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Courtyards in Modern Design | The Room Without a Ceiling

As a landscape architect I love the aspects of modernist architecture that allow a house to embrace and co-exist with the garden around it.

One feature of a house that can instantly achieve this is a courtyard.

The room without a ceiling.

A courtyard is a landscaped private area within or next to the house that integrates with the living and private spaces…


Added by Jason Davidson on September 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

4 Building Materials that Reduce Construcion Cost

Construction and civil engineering activities have experienced a boom due to rapid improvements in procurement of building materials. However, the booming construction industry has posed many challenges due to some unsustainable aspects of the highly polluting and the exhaustive nature of building materials. But many innovative and…


Added by Modern Homes on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

6 Tips to Enhance 3D Renderings

Architectural visualization or illustration is the art of weaving two dimensional images or animations showing the attributes of a proposed architectural design. It is in fact the conceptual illustration of an architectural design which…


Added by Render Craft 3D on August 28, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Purpose-Driven Design

Architectural design begins with a desire to fulfill a client's specific needs. But what if the design also needs to address the aspirations of an entire civilization? Today, the challenges of managing resources, population growth, changing climate, and economic disparity all impact the purpose of architecture. Technological advances bring increased power to the design process, and contemporary architects are viewing the world through a wider lens than ever…


Added by Juliana Yoo on August 26, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

5 Patio Features for Dynamic Outdoor Rooms

Effective patio design makes for a dynamic outdoor extension of your home. Possessing a property and keeping it secured with colorful fences is not only enough to deck up your garden.  Setting up a patio for the outdoor space or…


Added by Socorro Gonzalez on August 14, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Geodesign: Site Analysis & 3D Data Visualization Tools

Cities around the world are striving to improve the quality of life for their citizens, creating great places to live where people can feel safe, healthy, happy and engaged in the community. Urban and regional planning plays a vital role in this effort as design of spaces, comprehensive planning, zoning regulations, creation and monitoring of special districts,…


Added by Nadia Amoroso on July 4, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

LARE Math Basics


Added by Cheryl Corson on July 2, 2015 at 5:33am — No Comments

3 Ways to Sustain Nature in Built Environment

Sustaining Nature and Natural Processes in Ultra-Urban Environments [LAF + DeepRoot Roundtable]

Urbanization is occurring rapidly – not just in the United States, but globally – and squeezing people, transit, and housing into denser and denser areas. This shift isn’t just about buildings and roads, of course, it also affects it affects the way we plan, integrate, and care for urban nature. Given that trees and plants are more important than ever in ultra-urban areas – and that…

Added by Matthew Alcide on June 15, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

4 Fun Backyard Vertical Gardening Ideas

One of the many reasons why I love vertical gardens so much is that they range so dramatically in complexity, materiality and in price. DIY or backyard Vertical Gardening has become very popular in recent years. Whether you have a backyard, a balcony, or just a nice sunny wall inside your home, you can easily…


Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on May 26, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Cities with Heart: the book

Colleagues, I am delighted to report that Cities with Heart (China Architecture and Building Press, 2015) is selling well, online and in bookstores. Most of the cities where this book can make a difference are in China, so this book goes…


Added by Tom Paine on May 21, 2015 at 9:51pm — No Comments

10 Time-Saving SketchUp Tips for Landscape Architects

There are many ways in which you can boost the speed of your modeling to save oodles and oodles of time on your projects, the following links, tutorials, and tips and tricks are the basics (some of which you already know) that you can employ to help speed up your projects. Learning SketchUp is one of the easier things to do, however mastering the shortcuts and making the best use of your time and effort can take a little bit more effort. Lets go over the top ten things to…


Added by Doug Davies on May 19, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

How to Clean Conservatory Windows

The conservatory has become a very popular choice for many home owners in the last few years. They are a great addition to the traditional landscape of almost every suburban house. They look perfect as an entryway to the general parts of the house, or as a nice threshold to your backyard. …


Added by Jane Wilson on April 30, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Book Review: Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks

In 2011, the term "infographic" was added to Webster's English Dictionary and solidified a popular movement to increase the visual expression of data for the general public. Before and since that word has been either …

Added by Benjamin Boyd on April 18, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

7 Radically Distinctive Highschool And College Building Structures

When I was in college, there was a time that I would like to sit on the edge of the railings from our school library. It was peaceful and the massive space would let you see people far beyond your reach - which is good - especially if you want some isolation during that day. The flooring…


Added by Eliza Sullin on April 16, 2015 at 8:21am — No Comments

How to Clean Outdoor Tiles

The outdoor area is also an important part of our property, and we should take the proper care of it, if we want for our home to look well maintained and clean. But many people have issues with cleaning the outdoor area, and especially the tiles,…


Added by Jane Wilson on April 2, 2015 at 5:37am — No Comments

Happy World Landscape Architecture Month from ASLA-NY President Jennifer Nitsky

Fellow Landscape Architects, Designers and Friends:

Happy Landscape Architecture Month!

This is our month - a time to celebrate our profession and also a time to promote greater awareness of landscape architecture to all. Our chapter will kick off our celebration tomorrow evening with a  …


Added by ASLA-NY on April 1, 2015 at 1:42pm — No Comments

World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) in April 2015

World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) in April 2015 #WLAM2015…

Added by Mahdi Khansefid on March 26, 2015 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

A Design Alternative for Affordable Housing

As cities are growing and a lot of people being displaced, one of the strategies that can be used to prevent displacement and unwillingness to relocate, especially those who are economically struggling, is to look at affordability of and accessibility to basic life necessities--housing is one of them.…


Added by ThanakornW on March 25, 2015 at 9:48pm — No Comments

New Book: Second Nature Urban Agriculture


Added by Louise Fox on March 18, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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