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5 More Recommended Reads for the Summer

School is starting again. In the next few weeks, the hum of professional networking events will return and clients and fellow consultants will be back in town. But there is still a little time left to fit in one or two more summer reads. Following up from my previous article…


Added by Lisa Horne on August 23, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Killin' It Like A GIS Pro...Landscape Architecture Style.

Curating Change in the National Parks - Rodman

For over a thousand years, we have been creating maps. As children we are fascinated by…


Added by Cameron R. Rodman on August 15, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Welcome Profusion: Social Justice Discussion and Action

At the 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting in Denver, a group of landscape architecture practitioners and academics convened a rousing panel entitled …


Added by Allyson Mendenhall on August 7, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Five Recommended Reads for the Summer

It’s summer and that can mean a slowing down of creative interchanges in the classroom or at local professional events. Sometimes Dallas and other cities across the US seem to be in a kind of lull with the summer heat and the lessened activity compared to spring and fall.

A stack of lighter books on hand will help keep that creative spark alive into the fall.…


Added by Lisa Horne on July 15, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Emerald Ash Borer Found in New Host

Since 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer has spread across the United States, wreaking havoc on Ash trees. It has destroyed a significant amount of urban canopy, and the need for removal and replacement has placed economic pressures on many municipalities. Efforts to contain the pest have slowed but not stopped its spread. The saving grace has been that the Emerald Ash Borer has seemed…


Added by Nicholas Buesking on July 13, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Necessity of Advocacy: Discussing the Politics of Landscape Architecture

When people think about what influences elected officials, nine times out of ten their first thought is money… Clearly, skepticism reigns supreme when it comes to our views of how to influence a policymaker.” - Stephanie…


Added by Jonathon Geels on July 7, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Waldheim and Desimini's Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary

Most people's interaction with maps is on their phone these days and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. However, the landscape architect knows that mapping is one of the keys to both speculative design and its…


Added by Benjamin Boyd on July 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Landscape Architecture Foundation Summit

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future is over. Landscape architects have returned home all over the country and all over the world. Over 715 landscape architects convened on…


Added by Cameron R. Rodman on June 23, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

First book on BIM for Landscape published by Landscape Institute UK

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is transforming working practices across the built environment sector, as clients, professionals, contractors and manufacturers throughout the supply chain grasp the opportunities that BIM…


Added by Paul Lincoln on June 15, 2016 at 8:20am — No Comments

Sketchup for Site Design - Modeling For Landscape Architects

Sketchup for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain, and Architecture is the follow-up to Daniel Tal's 2009 edition of the same name. Since then, the environment of Sketchup hasn't changed dramatically,…


Added by Benjamin Boyd on June 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Case for Precision - Thoughts on ALSA Dirt Article

The Story

Landscape architects are stereotyped as working in the “wild” end of the AEC industry. Plant material, soils, hydrology, and other natural systems appear to be imprecise (if viewed from the wrong perspective), therefore, other design professionals infer that landscape…


Added by Nathan Qualls on June 8, 2016 at 9:46am — No Comments

The Importance of Company Culture When You Look For a Job

Company culture is a hotter-than-ever term. A business needs it. Recruiters flaunt it. Employees desire it. But what is corporate or company culture, truly?  Why is it trending now? Most importantly, why should you care about it when you’re looking for a job?

You may have heard of organizational culture during a high school or college business class. It’s a…


Added by Design Workshop Human Resources on June 8, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Vectorworks Develops Design Software for Landscape Architecture

I have recently taken the opportunity to take a critical look at Vectorworks, one of the many drafting programs on the design/engineering market. Fellow Land8 writer Benjamin Boyd covered the…


Added by Nicholas Buesking on June 1, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

5 Ways Pool Covers Protect Your Family

It should come as no surprise that we want to ensure our family and friends are protected against harm whilst at our homes. If you have a swimming pool on your property, it is important to ensure that it has been properly fenced in and covered when not in use to ensure adequate protection. In this article,…


Added by Chris Rhodes on May 18, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Poverty of Landscapes

Near my office, in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Cambridge, MA, there are major street improvements taking place that include new curbs, walks, road resurfacing, and street trees. I find it ironic that the city chose to make this already verdant and beautiful neighborhood…


Added by Laura Solano on May 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Vectorworks Design Summit 2016 Chicago Recap

This year's annual Vectorworks Design Summit brought together an international mix of landscape architects, architects, engineers, lighting designers, and hosts of other professionals…


Added by Benjamin Boyd on May 9, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Bruce Sharky Wants You to Start Thinking About Landscape Architecture

For many people not working in the design world, landscape architecture may be a difficult profession to describe. It’s not a term they see in the spotlight often and therefore their assumptions are often woefully inadequate. We have all had someone, when hearing that we are a…


Added by Benjamin Boyd on April 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Parklands of Floyds Fork Opens Fourth and Final Park

With the opening of the 583-acre Broad Run Park on April 15, The Parklands of Floyds Fork has completed the final major portion of the nearly 4,000- acre park system that ranks among the nation's largest and most ambitious new metropolitan park systems. 

In total, The Parklands represents a…


Added by Deepika on April 26, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Working on the Go. Mobile tech for Landscape Architects.

I believe the last five years have been an exceptionally exciting time for the design profession in the realm of technology.  The advent of powerful mobile technology and the increased miniaturized of computing power has created a series of new devices and software packages that have the ability to…


Added by Benjamin George on April 25, 2016 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Urban Ecology Research of New York City Parks

There is a lot of research happening in New York City's parks! I’m putting together a permit application on behalf of WSP Eco Projects and have been reviewing …

Added by Georgia Silvera Seamans on April 25, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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Since herbicides came off the market , many homeowners puzzle over the right strategy to keep their lawns healthy. Fear not! All the turf management tools you need follow below.…Continue

Tags: landscaping, Contractor, Landscape

Started by Ian McGregor in GENERAL DISCUSSION 5 hours ago.

Recommended Laptop configuration for running Adobe Suite

Sadly my computer I bought during undergraduate landscape architecture days is being laid to rest. I've been comparing and looking at different macbook pro's and am really not tech savvy enough to know what would be best and wanted to see if anyone…Continue

Tags: illustrator, apple, mac, macbook, indesign

Started by Addison Pritchard in GENERAL DISCUSSION on Thursday.

How Landscape Maintenance Services Add More Value to Your Property

If your property has a well maintained landscape, its value goes up by itself. In fact, a beautiful and well-maintained landscape attracts more numbers of buyers…Continue

Tags: Services, Maintenance, Landscape

Started by Socorro Gonzalez in GENERAL DISCUSSION on Thursday.

Specifying LEED stone

I'm working on a leed platinum project and I am getting the run around from stone suppliers. Has anyone found a comprehensive list/map of US/Canadian stone quarries by location?The project is in Cincinnati Ohio and has about 3000 sf of stone paving,…Continue

Tags: sandstone, granite, limestone, SRI, stone

Started by Daniel Wood in SUSTAINABILITY & DESIGN Aug 23.

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