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Landscape architects embrace resilient design principles

Sources: American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

ASLA’s new online guide [] explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design, including strategies to help control flooding through such green infrastructure as pervious or permeable pavements.

Resilient Design Guide examines extreme precipitation, landslides and other disruptive events like drought, extreme heat, and fire. It offers case studies and resources demonstrating multi-benefit systems plus small-scale solutions, and explains landscape architects’ role in the planning and design teams seeking to make communities more resilient. Resilient design involves working with instead of opposing nature, ASLA notes, and provides value through:

Risk reduction. As events become more frequent and intense, communities must adapt and redevelop to reduce potential risks and improve ecological and human health. Planning and permitting authorities need to stop the development of communities and infrastructure in high-risk places;

Scalability and diversity. Resilient landscape planning and design offers a multi-layered system of protection, with diverse, scalable elements, any one of which can fail safely in the event of a catastrophe;

Multiple co-benefits. Resilient landscape design solutions offer multiple benefits at once. Green infrastructure designed to manage extreme precipitation and routine stormwater volumes, for example, also provides community space and creates jobs; and,

Regeneration. Disruptive natural events—occurring more frequently worldwide than in the past—harm people and property; resilient design helps communities come back stronger. Long-term resilience is about continuously bouncing back and “regenerating.”

ASLA’s Resilient Design Guide has been developed with participation of Yale University School of Architecture and University of California, Berkeley faculty.

LafargeHolcim, 3D printing specialist aim to commercialize structural elements

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

Through a partnership with French start-up XtreeE, a developer of large-scale 3D printing systems, LafargeHolcim is eyeing commercialization of the first concrete structural element of its kind in Europe.

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ASTM C09, C13 schedule BIM/Materials, Pipe and Culvert symposia

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committees C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and C13 on Concrete Pipe have scheduled one-day technical programs in conjunction with December meetings in Orlando.

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Infrastructure market-minded investor acquires HawkeyePedershaab

Sources: Livingstone, Chicago; CP staff

International mid-market merger & acquisition advisor Livingstone has announced the sale of U.S. pipe and drainage product machinery mainstay HawkeyePedershaab, Inc., to Forsyth Capital Investors, St. Louis.

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Kenworth previews set-forward front axle version of T880 workhorse

Sources: Kenworth Truck Co., Kirkland, Wash.; CP staff

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2016 ConcreteWorks attendees were afforded the first formal showing of the successor to the Kenworth W900S, a longstanding model for mixer trucks running in bridge formula markets. The T880 Set-Forward Front Axle (T880S) was previewed September 18-20 in Nashville and will be among the manufacturer’s 2017 World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg headline offerings.

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