Landscape Institute President calls on Practices to help out unemployed landscape architects

The financial crisis over the last 4-5 years has been a trying time across the world for the landscape architecture profession with many landscape architects loosing their jobs due to slow downs, firm mergers & consolidations and government budget cuts. Many landscape architects have taken various actions to keep earning an income, but there are many that have few alternatives due to commitments in their towns and cities. The Landscape Institute has realised this after taking a recent survey and found that many Licentiate members are feeling isolated and in need of support.

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute (UK) has called on Registered Practices to offer two-week placements which will include the chance for Licentiates to discuss portfolios, CVs and professional presentation with practitioners, and opportunities to get directly involved in projects or work shadow. Illman hopes that non-registered practices, local authorities and other agencies that employ landscape architects will also step forward. The President’s firm Illman Young is one of the first practices to advertise an opportunity under the scheme.

I find this an inspired scheme by the Landscape Institute to help out new and experienced professionals who need to stay practising to keep their skills sharp. The Landscape Institute is thinking ahead by keeping experienced professionals in the industry. We all hope that the world economies will soon turn and if there is a large loss of new and experienced professionals to other professions, there will be long term ramifications. A loss of professionals will cause a shortage, placing the profession on the back foot as other professions fill the void. I call on other landscape architecture professional organisations (country-wide and regional) to undertake similar schemes to keep landscape architects employed.

For those in the UK you can read more about the scheme at the Landscape Institute. 

A High Line for London competition shortlist announced

A High Line for London competition shortlist announced

Green Arteries | Bell Phillips Architects, Spacehub and AECOM | 1 of 20 shortlisted designs

A High Line for London design competition  launched by the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum has announced the finalists shortlist of 20 designs selected from over 170 entries. Inspired by the success of New York’s High Line, an urban park which has transcended the commonly accepted role of an urban park, the competition has inspired a shortlist of ideas that range from massive city-wide strategies, like using the empty space on top of buses, trams and trains to create mobile gardens, to small-scale community projects, like miniature urban woodlands in London’s forgotten spaces. The winners will be announced at the Landscape Institute’s Green Infrastructure day.

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UK Landscape Award call for entries

Recently a website was launched for the UK Landscape Award which was created by the European Landscape Convention and helps to implement it in the UK. The winner will become the UK’s entry to the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe (COE) which will be decided by the COE in March 2011. The Award has only been run once before; this is the first time that it has taken place in the UK.

The Award is a great opportunity for organisations (local or regional authority; or a grouping of local or regional authorities; or non-governmental organisation) to showcase their best landscape projects, highlighting their role in making good places and establishing community involvement in the process.

In the UK, the European Landscape Convention is championed by DEFRA, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Government and the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland. The Landscape Institute has been appointed to manage the UK Award.

Entries close on 27 August 2010. To find our more go to the UK Landscape Award website.

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with organising or promotion of this Award please address all queries to the contact details at UK Landscape Award.

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Landscape Institute: Knowledge Base goes live

The Landscape Institute in the UK recently launched Knowledge Base – The new online service for LI members offers easy access to technical information.

Knowledge Base brings together technical documents, articles, FAQs and online tools in an easily searchable database. No more fruitless Googling – the Knowledge Base is devoted entirely to technical information for landscape architects.

Covering a wide range of landscape subject areas from contracts and planning, to planting and design, the database will be continually updated with new material.

The Knowledge Base is only for members of the Landscape Institute and available in the members section.

This service is in addition to I want to be a landscape architect a website promoting the profession and also its members social networking site – Talking Landscape

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute]

How video is changing Landscape Architecture

Over recent years video and digital animation have become another design tool for landscape architects and education and professional institutions.

For landscape architects digital animation and 3D rendering has become cheaper and cheaper to produce with tools such as Sketchup, 3Dmax, rhino, and maya allowing design firms to give clients another perspective and sense of place. Some of the amazing videos that are now produced are using a mixture of pure animation, still renders and imagery are stunning to watch. With the recent advances with VRL and 3D its a matter of time that the only limit will be the imagination of designers.

Recently education and professional institutions have started promoting their events and courses with the advent of cheap digital video cameras and the ability to publish cheaply with sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, Viddler, Metacafe, Youku. Recently professional institutions such as ASLA, AILA, Landscape Institute have used Youtube and self published video to increase the profile of landscape architects.

Below are some examples of how video is being used in landscape architecture. I would love to hear and see how you and your organisation are using video in landscape architecture. Drop me an email at damian@worldlandscapearchitect.com.

[SOURCE: Vimeo - TAICHUNG GATEWAY PROJECT by Stan Allen Architect from darina zlateva + takuma ono]


[SOURCE: Youku]


[SOURCE: Youtube - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects]


[SOURCE: Youtube - Landscape Institute]


[SOURCE: Youtube - American Society of Landscape Architects]


[SOURCE: Youtube - University of Gloucestershire]


[SOURCE: Youtube - University of Michigan]

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