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  • Public open spaces are vital for understanding cities. They are the main environments for citizens’ interaction and stimulation. While cities create the physical environment for social life, public spaces work as […]

  • Bob – did you actually read what I wrote? I’m pointing out the professional exam doesn’t have a graphic component and hasn’t for decades. Yes, we used to have to manually draw the G&D plan, and site plan sections of the exam, but it wasn’t scored on graphic! There was no artistry involved. This isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact – so disagree…[Read more]

  • Bob, I would argue the purpose of a college degree is not confined to job training – regardless of major. Otherwise the university is just a trade school – and it isn’t. One should be able to graduate with a college degree, majoring in landscape architecture, and not necessarily be good at it in practice.

    Second, you seem to define talent in…[Read more]

  • The circular economy seeks to move beyond traditional manufacture, use, and dispose culture to build resilience into systems, products and services throughout their lifecycle and beyond. In this article, we look […]

  • Fair enough. My guess is talented students who work hard will have zero problem finding a job. (I’m excluding, of course, a massive recession period like 2008).

  • Bob – this is tedious and silly. Good luck with your crusade.

  • No, they don’t take into account attrition rates. You’re conflating growth with job openings. You can have 0% growth, and there will still be job openings at the entry level.

  • I don’t know about a political agenda – but definitely not facts. You don’t understand basic attrition rates in employment. Again, 0% growth rate would equate to 600 professional retiring each year and 600 people moving up the food chain – including entry level positions opening. (24,000 LA’s, working 40 years is 24K/40 = 600). And that is…[Read more]

  • Tampere (Finland’s second city) is the largest inland city in the Nordic region, serving an area containing over 505,000 inhabitants. With a long and productive industrial heritage, Tampere is the fastest growing […]

    • I’m really happy for “Tampere, Finland”. If the United States did NOT provide over $50 Billion in Foreign Aid to so many Nations around the World……..just maybe, the U.S. could spend more of our GDP towards our infrastructure and internal problems. The U.S. even provides Foreign Aid to China, Russia & Cuba. I’m wondering if Finland provides ANY financial assistance to other Nations???

      The U.S. Foreign Aid includes a wide variety of assistance….financial, military protection, trade, humanitarian aid and more.

      I just read an article that stated the U.S. just signed a “Military Pact” with Finland…..to provide Finland with any necessary Military support they may need…..as Finland has been growing concerned about Russia. So, there are MORE of our U.S. Tax Dollars going to a foreign Nation…..finances that we could really use for OUR Nation.

      Many Nations….including Finland would not fair so well without the assistance of the United States!

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

    • Hi Bob,
      Thanks for your comment. The investment has come from a mixture of local and international business and the local city council, so not directly national. We’re not economists, so we cannot comment directly on foreign aid, but some quick googling found that as a % of GDP the US gives a large amount (total as GDP 1.67% in 2013). As a percentage of gros national income, Finland gives 0.55% and the US 0.19% of their respective incomes (OECD, 2013: https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/documentupload/ODA%202013%20Tables%20and%20Charts%20En.pdf).

    • And who’s paying for this – China?

  • Sorry, you’re interpreting the data incorrectly. There are not 160 job openings each year – there are 160 NEW job opening each year in addition to job openings due to attrition.

    If there are 10 apples on a table (10 jobs) and each time I eat 1 apple (retirement/attrition) they replace it with 1 new apple, that is 0% growth. And yet there is…[Read more]

  • But I don’t think that is how the Bureau Labor statistics work (which may or may not be relevant to your position BTW). If there are currently 24,700 LA jobs (year 2016), and there is 6% growth over 10 years (1600 jobs), that means there will be 26,300 LA jobs in 2016. This does not account for “positions” created by attrition…it’s growth…[Read more]

  • Semantics, but I’d dispute the notion of only 1,600 new jobs based on a 6% growth rate (put in context with number of graduating students with LA degrees). This discounts all the positions that open due to attrition….people retiring, changing careers, getting promoted, etc. Assuming someone practiced 40 years, from age 25 to 65, that would…[Read more]

  • Robert – regarding some of your data. The 1,600 jobs over 10 years are just NEW jobs, right? On top of the baseline number of jobs currently out there and held. Presumably in that same 10 year span there will also be people retiring, changing careers, dying (!), promotions, etc.

    In other words, I don’t think 30,000 graduates are fighting for…[Read more]

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s or drones) have multiple applications for landscape architects, from early efforts like site analysis to creating awareness and excitement for a completed project. Although s […]

    • I can see where DRONES could be useful to do a “preliminary site visit”, before any preliminary design work has taken place……..but, I have personally conducted over 300 site inspections (most of which were large multi-family communities). In my opinion, you really MUST be on the ground to do a correct and thorough “Site Inspection”…..IMO, a drone won’t be very effective.

