So Land8Lounge has at least a couple hundred people as members yet it seems like we only hear from the same 10-20 folks over and over again. Where the He11 is everyone? The profession in the US is in crisis mode and we should be hearing from all those new and old within the industry. What's going on? Are you making it? Are you alive? I am dying for some meaty professional topics. Here are some sample topics to get you started:
-Since when did an LA degree become the training grounds for Strarbuck's baristas?
-Why did my old firm lay me off and keep that brown-noser who laughs too hard at the principal's jokes?
-Why does self-employed feel so much like unemployed?
-Why does ASLA ignore the present and bask in the glory of the past?
-Where are the projects in this country?
-Recent graduates, what the heck is happening with you guys?
-How can I be overqualified and underqualified at the same time?
-Where are we going as a profession, as a nation, as a species?
-Why haven't my pencils been sharpened in years?
-Why do I cry out to those on this website whom I cannot hear?
.........I am cold and frightened and bears are coming.
Hopefully, they are all working too hard to look at blogs :)
Try "bear spray"
I graduated in May and was lucky enough to have one of my professors pass my name along to a long time friend of his who was looking for someone to join their design and build company. I have been one of the lucky ones. My fellow classmates have not been so lucky. Of the 20 or so of us that graduated just a handful have been able to find employment. Even though I was given this lead, it still took nearly three months before I started. After the first month, I was given a week of "vacation" time since we slowed down. I am back at work presently, but for how long?
My wife and I are considering this a learning expereince since whatever I make goes right to our nanny's pocket!
I suppose we always will hear from the same group of people. The others can be divided into the "buying into" the old models of teh landscape architectures, and they would seriously not want to make waves by+!@#$their future employers off, and the quiet desperate.
Of the "buying into" group, they are the fertile future sociopaths that the last of the large firms need. They are the pliable and moldable that fanatsize of fellowship by victimizing entire swaths of landscape architects in their future dysfunctional and+!@#$up offices of their dreams to come. And why would they not find this a promising prospect? It worked for years. Why not them?
The future is coming fast now in the LA world, and it's populated by certificates and an obsequious and corporate/Chinese ASLA better future world. This will be the future of the well connected large corporate firms along with a nice link to DBA firms handed work. This alone should keep a small but vocal group of LA's in their farming the kids for talents with gangs of desperate and silent victims with talents they themselves think not important or too complicated to learn. It's all about the billables. Oh and a few fellowships, because nothing says an ASLA fellowship like making life a nightmare for your workers.
On a lighter note, there will be more of a groundswell of LA's that will reject this, and they will be the sucesses of the future, as they treat people like humans and not kill them while they design a "healing garden"
These are excellent observations in my opinion. I feel that I am lucky to be doing some of the most thoughtful work I've done to date due to the unique position I'm in--working from home (as well as in an office part time). Taking the stressful office tension out of the equation makes a huge difference both in productivity and quality and thoughtfulness of the work. Only problem now is that I make very little money.
It's unfortunate that so many of the 'old business models' remain in place regardless of the evidence for it's apparent shortfalls.
I was an organizer for PARK(ing)Day in San Francisco in 2009. Myself and a group of other unemployed design professionals, designed, constructed, and operated a 3 hole miniature golf course for the day. It was a lot of fun and kept us busy during a very difficult year. I even managed to make it onto Weekend Edition on NPR for my 8 seconds of fame!