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Landscape Architecture

To Connect with Nature, Live in the City

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Jared Green

"We need density but we also need connections to nature," said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley, at an event at the University of the ...

The New Landscape Declaration: Visions For The Next 50 Years

Jared Green | Posted 06.30.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Over the next 50 years, landscape architects must coordinate their actions globally to fight climate change, help communities adapt to a changing world, bring artful and sustainable parks and open spaces to every community rich or poor, preserve cultural landscape heritage, and sustain all forms of life on Earth.

There Are No Mulch Circles in the Forest

Jared Green | Posted 06.28.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Instead of laying down a layer of mulch to separate plants, let native plants grow into beautiful, layered masses, said Thomas Rainer, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, at the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Gala in Washington, D.C. Rainer believes it's possible to both boost biodiversity and achieve beauty through the use of "designed plant communities."

More Parks Let the Dogs Out

Jared Green | Posted 05.05.2016 | Good News
Jared Green

Overton Bark fence / Overton Park Canine lovers everywhere are bow-wowing over new data from The Trust for Public Land (TPL): dog parks have grown 4 ...

A Vision for Smarter Public Spaces

Jared Green | Posted 03.30.2016 | Technology
Jared Green

Some designers and engineers want to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to as many public parks and plazas as possible. But instead of expanding the style of the unobtrusive yet freely-available Wi-Fi found in New York City's Bryant Park, they want to make a statement with advertisement-laden towers that appear to be about 15-feet tall

10 Parks That Changed America

Jared Green | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Jared Green

PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago and featuring Geoffrey Baer, the show identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America's early settlers to the present day.

Planning a 308-Acre Park for Raleigh

J. Michael Welton | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Breathtaking seems the best adjective for the 308-acre Dix property Raleigh recently acquired from the state of North Carolina for $52 million. The only aspect more breathtaking than its size, scope and beauty is how far-reaching a challenge this rolling, wooded landscape presents the city.

Does Your Landscape Work?

Jared Green | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Shoemaker Green / Andropogon Associates "We are designing ever more complex systems, and it's complicated to see if they are performing as they shoul...

Which Aspects of Nature Improve Our Health?

Jared Green | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jared Green

Landscape attributes / MaryCarol Hunter "We know that exposure to nature enhances our well-being, but we know less about the specific features that c...

Making and Taking: 2015's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For broken, derelict and underutilized urban space, 2015 was a good year. In North American cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and elsewhere, landscape architects contributed to the 'urban renaissance.'

Houston Restores Buffalo Bayou Park

J. Michael Welton | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

The city of Houston, long known for jam-packed freeways and an ambitious skyline, is returning to its bayou roots -- thanks to a skillful landscape restoration by SWA.

Surgeon General: Every Community Needs to Be Walkable

Jared Green | Posted 09.11.2015 | Green
Jared Green

We must build strong partnerships between the public health and medical communities on one side and the planning and design worlds on the other to make sure this nationwide shift back to walking gets planned, designed, and built.

In Seattle, Framing Mount Rainier

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.16.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

One item the University of Washington has never been short of is master plans for its landscape.

Brightwater: A Model of 21st Century Infrastructure

Jared Green | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands.

A Rare Look at the New U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Jared Green | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Jared Green

GSA ended up creating the second largest green roof in the U.S. at 550,000 square feet, and the third largest in the world. It's so big that a deer actually grazed on the roof, not realizing it was on one.

A Bold Plan for Saving Pollinators

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Clearly, more is needed to restore pollinators to health. According to the speakers, a key piece of the puzzle is bringing back nutritious forage wherever possible. Let's start with better integrating forage opportunities along highways.

What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?

Jared Green | Posted 06.24.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Hunter and her team examined 44 people over 8 weeks. She asked them to go out and immerse themselves in urban natural environments at least 2.5 times per week for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Sensory Overload: How People With Autism Experience the World

Jared Green | Posted 06.24.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Adults and children with autism experience the world much differently than we do, so why don't we design homes, parks, and neighborhoods with them in mind?

How My Forever Home Finally Found Me

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

During 36 years of adult life, I lived in 22 places in eight cities in three states. My forever house found me when I was lost and it was in foreclosure, and we became a perfect match of two losers in search of a purpose. Now I have a permanent address. I'm home.

Landscape Architecture Market Valued at $2.3 Billion

Jared Green | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Landscape architecture services in the U.S. are currently valued at around $2.3 billion per year, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

BIG's Hybrid Places

Jared Green | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Jared Green

Hualien Hills / BIG The dynamics of BIG, one of the world's hottest architecture and urban design firms, are laid bare in a new exhibition at the Nat...

Will Part of Chicago's Historic Washington Park Be Confiscated for the Obama Presidential Library?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Charles A. Birnbaum

Mr. Douglas says the ultimate decision about the library's location rests with President and Mrs. Obama, which raises a question: If president Obama wants to again make history, does he want to do so by endorsing the expropriation of public parkland?

Design By Dredge

Jared Green | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Sediment is dynamic and dramatically differs from place to place. Studying the natural flow of sediment in rivers and deltas, we can begin to understand how the movement of sediment can be "choreographed" to achieve ecological goals

2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

How Thoughtful Landscape Architecture Nourishes the City

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

After decades of suburban sprawl, we're finally on a more urban trend in the US. That's a very good thing, but it's easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures.