SWA and the world’s tallest building *UPDATE*

SWA group designed the 27 acres around the base of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The San Francisco Chronicle has a quick interview with John Wong of SWA about the project and its design.

Read the interview at the [SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle - Sausalito group creates oasis at Burj Khalifa]

Related Article – Dubai City Guide  – 11 Hectare Green Oasis Envelops the foot of Burj Dubai

As part of Burj Dubai’s ‘green’ initiative, the landscaping is irrigated using a unique condensate collection system. Water condensate from the tower’s cooling equipment is recovered, providing an estimated 15 million gallons of water a year, enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

[SOURCE: Dubai City Guide  - 11 Hectare Green Oasis Envelops the foot of Burj Dubai]

Landscape Architect & Urban Planner in Top 50 careers for 2010

U.S. News and World Report have listed Landscape Architect and Urban Planner in the Top 50 Careers for 2010.

Numbers of Landscape Architects according U.S. News and World Report are expected to jump 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 and Urban Planners are expected to also to grow 19 percent from 38,400 jobs in 2008 to 45,700 jobs by 2018.

I couldn’t find in the articles where these figures came from or when the survey was undertaken. However I am guessing they came from the USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. The BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition has greater detail about the landscape architecture profession.

SOURCE:
U.S. News & World Report – Landscape Architect
U.S. News & World Report – Urban Planner

RELATED RESOURCES

USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition – Landscape Architect

USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition -Urban & Regional Planners

Jobs Bank USA – Outlook for Landscape Architects

Kermit Bakers ASLA 2009 Annual Meeting Presentation[pdf] on the profession and the economic outlook


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Plans submitted for Paignton seafront playground

thisissouthdevon.co.uk reports

DETAILS of the new £500,000 Lottery-funded playground for Paignton seafront have been submitted to Torbay Council.

The ideas by landscape architect Rob McGuiness at Bay architectural firm Kay Elliott include a timber board walk bridging the play area and offering views in both directions; earth mounds between two and three metres high with climbing nets, poles and dens; streams for paddling and a mist machine.

[SOURCE: thisissouthdevon.co.uk - Unveiled... new plans for the £500,000 play park on Green]

Scape Design Associates appointed for new public square

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Landscape architect Scape Design Associates has been appointed to create a new public square in a major west London shopping area after beating shortlisted rivals Gillespies and Burns & Nice. The design will be developed with continued public consultation for planning application.
SOURCE: bdonline.co.uk

IMAGE SOURCE: King Street Regeneration

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What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise? – Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer, ASLA, is a landscape architect with 25 years experience who recently wrote an article in the Naples Daily News giving an outline of the profession and its wide scope. He also gives some advice on how to become an Landscape Architect and also licensing. Michael concludes with why someone should hire an LA?

Michael writes in one paragraph

As I listen to this fine music, there’s something on my mind for some time, so let’s take a small side trip. The topic? Just exactly what is a landscape architect (LA), anyway? What are the qualifications? What is the educational background?

To read more of the article go to the [SOURCE: Naples Daily News - Make it Green: What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise?]

It’s  good to see a Landscape Architect in a newspaper highlighting the role of the profession. Maybe if your currently unemployed or underemployed it might be good idea to contact your local or city newspaper and offer to write an article about the profession.

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