To Witness the Magnificence of Yellowstone

Post by Avery Hu

I have studied Landscape Architecture for three years in the United States. A significant component that makes the philosophy of landscape design in this country unique is that the best landscape design is always created by nature. Building upon this fundamental philosophy, our pioneers in this country created United States National Park System in 1872. Yellowstone National Park was one of the earliest natural parks in this country. I have known about Yellowstone since the history class in the first year of my study, but I never had a chance to visit the park. Finally, I decided to put my footprints on the surface of this mysterious land of our Earth and took an after-graduation trip to Wyoming. After I returned to San Francisco, I felt it was necessary to share some of my photos. These photos are taken by Yashica Mat 124G and Nikon FM2N film camera by using Kodak Portra 160 and Fuji 160 NS negatives. All of them are developed in Photoworks, and are scanned by Epson V600.


The Artist Point A

The Artist Point B

The Artist Point A & The Artist Point B

The location to take these two image is called the Artist Point. Many people think that this was the spot where famous artist Thomas Moran painted to inspire Congress in 1872.

The Clouds Maker

The Clouds Maker

Old Faithful is one of the most predictable geographical features on Earth, erupting every 35 to 120 minutes. This photo is showing the moment when the geyser is ready to erupt.

The Form of Light

The Form of Light

I took this photo at the river bank of Unknown River in an early morning. I was attracted by the beam of light in the forest at other side of the river.

Triassic period Landscape C

Triassic period Landscape B

Triassic period Landscape A

Triassic period series

It is a region which full of active geysers, hot springs, mud pots. By the activity of hot water with Sulphur, the surrounding appears a strange landscape. In my aspect, it looks like the geology in Triassic period on Earth.

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10 techniques that help convert our 3-D world into maps

Source: Map Monday and the newly published book  Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary


1. Sounding / Spot Elevation

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37.7166° N, 122.2830° W, Alexander Dallas Bache, Entrance to San Francisco Bay California, 1859. (Photo: Harvard Map Collection/Harvard Library/Harvard University)

This cartographic component includes two measurements for showing depths and heights above and below sea level. “Soundings” pinpoint depths of water and are noted by a number on a nautical chart, while “spot elevations” are the numbers that show the position and altitude.

In this map, Alexander Dallas Bache, a cartographer who ran the NOAA Coast Survey from 1843 to 1867, rendered the San Francisco urban coastline, using spot elevations to depict the water’s edge.

2. Isobath / Contour

image (6)18.4517° N, 66.0689° W, James Corner Field Operations, University of Puerto Rico Botanical Gardens, 2003–6. Scale: 1:2,500 (shown at half size). (Photo: © James Corner Field Operations)

Isobaths and contours are lines that connect points of equal value on maps, showing the morphology of the ground. The map of the University of Puerto Rico Botanical Gardens show a series of color ribbons and swaths that represent the topography.

3. Hachure / Hatch

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6.2359° N, 75.5751° W, Gustavus Bechler, Map of the Sources of Snake River, 1872. (Photo: Harvard Map Collection/Harvard Library/Harvard University)

This convention is a series of short lines that perpendicularly fill the space between contours and show slope, shadow, relief, and texture. Topographer Gustavus Bechler designed this map of the sources of Snake River, which has hachures, or reliefs, that are “particularly soft and warm, allowing ridgelines to dissipate into plateaus,” Desimini and Waldheim write.

4. Shaded Relief

image (4)22.3000° N, 114.1667° E, Zaha Hadid, The Peak, 1982–83. (Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects)

Shaded relief is the depiction of shadows with tonal gradients. This marks changes in elevation and landform in raised relief maps and models. The Blue Slabs painting from late architect Zaha Hadid’s The Peak shows an abstract block colorization of the sprawling city of Hong Kong. The shadows make the building beams look like they are flying from the cliffs.

5. Land Classification

image (3)37.6374° N, 122.3601° W, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, Bayou Bienvenue, 2010. (Photo: LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio)

This is the taxonomic method of describing spatial distribution of vegetation and agronomic land uses. It’s used to distinguish types of soil, vegetation, and activity. The image of greater New Orleans codes different projected land uses with colors and patterns.

