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Prunings XXII
Steven B. Smith, Catchbasin, Sprinklers, Santa Clarita, California, 2005


On IIT. Mies van der Rohe's citadel now offers a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. This bit of news may be of little interest to a lot of our readers, but since Pruned is headquartered in Chicago, we think it's at least worth noting.

On urban traffic patterns in developing countries.

On solar-powered pavers. Obviously for use with Owen Jones' The Grammar of Ornament.

On air wells, dew ponds and fog fences, low tech versions of DARPA's dehumidifier.

On outsider gardens and gardeners.

On Jude Law. That's hot. Previously, Mark Ruffalo. Hot.
6 COMMENTS —
  • modmom
  • October 8, 2006 at 12:45:00 AM CDT
  • i LOVE your blog!


  • some lo-cale loser
  • October 9, 2006 at 5:05:00 PM CDT
  • And don't forget Timothy Hutton in Sunshine State: Middle-aged Landscape Architect in Florida hooks up with mermaid.

    The stuff that dreams are made of....


  • Anonymous
  • October 13, 2006 at 9:39:00 AM CDT
  • Ah, yes, but have you tried getting any information about the IIT program? Its like pulling teeth, and there's not much to get...but it will take time I suppose. It could be good down the road. Dc.


  • Alexander Trevi
  • October 13, 2006 at 5:38:00 PM CDT
  • Hey Dc. -- You're absolutely right. Short of visiting the school, it's hard tyring to learn more about the program. For instance, are they even accredited. I suspect not yet, as this is their first year, but it would be nice to know, especially for their incoming students who might get a shock after they graduate and learn that they can't work in certain states which require practicing landscape architects to have received their degrees from an accredited institution.

    But since my interest in the program for now is merely on its Chicago connection, my biggest interest is in what my alma mater -- or, if you are the Dc. that I know, our alma mater -- must think of it, whether they see wonderful future collaborations between the two or they're staying awake at night worried to death, sweating, screaming in their dreams at a potential competition.


  • Anonymous
  • October 16, 2006 at 9:17:00 AM CDT
  • ah yes, I actually talked to some old profs from the alma mater. They have been miffed by the new chicago program as well. They've met and offered to work with them, but evidently gotten little in way of response as well. They are planning to go through the process of being accredited but of course are not as of yet. We shall see...Dc.


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