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How Different Climates Affect the Growth of Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardening in any climate can be extremely complex. The regional climate, or plant hardiness zone, is the biggest overriding climatic aspect that needs to be considered, along with the neighbourhood microclimate, and the microclimate of the wall itself.…

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Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on August 28, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ Emerging Professionals On Engaging Young Designers

Want to boost awareness and participation in your local landscape architecture chapter but don’t know how? If you were lucky enough to attend last year’s ASLA conference in Boston, you’ve experienced first-hand the energy and ambition of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Located in one of the…

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Added by Land8 on August 27, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Spanish Landscape Architecture: Barcelona Botanical Garden

One of Spain's crown jewels, Barcelona Botanical Garden is located on Montjuich´s mountainside between the Castle and the Olympic Stadium. Today, I'd like to bring you on a journey into a garden-mountain landscape that captures the perfect design balance between nature and the city of Barcelona.…

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Added by Sixto D. Lozano on August 26, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A History of Vertical Gardens From Simple Vines to Hydroponic Systems

Vertical gardens have been growing in our cities and homes for centuries. The surge in vertical gardening technology in the 20th century has made this fact easy to forget. So, in case you’ve forgotten, or maybe you never knew, here is a brief history of the evolution of vertical…

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Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on August 21, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

James Richards Interview on Travel and Urban Sketching

Your sketches have a very unique, fun style to them. How did this develop?

My visual sense is undoubtedly shaped by the magazines and comics I read as a kid. I’d try to emulate the drawing styles of Mort Drucker, Ronald Searle, Paul Hogarth and others, so there’s some of that there. Also, the demands of…

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Added by James Richards on August 20, 2014 at 7:46am — No Comments

Fallingwater: A Must-see for Landscape Architects

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated masterpiece located a little over an hour outside of Pittsburgh, is one of the most famous houses in the world. Over five million people have visited the property since it was opened to the public in 1963. I added my name to that list once again when I visited recently…

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Added by Mark Harrison Hough on August 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Gadget Review: Leica Disto D810 Touch

I was recently given the opportunity to test out the new Leica Disto D810 Touch – a hand held laser distance metre complete with a touch screen and on-board digital camera.…

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Added by Jason Packenham on August 18, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Vertical Gardens: A Brief Introduction

Vertical gardens have recently become very trendy in the world of landscape architecture and design. There are many readily available vertical garden products and systems on the market, making them popular with the DIY community and also for corporate branding. This is the first in a 9 post series on…

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Added by Tamara Urben-Imbeault on August 14, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Chunling Wu's Recommended Landscape Architecture Drawing Tools and Essentials

As a follow up to commonly asked questions about the drawing equipment I use in my landscape sketches, I’ve rounded up a list of some of my commonly used tools. These days, many art supplies are quite expensive. Luckily, however, I don’t use…

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Added by Chunling Wu on August 13, 2014 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Power to the People! On-The-Go Solar Charging Could be Coming to a Street Near You!

It's a common problem that's caught us all out at some point: a dead phone battery and nowhere to charge it. But this frustration could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new wave of street furniture that's sweeping through cities.…

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Added by Helen Buckle on August 12, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hand Drawing Tutorial: Analytical Drawing II

Once again, this week's Linescapes covers analytical drawing. As I emphasized many times before, drawing can be a great tool for analysis. I use it most frequently to record my thoughts when looking at a landscape. It also helps me analyze its shapes and patterns.

When analyzing a…

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Added by Gasper Habjanic on August 11, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Four of the Latest and Greatest Places for Urban Agriculture in the United States

Our Land8 Urban Agriculture series is finally coming to a close, and for the last article in the six-part series we visit some of the latest and greatest places for urban agriculture in the United States. Click through to see all!

Gotham Greens — New York, NY

These pioneers of commercial rooftop agriculture are expanding at a phenomenal rate. Their first farm, a 15,000 square foot greenhouse on top…

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Added by Brian Barth on August 7, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

EPA Announces Winners of the 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge

Standard urban development builds systems designed to move stormwater quickly away from where it falls.  The efficiency of gutter and pipe systems allows stormwater to carry sediment, bacteria, nutrients, and even heavy metals into bodies of water.  It also places more stress on natural waterways because runoff…

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Added by Nicholas Buesking on August 6, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Digitising Landscape Architecture: Rhino in Landscape

Rhinoceros (Rhino for short) is a standalone 3D modelling program that provides a flexible and versatile modelling environment for a variety of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry professionals, from…

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Added by Jason Packenham on August 5, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Demand for Landscape Architects in the UK is Booming! Could it be Time to Pack Your Bags?

The global economic downturn has had an undeniably profound effect on the profession of landscape architecture. From the USA to Europe, Asia to Australia, we have all been affected, albeit to varying degrees of disaster. Whilst some countries are still…

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Added by Helen Buckle on August 4, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Filmtastic Fridays: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

Chicago's Millennium Park celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! In honor of the incredibly popular urban park, The Chicago Tribune has put together a three minute video capturing its evolution from a desolate rail yard to award-winning public space across the span of a…

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Added by Lucy Wang on August 1, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

The Tricky Business of Zoning for Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is a conundrum for municipal planning agencies. The ‘Euclidean’ approach to zoning that has guided the growth of cities over the last century delineates incompatible land…

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Added by Brian Barth on July 31, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Does Beauty Still Matter?

There was a time, not too long ago, when the quality of urban landscapes was determined by what they looked like and what it was like to be in them. Their ecological and human health benefits were well known, but these were seen mainly as positive by-products of what was more important: improving the quality of life for people living in…

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Added by Mark Harrison Hough on July 30, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

São Paulo Transforms Parklets into Public Policy

You've probably heard about Parklets: the simple but ingenious concept of transforming parking spaces along the street into publicly accessible recreational areas. Initially inspired by Rebar art and design studio's one-day parklet…

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Added by Helen Buckle on July 29, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Hand Drawing Tutorial: How to Draw Mountains

In this week's tutorial we'll look at how to draw mountains. Their interesting rock formations make mountains one of my favorite landscape types to draw. I also find their shapes and patterns a great source of inspiration for design.

I usually start the process by drawing the shapes of the peaks. At the…

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Added by Gasper Habjanic on July 28, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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