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Escaping the Echo Chamber: The Power of Diverse Perspectives [Video]

At the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Miami, Nicole Plunkett, a landscape architect and partner at Cotleur & Hearing, spoke about the importance of diverse perspectives and breaking out of our comfort zones. She is also the founder of Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA), a non-profit focused on educating K-12 students about the career field of landscape architecture. Nicole’s presentation centered around her personal experience with a pub trivia team. What started as a casual activity turned into a valuable lesson on the benefits of surrounding oneself with a diverse group of individuals. The team comprised professionals from various fields including interior design, software development, law, healthcare, and engineering, among others. This diversity enriched their knowledge base...Read More

Beyond the Certification: Weaving Ecosystem Services Into Every Landscape [Video]

At the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Miami, Patricia Matamoros, Reslience & Adaptation Lead at Savino & Miller Design Studio, challenges the notion that sustainability and resilience should be niche concepts in landscape architecture. She emphasizes that ecosystem services should be at the core of every project undertaken by landscape architects, rather than being considered a subcategory. Patricia advocates for a shift in design approach towards understanding the symbiotic relationship between resilience and ecosystem services. She argues that this shift invites exploration of the hidden benefits that all landscape architecture projects can provide. To achieve this, she highlights the Sustainable Sites Initiative as a framework enabling the implementation of nature-based solutions al...Read More

Generative AI for Landscape Architecture [Video]

At the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Miami, Rocio Martinez, a landscape architect and visual artist, delved into the innovative realm of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its profound implications for the field of landscape architecture. The presentation unfolded with Rocio sharing her initial experiment with artificial intelligence, showcasing a comparison between her original artwork and a replica generated using generative AI. This demonstration underscored the capacity of AI to mimic and reinterpret artistic concepts, offering intriguing possibilities for creative exploration within the field. Rocio explained the concept of generative AI, emphasizing its reliance on vast datasets encompassing images, videos, and music. However, she highlighted the potential issue of copyright in...Read More

Data + Design [Video]

At the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Miami, Devon King delivered a presentation on the integration of data and design in landscape architecture, emphasizing the importance of workflow, collaboration, and utilizing various software tools. As a landscape architect at EDSA in Fort Lauderdale, Devon shares insights into how data-informed design processes are transforming the industry. The presentation begins with Devon expressing excitement about discussing data-informed design, workflow, and tools utilized in landscape architecture. She highlights the goal of utilizing software without dead ends, exemplified by the transition from Rhino to Revit for documentation purposes. Devon discusses the utilization of data for visualization, analysis, and collaboration, showcasing projects where various so...Read More

Leading the Way: The Power and Potential of Landscape Architecture [Video]

Alex Fenech, a landscape architect with Hitchcock Design Group, delivered a compelling talk during the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Miami. In his presentation, Alex emphasized the significance of leadership in the field of landscape architecture and aimed to inspire individuals at various stages of their careers, from students to seasoned professionals. Alex began the talk by defining leadership as the ability to influence and guide decisions, groups of people, and initiatives. He expressed his passion for leadership within the landscape architecture profession and aimed to encourage and empower the audience to embark on their leadership journey. Using quotes as a narrative thread throughout the presentation, Alex drew inspiration from Walt Disney, highlighting the transformative power of le...Read More

Identity, Innovation, Impact: Landscape Architects Shaping Climate Solutions [Video]

During the Land8x8 Lightning Talks, landscape architect Robert Curtis of Curtis + Rogers Design Studio shares insights gained from almost five years in the landscape architecture profession. He highlights the challenges faced in addressing the climate crisis within the built environment sector, emphasizing perceived limitations and barriers to influence. Robert categorizes the landscape architect’s influence into three spheres: personal, political, and practical. Personal influence involves individual values, political influence addresses structural and systemic factors affecting the design process, and practical influence focuses on implementing design through actions. The speaker identifies barriers such as limited budgets, lack of coordination, cultural values, and regulatory chal...Read More

Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2023 – Winners!

