August 2022: difficult cuts | Landscape Architecture Magazine


ON THE COVER: The Colorado River water crisis is forcing the West to adapt.
Photography © Ted Wood/The Water Desk


  • “Tier Drops” by Lisa Owens Viani.
    Regulations and allocation established 100 years ago are under pressure as the Colorado River narrows. As climate change accelerates and record drought worsens, cities, tribes and industries must prepare for a future with less water. (Online August 10)
  • “Lakes and People” by Jared Brey. Photographs by Sahar Coston-Hardy.
    South Philadelphia’s FDR Park was an overlooked 348-acre gem in the city’s system until the pandemic drew crowds. With a WRT master plan already approved, park supporters found themselves navigating between classes and races as they debated the future of the park.

Also in this issue:

  • Now: “A Bumpy Reentry” by Jared Brey.
    Women landscape architects find the path from part-time to full-time work full of potholes. (Online August 31 )
  • Now: “Destination Hemp Farm,” by Kim O’Connell.
    A Virginia landscape architect thinks cannabis farms could be the state’s next tourist attraction. (Online August 17 at
  • Now: “The Fruit Loop,” by Lisa Owens Viani.
    An art project that also brings historic orchards back to New York.
  • Now: “Rest Stop Ahead,” by Timothy A. Schuler.
    Along South Dakota’s I-29 corridor, new pollinator patches are helping monarch butterflies refuel.
  • Now: “Not a Brick Moved”, by Patrick Sisson.
    A historic home and garden gets an easy-to-miss stormwater update from Studio One Eleven.
  • Merchandise: “Do Wonders”, by Emily Davidson. New developments for public parks and playgrounds that invite curiosity.
  • Accessibility: “Beautiful Accidents”, by Timothy A. Schuler. bringing Pop rock from the proposal to the public artwork included some tweaks to allow play for all.
  • Campus: “Collage Material”, by Jonathan Lerner.
    A culture of social activism inspired MNLA designers to dig deep to gather public feedback on Smith College’s campus master plan.
  • Interview: “Weed Whackers”, by Katharine Logan.
    With experienced herders, goats can eliminate invasive species on large conservation projects and public lands while saving money and conserving carbon. Plus, they’re fun to watch. (Online August 24)
  • The Back: “The Last Floriade?” by Tim Waterman. The Netherlands’ flagship horticultural exhibition is struggling to find its place.
  • Book review: “A Collective Gasp”, by Pollyanna Rhee.
    A review of Breathe: Investigations into our Atmospherically Entangled Futureedited by Klaus K. Loenhart.
  • Story: Seferian Design Group inserts a healing garden for struggling families in a small urban site.


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