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Land8 Lounge Members featured in June Issue of LAM

In this month's issue of LAM, Daniel Jost features seven note-worthy blogs in his article, "The Dirt on Blogging: How can blogs change the way we communicate about Landscape Architecture?" Out of all the exceptional landscape blogs out there, I was happy to see that 5 out of the 7 bloggers mentioned in this article are members of Land8Lounge.…


Added by Andrew Spiering on June 29, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Major F/X: An Interview with David Farmer

David Farmer is a licensed Landscape Architect and the founder and CEO of Ecografx, Inc. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1974 and Architecture in 1976. David still resides there where he practices on "the side" and perfects the software he developed - Land F/X. He is passionate about design, efficiency, and construction details. In this interview we talk about… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on June 2, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Ten to Watch: Landscape Architects

Ten Landscape Architects were mentioned In the May/June 2009 issue of California Home + Design, as the top ten Landscape Architects to watch in California. I was happy to see a Land8Lounge member was among "these rising stars."

Ive Haugeland and Tyler Manchuck of Shades of Green Landscape Architecture Studio in Sausalito, CA have a… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on May 22, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sky-Terra: A Towerable Mistake

San Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement has envisioned these neuron cell-inspired, Sky-Terra skyscrapers to cope with the growing need for green urban space in Tokyo. The towers rise up to 1,600 ft above the street level and expand out until they reach the flat top plaza layer. These plazas offer many options and configurations, from public parks, greenbelts, playing fields, jogging paths,… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on April 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Romanian Road Trip


Ellen Fetzer is a dynamic player on the international landscape architecture community scene. In this interview, we talk about how she found the profession, her road trip across Romania, and how she plans to reshape the structure of the traditional university system.

What is your background with regard to Landscape Architecture?

I studied landscape… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on April 14, 2009 at 5:31pm — No Comments

West 8 Wins Almere Hout Noord Competition

Congratulations to West 8 for winning the Almere Hout Noord competition. The competition entry for Almere Hout Noord West 8 prepared for housing corporation Ymere was unanimously chosen by the municipal assembly of Almere as the winning design.

Promoting small-scale networks of the different residents, the design for the new development of Almere… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on April 8, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Mermaids Heal the World

'Mermaid' is a private development-project designed by JDS Architects which aims to establish a large dolphinarium and wellness-center, together with hotel and holiday-apartments. The goal is to make 'Mermaid' the frame in which sea, air and light converge to stimulate the experience of health and wellness. With dolphins as the primary attraction, 'Mermaid' will offer a unique experience for the new 'health… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on April 4, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Welcome Hunter Industries!

We are proud to introduce Hunter Industries as our newest Sponsor! As a global company, Hunter Industries approaches the challenge of minimizing water use with an in-depth understanding of the big picture. The company constantly pursues more advanced methods and technologies that help apply water more efficiently, and fulfill its overriding commitment to conserve our planet’s most precious resource.

Hunter Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of irrigation… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on April 4, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Book Review: Natural Architecture


by Alessandro Rocca

Princeton Architectural Press, New York

Where does landscape architecture stop and landscape art begin? The artists and architects in Natural Architecture have transformed the act of building into an art form capable of sparking new relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Natural Architecture presents sixty-six site-specific…


Added by Andrew Spiering on March 24, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Mistakes in the Landscape: Part I

LESSON LEARNED: A Tree Well Detail

I remember when I saw Michael Jordan miss a dunk in game 3 of the semi-finals against the New York Knicks. I was shocked and so was everyone else watching. They did not seem to know what to say. We were used to seeing a high-flying, gravity-defying, basketball god plastered on magazine covers, posters, and cereal boxes. It was an eye-opening experience that taught me a valuable lesson. Even the best players make… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on March 18, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Book Review: The Colors of Nature, Subtropical Gardens Gardens by Raymond Jungles

The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles

By Raymond Jungles

Monacelli Press

PURCHASE From the Land8 Bookstore

One might think that a person with the last name of “Jungles” would be destined either to be a wilderness explorer and nature-lover or a master landscape designer who creates… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on February 16, 2009 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Landscape Online Interview

Technology editor for Landscape Online, Ashley Calabria, featured an interview with us in Part 2 of her series entitled, "Generation Speed." Read it here.…


Added by Andrew Spiering on January 16, 2009 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