6. Figure-Ground

image (2)40.7145° N, 74.0071° W, Herman Bollmann, New York, 1962. (Photo: © Bollmann-Bildkarten-Verlag, Braunschweig, Germany/Harvard Map Collection/Harvard Library/Harvard University)

This technique helps distinguish space, usually urban spaces, from other entities, such as a building and the rest of the urban environment. In this 1962 map created by German cartographer and graphic artist Herman Bollmann, the aerial view of New York City shows the high-rises without blocking the ground and streets. The map was made for the New York World’s Fair.

7. Stratigraphic Column

image (1)48.8742° N, 2.3470° E, Service Géologique des Mines, Paris et Ses Environs, 1890. (Photo: The David Rumsey Map Collection)

Stratigraphic columns rely on color to show locations of rocks, visualize geologic time, and signify soil and sediment type. This extremely elaborate 1890 geological map of Paris shows known, invented, and hidden layers of underground rock with the city above.

8. Cross Section

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Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Animation Still, 2012. (Photo: Robert Gerard Pietrusko)

A cross section is a vertical slice through the Earth’s surface, which specifies elevation, depth, and structural and material composition.

9. Line Symbol

45.5547° N, 69.2466°45.5547° N, 69.2466° W, The Appalachian Trail Conference, Guide to the Appalachian Trail in Maine.(Washington, DC: The Appalachian Trail Conference, 1936). (Photo: The Frances Loeb Library/Harvard University Graduate School of Design/The Appalachian Trail Conservancy)

This cartographic convention marks off boundaries, borders, property lines, rivers, infrastructures, and routes. In this map of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, lines distinguish roads and trails from streams and mountains

10. Conventional Sign

35.1559° N, 136.0599° E, Tonsai Fujita, Ezo Kokyo Yochi Zenzu, Tonsai Fujita Royo, Hashimoto Ransi Shukuzu, 1854. (Photo The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division)35.1559° N, 136.0599° E, Tonsai Fujita, Ezo Kokyo Yochi Zenzu, Tonsai Fujita Royo, Hashimoto Ransi Shukuzu, 1854. (Photo: The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division)

These are symbols or icons that denote different entities on map, such as schools, churches, highways, restaurants, or airports. This map of the Ezo region of Japan (now Hokkaido), illustrated in 1854, has yellow circles along the coast line that mark cardinal directions.


The cover of Cartographic Grounds Projecting the Landscrape Imaginary (Photo Princeton Architectural Press)The cover of Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary. (Photo: Princeton Architectural Press)

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Browse Maps of US National Parks in Public Domain

Over 1000 maps from hundreds of America’s national parks have been published to Matt Holly, a ranger with the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate in Colorado, launched the website during the government shutdown of 2013.  The library includes general park maps, trail maps, camping maps, nautical charts, guides to local geology and archeology, and more—all of them in the public domain!

Here are samples from the website:

Bryce Canyon regional map

Bryce Canyon Regional Map

Topographic Map of Mount Rainier

Topographic Map of Mount Rainier

Overhead of Alcatraz

Overhead Map of Alcatraz

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3 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Practice This Summer 

summerEnsure you keep pace with your peers and continue to develop a deeper understanding of the living architecture industry. Here are a few ways you can enhance your professional practice with GRHC:

1. Participate in GRP Training In-Class or Online

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Bay Area Halprin Gardens Rediscovered

Lawrence Halprin & Associates (LHA) rose to national prominence during the 1960s when it began taking on large-scale public projects that exhibited provocative design within the urban landscape. Examples include the adaptive re-use of former industrial complex Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco (two years before the passing of the National Historic Preservation Act), and Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington, the first public park built over a freeway. It was during this decade that LHA gained notoriety as a landscape architecture firm. Yet Lawrence Halprin started the practice in 1949. And during its early years, most of LHA’s commissions were from well-to-do, but small-scale property owners. Halprin’s office designed hundreds of residential gardens throughout the Bay Area during the 1950s.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation  (TCLF) has been researching and documenting LHA-designed landscapes that span his career. The legacy of Lawrence Halprin and his colleagues is most visible in cities, from Jerusalem to Los Angeles. And yet, in looking at work dating to Halprin’s developmental years, one can see the values and aesthetics for which Halprin is known begin to take form. Several of these early gardens will be featured in TCLF’s upcoming photographic exhibition on Lawrence Halprin. They are currently being photographed by professional landscape and architectural photographers, and the exhibition will debut at the National Building Museum in November 2016, before traveling across the country. The survey and documentation of these early gardens is key to understanding Halprin’s long career as a landscape architect.


