.

California's 2020 Water Initiative

The Irrigation Association (IA) met with the California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR) in September to discuss important water initiatives, one of which directly affects landscape contractors - AB 1881.

Graywater Good For Landscape
New research funded by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) finds that many landscape plants thrive from long-term graywater irrigation and may also receive additional nutritional benefits. Graywater (wastewater from bathing and laundry) makes up nearly 50 percent of a typical household's wastewater, and could supply 100 percent of the residential irrigation need in some parts of the country.

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NRPA Takes on Disneyland

LASN headed out to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Exposition, Oct. 16-17 in Anaheim, Calif., appropriately enough just across the street from that playground for children and adults, Disneyland.

Living Boom Boom in Mud
Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Ariz. needed shelters for the coming winter for their Safari habitats. Antelope Shelters was one of the shelters built for the Safari Tour exhibits.

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Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes by Heather Venhaus, BLA and The World of Trees by Hugh Johnson

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