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Pause, Applause, Pursue

When we find the time each day to catch up on what is happening in the world, both within and outside of Landscape Architecture, many of us are guilty of the same routine – we quickly sort through the headlines of the latest tragedies, review the most current real news about fake news, find condensed versions of stories on social…

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Added by Brad McCauley on October 19, 2017 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

LARE Mix and Match

Deciding which exam sections to take in what order, alone or in combination, is the first big strategy decision you’ll make about the LARE once you’ve committed to the process. If you’re in a state or province requiring that you be vetted prior to sitting for the exam, it’s your second big step.

In my case, I combined Sections 1 and 2 in one exam cycle, and Sections…

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Added by Cheryl Corson on September 18, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What's on the Horizon for Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architects work at a slow pace. While your projects and deadlines might argue, the design and construction process seems like molasses when compared to the speed of today's world. Some would argue that to keep up with this unrelenting velocity, we have forgotten that…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on August 1, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The Necessity of Advocacy: Amplifying the Intersection of Landscape Architecture and the Policies That Support the Profession

Democracy operates on engagement and relationships. To elevate the profile of landscape architecture, the public outreach of the profession’s government affairs must move beyond the virtue based rationalization and create arguments that resonate and connect. Without effective involvement, landscape architects risk substantial economic…

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Added by Jonathon Geels on August 1, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Urban Parks: Designers' Perspective - Part II

City Garden | Image: Cameron R. Rodman

"Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressure, a different psychic weight: the bright lights and shuttered shops, the…

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Added by Cameron R. Rodman on July 24, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Urban Parks: Designers' Perspective - Part I

Maggie Daley Park | Image: Scott Shigley

“You can neither lie to a neighborhood park, nor reason with it. 'Artist's conceptions' and persuasive renderings can put pictures of life into proposed neighborhood parks or park malls, and verbal…

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Added by Cameron R. Rodman on July 11, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

LA+ Takes on Landscape Identity in Their Spring Issue

LA+, published by ORO Editions, started out in the spring of 2015 as a unique, landscape-focused journal that deviated from the pack by not only bringing designers, but philosophers, artists, geographers, ecologists, planners, scientists, and others to the table…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on June 29, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Land8 Acquires Landscape Architects Network

Seizing an opportunity to broaden its reach and significantly grow its network, Land8 is announcing the acquisition of Landscape Architects Network (LAN), a prominent online resource dedicated to highlighting the work of landscape architects around the world and spreading the latest projects, events, and news that impacts the profession. Supported by its 1.5 million Facebook…

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Added by Matt Alcide on June 7, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

10 Reasons to Attend the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO

Each year, over 6,000 landscape architects gather for the largest assembly of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world: the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO. This year’s meeting will be held October 20-23 in Los Angeles. Here are 10 reasons why you should attend.…



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Added by Stephanie Marino on May 23, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

How Different is the 2017 LARE?

For any LARE (Landscape Architect Registration Examination) candidate, knowing what to study given limited preparation resources is key. In 2012 the exam changed so that hand drawing was no longer used, and design, grading, and drainage became computer based. New verbal and graphic questions in various formats were developed for the first time. This was a dramatic…

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Added by Cheryl Corson on May 12, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Landscape Architects and Civic Engagement: Time to Walk the Walk

We live in a precarious time. Unprecedented some might say, where every day we have no idea which way our government is moving. Even the lifelong politicians (as well as the newbies) are confused by this uncertainty and lack of direction. I can’t recall a time where there was such uneasiness with our…

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Added by Ernest Wong on April 7, 2017 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Using “Little Bets” to Create Change: A Pilot Project to Benefit the Future of Austin, Texas

The idea of “little bets” has manifested in my work in the form of reframing my approach to design with a focus on better horticultural practice. One of my core motivations for pursuing a career in landscape architecture was my deep interest in plant materials. This has been…

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Added by Philip Koske on March 10, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Grant Competition for Emerging Professionals

Calling all emerging professionals: Get your pen out, and bring on the creative ideas. The 2017 National Grant Competition for…

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Added by Stephanie Marino on February 15, 2017 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

A Call to Action for Landscape Architecture

Do current events have you feeling ready to act but not sure what to do? Start by signing the Landscape Architecture Foundation's (LAF) New Landscape Declaration

This bold vision is a 21st century call to action for landscape architecture and serves as a…

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Added by Barbara Deutsch on February 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Book Review: Innovations in Landscape Architecture

Innovation is time consuming, mentally challenging, and potentially unpromising. So why do some designers put in so much of their time and effort without a promise of success? What drives design innovators and what are they looking for? Innovators are unique…

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Added by Cameron R. Rodman on February 8, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

6 Reasons to Attend LABash 2017

LABash 2017 is already just around the corner, with less than 2 months left! If you needed any convincing and haven't gotten your registration yet, keep on reading!

1. You will learn things outside of your regular curriculum.

Get messy in a…

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Added by Tandis Hamidzadeh on February 7, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Podcast: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Imagine having access to every street tree in your city, essentially having the urban forest at your fingertips. The New York City Street Tree Map does just that, giving users access to information about every street tree in New York City. The map shows the location of every single tree, in all five boroughs,…

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Added by Stephanie Marino on January 26, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Top 10 Landscape Architecture Books of 2016

2016 has been a great year for landscape architecture books. Whether you are interested in preparing for the eventual shift toward BIM technology, learning about innovative ecological solutions in cities, or the future of infrastructure, last year had something for you. Notably, Charles Waldheim released his most comprehensive primer on…

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Added by Benjamin Boyd on January 17, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Podcast: People Habitat

From New York’s High Line to Atlanta’s BeltLine, transit revitalization projects are popping up all over the U.S., and beyond. High-speed roadways, outdated railways, and abandoned subways are being replaced or modified…

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Added by Stephanie Marino on January 14, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Podcast: Undiscovered Country

Soil is capable of carrying immense loads, supporting plant growth needed for urban environments and food security, sequestering CO2, mitigating stormwater runoff, and is home to billions of organisms and biological processes. Despite how incredible this natural resource is, soil is often an overlooked feature of our landscape. Its care and preservation are rarely considered in the…

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Added by Stephanie Marino on December 22, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

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LARE Professional Experience 6 Replies

Hi,So I am in the process of taking the LARE here in California. I am currently getting the last bit of my professional experience by working in the public sector under the supervision of a Civil Engineer.How common is this? Has anybody gotten…Continue

Started by Smithhart in PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Last reply by J. Robert Wainner 15 minutes ago.

Compost Blankets 2 Replies

This seems like such a simple question but I haven't been able to find an answer on the internets...Can anyone explain what the difference is between a compost blanket and a layer of regular compost? Is there some kind of binding medium mixed in to…Continue

Started by Katherine Jacobs in DETAILS & MATERIALS. Last reply by Jamie Chen on Wednesday.

Pollution caused by Industrial Facilities 1 Reply

How landscape architecture can help to mitigate the pollution caused by industrial facilities?, like carbon from the coal industries.

Started by Ian C. Santiago in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Jamie Chen on Tuesday.

Any suggestions to transform Industrial seaport to Ecological seaport 4 Replies

Warm greetings!!! I am a student of Landscape Architecture in the Philippines, our thesis is on the process now, our topic is to transform Manila Port (which is an industrial seaport) into a ecological seaport. we want your opinion to this study,…Continue

Started by Ian C. Santiago in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Ian C. Santiago Oct 12.

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