2014 Outlook Survey

With 2013 starting to wind down into the holidays, celebrations and resolutions it is time to look forward to 2014 and see how your business or office is feeling about the year ahead. At WLA we would like to find out how the landscape profession see 2014 and whether you are worried or upbeat. Below is a quick 9 question survey that we hope we can get as many firms, practitioners, consultants and contractors from different countries around the world to give us their outlook for 2014. Results will be published early in the new year.

ASLA survey shows business outlook weakening

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has recently released the results of their third quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey with billings and inquiries for work drop and hiring plans on hold. Year on year results see an overall improvement  with 84.7 percent claimed stable to significantly higher third-quarter inquiries from potential clients for new project work.  Fully 80.6 percent of firm representatives responding indicated stable to higher billable hours in the third quarter of 2013, representing a slight drop from 82.8 percent last quarter. Inquiries showed a retreat, with some 78 percent reporting stable to higher inquiries for work, compared to 83.5 percent last quarter. It will be interesting to hear how the industry is fairing during the business roundtables at ASLA Meeting/Expo in Boston next week.

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A new guide Valuing natural resources

World Business Council for Sustainable Development has recently published a guide to help businesses how to value ecosystems and natural resources.  The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV), an innovative framework designed to enhance business understanding of the benefits and value of ecosystem services like fresh water, food, fiber and natural hazard protection.

This first-of-its-kind framework enables companies to consider the actual benefits and value of the ecosystem services they depend upon and impact, giving them new information and insights to include in business planning and financial analysis. This will support improved business decision-making by creating more alignment between the financial, ecological and societal objectives of companies.

Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Guardian

 

University of Manitoba LA students win $25,000

A team from the Landscape Architecture program at University of Manitoba was one of the four teams awarded $25,000 from the $100,000 Go Green Challenge, a competition funded by the TD Friends of the Environment foundation (TDFEF), a national organization formed by TD Bank and Financial Group.

Aileen Zubriski and Kathryn Voroney, two masters students in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, made up the winning team for their proposal, prize with their project “Uncovering Water: Exposing the Storm Water System Through Sustainable Design.”. The proposal consisted of using bio-retention filters, green roofs and permeable paving to reduce the amount of runoff water that flows into the city’s sewer systems — stopping raw sewage from entering the Red River every time the system tops out and overflows, which happens an average of 18 times per summer.

[SOURCE: The Manitoban]

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The 21st century is the century of landscape architecture: David Rubin

Recently on the Urban Design Podcast, David Rubin a partner at Olin was interviewed in which

David Rubin asserts that the twenty-first century is a century of landscape architecture, while the twentieth century was about architecture. His argument is that landscape architects are building spaces for society and forming human interaction.

Urban Design Podcast is a great weekly podcast that started in fall of 2009 by Arina Habich who is an urban designer with over 10 years of experience who saw a need for professionals around the world to share their experiences and learn about each other’s work in a more convenient way. A new 30 minute podcast episode is released for download on iTunes and the website each Wednesday.
[SOURCE: Urban Design Podcast]

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