Landscape Architecture

Drought Tolerant Landscape

How To: Drought-Resistant Gardening

Curbed surveyed landscape architects specializing in drought-resistant lawns for their best "tips and tricks."

October 25, 2016 - Curbed

Electricity Pylon

Why Are Utilities So Ugly?

A landscape architect in Tucson shares a professional lament: intrusive, ugly utilities.

October 6, 2016 - ASLA's The Field

Griffith Park

Key Facts from L.A. County's Park Needs Assessment Study

L.A. County's Parks and Rec Dept. has just completed a major study of the county's park needs. Departmental Facilities Planner Clement Lau explains the study and below are a few things that came to light.

July 19, 2016 - UrbDeZine

Normal, Illinois

A Sad Goodbye to Peter Lindsay Schaudt

The death of the Chicago landscape architect, Peter Schaudt, leaves an unfinished body of work and a deep void within the profession that adored him.

July 22, 2015 - Mark Hough

Woman Walking

Women Redefining the Boundaries of Urban Design

There is increased call for inclusion and diversity in architecture. This London exhibition profiles five female architects and urban designers at the forefront of their profession.

March 9, 2015 - The Guardian Cities

Children Playing

Child-Friendly Cities: What My Toddler Taught Me about City Design

In a post from the new Plan.Place blog, the author explores the city with a two-year-old as his guide and offers reflections on viewing the urban landscape anew--from an elevation of 34 inches and with a renewed sense of wonder.

February 5, 2015 - Plan.Place

Urban Agriculture Projects in Chicago Show the Way

Successful Chicago urban agriculture projects on rooftop, in edible lawn, and at a school reviewed by resilience consultant Dave Hampton.

January 9, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Celebrating the Botanical Diversity of Cities

The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet ecological thinking remains a powerful lens for understanding complex adaptive systems. A new book aims for a more rigorous engagement of ecology and design.

April 30, 2014 - Places Journal

Airport

Should Urbanists Care Which Airline They Fly? These Two Programs Say Yes

Los Angeles County Planner Clement Lau examines how airline companies and other private sector businesses can help with the greening of communities.

April 27, 2014 - UrbDeZine

130 Years on, Boston's Emerald Necklace Still a Model Linear Park

Writer Kaid Benfield used a recent trip the American Society of Landscape Architects annual meeting in Boston to reflect on what that city can teach us about designing urban parks.

November 17, 2013 - NRDC Switchboard Blog

Design Matters

Creating parks that benefit and reflect the needs of the communities that use them is the goal for both planners and landscape architects. Programming is a big part of this. So is design.

October 18, 2013 - Mark Hough

Can Urban Forests Save the Planet?

Urban forests may possess the power to battle climate change. We just have to figure out what is more important: quantity or quality?

September 19, 2013 - Mark Hough

Laurie Olin: The Man, The Myth, The Landscape Architect

Laurie Olin, the preeminent landscape architect, is being presented this week with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. The well deserved honor is a big deal not only for Olin and his firm, but for all landscape architects.

July 9, 2013 - Mark Hough

Urbanism and the Landscape Architect

Even as the landscape becomes increasingly important to cities, landscape architects remain underrated as contributors to the urban realm. When is everyone else going to see what we already know?

May 30, 2013 - Mark Hough

OKC Mayor Mick Cornett Talks Diet and Design

On Metropolis P.O.V., Jared Green interviews Mayor Mick Cornett to uncover the keys to Oklahoma City's surprising success.

August 10, 2012 - Metropolis

Major Riverfront Development Stymied in L.A.

After 25 years in conception and a recently renewed master planning effort, the 150-acre Piggyback Yards still awaits funding and approval from the city, reports The Architect's Newspaper.

December 2, 2010 - The Architect's Newspaper

Frederick Law Olmsted's Other Career

A new essay by Thomas Fisher details Frederick Law Olmsted's lesser known work in the realm of public health and sanitation.

November 15, 2010 - The Design Observer Group

Parks Better For Cities Than Stadiums, Arts Centers

Because of their broad appeal, diverse uses, and heavy programming, parks may do more for cities than the performing arts centers of the 1980s and the sports venues of the 1990s have accomplished, says JoAnn Greco.

October 3, 2010 - The Washington Post

Community Transforms Street Overnight

Local residents bring life back a desolate line of shops in Oak Cliff, a streetcar suburb of Dallas, overnight. The intention of the Better Block project is to demonstrate the value of pedestrian friendly spaces and encourage future investments.

September 14, 2010 - Go Oak Cliff

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