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K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA, 2014 ASLA President-Elect
Richard Zweifel, FASLA, an ASLA member since 1975, will be sworn in as ASLA president-elect at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston this fall, and sworn in as ASLA president at the 2014 meeting in Denver.

Homebuilder Confidence Index Turns Positive, Sets Six-Year High

A central gauge of confidence in the new single-family home market turned positive in June for the first time in more than six years, adding eight points to the NAHB's Housing Market Index for a reading of 52, on a scale where readings over 50 indicate that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

Courtney's Sandcastle: Fit For a Princess

Eleven years after its initial conception, a 30,000 square-foot universally accessible playground opened on February 25, 2012, in San Clemente, Calif. Known as Courtney's Sandcastle, the play area is part of a $31.5 million, 45-acre new park installation, and features two bespoke play spaces with uniquely themed components.

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The Clarendon: Boston's Rooftop Beauty
Nestled in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the 32-story Clarendon tower recently received a range of streetscape and pedestrian-area improvements, highlighted by new sidewalk gardens and rooftop terraces, with enough plantings and sustainable amenities to earn LEED Silver status.

More Room to Relate

This outdoor room at the Smalls' house in Carlsbad, Calif., is centered on a fireplace that was custom built with a natural flat stone veneer from K.R.C. Rock, a local supplier. The insert is a Fireplace Xtrordinair 864 TRV GreenSmart direct-vent gas fireplace with a fan and a power heat duct. A Samsung 65-inch 3D TV is recessed into the chimney face. The two windows are solid glass to protect the area from the elements. Two Sunpak outdoor heaters and two Hamilton Bay ceiling fans help regulate the temperature. Helping to regulate the mood are 22 Lithonia 3-inch, bronze, recessed lights, separated into six dimmable zones.

Elementary, My Dear

Pretty in green. The PowerScape 3D play unit at Williams Avenue Elementary School in Fort Payne, Alabama is a real eye catcher that surges with energy. This is GameTime's redesign of PowerScape. Specific elements are the 'Funnel Bridge', the 'Archway' (punched steel and routed HDPE panels) and the 'Shadow Tree Roofs', which mimic the look of tree canopies.

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IDA Updates Guidelines
Dark Sky Places, a program by the IDA that promotes preservation and protection of night skies around the world, announced an update of their guidelines that went into effect on June 12th. More

IF Subsidizes Summer Interns

The IF is a 501(c)(3) organization established by the Irrigation Association, which focuses on three strategic initiatives: career awareness, education and resources.

Bicycling: A Renewed Trend?

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments, has announced new research on the popularity of bicycling.

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ICPI Launches New Accreditation Program

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, which supports the use of segmental concrete pavement systems like the one seen above, has launched a new accreditation program.

Distressed Home Sales Fall, Prices Idle

Based on the average prices provided by RealtyTrac, the prices of distressed homes do not appear to be recovering as fast as home prices nationally. The average price of a foreclosure related sale was down just 1 percent quarter over quarter and is up 3 percent from a year ago, the fourth straight quarter with an annual price increase.

Texas Lawmaker Frustrated by the Immigration Bill's Course
Sen. Ted Cruz, a first-term Republican from Texas, expressed the frustration he and others feel at the way this contentious issue is being handled at all levels of the federal government.

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No June Gloom for Improving Home Markets

The number of U.S. improving housing markets rose by five to a total of 263 in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). The list includes entrants from the District of Columbia and every state but Connecticut.

Maine Anti-Ethanol Bill Passes, with Implementation Conditions

The version of the ethanol bill passed in Maine's lower legislative chamber says the law will only go into effect if two other New England states, such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont, also pass similar laws. The new conditions were part of an amendment to the version passed in the state Senate.

Annual Bike Campaign Earns $128,000

AASHTO, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, helped raise more than $128,000 for the USBRS.

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Free LEED Certification For Groundbreaking Projects Abroad
The US Green Building Council said LEED can spur sustainable development in the countries where it has not yet taken root. The council aims to introduce the certification program in every country, since buildings represent the least costly and most effective way to contain greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Globes Upgrades to ANSI Standard

Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an on-site assessment by a certified third party. Promoted as a reasonably priced substitute for LEED, the new system incorporates an online Life Cycle Assessment tool that allows builders to accurately gauge the sustainability of their building materials and practices.

IDA Earns Grant

The International Dark-Sky Association is a non-profit dedicated to teaching others how to preserve the night sky with environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. IDA also offers factsheets, law references, pictures, and web resources. IDA opening conference has won a grant from the Uwingu Fund.

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Colorado Springs Combats Drought with Water Restrictions

Two winters of limited snowfall have left the reservoirs that supply water to Colorado Springs at their lowest level in a decade, forcing the area's water utility company to put in place mandatory restrictions and raise rates for heavy use.

Supreme Court Settles Red River Showdown

The Red River, which forms most of the border between Oklahoma and Texas, was the subject of a high profile water rights case that pitted the two states against each other.

Call for Speakers

This is a formal invitation to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting a seminar or workshop at the 2014 Landscape Architects' Expo (LA Expo) to be held February 13 - 14, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. To view the submittal guidelines, please click here. The deadline to submit is Monday, July 8, but sooner is better. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

NWRI Announces Clarke Prize Winner
The NWRI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that sponsors projects and programs to ensure reliable sources of water now and for future generations, has announced R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE as winner of the Clarke Prize.

ASLA Announces 2013 Honors

ASLA has announced the 2013 Honors Award winners, which will be presented at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Boston, Massachusetts, November 15th-18th.

One Good Urn Deserves Another

"One Good Urn Deserves Another" showcases a series of Roman bowls in different stages of emerging from a median way.

Add Dramatic Effects to Plant Palettes

Lightcraft Outdoor Environments can brighten up outdoor plants with the 12v, three-watt H20-LED-SS-RGB fixture. A transformer is required for the lights, which are five inches tall, 3.5 inches wide and come with a 30-foot stainless steel cord.

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