Author: Andrew Spiering

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Interview with ‘Swings for Dreams – Landscape Architecture Without Borders’ Founder Michael Aguas

I remember the freedom I felt when I first learned to swing and the exhilaration I experienced when my stomach was tickled flying skyward with my friends.  We would often launch ourselves, then run to the monkey bars to race through an obstacle course we created for ourselves.  We would swing and laugh for hours.  It was imaginative, fun, and creative.  I never assumed that the availability of saf...

Olithas by Landscape Forms

Olithas by Landscape Forms is part of their new Terrace Life initiative that marks the company’s entry into lifestyle furniture for more intimate, social, high-design outdoor spaces.  “Design professionals know Landscape Forms as a manufacturer of site furniture for streetscapes, parks and campuses,” explains company president Richard Heriford. “Now we are going to places we haven’t been bef...

Quartz Series Containers by Kornegay Design

Phoenix-based product designer, Larry Kornegay, found inspiration for these containers from colored quartz crystals that he inherited from his father.  Introduced in 2010 to the Kornegay Design’s product line of finely crafted pre-cast concrete site furnishings, the Quartz Series containers are quirky and fun yet bold and sophisticated.    Dynamic intersecting planes comprise the six faceted...

Announcing the Launch of CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge

We are excited to announce the CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge!  University students and recent graduates are invited to imagine and create ‘resilient communities’ by using living architecture – green roofs and walls – to redesign a community center in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, California. The CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge, hosted here on Land8, is an academ...

Tech Beat: Black Spectacles brings Software Training Online for Architecture & Design

Want to get up to speed on the latest software technology?  Then, check out Black Spectacles, an awesome website for learning architecture and design software.  Whether you need to get ahead in school or a new job or simply just want to improve your skills, you can learn software on your own schedule, on any device, anywhere you can get an internet connection.  The courses are lead by architects a...

Landscape Urbanism Launches Scenario 4: “Rethinking Infrastructure”

Need a good read this week?  Here is an in-depth study for you!  Our friends over at Landscape Urbanism recently launched the latest issue of the newly-named Scenario Journal – Scenario 4: Rethinking Infrastructure. This issue responds to the emergence of infrastructure as a central concept within the larger conversation about urbanism and a key force driving the transformation of urban land...

Excalibur: The World’s Tallest Climbing Wall

The Excalibur, situated within the Bjoeks Climb Center among the flatlands of Groningen, The Netherlands, is the world’s tallest climbing wall.  Towering 121 feet above grade, it stands like a monument over the surrounding landscape.  If the sheer height were not enough, a sleek curve 36 feet from the base provides an artificial overhang for advanced climbers and creates a dramatic element to the ...

How to Make a Portfolio: 5 Tips for Telling your Story

The video above was produced by Newschool of Architecture + Design (NSA+D)to help educate their potential applicants on how to make a portfolio for graduate submissions.  Not only is it a fun and useful guide, it is an example of great marketing.  (It certainly made me want to create something beautiful and apply.)  You will want the same, positive reaction when someone reviews your portfolio.  Wh...

LAF Announces Winners of the 2013 Olmsted Scholar Awards

Since 2008, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has honored student leadership through their Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award and recognition program for landscape architecture students.  The 2013 class, nominated by their faculty for being exceptional student leaders, join a growing community of 250 past and present Olmsted Scholars. Needless to say, it’s a BIG d...

Treedom Project: 30-days to Liberate Brooklyn’s Street Trees

We have all seen the girdling effects that can be caused by abandoned tree stakes and ties, metal clamps, string lights, and bike locks.  (If you haven’t yet, look around.)  They are not only an eye-sore, they cause girdling and can weaken the integrity of the tree.  That is where Rob Birdsong’s mission began.  He noticed an old chain on the trunk of a Japanese Zelkova on his block in ...

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 Iron Designs’ Challenge!

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 Iron Designs’ Challenge!  At the beginning of April, Iron Age Designs challenged you to design a winning site furnishing family consisting of a bollard, bench, and a bin.  From among the 77 design submissions, a group of the Top 10 Finalists were selected.  It is now with great excitement that we announce the winners of the 2013 Iron Age DesignsR...

Kite Aerial Photography: Site Photos from a New Perspective

Ever go on a site visit and wish you could get an aerial shot of the property?  You may have climbed a ladder, or a tree, or perhaps even found a neighboring roof in hopes of getting a better vantage point. (Ya, I know you’re out there!)  Then, when that did not work out as planned, you turn to google earth only to get a grainy screenshot.  Well, perhaps next time you should bring a kite.  C...

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