Nemetschek North America Releases Spanish-language Vectorworks 2009

via Nemetschek

Columbia, Maryland (December 22, 2008)
- Nemetschek North America today announced the release of their Spanish-language version of Vectorworks(r) 2009 design software, including: Designer, Architect, Landmark, Fundamentals, and Renderworks. The Vectorworks 2009 product line features a robust new engine that gives users superior 2D and 3D capabilities, at speeds that… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on December 28, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Saving 12 Marvels

Modernist landscapes with boomerang curves, reservoirs inspired by Joan Miro paintings, animated fountains, soaring roof gardens, geometric earthworks, futuristic fair grounds, and sunken and expansive plazas all became celebrated design elements during the nation’s massive post-World War II development. These experimental and innovative expressions became a catalyst for inserting Modern design sensibilities into newly minted public and private… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on December 13, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Green Power Towers


The Daewoo Consortium and the municipality of Gwanggyo announced the MVRDV concept design for a dense city centre winner of the developer’s competition for the future new town of Gwanggyo, located 35km south of the Korean capital Seoul. The plan consists of a series of overgrown hill shaped buildings with great programmatic diversity, aiming for high urban density and… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on December 12, 2008 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

2500 Members in the Lounge!

This week we passed another milestone of 2500 members! We’re seeing new members come from all over the world and with varying levels of experience. Thank you for your support and sharing your terrific work and creativity. It continues to motivate and inspire… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on December 4, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Check us out in November issue of LAM!

Land8Lounge was featured in the November 2008 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Landscape Architecture magazine is the magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and has a paid, professional subscription circulation of over 23, 000.

Thank you, Adam, for writing such an excellent article. Although... you did refer to us as gregarious!

Read the article,… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on November 18, 2008 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

An Interview with POK - The Thailand Connection

POK, Principal of T.R.O.P: Terrains + Open Spaces, is an ex-Hargreaves employee and a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design. In this interview we talk about his experiences working at Hargraeves and for Bill Bentley, drawing cartoons at GSD, his favorite color, and why dreams need to be incorporated into the design process.

POK's… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on November 16, 2008 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Album Contest: We have a Winner!

The winner of the Album Contest and a 1-year subscription to sitephocus is Brandon Reed! With 26 out of a total of 110 votes, the hand-rendering master stood out as the clear victor over the other 10 nominees. He was up against impressive competition, including the likes of Thomas Schaller, LIUTKUS, and Jeffrey Gordon Smith - the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers. Thank you to all who participated in the Album Contest and congratulations Brandon!… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on November 3, 2008 at 11:33pm — 1 Comment

A Tribute to Chrisy Hardy - Talented, Passionate, Adventurous

“I am an avid skier, runner, hiker and mountain biker who likes to be a landscape architect on the side. My reason for living is to exist outside on the slope, the trail or at the park.”

Chrisy Hardy passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 21, 2008, in Denver, Colorado. Chrisy was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved to Colorado where she received a Bachelors of Science in… Continue

Added by Andrew Spiering on October 27, 2008 at 8:30am — 6 Comments



This is why cities can’t grow all their own food 2 Replies

If every homeowner in Seattle ripped up their lawn and replaced it with edible plants, the resulting crop production would be enough to feed just one percent of the city’s residents, according to a new study by researchers at the University of…Continue

Started by Rob Halpern in SUSTAINABILITY & DESIGN. Last reply by Dave McCorquodale on Wednesday.

Durability of Bamboo Decking 2 Replies

Does anybody know anything about using bamboo decking in humid weather, like Hong Kong and the durability of bamboo when exposed to the elements? Thank you.Continue

Started by Juliana Tan in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Rob Halpern on Wednesday.

CLARB LARE Scoring 15 Replies

Anyone else think it is ridiculous that it takes 4-6 weeks for CLARB to score a completely digital exam? Stupid.Continue

Started by nca in PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Last reply by Brad Alexander on Tuesday.

Alternates to AutoCAD....Vectorworks? 20 Replies

Fellow LA's  I have a question for you all.   I'm sure this probably has been asked already but only had a few minutes online and figured this might be quicker then searching.  I'm looking for a good alternative to AutoCAD.  We use A.C. 2016 in our…Continue

Tags: AutoC, Vectrworks, AutoCAD

Started by Anthony Parziale in TECHNOLOGY. Last reply by John on Tuesday.


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