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Fence Orientation
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When I started out, it was drilled into my head that the structure of a fence goes on the private property side, and that the fascia goes on the public side. In the photo I took a few minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: rail, open, fence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave McCorquodale Mar 21, 2016.

Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb
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This is a head-scratcher for me:I have a client who insists that I show steel edging adjacent to all concrete curbs on bid drawings (standard 6" height catch and spill curbs) in a parking lot, as he…Continue

Tags: curb, concrete, edging, steel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Brem Jan 18, 2016.

Non-Uniform Block Detection
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I use AutoCAD's data extraction to generate accurate plant counts. These projects frequently involve many thousands of plants over very large commercial and multifamily sites, each plant with several…Continue

Tags: scale, block, routines, lisp, AutoCAD

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Stafford Oct 5, 2013.


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Calico replied to ida's discussion 'Trump as President? Meaning for Landscape Architects?'
"Agreed on the dicey thing. Several of our land development clients (domestic, not international) put their projects on hold following the election. Should be an interesting few years."
Jan 25
Dave McCorquodale replied to Calico's discussion 'Fence Orientation'
"I really like the "good neighbor" privacy fence with alternating panels.  That way, nobody gets the "good side".  Lol.  Why they don't just put pickets on both sides is beyond me.  If it's only…"
Mar 21, 2016
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Calico's discussion 'Fence Orientation'
"There are some community ordinances and homeowner association by-laws that stipulate such things. I think about it more with something like a stockade fence that has a smoother side and one with horizontal pieces. Something like a stockade fence is…"
Mar 19, 2016
Barbara Brem replied to Calico's discussion 'Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb'
"I have seen this more frequently than I would want to here in the Dallas area. It is generally used in residential settings but I have seen it a couple of times in commercial settings. The problem is that the bed prep has been installed at or above…"
Jan 18, 2016
Tosh K replied to Calico's discussion 'Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb'
"Weird, but a lot of clients hate the mulch overflow - just make sure the mulch overflow won't happen even under heavy rainfall (1"~2" in my experience isn't always enough in some regions if the flash storms drop a lot of rain,…"
Jan 4, 2016
Dennis J. Jarrard, PLA, CLARB replied to Calico's discussion 'Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb'
"I am often befuddled by requests like this from clients.  ("Use rubber mulch in beds" almost made the top of my head pop off).  I agree with you that if your bedline is backing up to a hard surface like sidewalk or curb it is not…"
Jan 1, 2016
Tyson Carroll replied to Calico's discussion 'Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb'
"We receive this comment all of the time in Ca in regards to mulch flooding over into paved areas. As long as the finished grade of the planting area is 1-2" below the adjacent paving, mulch is a thicker/coarser mix, and the slope of the PA is…"
Dec 30, 2015
Calico replied to Calico's discussion 'Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb'
"Ha. Yeah, I just threw it in the notes. Someday I am going to write all my notes in 32 point helvetica so somebody - anybody - will read them. Other than being wasteful and making me look bad - and I need no help in that regard - the only problem I…"
Dec 23, 2015
Robert Anderson replied to Calico's discussion 'Steel Edging Next to Concrete Curb'
"This is a new one on me and I have practiced everywhere from Pennsylvania to Texas and internationally as well. As for your note on the drawings, having it noted should be sufficient. I don't know that making it GIGANTIC is really going to do…"
Dec 23, 2015
Calico replied to landscapeplanner's discussion 'How many of you (students and professionals) have subdivision and master planning experience?'
"Among other things, neighborhood design is what I do. I tend to agree with your boss: it's tough to find folks able to lay out a neighborhood anybody might want to live in, although many firms advertise the service. I don't think the…"
Sep 30, 2015
Calico replied to J. Robert Wainner's discussion 'Editorial: Eligibility requirements for State Landscape Architect Licenses'
"Why stop at a measly five to seven years and only three mentoring LAs? Why not go for ten years and five mentoring LAs?"
Jun 28, 2015
Calico replied to Edward A Kinney, MLA RLA ISA AZA's discussion 'Managing Designers- as uneasy as it sounds?'
"I took two in-person courses about fifteen and ten years ago, and have known people who took others since. Most of the course content seemed to be common sense and / or pulled from an Intro to Business Management 101 textbook at some junior college.…"
Dec 1, 2014
Calico replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Grading & Drainage tips, tricks and autocad tools'
"If you are using LT, you are basically grading by hand on paper, scanning your design for use as a reference, and then refining your sketched contours while digitizing. If your contract docs are prepared with a 1' contour interval at 1" =…"
Nov 20, 2014
Calico replied to Goustan BODIN's discussion 'Books to Teach Planting Design'
"In a feeble attempt to return the discussion to its original focus, the primer I used was Theodore Walker's Planting Design (1991). It was geared toward landscape architects, but would be very straightforward for an instructor teaching…"
Apr 30, 2014
Calico replied to David Larouche's discussion 'Master Plan Technics in PS'
"Hmm.... normally when I get to PS, design is pretty much complete, so maybe i'm missing something. Moving stuff around in P'S means I have to repeat the feat in Acad when going past planning level... and I have to keep track of more moving…"
Apr 21, 2014
Calico replied to Carla's discussion 'Recommendations for Photoshop Rendering File Sizes?'
"I use Photoshop for renderings. Here are my two cents that might save you some time. Save your working file with the .psd extension. Creating the .pdf extension directly from within Photoshop is unstable on larger projects, leading to errors, data…"
Apr 3, 2014

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Tree for inside/ outside 16 Replies

I'm designing a home in Temecula, CA, Zone 10, where i'd like to have a tree growing inside and the same kind of tree outside.  Both indoor and outdoor spaces receive partial to full sun depending on the time of day.I have 2 questions:- The height…Continue

Started by Paul Minotto in DETAILS & MATERIALS. Last reply by Paul Minotto 2 hours ago.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Flooding & Drainage Design - August 28, 2017 15 Replies

HOUSTON, TEXAS...Flooding & Drainage Design - Hurricane HarveyI would like to read thoughts and opinions of any LAs here on LAND 8 about the FLOODING and DRAINAGE design issues in the Houston, Texas area.I realize that for CITIES......have…Continue

Started by J. Robert Wainner in STORY BOARD. Last reply by Tara Klein on Thursday.

What is the best way to improve design skills? 21 Replies

I have a passion for public green open space design but don't have much experience in this type of project. What would you recommend for someone like me to improve on this? Continue

Started by Benjamin Loh in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Tom Turner Aug 31.

Canada-How to become a registered landscape architect in Canada 2 Replies

Hi,I am a landscape architecture graduate from China with eight years experiences in landscape architecture in China and two years experiences as a landscape designer in Canada. I am wondering if I am able to take the L.A.R.E. without taking…Continue

Started by Julie Zhuge in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Julie Zhuge Aug 28.

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