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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…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on April 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 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 …
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Added by Georgia Silvera Seamans on April 25, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Interpretive Playground, Maple Grove, Minnesota, 2015

Central Park in Maple Grove, Minnesota sits on more than 45 acres of former gravel mining land. After 10 years of development, it finally opened in 2015 featuring something for everyone – open lawn space, interactive fountains with LED lighting, pickle ball and basketball courts, trails, an ice skating…

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Added by Flagship Recreation on April 19, 2016 at 11:08am — No Comments

Landscape as Urbanism - Charles Waldheim Outlines the General Theory

Though the title may beg otherwise, there is nothing “general” about Charles Waldheim’s newest book, Landscape…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on April 11, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Toward the Next 50 Years of Landscape Architecture: Will We Make Our Vital Contribution?

Fifty years ago on June 1 and 2, 1966, Ian McHarg, Grady Clay, Campbell Miller, Charles R. Hammond, George E. Patton, and John O. Simonds were convened by the newly formed Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Motivated by a sense of crisis about…

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Added by Barbara Deutsch on April 7, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Announces Awards

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has recently announced the winners of its National Awards of Excellence. 11 projects received a national award and one project, Lasdowne Park was…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on March 22, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Book Review: The Cultivated Wild - Raymond Jungles

When I was a student, I had the wonderful opportunity to take a school field trip to south Florida and tour some of it’s most iconic landscapes. We embarked with the intent of inspiring our young minds with the possibilities of unique and prolific tropical flora as well as the colors, sights, and sounds of South Beach. Though I was struck by…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on March 21, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Place Value: Empowering Landscape Architects to Measure the Economic Benefits of Designed Landscapes

Landscape architecture and urban design, in their placemaking capacity, are central contributors to the economic vitality of cities. Millennium Park in Chicago exemplifies the potential of designed landscapes to catalyze the cities around them. The 24.5-acre park, which cost $490 million to…

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Added by Allyson Mendenhall on March 8, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Sustainable Residential Design: 5 Common Misconceptions on Stormwater Management

Throughout history, rain has been seen as an antagonist to the developed landscape. Civilizations in the Indus Valley region had developed sewers well before 2,000 BC, and sewers appeared in Roman settlements as early as the second…

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Added by Nicholas Buesking on March 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Book Review: Infrastructural Monument and Scaling Infrastructure

A few years ago, the departments of Urban Studies and of Architecture at MIT found that they needed to take their joint workshops and studios to the next level. Subsequently, the Center for Advanced Urbanism was created with the mission to…
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Added by Benjamin Boyd on February 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Drafting Tips: Boosting AutoCAD Productivity with Tool Palettes

In an office, design staff must ensure that project files, presentation drawings, and construction documents communicate effectively within the office, across disciplines, and to clients and contractors.  In response, all offices have developed…

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

Landscape Architects Enter the Shivaji Competition

In GIF format, the Shivaji Competition seeks actual and impossible ideas to maintain human habitation on islands and deltas doomed by the predicted sea level rise of at least one meter in the 21st century.  All entries will be submitted as animated GIFs for social media broadcast and…

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Added by Glenn Weiss on February 5, 2016 at 9:02am — No Comments

Putting the Public in the Right of Way: Streets as Urban Open Space

American cities are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround as urban living is growing more popular with young adults. This shift in…

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Added by Nate Cormier on February 5, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

"Future of Shade" Competition Kicks Off

"Mosque of Light" by Nick Karintzaidis, 2015 Grand Prize Winner for Wellness Garden.  Image courtesy of Sunbrella and Wray Ward.

Due to its dynamic nature, fabric can be a daunting material to utilize, whether in the landscape, on a building…

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Added by Nicholas Buesking on January 29, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Design Intelligence 2016 Landscape Architecture Program Rankings

Design Intelligence, purveyors of annual school rankings, recently released their 10 best landscape architecture schools for 2016.  The …
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Added by Benjamin Boyd on January 29, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Loose Guide to Vertical Garden Maintenance

Vertical Garden at ING Direct Cafe, by Green Over Grey. Image ©Tamara Urben-Imbeault

Maintenance is one of the most important aspects of making sure your landscape project…

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Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on January 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

My Top Vertical Garden Designers and Researchers

Recently many designers, artists, horticulturalists and biologists have been busy designing and building vertical gardens across the world. Throughout the research I have undertaken for my design…

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Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on January 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

LandscapePerformance.org: A Resource You Should Be Using

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance Series received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Communications as part of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional Awards. While the…

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Added by Matt Alcide on January 21, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

3 Convincing Reasons to Collect Rainwater for Landscape Use



Smart people across the world have been using nature's gifts for thousands of years. Rain, as you could probably tell, is one of those gifts. The first documented rainwater harvesting was in Ancient China . Should you finally clean your gutters and follow the example to collect rainwater for landscaping use as well? Most probably yes and here is some pretty good argumentation:

Rainwater is…

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Added by Roselyn Bette on January 15, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Expo Antalya 2016

Antalya is ready to host the following Expo which will be entirely dedicated to children and flower. Antalya is among the cities with the major number of landscape and architecture companies. Thanks to its peculiar Mediterranean climate, which guarantee to its nature an unique ecosystem.

On the other hands the landscaping culture over Turkey was more than just a fade. The Gardens of Babylon were the…

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Added by Peyart Peyzaj Mimarlığı Ltd. Şti on December 15, 2015 at 2:02am — No Comments

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This is why cities can’t grow all their own food 2 Replies

If every homeowner in Seattle ripped up their lawn and replaced it with edible plants, the resulting crop production would be enough to feed just one percent of the city’s residents, according to a new study by researchers at the University of…Continue

Started by Rob Halpern in SUSTAINABILITY & DESIGN. Last reply by Dave McCorquodale on Wednesday.

Durability of Bamboo Decking 2 Replies

Does anybody know anything about using bamboo decking in humid weather, like Hong Kong and the durability of bamboo when exposed to the elements? Thank you.Continue

Started by Juliana Tan in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Rob Halpern on Wednesday.

CLARB LARE Scoring 15 Replies

Anyone else think it is ridiculous that it takes 4-6 weeks for CLARB to score a completely digital exam? Stupid.Continue

Started by nca in PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Last reply by Brad Alexander on Tuesday.

Alternates to AutoCAD....Vectorworks? 20 Replies

Fellow LA's  I have a question for you all.   I'm sure this probably has been asked already but only had a few minutes online and figured this might be quicker then searching.  I'm looking for a good alternative to AutoCAD.  We use A.C. 2016 in our…Continue

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