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The Gould Garden, Berkeley, California:

In 1955, LHA was commissioned to design a garden in the Berkeley Hills for Gordon and Nancy Gould. The main house is located just off a curving road, and the rear yard slopes down to the south. A concrete terrace featuring a cabana, an L-shaped pool with fountain, and a sculptural retaining wall is located at the rear of the parcel. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1991, but the hardscape associated with the garden and cabana survived.

The topography of the site provides for expansive views of the San Francisco Bay. Perhaps taking a cue from lessons learned at the Donnell Garden in Sonoma County during Halprin’s tenure with Thomas D. Church & Associates, LHA designed the Gould Garden to capture views from the residence and the garden. Modernist influences are evident in the clean lines of the cabana and other site furnishings. But it is the fountain and the sculpture wall details where Halprin’s influence is most evident. Halprin intended for the oblong concrete fountain to provide a point of contrast to the soft vegetation and views that defined the site. The sculpture wall is an element Halprin repeated during later commissions, including Capitol Towers in Sacramento and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The wall is composed of cast concrete panels and features an abstract bas-relief. It was likely designed in collaboration with contemporary sculptor Jacques Overhoff.

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The Lyman Garden, San Francisco, California:

In 1956, LHA was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Lyman to design a garden in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood. The property is fronted by a one-story façade featuring a garage door. Yet, in moving beyond the primary façade, one enters a fully integrated home and garden. The site slopes down to the north, providing views of the Golden Gate from both the house and garden.

Halprin and his colleagues designed two partially enclosed patios within the garden. The patios feature brick pavers in a basket-weave pattern and built-in wood furniture, plant beds, and decking. The vegetation includes Japanese maples, magnolias, camellias, and azaleas. Brick or tile paths connect the patios and eventually lead towards a low bank of ground vegetation at the rear of the property. Halprin’s influence is clear in the interconnectedness of the site, illustrated by the use of outdoor “rooms” and paths to create a meandering garden within a relatively small urban lot, a technique he later expanded on at the Open Space Sequence in Portland, Oregon, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation;

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July 7 Public Lecture: Le Corbusier’s Villa Shodhan


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ASLA-NCC 2016 SF Giants Night

gameSummer is here and it’s an even year, so it’s time to cheer on the San Francisco Giants as they aim for another World Series crown! ASLA-NCC’s Giants Night is Tuesday July 26th, with the Giants taking on the Cincinnati Reds. This popular event is a Chapter tradition with plenty of fun and socializing, so get your tickets now.

Whether you love baseball or are just looking for a fun outing with your family, friends, and landscape architectural colleagues, ASLA-NCC’s Giants Night is a perfect event and a great deal! Your ticket includes a pregame celebration at AT&T Park, with classic ballpark food and drinks at Anchor Plaza, which overlooks the field, the city and the bay, and is reserved just for our group. The night is yours with seats all in one section (Section 325) making it easy to talk among friends and family.

So bring family, friends and coworkers. The event is generously sponsored by Acker-Stone, Belgard, Cold Spring Granite, Forms+Surfaces, Hunter FX, Landscape Forms, Park West, Rainbird and Tournesol who will be at Anchor Plaza to introduce themselves and their products before the game.
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016; SF Giants vs. the Cincinnati Reds
Pre-game social at Anchor Plaza beginning at 5:30pm, game at 7:15pm


Tickets (includes beverages and food):

$25 – ASLA Members

$35 – guests and non-members

$20 – Landscape Architecture students with current college student ID
CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets by July 20th

Tickets will be held at Will Call under the purchaser’s last name.

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Green Roof & Wall Conference

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LAN Faculty in Marin MOCA National Summer Exhibition

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If you find yourself on Rte. 101 heading through east Marin in the next few weeks, consider stopping at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art to see the Summer National Exhibition, with works selected by gallerist Brian Gross. LAN Faculty Mary Burger will be showing her piece Pattern Language: Cargo Storm.

The show opens this Saturday June 11 with a reception from 5 to 7. Marin MOCA is just off the freeway at the re-purposed Hamilton Airfield.


Summer National Exhibition

Sat. June 11 – Sun. July 17


Museum Hours

Wednesday – Friday, 11am to 4pm

Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm


Marin MOCA, Hamilton Field

500 Palm Drive

Novato, California 94949

Ph. 415 506 0137



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