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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…

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Added by Cameron R. Rodman on June 23, 2016 at 12:00pm — 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,…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on June 13, 2016 at 11:00am — 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…

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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…

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

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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Deepika on April 26, 2016 at 10:42am — 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 — 1 Comment

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 — 2 Comments

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

Slow Landscapes- Lessons from the Farm-to-Table Movement

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Added by Samantha J Harris on March 1, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Roof windows give the most light

After three years of theoretical and practical work, the Danish Building Research Institute (SBI) has published few years ago “The Study on Daylight” in which it is confirmed that roof windows create the biggest factor of daylight, twice as much as vertical windows, and even thrice as much as windows on roof bulges.



The company VELUX has stated for many years that roof windows placed on roofs at an angle of 45 degrees give as much as 40% more light than those on bulges. But, the…

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Added by Anne Brown on March 1, 2016 at 7:22am — No Comments

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

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Hello folks,I'm wondering if someone can offer me any insight into how much of a pay increase I should push for following the completion of my PLA licensure?  I'm thinking 10-15%.Thanks,BrandonContinue

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Started by Brandon Herman in PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Last reply by Brandon Herman on Friday.

Freelance Landscape Design 6 Replies

I am wanting to do some freelance landscape design on the side. Do I handle finding the contractor or do I just give them the final plans? Do customers really want the plans or a final built product?BennettContinue

Started by BennettSmithhart in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Dave McCorquodale on Thursday.

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Some photos of a outdoor living area we did . First…Continue

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Started by Ian McGregor in PLACES & SPACES on Tuesday.

Grasscrete or grassy pavers use in public parks 5 Replies

Does anybody have experience using Grasscrete or grassy pavers for turf areas where people play, throw Frisbee, and generally just chill on the grass, etc? This technology has been suggested for a public park where the turf is so heavily used each…Continue

Started by Mark Di Lucido in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Mark Di Lucido Jun 20.

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