Harvard GSD | Gund Hall | Image Credit Flickr User Peter Alfred Hess
UPDATE | 2014 Design Intelligence rankings are now available
Design Intelligence has announced the 2013 America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools including the top landscape architecture schools in the USA. This is the third year we are sharing the list with our readers. The ranking is determined by surveying respondents selected from lists of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.
LSU and Harvard have maintained their top ranking for Undergraduate and Graduate programs, whilst Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has risen to second spot for both its Undergraduate and Graduate programs.
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The NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio recently transformed an otherwise anonymous stretch of mulch between two campus residence halls into a high-‐performance landscape, rich with social and environmental affordances. This landscape, called the Artists’ Backyard (derived from the adjacent Arts Village living/learning community), uses a holistic approach to educate students, staff, and visitors about the value of landscape architecture; the ability of green infrastructure to conserve resources; and how small spaces can make big moves toward creating community value and protecting the environment.
Continue reading The Artists’ Backyard: Phase 1 | Raleigh USA | NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio
This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web
Emotional Landscapes: Interview with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh | Gideon Fink Shapiro | BMW Guggenheim Lab
Michael Van Valkenburgh interview about urban landscapes and what they can do
The architecture meltdown | Scott Timberg | Salon
With the economy still in the doldrums where does architecture go from here?
How should we design urban parks? | The Urban Portal | University of Chicago
A social science look at parks, the important differences and the costs of parks in cities.
Building green cities using public/private partnerships | Matthew Kahn | Christian Science Monitor
Public funding for environmentally friendly urban centers benefits private investors, too
Re-greening the Plateau |Michelle Lalonde | Montreal Gazette
Residents are fighting to save their street trees, even if it means removing parking spots
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Helen Allen recently submitted her masters thesis to the University of Greenwich. The thesis creates a masterplan concept that proposes to stitch Brentford together and create a heart to the town centre using water as the thread.
Brentford is located on the north side of the River Thames from Kew Botanic Gardens in west London. The site dates back to Roman occupation and has a long industrial heritage being formerly occupied by a brewery, gas works, soap works, railways goods yards and is located at the end of the Grand Union Canal to the Midlands. The area has a unique character with the canal and river activities and although much of it is neglected and fragmented the area still retains significant elements of its dockland and industrial heritage.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT: Rejuvenating Brentford | Helen Allen
It’s that time of year when Design Intelligence publishes it’s design school rankings survey. The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners in the professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design. America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools by Design Intelligence is conducted on behalf of the Design Futures Council. This 12th annual survey was conducted in mid-2010.
The Top 5 Design Schools for Landscape Architecture:
1. Louisiana State University
2. Texas A&M University
3=. Purdue University
3=. University of Georgia
3=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.
1. Harvard University
2. Louisiana State University
3. Texas A&M University
4=. Cornell University
4=. University of Pennsylvania
4=. University of Virginia
4=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.
For undergraduate programs Texas A&M University was the biggest mover this year up from 7th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. As for graduate study once again Texas A&M University has moved up the rankings from 8th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. Also Cornell University went from 9th to equal 4th. Harvard has once again topped the graduate rankings for 2011; a ranking it has held since 2005.
Landscape Professionals were also surveyed on university programs based upon graduate skills which ranks Communication, Design, Computer Applications and Sustainable Design Principles & Practices. Also included in the survey are the results from a Deans Survey and the Pass Rates of LARE by Section.
The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is available from Design Intelligence in printed and pdf format for $39.95USD
For more information about the survey and research process
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