Stephanie Roa

  • Spending time outside not only makes us feel healthier, it also impacts our long-term wellbeing. Studies have shown that people with high exposure to green spaces yield significant physical and mental health […]

  • The work of landscape architects work involves complex decisions and responsibilities — detailing and designing projects, observing construction, achieving owner satisfaction, and ensuring the health, s […]

  • The research is clear: Spending time outdoors, especially in green, natural settings, is good for our health. A growing body of research is demonstrating the positive measurable effects spending time in nature […]

  • 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.

  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • At the annual LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium in Washington, DC, seven emergent voices in landscape architecture shared their ideas that will drive the future of the profession. These seven voices were the […]

  • Landscape architects and urban planners are frequently tasked with translating the unique desires of a community into a meaningful public space that seamlessly integrates into the existing community fabric. In […]

  • During the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Seattle, Laura Rose, Principal at the landscape architecture and planning firm Walker Macy, contemplated the role of beauty in design.

    At a time when landscape ar […]

    • When I saw ‘Beauty’ in this post’s title, I immediately wondered if David Brooks would be referenced and sure enough, there he is! Mr. Brooks is, of course, the compassionate conservative commentator on the PBS NewsHour and other media outlets as well as an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. He occasionally writes about culture. Several years ago, he wrote a column entitled, “When Beauty Strikes”, for the Times. In this column, he quotes Leon Wieseltier, who in a Times Book Review stated, “We live in a post-humanist moment”. Brooks argues that in this ‘moment’ we are “beauty poor and meaning-deprived”. The post-humanist moment is perhaps better understood as the worldview we currently hold which Brooks considers to be the opposite of one based on beauty. Beauty, according to Brooks is, “… a big transformational thing, the proper goal of art and maybe civilization itself”. To say this another way, our current worldview is to make money, buy lots of stuff, live unsustainably, rely on technology for happiness, and occasionally include beauty in our lives as an afterthought.

      Maybe if we embraced humanism a little more, we wouldn’t have to, “lead the discourse on mitigating climate change, fostering community, and enacting social change”.

  • Anova Furnishings’ Grant Competition is back again this year, offering emerging professionals the opportunity to attend the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture (formerly known as the ASLA Annual M […]

    • I just read this article….and the “rules” for the contest. I’m a huge advocate for “hand sketching” for Landscape Architects….have been for my entire 40 yr. career. I would like to suggest to those ASLA members (who are eligible to enter) that they consider doing their “napkin sketch” using a “shade and shadow” technique. Various line weights and shading…really gives even a simple sketch LIFE. If you need some sketching technique ideas that fit within the rules for this contest… can easily find them on-line. GOOD LUCK to everyone!

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

  • During the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Seattle, Julie Parrett began her presentation by asking the audience to consider our city’s public urban space – who owns it, how is it used, and is it accessible or clos […]

    • Question…….Is there REALLY enough days of “sunshine” in Washington State to consider “Solar Energy” as a realistic source of energy??? Also, wondering about this article…..speaking to complex and sophisticated Urban Planning…..think maybe you might get the “homeless” issue under control first? Liberalism has taken over entire WEST COAST of the U.S….and IMO, not in a positive way. People need to get “realistic” in solving the problems addressed in this article.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

  • There are too few opportunities to share knowledge within the design profession. Formalized research is only starting to gain prevalence, while most rely on personal experience as a basis of their knowledge. […]

  • Most people reading this article are likely familiar with the ASLA Annual Meeting – after all, it is the world’s largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students. And, with over 6,000 att […]

  • As landscape architects, we often find ourselves trying to tame nature into a designed form. What if, instead of working against natural systems, we invited them into our work, allowing our built work to be […]

  • The ways in which citizens engage the landscape reveal a community’s values and priorities. During the Land8x8 Lightning Talks in Seattle, Nate Cormier, Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Stud […]

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