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San Francisco's Waterfront Park to Get a Bold New Design

The Presidio—the 1,500 acre national park which vanguards the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco—is looking to make some dramatic changes.  The park…


Added by Nicholas Buesking on November 17, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Book Review - Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture - Second Edition

The advent of the digital age has long been upon us. For most practices, this has created an interesting mix of skill sets within an office. Recent graduates have a great handle on the most current programs while those that have been in the industry for a…


Added by Benjamin Boyd on November 13, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

A Loose Guide to Vertical Garden Maintenance

Maintenance is one of the most important aspects of making sure your landscape project survives- both literally and figuratively! When designing green walls, one key consideration is how a maintenance team is going to reach all of the parts of the garden. Many standard maintenance procedures for vertical gardens are the same as for any…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on October 29, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Bartlett Parklet at Bishop Ranch, San Ramon

The Bartlett Parklet, named after the orchards that used to stud the ground of Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, CA, was built ground up on top of a "drop-down" trailer originally intended to move Minnesotan ice shanties. It is designed to be mobile and parked in various locations in Bishop Ranch--a corporate office park, and is the first of its kind in San Ramon as well as in a…


Added by BASE Landscape Architecture on October 20, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

4 Key Strategies for Sustainable Residential Design

Typically designers need no convincing that sustainable design is necessary to protect the earth’s health, its resources, and its ecosystems.  Sustainable design is becoming an increasingly comfortable topic in the public and corporate sectors too, regardless of whether the motivation for that shift is well-intentioned or simply a PR strategy.  In residential…


Added by Nicholas Buesking on October 20, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

Seven Innovative Vertical Gardens that Think Outside the Planter

Green Wall with bikes at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City. Image via Wikipedia

Vertical gardening is currently very…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on October 16, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

5 Benefits of Biofilters in Vertical Garden Systems

Robertson Building Biofilter by Nedlaw. Image ©  Tamara Urben-Imbeault

Biofilters are a relatively new and innovative technology in the world of vertical gardens that combine the fields of landscape architecture, building architecture…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on October 9, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Getting to Know The Basics of an Aquaponics System

Have you ever wanted to learn about Aquaponics, or how to start your own aquaponics system? I'm a huge enthusiast of this food growing method and would love to show you the basics! 

Fish farming is an rising style in these types of components -- one that is bringing hobbyists, investigators and food sellers equally. During the past decade, the sector has…


Added by Barry Ponics on October 4, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cliffs: Mother Nature's Vertical Garden

As Landscape Architects, we often look to naturally occurring plant communities for inspiration and precedent for our designs. Vertical gardens are no exception to this rule. Since committing to the topic of vertical gardens for my design…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on September 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Networking for the Rest of Us

Welcome to the last of five posts (here are post one, two,…


Added by Jennifer de Graaf on September 26, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Integrated Water Strategies: Thinking outside the pipe

The era of taking water for granted is over. The water strategies in this video integrate: the built world & the natural environment; people & the broader community of living things; and ecological science with traditional planning & design disciplines.  

Something is happening in the design community. People are beginning to tap…


Added by Ernst Glaeser on September 23, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Spanish Landscape Architecture: Biennial Rosa Barba 2014

15 years of European Biennial of Landscape Architecture Barcelona.

The First European Biennial Landscape Architecture was organized in 1999. This event was pioneering at the time and created a way to know Landscape Architecture in Spain and in Europe. The initiative is now a…


Added by Sixto D. Lozano on September 22, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

How Proper Lighting Impacts the Health of Living Walls

There is so much happening in the industry lately, new products, new companies and new concepts seemingly everyone is a living wall professional as the frenzy of designers continue to push the limits of bigger and more elaborate projects. It’s hard to believe my first product is over 10 years…


Added by George Irwin on September 21, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

How Different Climates Affect the Growth of Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardening in any climate can be extremely complex. The regional climate, or plant hardiness zone, is the biggest overriding climatic aspect that needs to be considered, along with the neighbourhood microclimate, and the microclimate of the wall itself.…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on August 28, 2014 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

INTERVIEW: Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ Emerging Professionals On Engaging Young Designers

Want to boost awareness and participation in your local landscape architecture chapter but don’t know how? If you were lucky enough to attend last year’s ASLA conference in Boston, you’ve experienced first-hand the energy and ambition of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Located in one of the…


Added by Land8 on August 27, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Spanish Landscape Architecture: Barcelona Botanical Garden

One of Spain's crown jewels, Barcelona Botanical Garden is located on Montjuich´s mountainside between the Castle and the Olympic Stadium. Today, I'd like to bring you on a journey into a garden-mountain landscape that captures the perfect design balance between nature and the city of Barcelona.…


Added by Sixto D. Lozano on August 26, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

A History of Vertical Gardens From Simple Vines to Hydroponic Systems

Vertical gardens have been growing in our cities and homes for centuries. The surge in vertical gardening technology in the 20th century has made this fact easy to forget. So, in case you’ve forgotten, or maybe you never knew, here is a brief history of the evolution of vertical…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on August 21, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

James Richards Interview on Travel and Urban Sketching

Your sketches have a very unique, fun style to them. How did this develop?

My visual sense is undoubtedly shaped by the magazines and comics I read as a kid. I’d try to emulate the drawing styles of Mort Drucker, Ronald Searle, Paul Hogarth and others, so there’s some of that there. Also, the demands of…


Added by James Richards on August 20, 2014 at 7:46am — No Comments

Fallingwater: A Must-see for Landscape Architects

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated masterpiece located a little over an hour outside of Pittsburgh, is one of the most famous houses in the world. Over five million people have visited the property since it was opened to the public in 1963. I added my name to that list once again when I visited recently…


Added by Mark Harrison Hough on August 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Gadget Review: Leica Disto D810 Touch

I was recently given the opportunity to test out the new Leica Disto D810 Touch – a hand held laser distance metre complete with a touch screen and on-board digital camera.…


Added by Jason Packenham on August 18, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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