Image credit: Tao Wu and Kristin Schwab/UConn Illustration

A new approach to social resilience through landscape architecture: “Landscape architecture is not a subject commonly associated with refugee settlements. But in a field of study where resilience is often applied to help fortify coasts against erosion or to safeguard habitats against loss, UConn landscape architecture researchers have begun using their expertise to encourage resilience in a different form”

Ballot measure aims to preserve Salton Sea: “A project to protect Californians who live near the Salton Sea from deteriorating air quality could sink or swim based on the outcome of a June ballot measure. Proposition 68 would allow the state to borrow $4 billion through bonds to fund parks and environmental protection projects, including $200 million for a plan to preserve the rapidly shrinking Salton Sea.”

8 photos shot by Ansel Adams of 1940s Los Angeles: Fortune magazine sent Ansel Adams in the early 1940s to photograph Los Angeles to capture images to accompany a piece about the area’s booming aviation industry. He left with more than 200 photos that capture what the city was like at the time. The magazine ultimately ran just a few of his images.

ASU grad sees landscape architecture as a path to social justice: “I think it’s important that landscape architects transition from working for typical firms to working directly with neighborhoods because in terms of sustainability, social equity is highly under-addressed…There were no street trees. The first thing I started to do was pull historical maps from 1930 until now and you can see there were almost no trees from then until now.”

The Lichenologist: A short documentary about Kerry Knudsen, curator of lichens at the University of California, who just gave a talk at The Huntington Library about the various lichen species found in Southern California. We also recommend this profile titled, “The Ex-Anarchist Construction Worker Who Became a World-Renowned Scientist“.


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