Land8: Landscape Architects Network

  • We all know biodiversity is important. Much has been written about it in both scientific literature and public media. But how important is it? What role does biodiversity have to play in our cities?

    To answer […]

  • Built environment professionals have an opportunity to influence not only the physical environment but also the societies that use the spaces we create. Much has been written in recent popular media regarding […]

  • Gentrification is a term that emerged in the mid-1960s to explain the demographic and social changes that some neighborhoods in the London were experiencing. Since then, a vast number of articles and essays on […]

  • 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 […]

    • Some very simple research and understanding of the project will answer your question – rather than follow the norm and preconceived ideas of ‘right and wrong’ the designers engaged directly with the community and THEY defined what went where, how and why. The designers took the approach of facilitating the outcome the neighbourhood wanted.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mapping the Crisis 

    The world’s first modern atlas emerged in 1570. Nearly 450 years later, Professor Richard Weller, chair of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania, and his team produced “A […]

    • Great article Win, and excellent work by Richard and his team. I saw this when he first presented the material at a conference in 2018 and it was certainly compelling then and remains so now. Thank you for the article and for sharing.

      • Hi Angus, thank you. Richard’s work will remain a timeless contribution to our profession and beyond – making it accessible to everyone.

    • Hi Bob, thank you for your comment. Personally, in my opinion, Land8 is a platform to share ideas, including expanding our minds into possibly new ways of thinking every now and then. I agree with you on many of the points you made above. It is certainly an insurmountable task to be able to resolve it. Therefore, these days, with the topic of climate change being more prevalent now than ever and the irreversibility of it- it is not in thinking that you can save the world but what you can do in your own vicinity that won’t be detrimental to the planet. Hopefully the article does the job of allowing those in the profession to think about how our skills can be applied in the humanitarian crisis situations.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

    • 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,

  • 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 […]

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


    • 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!
      Moshe katz

  • Just as New York has Central Park, Bangkok has just received its lungs of the City – the Chulalongkorn Centenary Park, the first sizeable green infrastructure project, which has been designed for the city to face […]

  • 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.

  • There is a “Wandering Landscape Architect” currently making a splash in the Instagram scene. If there is a slight anonymity about the page, it is done so intentionally. The creator behind the page is landscape […]

  • Global temperatures are rising. This is especially felt in urban areas due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, where temperatures can be 10oF (5.5oC) higher than the surrounding countryside. This phenomenon is […]

  • For too long the city has been designed for cars. Pedestrians can often feel like second-class citizens, as cities are much easier to drive into than walk through. Recently, built environment professionals have […]

    • Hi Bob,

      Many thanks for your considered thoughts and comments. Thank you for highlighting China. You make an interesting point. We’re glad you liked the article.
      Kind reagrds

    • As a matter of fact, i really like the way the principles governing the planning and implementation for a “walkable city” been put forward in this article. Commendable, but wish this principles and effort could be adopted by various cities in Asian cities, in particular Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. I believe a concerted urge and public voices of the urbanites and local authority would make happen effectively.

      • Hi Vijay,

        Thank you for taking the time to read the article and comment. I’m sure you are right in this. We can do our part by trying to raise awareness.

        BR, Ashley, Jolma Architects.

  • The rise in autonomous vehicles is happening faster than many people think. NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang, says that fully automated vehicles will be on our roads by 2022, while Scott Keogh, Head of Audi America has […]

    • Many thanks for taking the time to read our article and for your considered thoughts and opinions.
      I agree that many national grids would currently not be able to cope with a 75% market share of electric vehicles. Luckily, we are quite a long way off such a high share. While we need to plan ahead, I think the grid will have time to increase capacity through a diverse portfolio of energy supplies. Also, it is already possible to stagger over-night charging to use the grid when it is in less demand. In fact, it might even be possible to use centralised parking and charging stations to even out some of the fluctuations in green energy production.
      As for cyber security and the vulnerabilities of the national grid in the US, you make a good point. This is somewhat outside of the remit of urban design, but no doubt a consideration that should be taken into account.
      Regarding decreasing CO2 emissions, any decrease globally is of benefit. Not decreasing net emissions because those of other countries cannot be excluded, does nothing to reduce CO2 and move towards a more sustainable future. Also, CO2 is not the only pollutant caused by vehicles. By decreasing the amount of fossil fuel vehicles on the road, local levels of particulates, CO, NO, SO2 and PAHs are decreased. This has direct health benefits for local neighbourhoods.
      You make a good point about the short-term loss of jobs. Many people raise concerns about AI decreasing jobs. However, this will be somewhat off-set by increases in jobs in areas such as servicing, coding/programming, data management, R&D, etc. Throughout history advances in technology has lead to jobs being lost and created. Let’s see where this leads.
      I agree with your point about liking to drive your sports car. I’m sure many people enjoy driving. That’s why I think Rethink’s ideas about uber-style fleets of AVs is probably most sensible. I think AVs probably appeal mostly to those who don’t care to drive. As is well documented, fewer millennials are learning to drive. I think in the future there will be fewer and fewer keen drivers which will coincide with an increase in driverless cars.

      Best regards,
      Ashley D Penn.

  • Hi Everyone! I need your thoughts and participation.

    I am pulling together an article named “The Ultimate Soundtrack to Landscape Architecture” and it is going to be based on the feedback of the Land8:Landscape Architect’s Network community’s experiences. The title might suggest that it is related to music but I want to broaden the spectru…[Read more]

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