Here are the winners of the 6th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture presented by Land8 and the American Society of Landscape Architects! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted. Be sure to follow the winners to help grow and promote the profession! Top 10 Social Media Accounts – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRMS 1. EDSA – Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook At EDSA, social media goes beyond posting on traditional outlets. It serves as a form of education, self-discovery and thought leadership regarding some of the most pressing topics facing our industry. A continuous feed of projects, ideas and ideals, ...Read More

6 Reasons to Attend LABash 2024 at UC Davis

1. Welcome to Cowtown! Charming and quiet, Davis offers much more than meets the eye. Our vibrant city is full of quirky local shops and restaurants such as Sudwerk, offering a wide variety of California craft beers. On Saturdays, stop by our weekly farmers market from 8am-1pm for a taste of some of the finest produce around Northern California. Next, take a stroll through UC Davis’ 5300-acre arboretum with over twenty gardens for every landscape architect to sketch and enjoy! Referred to lovingly as “Cowtown,” visit our very own Dairy Cattle Facility to see every Aggie’s favorite animal. Once you’re north of campus, bike on over to see Village Homes, a world-renowned sustainable-living community built in 1975, the first of its kind. We hope you enjoy Davis and go Ags! 2. Our Events Less t...Read More

Elevating Landscape Architecture: The Compelling Case for Integrating AI [Video]

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force across various industries. One domain where AI is making significant strides is within our own field of landscape architecture, promising to revolutionize the way we design, construct, and inhabit spaces. In this blog post, we’ll explore the compelling argument for embracing AI in landscape architecture and how it stands to reshape the future of our built environment. Enhancing Design Creativity Traditionally, landscape architecture has been a human-driven process, relying on the creativity and intuition of designers. However, AI is not here to replace designers but rather to augment their capabilities. AI algorithms can analyze vast datasets, identify patterns, and genera...Read More

Scaling Up the Excitement: An Emerging Professional View of ASLA Conference 2023

The cityscape of Minneapolis was transformed into a mecca for landscape architecture enthusiasts as the ASLA 2023 Conference on Landscape Architecture unfolded, bringing together professionals, thought leaders, and students from the field. The annual event is a beacon of inspiration, fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and showcasing the latest trends and innovations in landscape architecture. With an impressive lineup of education sessions, a bustling expo, engaging experiences, and lively ASLA after-hours events, the conference proved to be a dynamic convergence of ideas and expertise. The theme of the ASLA 2023 Conference on Landscape Architecture was not just innovation; it was about scaling up and taking landscape architecture to new heights. This was my second time attending ...Read More

7 AI Image Generating Software You Should Know About [Video]

Artificial intelligence has made significant strides in various fields, and landscape architecture and design are no exceptions. In this rapidly evolving landscape, AI image-generating software is offering a wealth of creative possibilities. These tools are valuable for early concept development, idea testing, and even final renderings. While some of the best options come at a price, there are free alternatives that offer customization and unique features. In this video, I delve into the world of AI image generation and explore some of the programs that have already made their mark and those poised to revolutionize the industry. I have also recapped the video here for Land8 subscribers. Midjourney – The Popular Choice One of the most well-known AI image generation tools is Midjourney...Read More

Beyond the CEUs: 4 Benefits to Attending the ASLA Conference 2023

We all know getting those continuing education credits (CEU’s) are a practical benefit of attending the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference. However, attending can offer numerous and meaningful benefits to professionals in the field of landscape architecture and related disciplines. On the fence? Here are four compelling reasons to attend the ASLA Conference: 1. Networking Opportunities: The ASLA Conference brings together a diverse group of professionals, including landscape architects, urban planners, designers, educators, and students. It provides an excellent platform to network with peers, potential clients, and collaborators. Engaging in discussions, attending workshops, and participating in social events can lead to valuable connections and partnerships ...Read More

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