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High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Hale Mar 13. 15 Replies

Does anyone else think that all these artificial landscapes (High Line, Vertical landscapes, Planter boxes, etc....) are high maintenance, expensive,  resource depleting, and  non-sustainable?I'm not…Continue

ce courses

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Ray, RLA Jan 11. 3 Replies

Does anyone know if there are any free on-line CE courses for landscape architects?Continue

Ohio nixes LEED

Started this discussion. Last reply by henry cohen Mar 21, 2014. 7 Replies

Could this be true? Article in Landscapeonline.comState of Ohio nixes LEED???  Why would they do such a thing?Continue

ACAD QUESTION??????

Started this discussion. Last reply by Goustan BODIN Jan 8, 2014. 5 Replies

Please help an old dog learn a new trick....When I switch my dimensioning unit format settings to use Architectural, I get the seconds symbol for inches.Instead of getting the typical inches symbol…Continue

 

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Ben Hale replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"I understand many of the points presented here. From Alan's point of view - there are many designs being touted as 'sustainable' when in reality they man not be so.  Instead, they appear to and may actually have certain…"
Mar 13
nigel cowburn replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"These are mostly interventions from very dense population areas - only way to go is upward. Also it is leading to more plants in public view. And the High Line was a ruin (and an eyesore). Personally I'm happier with this when the focus is on…"
Mar 5
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Very well said Andrew....I always enjoy your input."
Feb 27
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"I think Alan is right that these are high maintenance and not "sustainable". I don't think he expressed an opinion on whether there is something wrong with that or not. We are so brain washed and hypersensitive about…"
Feb 27
Jason Packenham replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"As landscape architects we all know that the 'site' often extends beyond the boundaries drawn on a plan, so when you consider The High Line in the context of lower Manhattan, I think it's had a tremendous return on investment! Even…"
Feb 27
Tosh K replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"High Line (and Brookyln Bridge Park for that matter) seems to have an excessive cost attached to maintenance in comparison to others in the city.  vertical landscapes still haven't seem to have gotten to a point where there's a good…"
Feb 25
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"See above comment.... "
Feb 22
Rob Halpern replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Your statement, not mine. Whether the cost of maintenance is born by Government (is that something other than the Public?) or a public/private cooperative arrangement or some wildly generous corporation, the question I raise is this: if walkable…"
Feb 22
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"The Government will rescue us...... Labor intensive maintenance still does not sound very practical to me, which was my original point."
Feb 22
Rob Halpern replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Well I was not thinking of it as "make work", simply recognizing what the actual resource required is (labor). The argument "Who will maintain it when the city goes broke?" applies to everything, doesn't it? New…"
Feb 22
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Some is good...that was not my point. "
Feb 21
Rob Halpern replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"The primary maintenance is skilled labor. And we need jobs for people (with th rate of human population growth and automation we face a growing problem of What are people supposed to do to support themselves?) So greening sites and as a result…"
Feb 21
Devid Sapher replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Well not all type of artificial landscape is bad."
Feb 21
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Thanks for posting Mark. It does look a bit lame to me too... Is this supposed to be an example of good design?"
Feb 20
Mark Di Lucido replied to Alan Ray, RLA's discussion 'High Maintenance Artificial Landscapes.'
"Alan, Many tweets of late from the ASLA Twitter feed have included the graphic below.  Sustainability aside, I don't think this adds any visual quality to the building and if this is the strongest graphic/LA concept they can present to the…"
Feb 20
Alan Ray, RLA replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"I tell clients that if I make a site visit then I am charging for my time. Otherwise you are doing work for free.... Especially an initial visit because they are asking questions and I am answering them. After all, the only thing I have to sell is…"
Feb 13

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I teach Advanced LAndscape Design and Landscape Construction in the Dept. of Horticulture.

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3D Software suggestions...

Posted on October 22, 2011 at 8:01pm 3 Comments

I'm thinking of drawing all my future construction details in 3D....I have AutoCad and BricsCad but have never used them for 3D. Is there easier to learn 3D software or is what I have as good as it gets?

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At 8:00am on September 9, 2013, Jim Somers said…

Alan, we've met somewhere. I finished at State in '78. Kurt Baskin was classmate and a good friend and that somehow seems like a familiar connection.

At 1:14pm on March 29, 2012, Louis Wynne said…

Alan - when you get a sec call me at 251.975.8956

Louis Wynne/landscape architect

At 12:48pm on March 29, 2012, Louis Wynne said…

Alan';

I have been trying to find work, since I am partially retired, I am seeking

work that reproduces constrtuction drawings for clients. Since you are a

MSU GRAD, I am currently working with Christian Preus also an MSU GRAD, for the past three to four years. He is a great designer, with alot of potential in the field of Landscape Architecture, but, I am always telling him to persue work on his own, as a prime professional with the architects and engineers as subs, you  know what I mean. I am, as I see it, approaching the end of my career, and I want Christian to be as successful as he wants to be. BUT, he lacks the drive to persue projects as a prime, with the architects and engineers as subs to him.

 

Feel free to visit my website: www.lwynnela.com and see my abilities?

I have had some projects that most LA's only dream of. I have been lucky

in my career.

If you like you can call me at 251.975.8956 or send me an email at

louisgwynne@gmail.com.

 

I thank you for being one of my friends.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Respectfully

Louis Wynne/landscape architect

At 7:43am on October 31, 2011, Claudia Rainey said…

Roberto Burle Marx had a lot of flair.  I love his 'modernism with a flamenco twist' style.  He was definitely an individual :)

 

At 9:19am on September 28, 2011, Charles Taze Fulford III said…

Alan,

I have been at MSU since 2006. I got my BLA from MSU in 1997 and worked in the Bahamas and Birmingham for 3 years before going to grad school in Architecture at the University of Idaho, then worked in an Architecture and Planning firm in Vermont for three years. I'm teaching Community Design for both the graduates and undergrads and Introduction to Computers in Landscape Architecture. State has changed tremendously since I was a student here, the department has definitely changed in terms of pedagogy. You should come down some time and give a lecture concerning your work to our students and visit the new LA compound if you haven't seen it. Lets keep in touch and maybe there could be a way to get our students to work on a project together.

Taze

At 9:39am on August 8, 2011, none said…
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At 1:45pm on May 17, 2011, Louis Wynne said…

ALAN:

Thanks for the reply. I am glad you are busy with lots of work. I am not. Right now I consult with a MSU grad Christian Preus in Gulfport, Ms. Good designer, just doesn't see how things go together as of yet.

I agree with you, the young turks that are now going thru the LA program of any school need the voice of experience from those who have been involved with practical work in the field of Landscape Architecture. To have a teaching degree is just a play to keep those in the profession with many years of experience out of the teaching arena.

Thanks for your time

 

Louis Wynne/Old Landscape Architect

(drawing a social security check)

 
 
 

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