Help out Landscape Architecture in 2015

With the first month of 2015 coming to a close and you’ve caught up on holiday email, the status of your projects and now you know your workload for the year; this is a great time of year to start looking at how you can help promote the passion you have have dedicated your life to – landscape architecture.

Here are some of the easy ways you can increase the profile of landscape architecture.

Go Local
There is a wide range of events and projects that occur at a local, city and regional level that you can be involved in as a citizen, but also as a landscape architect to provide your knowledge and expertise. Although we all get involved in our own project design charettes, it is also worthwhile attending local/regional community meetings for engineering, architecture and environmental projects to give the landscape architects view that could improve the design quality and overall outcome of a project in your community or city.

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The International Garden Festival announces the designers for 2015

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The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 16th edition of the Festival presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens from June 26 to September 27, 2015. The competition attracted 309 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 700 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 34 countries.

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LDA Design`s tidal lagoon scoops win at Landscape Institute Awards

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The Landscape Institute announces the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards, with the winning schemes including the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay. Landscape architects LDA Design won the prestigious President’s Award, chosen by new President Noel Farrer, for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

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VIDEO | Olmsted Lecture: Joseph Disponzio|`On the Theoretical and Practical Development of Landscape Architecture`


Recently, the annual Olmsted Lecture was given by Joseph Disponzio at the Harvard GSD. Disponzio gives an interesting lecture exploring the intellectual origins of landscape architecture and the term landscape architect.

“Exploring the transformation of the modeling of land from garden-making to landscape architecture, this lecture by Joseph Disponzio will establish the intellectual origins of landscape architecture in relation to the new garden practices that emerged during the 18th century, and the texts that codified these practices, amid Enlightenment-era changes in the understanding of nature. Disponzio is Preservation Landscape Architect for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and Director of the Landscape Design program at Columbia University. He has taught at several institutions, published widely on garden history from the 18th century to the present, and is currently writing introductions for an edition of N. Vergnaud’s L’Art de créer les jardins (1835) and a translation of Jean-Marie Morel’s Théorie des jardins (1776).”

Tiburon Bay House | Tiburon USA | Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Intent: The client wanted a garden with different outdoor spaces so there would be places to enjoy the view, but also have areas that were shielded from the wind. The lot is steep and fairly large, so large areas were to be natural and low maintenance.  We also wanted to reuse the materials on the site; to minimize and reuse water; and to keep surfaces permeable while creating a natural and modern garden.

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