Category Archives: Issues

Contract With A Conscience

The art of selling sustainability. Photo Courtesy Of LandPatterns, Inc.

Sustainability is the word I hear most often these days when people talk about trends in landscaping and landscape maintenance. Sustainability can be defined as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” Is this a new concept? Hardly. This proactive concept has been taught to children from ecology books that warned, “If we don’t do ‘A’, then ‘B’ will occur, and ‘B’ is a … Continue reading

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Garden Fun

We still have flakes of snow in the air here on the shores of Lake Erie, but we have seen just enough spikes in temperature and breaks in the clouds to get me and my three youngest daughters excited about this summer’s backyard garden. Each year, we sit down and take a look at what worked well the year before (very successful carrot crop–as in too successful) and what didn’t work as well (we seem to be the only people … Continue reading

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Build It Better

Brick paving complements natural elements in outdoor designs. Photo Courtesy Of ValleyCrest Companies

Many outdoor spaces are benefiting from striking paver, stone, and brick designs made possible thanks to the creativity of designers and manufacturers. Across the nation, these new ideas create that “wow” factor clients want, without breaking the bank. Whether rough and rugged or refined and elegant, pavers, stone, and brick offer a unique combination of natural beauty and historic style few other building materials can match. Hardscapes built from these materials seem like a more natural part of the environment, … Continue reading

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The Path To Profitability

Green roofs are attractive, ecologically friendly, and can improve a client's bottom line. Photos Courtesy Of American Society Of Landscape Architects

Like many disciplines within the design and planning realm, landscape architecture is starting to rebound after several stagnant years. The recession of 2009 and the subsequent halting recovery were tough on most architectural/engineering (A/E) firms, but it looks like the profession is starting to see growth again. In fact, many landscape architects believe the industry’s recovery will be more rapid than other A/E disciplines. One of the driving forces of the nation’s recovery from “The Great Recession” was a renewed … Continue reading

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Grand Scale

This restored historic fountain is a centerpiece of Los Angeles' Grand Park. Photo Courtesy Of The Music Center

PROJECT: Grand Park LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif. ARCHITECTS/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS/FURNITURE DESIGNERS: Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles, Calif. SIGNAGE DESIGNERS: Sussman/Prejza, Los Angeles, Calif. AMENITIES: Located in downtown Los Angeles, the new Grand Park offers a green respite for workers and users of the adjacent government buildings, as well as for tourists and residents. Dubbed “The Park for Everyone,” the 12-acre plan features a global pageant of plants that pays tribute to LA’s diverse population. Intermingled with native plantings, species from … Continue reading

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