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Green and Complete: The Street Design Paradigm

Remarkable Objects, hosted by Leda Marritz, Creative Director at DeepRoot, is a new podcast about the intersection of nature and urban design. In each episode, we will hear from leaders and innovators whose work aims to influence the way we think about, design, and build the urban environment.

In Episode 2,…


Added by Stephanie Marino on October 27, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Quantifying the Landscape with the Landscape Performance Series

Hooked on podcasts? So am I. Unfortunately, I have struggled to find a podcast related to my profession and passion: urban design. Thankfully, DeepRoot has stepped in and created Remarkable Objects.

Remarkable Objects, hosted…


Added by Stephanie Marino on October 12, 2016 at 10:12pm — 2 Comments

Software Review: Vectorworks

In one of my previous posts, I took a look at the promise of Vectorworks software for landscape architecture. I was impressed by the host of features the software has to offer through its multiple platforms: basic 2D/3D modeling with Fundamentals,…


Added by Nicholas Buesking on October 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

How to Nail Your Interview at Your Dream Company

After nearly six years as an HR professional, and three years spent exclusively in recruiting, I have a golden line that I’d like to share with you about interviewing. 

Interviewing is much more of an art than a science.

What, you say? How on earth could it be an art? Aren’t companies looking for the perfectly rehearsed answers? …


Added by Design Workshop Human Resources on August 31, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

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

6 Backyard Ideas for a Perfect Landscape

Having a backyard is a true blessing for every home owner. Having a nice small outdoor space just for yourself is something many people don't achieve their whole lives. And if they do, they rarely appreciate it completely. These spaces are often neglected, overgrown with weeds and full of dangers. But if you decide to take…


Added by Jane Wilson on August 4, 2016 at 4:30am — No 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

Decorative Concrete Blocks in the Modern Landscape

Whether they are called breezeblocks, screen blocks, cinder blocks, textile blocks or even Besser blocks (here in Australia) the hollow concrete block has long been a popular construction material for both architecture and landscape.

The manufacture and use of hollow concrete blocks can be traced back to the 1860s in both the…


Added by Jason Davidson on June 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — 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

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Hello,I am reaching out for information about transfer-ability of qualifications and registration between the US and the UK. I am a US based landscape designer with an MLA and two years of experience and will be sitting for the LARE in a few…Continue

Started by Andrew Louw in STORY BOARD Oct 21.

Trouble in understanding grading 1 Reply

I am learning site grading these days from the book "Site engineering for landscape architects". I am not able to grasp one thing , that how is the final curve in the thick lineweight worked out? Is it free hand or all the points of that particular…Continue

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Getting Employed 13 Replies

Hi. My name is Shawn. I've been through the whole catch-22 experience loop for far too long (since 2009) and I really need to figure something out. Anybody have any thoughts on what I need to do to get employed by a design/drafting office? I know…Continue

Started by Shawn Boyd in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Shawn Boyd Oct 19.

Free College Education for All US Students??? 6 Replies

FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION?Does anyone really believe that every high school graduate in America deserve a FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION?  Well, I don't.  To me, that's just another form of "Socialism".I wanted a College Education after I graduated from High…Continue

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