What to do if you get ‘laid off’ in a recession? – World Landscape Architect

1        Keep upbeat
The best thing to do is keep upbeat. You may have lost you job but don’t get down on yourself. Often losing your job in a recession often has nothing to do with skills or attitude but mere numbers. The best thing is to look forward and be positive.

 

2    Training

Now is the opportune time to go to university or undertake a short course. In landscape architecture it would be a good time to go for LEED or some other green qualification. Also read the Sustainable Sites draft documents and keep up to date with the latest developments with other countries associations such as Landscape Institute, IFLA, etc.

 

3    Skills Improvement

If you have just been laid off and you still have some time left at your current job ask your manager if they could give you pointers on which skills you could improve on(eg sketching, design, planting design, project management) and also how they best think you should go about it. If your not at your previous employer maybe arrange a time to meet up with them and have a chat about how you could improve.

 

4    Get free education

The internet is full of numerous whitepapers and information about new technologies including water sustainable design, green design, computer software such as Sketchup that cost nothing for trials versions.

 

5 Keep in touch with your previous employer

Although it may be hard to do and somewhat disconcerting its good to keep in touch with your previous employer so that when the economy does pick up they can give you some part time work and thus you’ll be first pick for new positions when they have enough work to employ you full time.

 

6 Volunteer

There are many green groups and volunteer organisation around the world that need help with green initiatives. Now is a good time to talk to them about helping out and to keep your skills and knowledge sharp for when you go back to full time work.

 

7 Networking – Start a support group or discussion group

Whether it’s in your city or on the internet. Get in touch with other fellow landscape architects, architects, planners, engineers through social websites such as Land8lounge and start a weekly meet up, try and stay positive and help those also who start to get down on themselves.

 

8 Get in touch your University

University’s are always looking for new lecturers and tutors and you maybe able to get a part-time paid position. If not offer to be a guest lecturer or tutors although this may not pay it will look good on your resume that you put back into the profession whilst laid off.

 

9 Brush up on your resume and folio

Brush up your resume and pick you best pieces of work that shows your strengths. Try and keep a broad range of projects in your portfolio to show your versatility. Also keep checking back at World Landscape Architect and also look at the list of job sites at Dirt Blog at ASLA.

 

10 Relax and keep an open mind

Now is the festive season, its time to relax catch up with friends and family and remain positive about your future.

 

11 Don’t give up

Best advice is not to give up and to keep looking for work you might have to move somewhere else but sometimes these downturns can give you great opportunities to reinvent yourself and your skillset.

 

 

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Chicago 2016 Olympic bid – Historical Park or Reinvigorated Landscape – Opinion

Chicago’s Olympic 2016 bud organizers have changed the location of the aquatics centre to the west side of Washington Park next to the proposed Olympic Stadium however this has not gone done too well with local historians and residents as the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The other cause for concern is Washington park was designed by the father of American landscape architecture Fredrick Law Olmsted (also designed of New York’s Central Park). This last point causes more concern from historians and landscape architects across the USA.

This raises a few questions about the role of landscape and landscape architects in society.

Are landscape designs meant to be kept as historical records of the past when they were built or are they meant to evolve with the uses, needs and wants of the city’s citizens?

Are the landscape designs created today envisioned for the future 100 years or the next 10–25years?

For what I have gleaned from the internet that Washington park has itself gone through numerous changes such as sheep grazing, and a conservatory which no longer exist in the park.

We often hold designs of the past in high esteem due to their perceived historical value and romantic notions of place. However, this can often impede or restrict development of landscapes and the possibilities of creating new places that could invigorate a city. Continuing to maintain parks as a historical record or picture postcard landscape often hinders landscape design and management as any change is often seen by users as desecrating the “great” design. This often occurs in landscapes around the world with the replacement or changes to park buildings or trees.

Although landscapes are integral to daily lives and wellbeing of residents changing the design of a landscape such as a park can often reinvigorate the landscape and attract new visitors from around the city and great a new sense of energy and activity in the park.

The Olympic bid should be about the Games and winning for the right reasons, as we have seen in the past Olympics can rejuvenate a city’s community and landscape.

For more information on the Olympic Bid goto Chicago 2016

Also goto the starting point for this op-ed piece
[SOURCE: Chicago Tribune – Chicago Olympic venue switcheroo: Right for the city’s bid, but right for its historic parks?]


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Finalists announced in RIBA terrace contest – Architects Journal

Dan Pearson, Glowacka Rennie Architects, Burd Haward Architects and designers Studio Weave and Millimetre have been short listed for RIBA terrace contest

SOURCE: Architects Journal – Finalists announced in RIBA terrace contest.

Archinect : Features : Beyond Organic – An interview with Landscape Architect David Font at Design Miami

Archinect features an interview with Landscape Architect David Font about his creation ‘Beyond Organic’ which was at Design Miami Click title to see the video


[Video SOURCE:  Archinect – David Font at Design Miami from Jacob Slevin on Vimeo.]

 [SOURCE: Archinect : Features : Beyond Organic – An interview with Landscape Architect David Font at Design Miami].

West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture Spadina Wavedeck nominated for Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 – West 8

West 8 + DTAH’s recently completed Spadina Wave Deck for Waterfront Toronto has been nominated for this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards. Brit Insurance Design Awards is the Design Museum London’s annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds.

[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Spadina Wavedeck nominated for Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009]

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