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Laurie Olin, FASLA, Receives National Medal of Arts

Laurie Olin, FASLA, was among the National Medal of Arts recipients personally awarded by President Obama during a July 10 ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The award recognizes Olin's contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. The National Endowment for the Arts noted his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, his "dedicated energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art."

Aquatic Wildlife Habitat for NuStar Energy

At the NuStar Energy campus in San Antonio, the 18-inch seatwalls/caps, terrace hardscape and gas fire pit are constructed of smooth, multicolored Oklahoma Sugarloaf flagstone. The post lamps are 42-watt compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps; the bollard-like fixtures are 32-watt CFL. The wall fa?ade is lit with LEDs; three submersible LEDs illuminate the bottom of the pool. The depth of the lower pool averages two feet deep. There are three circulation pumps (Tsurumi 8-PN) for the constructed wetland filter and for aesthetic flow, and another pump for the lower pool. In the lower pool, shoots of 'Strawberries and Cream' ribbon grass emerge from the water. This 320 cubic foot constructed wetland has a variety of lilies, bog plantings (e.g. dwarf papyrus, umbrella palm), oxygenating submerged plants (e.g., hornwort, elodea) and floating plants (e.g., water hawthorn, water snowflake).

Spokane LA Students Help Plan Sustainable Village

The Spokane Hillyard Village Project is an experimental community designed to be off the power grid, growing food in greenhouse gardens and edible forests, low-impact housing built with recycled materials and recycling water on site. A three and a half minute video of the project is at

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Immigration Reform May Include Mandatory E-Verify Compliance

The Senate immigration bill includes the requirement that all employers use the E-Verify system to confirm new employees' legal right to work in this country. The program has its critics.

Softening Hardscapes with Water Features

The owners of this Dallas-Fort Worth, residence chose hardscape for their patio to complement a new pool and raised hot tub in their backyard, expanding and improving the usable outdoor living space. Ninety percent of respondents to a 2013 ASLA survey on future landscaping trends said they expect demand to increase for residential water features.

The Hungry Caterpillar: Imagination-Themed Play Design

A new playground designed for the Upper Marlboro Child Care Center in Prince George's County, Md., promotes imagination-themed play with fun and educational elements. The "Hungry Caterpillar" play space was conceived by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's design team, with consulting assistance from Landscape Structures and Sparks @ Play.

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Natural Pools: The Smith Project, Coconut Grove, Miami-Dade, Fla.

This water feature in Coconut Grove, Fla., incorporates a 12-foot deep pond and grotto, and a bridge over a river, which spills into the grotto. The source of the pond's water is an aquifer with a constant temperature of 78 degrees. The water is pumped to fill the pond, recirculated and topped up as needed. The water is run through UV light, bead filters and/or ionizers to keep the water clean and safe for swimming. The red flowers in the foreground are Jatropha hastate. An arbor was constructed to create a sitting room for the guest room.

Make an Exterior Landscape Statement with PVC-Safe, Extended Paint Color Palette

Walpole Outdoors provides more than 100 Sherwin-Williams(R) colors for cellular PVC pergolas, arbors and railings.

Open Flow

Ross NW Watergardens drained the existing pond in this city park in Hillsboro, Ore., dredged out the sludge, deepened the pond, built an island using the dirt they had dug out, and installed a custom-made polypropylene liner from BTL in Bend, Ore. Avison basalt, a locally quarried stone, was installed as veneer on the Pavilion's support. Larger pieces of the stone were used to build the seatwalls and adjacent dry-stack walls. A secondary patio was built using crushed basalt gravel. The landscape contractor also created a series of steps that lead to an existing pathway system. The steps' risers are stones from the local quarry.

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NRPA Announces Expo Schedule
The NRPA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts, announces the 2013 Congress and Exposition schedule.

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) 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 Wednesday, July 24, but sooner is better. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

ELA Education

The Ecological Landscaping Association is a nonprofit, member-based organization made up of professionals, businesses and pro-active community members. Founded in 1992 they advocate for environmentally responsible stewardship of land and natural resources in landscaping and horticultural practices.

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Leaf Blowers - Good or Bad?
In many neighborhoods, the roar of lawnmowers has been joined by the howl of leaf blowers. "The primary complaint with leaf blowers is noise," says Dr. Dick Parish, an engineer at the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station.

June Construction Unemployment Down to Single Digits

The unemployment rate for workers who last held construction jobs declined to 9.8 percent from 12.8 percent in June 2012, and industry employment in June totaled 5,812,000, an increase of 190,000 jobs year-over-year, or 3.4 percent of the total workforce.

Can I Have a Drink of Your Water?

I flew over Minnesota a few weeks ago and was reminded why they call that state the land of 10,000 lakes. I would even go as far as to say that 10,000 could be an underestimation. From my vantage point, about 35,000 feet above the landscape, it almost appeared as if there were more acreage of water than land. Of course, as the journey continued toward SoCal things began to dry up.

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Smog-Eating Paver Results Prove Promising

Dutch researchers have found that pavers containing titanium dioxide - a common ingredient in sunscreen - can significantly reduce harmful airborne pollutants from vehicle emissions in urban areas.

Briggs & Stratton Creates Additive to Offset Effects of E10 Fuel
Briggs & Stratton's Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer counteracts moisture buildup in gasoline-ethanol blends in small engines.

July Housing Market Index Drops Eight, Stays Strong

The Improving Markets Index, an indicator of the housing industry's strength in major metropolitan areas across the U.S., gave up eight net markets from June to July, falling from 263 to 255. Despite the decline, about 70 percent of all 361 metropolitan areas have qualified for the index for six consecutive months, a positive sign for housing market growth.

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Sustainable Concrete Plant
The NRMCA announces that Titan America, an environmentally conscious producer of mixed concrete has earned the NRMCA Green-Star and Sustainable Plant certification.

It's a Home Run!

How's that for summer fun? It's a massive baseball glove for kids to slide through designed by Cre8Play for Wescott Park in North Charleston, S.C.

Locinox H-COMPACT: Neatly Designed and Secure
Locinox introduces the H-Compact mortise lock. This lock completes the range of Hybrid mortise locks. It joins the H-Metal and H-Wood lock which were launched earlier this year.

Walpole Outdoors Introduces New Selection of Pergola Kits

Low-maintenance, high-quality cellular PVC pergolas create beautiful outdoor living spaces.

LAF Releases 2012 Annual Report
LAF, a non-profit organization who supports the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment, announces the release of the 2012 annual report.

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There's a Bright Golden Haze on the Eddow

Lacking the precipitation levels to sustain an edible forest, the city of Helena, Mt., is planning to upgrade one of their park's landscapes by making it an edible meadow, or "eddow".

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The Digital Issues are Available
The July issue of LASN is available online!
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