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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 — 2 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 — No Comments

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

The Challenges of Urban Agriculture: Contamination, Economics, and Management

In many ways, urban growers have the odds stacked against them, especially when compared to rural farmers. Yet, there are increasingly more examples of successful urban farming. Much of this is due to the contributions of landscape architects, who have much to offer in guiding urban agriculture towards a strong civic institution. In this post…

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Added by Brian Barth on July 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Transform SketchUp models into Digital Hybrid Watercolor Renderings

In 2011, I developed the Digital SketchUp Watercolor - an amazing hybrid visualization technique for transforming a Google SketchUp model view into a digital watercolor. The idea involves a combination of digital image manipulation and traditional hand…

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Added by JIm Leggitt on July 23, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Hand Drawing Tutorial: Analytical Drawing - Urban Scenes

As I always like to say: drawing is a tool for analysis, observing and thinking. That's why a drawing can be much more than merely a recording of a view. It represents our thoughts and ideas at the certain time associated with a certain object or place.

Field sketching and drawing is great for landscape…

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Added by Gasper Habjanic on July 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Food-Producing Landscapes: Principles of Design

Food producing landscapes are more controversial than your typical landscape project. As mentioned in a previous post, urban gardens often trigger a sense of environmental…

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Added by Brian Barth on July 17, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Green Tech Review: The Long Term Performance of Permeable Paving

Permeable pavements are a great tool for alleviating stormwater issues.  Proper design—like with most landscape technologies—is key to…

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Added by Nicholas Buesking on July 16, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Top 10 Websites for Learning Realistic Landscape Architecture Rendering Tips and Tricks

When I started teaching the University of Maryland's landscape architecture digital drafting and mapping course, I scoured the web for the best resources and tutorials for my students. Since digital renderings have now become standard practice in landscape architecture, it's important that students and…

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Added by Doug Davies on July 15, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Hand Drawing Tutorial: One Point Perspective

Today, we're going to look at drawing in perspective. Mastering basic perspective is crucial for drawing outdoor environments, where we almost always experience depth of space.

Perspective drawings are usually used for presentational drawings, but they're useful for fast sketches as well. And even if we…

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Added by Gasper Habjanic on July 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Filmtastic Fridays: How Can We Work with the Landscape to Make Livable Places?

The Landscape Institute is pleased to launch a new animation by cartoonist and urbanist Rob Cowan, titled: How can we work with the landscape to make livable places? This film brings the Institute’s current policy…

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Added by Becky Brewis on July 11, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Beauty of Food: Gardens As Placemakers

According to a recent study by the National Gardening Association, more than 1 in 3 American households now grow a portion of the food they consume — a 17 percent increase over the…

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Added by Brian Barth on July 10, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Putting a Price on Design: What is the Value of Public Space?

Iconic, candy-coloured and hugely popular, Toronto's award-winning Sugar Beach is making headlines again, but this time the story's not quite so sweet.…

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Added by Helen Buckle on July 9, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Comparing and Contrasting Landscape Architecture in Brazil and New Zealand

In my home country of Brazil, landscape architecture is considered part of a five-year architecture degree and not as a separate discipline. In fact, landscape architecture is usually just the subject of two or three courses covered over two or three semesters. This means…

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Added by Silvia G Tavares on July 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hand Drawing Tutorial: Drawing Architecture

Drawing landscape and drawing architecture can be two quite different things. This week, we'll look at drawing architecture and why it's also important for landscape architects. 

Despite being landscape architects, we usually find it much easier to draw a building or an urban environment rather than a…

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Added by Gasper Habjanic on July 7, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Filmtastic Fridays: Tagus Linear Park - Topiaris Landscape Architecture

Unlike with architecture, trying to capture the spirit of a landscape in digital media can feel downright impossible. Still images often don't do the ever-changing landscape justice, but we think that this serene flyover video of Topiaris Landscape…

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Added by Lucy Wang on July 4, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why Landscape Architects Stopped Specifying Edible Plants (And Why They Have Started Again)

In the 150 years that landscape architecture has been formally recognized as a profession, there has existed a gulf of separation between our discipline and agriculture. Even though plants, soil, and people are fundamental to each field, the former focuses on aesthetics and the structural functions of human…

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Added by Brian Barth on July 3, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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