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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

Drafting Tips: Boosting AutoCAD Productivity with Tool Palettes

In an office, design staff must ensure that project files, presentation drawings, and construction documents communicate effectively within the office, across disciplines, and to clients and contractors.  In response, all offices have developed…

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Added by Nicholas Buesking on February 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Landscape Architects Enter the Shivaji Competition

In GIF format, the Shivaji Competition seeks actual and impossible ideas to maintain human habitation on islands and deltas doomed by the predicted sea level rise of at least one meter in the 21st century.  All entries will be submitted as animated GIFs for social media broadcast and…

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Added by Glenn Weiss on February 5, 2016 at 9:02am — No Comments

Putting the Public in the Right of Way: Streets as Urban Open Space

American cities are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround as urban living is growing more popular with young adults. This shift in…

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Added by Nate Cormier on February 5, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

James Richards sketching techniques online!

This just in--many of you know that a large part of my work in recent years has been responding to invitations to provide lectures, demonstrations and workshops to conferences and campuses on my approach and techniques for freehand concept drawing and urban sketching.  As a logical next step, I've collaborated with…

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Added by James Richards on February 1, 2016 at 7:11am — No Comments

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Working Abroad: Entry level Landscape Architecture...Where do I start?? 11 Replies

Hello folks!I am a recent graduate from UGA's BLA program. At this point in my life, I have a serious case of wanderlust and would love to travel for a few years, but also would like to work within the field to continue learning and growing in this…Continue

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Started by Madeline in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Edward Flaherty on Sunday.

Predicting Tree Health Based On impervious Surface Cover

oo many trees planted in urban or developed sites eventually succumb to the heat and drought stress resulting from surrounding impervious surface cover. This simple field technique helps landscapers (and planners) predict tree health (the research…Continue

Started by Rob Halpern in SUSTAINABILITY & DESIGN on Friday.

Plant image cutouts for design documents. 1 Reply

I am looking for good libraries of cutout images of water efficient plants for California landscapes. Though Southwest natives and plants from other Mediterranean plants are needed, we are especially interested in CA natives.Does any such library…Continue

Started by Drew Ready in GRAPHICS. Last reply by Blake C. Rhinehart on Thursday.

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