Tujunga Spreading Grounds: “LADWP and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District are working together on the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project. The improved spreading grounds will capture more stormwater to recharge groundwater and help enhance local water supplies.”

Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back: “A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.”

Landscape architecture icons to know now: Cornelia Oberlander and Harriet Pattison: “Cornelia Oberlander and Harriet Pattison knew of each other long before they met: In a field with few female practitioners at the time, they were often told of “another” woman working in landscape architecture. It’s a testament not only to their pioneering careers, but how rare it was to be a woman working in their profession—which, in the early 1950s, was any aspect of design.”

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal: “The wind and the water eroded all the fine earth that should serve as a sponge for the rainwater. We started to manipulate the situation so these places retain the rainwater falling on them. Then you start to build structures like swales, which fill with rainwater and slowly filter into the earth.”

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigemand Ramon Vilalta Receive the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize: “The three architects, originating from Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding their firm RCR Arquitectes, in their hometown in 1988. Their work demonstrates an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that are in discourse with their respective contexts. Harmonizing materiality with transparency, Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta seek connections between the exterior and interior, resulting in emotional and experiential architecture.”

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