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  • As the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture celebrates the completion of its 15th year at the University of Texas at Austin, Director Hope Hasbrouck reflects on the radical change the program has […]

    • Yes……the Seas on Planet Earth have been rising now for centuries. However, according to NASA, the average amount of “Rising Sea Level” per year is now .1 (that’s point 1 inches) per year. How can you even measure that? IMO, this topic is way over blown. Just more “Liberal” rhetoric.

      If everyone is so concerned about rising seas and rivers……please explain to me WHY we don’t just “discourage” people/developers from building properties adjacent to Rivers, Lakes & Oceans? I don’t know the numbers, but, I feel sure that the vast majority of Americans live on the East Coast, West Coast & Gulf Coast. Then, they all complain when a nature comes along in the form of a “Hurricane”. I figure, the Earth is going to sort of “doing it’s thing” now and long after mankind has left this Planet. Mankind on Earth is like a flea on a Dog.
      Bob

  • Announcing the winners of the 2nd Annual Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape a […]

  • “The future of landscape architecture includes me,” proclaims Katie Coyne, Certified Ecologist and Principal at Asakura Robinson, a planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm. With a bac […]

  • Land8: Landscape Architects Network announces the 2nd Annual Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture. Land8 was founded as an online hub for landscape architecture professionals to interact with each […]

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  • Cars take up a ton of real estate in America’s cities. From local roads and on-street parking stalls to elevated highways and multi-story parking garages, cities devote 50 to 60 percent of their space to c […]

    • Just for a CHANGE…..would it be “possible” if we could get some well written BLOG Articles that are written by someone is NOT a “Very Far Left Liberal”…..Landscape Architects who have “practical” solutions……instead of farfetched solutions that would cost us literally Trillions of dollars. Besides, even if we all joined together here in AMERICA to create the most incredible ENVIRONMENT on the Planet…..What about all of the other Nations around the World who absolutely do NOT care….and we are not in a position to force ANY Nation to adhere to our Principals of what we may think is best for the environment. Environmental issues, after all are a GLOBAL issue, not just an American one.

    • P.S………Besides, the auto industry in America (along with Oil & Gasoline) are MAJOR driving forces in our Nation’s economy. Oh, it’s nice to “discuss” concepts like AV’s….but, these type of vehicles are WAY OFF IN OUR FUTURE!!! Can anyone even “imagine” the cost to remove all of our existing streets and highways…and force every American to give up his/her vehicle for an AV??? I’m all for creativity and “thinking outside the box”….but, too many of you are “extreme Liberals” with ideas that are just NOT feasible. Baby steps people, baby steps.

  • What brought you to your profession of landscape architecture? Who encouraged you along your career path? Who has helped you succeed and attain your professional goals? These are among the questions landscape […]

    • A very interesting article! I had some very early influences in my life that led me to my career in Landscape Architecture. My Dad, was a very gifted professional Advertising Artist & Graphic Designer…..Dad was a big influence on my wanting to be a professional designer, when I grew up. I took my 1st Architectural Drafting Course in the 7th Grade (and made an “A”), I really enjoyed the course. Took Drafting again in the 9th, 10th and 12th grades…and took 3 Art courses in Jr. & Sr. High School. So, my teachers even as early as Jr. & Sr. High had a lot of influence on my future design career.

      After 3 semesters studying @ The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (just North of Dallas)…most of the courses I took were Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design…along with some basic required courses. Didn’t feel like I was on the correct career path, so, I dropped out & enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 4 yrs…that was in March 1970. I was assigned to be a Yeoman YN2 (the Administrative Assistant to The Air Wing’s Commanding Officer)…working for mostly Naval Fighter Pilots. I was on an Aircraft Carrier….and went to the Mediterranean Sea for (3) 6 month cruises. I had the opportunity on all 3 cruises to have a lot of liberty in Southern European Countries…like Spain, France, Monaco, Italy & Greece. What I SAW and experienced while on liberty were major influences on my eventually deciding to study to be a Landscape Architect.

      Seeing Plazas, Water Features, a wide variety of Plant Materials, various paving materials, Monuments, Italian Villas, iconic structures like the Acropolis and visiting the Vatican, steps/drainage/retaining walls…..and just so many other “design elements” that I know I was exposed to just sort of soaked….without my fully realizing it. After being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Navy in March 1974…..I think I came to realize that the very foundation of Landscape Architecture was, at least, in part in Europe.

