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08 February 2016

Landscape architecture firms experienced a fourth-quarter dip in 2015, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey.

02 February 2016

Amerimix, a manufacturer of preblended mortar, grout and stucco products, has launched a comprehensive re-branding initiative—including new messaging and a new logo that will be incorporated throughout all communication elements.

14 January 2016

The U.S. Green Building Council has updated its LEED Online portal with new functionality, based on feedback from current users.

12 January 2016

Cambridge Pavingstones, the leading manufacturer of ArmorTec pavingstones, wallstones, and outdoor living solutions, has been named the exclusive master distributor of i-lighting LED Landscape & Hardscape Lighting Systems in 15 states.

11 January 2016

The Masonry Society will present the 2016 University Professors Masonry Workshop at the University of California, San Diego, Mar. 20-22, 2016.

Challenging The Myths Of Permeable Pavement

Techo-Bloc’s Mista pavers can be used for pedestrian or light vehicular traffic , residential driveways , patios , and swimming pool decks.With the imminent trouble of urban flooding on the rise, permeable pavement (PP) is quickly gaining notoriety as a sleek and ethical solution. Unfortunately, with any great advancement comes cynicism.


Things Are Looking Up In Hardscaping

1200 Seventeenth Street in Washington, D.C.,If you were to visit the site of a new building project and were asked to examine the hardscaping design, your natural inclination would be to look down at the ground. In most instances, you wouldn’t be wrong in making that choice. But if you were to visit the site of 1200 Seventeenth Street in Washington, D.C., you would be encouraged to focus your gaze upward – to the roof. Read more...


Grimmwelt Kassel

The reinforced concrete structure has an outer leaf of light-colored natural travertine.We’re all familiar with the tales from the Brothers Grimm, the 19th-century German authors whose stories still haunt and entertain us today. Their work – “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Snow White,” and “Hansel & Gretel,” for example – still is being adapted into new books, movies, and TV shows today. And the brothers themselves are getting a little more recognition in their home country in the form of a new museum.


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Fall 2015

On the cover: The 1200 Seventeenth Street building in Washington, D.C., designed by ZGF Architects, features a remarkable rooftop terrace containing precast concrete pavers, watersaving features, and spectacular views.
Photo courtesy of Alan Schindler

Table of Contents
Project Spotlight: Grimmwelt Kassel
Materials: Challenging The Myths Of Permeable Pavement
Design Trends: Things Are Looking Up In Hardscaping