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The Grand Armada—Agency Author News

May 25, 2011

A very cool interview with agency author Lyanda Lynn Haupt just published on the American Society of Landscape Architects' website; great timing for the just-released paperback edition of Crow Planet.

A brief cut from the interview is below. You can view its thoughtful entirety on their website, or their blog:

Your new book, “Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness,” is all about the relationship between people and crows in urban areas. You say it’s a bit strained on both sides. How have the issues changed over the years? In urban places, crow populations tend to echo human populations. This means that the more concrete we make, and the more humans we make (these tend to go hand in hand), the more crows there will be among us. Just 50 years ago in Seattle, where I live, it was a big deal to see 20 crows in one place. Now, of course, there are autumn roosts in the thousands, and nearly all of us cross paths with numbers of crows every day. It’s funny to hear people say, “Where did all these crows come from?” as if their presence is some kind of sudden surprise, instead of the slow-growing outcome of years of urban planning (or lack of it) in which native habitat was chopped to bits, impervious surfaces reigned, and botanical structure was dramatically simplified. Very few native birds and creatures can survive in such places, but the adaptable, omnivorous, highly intelligent crow can.

Posted by Waleslit on May 25, 2011  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats Under Sail

May 6, 2011

As part of its advertising campaign for Google Chrome, Google put together this ground-breaking LGBT-positive ad that celebrates the "It Gets Better Project" and its incredibly effective use of social media. The ad is so effective it has to be seen:

Posted by Waleslit on May 6, 2011  |  Permalink

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