      So, in the Summer of 1974 while looking thru the Texas A&M University Course Catalog…..I came across the “Landscape Architecture” Undergraduate Degree Program. After read the list of the various courses in the design curriculum….I realized, THAT was what I wanted to study….that I wanted to become a professional “Landscape Architect”. My LA Professors @ Texas A&M were definitely a huge influence…..supportive and encouraging me along the way & I have to give a lot credit as well to my ex-wife while @ A&M (she is a very talented Graphic Designer)

      I graduated with a B.S.L.A. degree in Landscape Architecture in May 1977, Worked for (1) year out of college @ Lane L. Marshall’s Office in Sarasota, Florida (Lane was the President of ASLA at that time). In the Fall of 1978, I returned to the Dallas area to design for “Enviro Design” in Dallas (1978 thru Feb. 1991). When I began designing with that firm, their were only (6) of us who were LAs….within the next 8 years, the firm grew to (40) LAs…I was sitting in the #3 spot below the (2) Partners of the firm. I learned so much from the Sr. LAs, the (2) Partners and even from many of the young LAs who joined our firm…..I just became a “sponge” up until early 1991 when I left to establish my own (1) person LA Firm…..which I’ve been doing every since working out of my Home Design Studio.

      I also learned so much working along side Architects, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Landscape & Irrigation Contractors…..as well as Pool Contractors. Approx. 600 projects designed later…..I just know I learned much from every project & from all of the various designers also involved with those projects. Somehow, I also managed to squeeze in (4) years worth of “over-time”…so, sometimes it does take “burning the candle on both ends” to meet those deadlines.

      I’m STILL designing, even @ my age, nearly 70 yrs. old…..actually, really never thought I’d be designing anything at this age, but, I just feel I have a continuing creative urge that I need to fulfill. Still having fun! *smile* It’s been a long and amazing journey with no regrets in choosing “Landscape Architecture”.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

  • Aiming to raise the visibility of the field and its practitioners, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has established an international landscape architecture prize of $100,000 to be awarded every two y […]

  • How would you share landscape architecture with K-12 students? Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA), a nonprofit organization, has officially launched its 2019 Curriculum Challenge. This annual […]

    • I just HOPE that one of the “Lesson Plans” has nothing to do with Global Climate Change or Global Warming. I may not be an expert environmentalist…..just a semi-retired LA who has been practicing Landscape Architecture for over 40 yrs. I feel I have done enough research and read enough articles that have convinced ME….that, NO, mankind will not destroy life on Earth. Not via CO2, not via wars, not even via Nuclear weapons.

      In looking at History…..hundreds of yrs. ago, plagues and wars have killed many millions of people…but, we survived.

      From my research, the thinking is that it will take a “source outside of our planet to potentially destroy it”….i.e. a Solar Burst from the Sun that would ruin our Planet’s protective Ozone layer….OR maybe a large Meteor. It was a Meteor about 5 miles wide that hit the Earth millions of years ago that wiped out all of the dinosaurs. But, we now have the technology to “divert” Metros aimed @ Earth.

      I find it fascinating that the Planet Earth has always found a way to SURVIVE…..maybe against all odds. IMO, people who really believe that we can control the CLIMATE CHANGES on Earth are just delusional. Environmentalist said many years ago, that Florida would already be under water by now…..wrong. ALL of Al Gore’s environment predictions have proven wrong….and here he is preaching getting rid of CO2 production by mankind and he’s personally leaving a huge carbon footprint. And, TRILLIONS of dollars will NOT fix the problem. Though, reducing “poor air quality” in our major cities I believe could be achievable…..but, HOW do you get Nations like China, India, Russia, Iran, and hundreds of other 3rd World Nations to cooperate…..answer, you don’t. Even if the air quality in the U.S. was 100% clean…..CO2 emissions is a Global problem, NOT just an American issue.

      If you’re going to create NEW COURSES for furthering the profession of Landscape Architecture…..I would suggest that University Professors educate themselves about “real world” practical design issues…..and reinforce the “basic principals” of Landscape Architecture…..and STOP teaching these pie in the sky, theories to your LA students that do NOT relate to ANY LA job their graduates will be seeking when they graduate.

      I have seen WAY too many examples of LA graduates’ work…..that are very poor examples of autoCAD, 3D sketches, creative designs, lack of grading and drainage skills, no real understanding of the “design process”, poor color graphic or rendering skills, very little understanding of how an LA firm operates, how to put together an effective resume’ and design portfolio, how to do a very effective job interview, not enough education about plant materials, hardscapes, swimming pools, water features, material costs…….all very practical info. that LA students must know IF they expect to make it out in the REAL WORLD. IMO, too many University LA Professors are just not doing a very good job of preparing their students for a successful LA career.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

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  • Attention all landscape architecture students, undergraduate, graduate, or recent graduates! Submit your best work to the 2019 Vectorworks Design Scholarship for a chance to win up to $10,000 USD, gain […]

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