      LAs really need to walk the properties……ensure ADA requirements are met; ensure all construction & planting was installed in accordance with the Final Contract Documents. Even checking for things like “bed prep” is important….things you can know from a drone. Searching for safety and liability issues and walking the Irrigation System to ensure that you’re getting 100 percent coverage…checking the irrigation clock & settings, etc.

      Plus, remember, before you go flying a DRONE around on a property…..especially after it has been completed and there are people working and/or living on the property…..you need to get advanced notice from the Property Management Co. IMO, DRONES are intrusive to people’s privacy…..so, just a word of caution.

      But, yes, I do think that there ARE some ways that DRONES can assist an LA on a project. Maybe I’m just “old school” having been in this profession for over 40 yrs……and NEW ideas are always worth exploring. But, just like “preliminary designs”, IMO, hand drawn sketches need to come first…..to be loose and open-minded with your ideas. Computers can’t replace “great hand sketches”. I have visited and interviewed with some of the TOP LA firms in the World and the Principal LAs at those firms explained to me that for all of their projects……they always begin with “hand sketches”…then, move onto computers.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

      • Hi Robert – thanks for your comments. I do state that “UAV technology can’t replace the skill and experience of an in-person site review”, so you’d get no argument from me. With regards to privacy I also point out multiple times the importance of FAA rules and regulations, which includes privacy concerns.

  • I’ve worked for studios in the past that hired Architects in an LA studio. I’d look at mid-sized boutique firms that specialize in Public Works and going after Awards and such.

  • Crime is a perennial problem facing many inner-city areas. Antisocial behaviour and crime are major factors affecting urban decay, property prices, and quality of life. In this article, we investigate how […]

    • Great summary, and this is an excellent topic for LA’s to be engaged in. With licensure constantly under attack right now anything that focuses on Health, Welfare, and Safety is huge. Good stuff.

  • In an increasingly technological age, we are seeing many high-tech innovations invade our homes. Devices are becoming more and more intelligent, allowing us to alter the temperature, humidity, and lighting of our […]

    • Another Liberal “design concept”. I saw nothing about the COSTS involved to create new urban city life. This article, to me, advocates we build more cities like HONG KONG, CHINA, where people are literally living on top of each other in 400 to 500 sq. ft. apartments. No thanks. I have lived in at least a dozen different Apartment Communities in the U.S….a couple were actually very nice, but the best was in the North Dallas area and it cost me $1,600.00 per month (plus, electricity, cable TV, etc.)…and it wasn’t downtown, it was in the suburbs. I think being creative and innovative is a positive thing….but sorry, this article isn’t very sensible to me.

      Just once…………….I’d really like to see a “Conservative, realistic” approach to design solutions where Landscape Architects could have a direct and positive impact.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

    • Hi Bob,

      Thank you for your comments. When it comes to costs it can be very difficult to compare true like for like internationally, not to mention the issue of the projects representing different types of future housing from block design to residential and mixed-use building right down to single-family dwellings. I’m not sure what value costs would really add to the article.

      Perhaps you could write that article about a conservative approach to design solutions that has a positive impact on the issues raised. I would be interested in reading it.

      Best regards,
      Ashley

  • Empathic design in landscape architecture
    In this article, we look at what empathic design is, and how this approach can lead to better design solutions. We are joined by international architect Moshe Katz, who […]

    • I enjoyed and appreciated this article. But, while I have not been involved in designing any exceptionally large (Billion dollar projects or resorts)…I have designed (or assisted in the designing) of close to 600 various types of projects during my career. And, I believe that “my approach” to Landscape Architect has always been a mirror image of this Author’s approach….for most of the 40 years I have been practicing Landscape Architecture. Every Landscape Architect should approach all of their design projects as this Author has so elegantly described!

      Sincerely,

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner Plano, Texas

      • Thanks for your comments Bob. I shall pass them on to Moshe.

        BR
        Ashley

      • Dear Robert,
        Thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy to read, that we share the same values, same approach to design.
        I am sure it will lead to better spaces, better experiences, a better world!
        Thanks again!
        Sincerely,
        Moshe katz

  • In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture refers to the insertion of fine needles into specific parts of the human body with the aim of treating a range of symptoms. In a similar way, urban acupuncture refers […]

    • Thank you for this very interesting article.
      Although they are useful, I see Pocket Parks more as a cruel defect of public authorities (and private) investment in large public spaces.
      Better Pocket Parks than nothing at all but let’s not forget that it’s a patch on a lack of commitment and decision-making.

      • Hi Armaud,

        Thank you for taking the time to read out article and comment. Whilst it can be frustrating when public bodies don’t invest in large public open spaces, for me, it is not an ‘either/or’ situation. I think we should be campaigning for both. I believe pocket parks have a vital role to play in the city.

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