Category Archives: Government

Art Imitates Life

Signage can be beautiful, functional and educational. Courtesy Of Don Brigham, Jr.

Early-day sojourners stacked rocks into piles or used an axe to mark a tree to signify to those who traveled later that “This is the direction to follow.” In 1960, urban planner Kevin Lynch coined the term “wayfinding” to define signs and other graphic methods used by travelers to convey location. Although well-designed signage is important, travelers also have a desire to learn more about the location at which they have arrived. This is where interpretive panels come in. Successful … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Government, Issues, Landscape Architect Business, Nov/Dec 2012 | Leave a comment

The Starting Point

In the spring of 2011, the city of Stevens Point, Wis., began the historic Mathias Mitchell Downtown Square Redevelopment Project. The landscape architecture firm Rettler Corporation partnered with the city, from the master planning to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The following is the process that made the project a success, as well as advice for anyone planning for a water feature. Planning And Design The first step to a successful water feature (fountain, splash pad, spray pad) involves public input and … Continue reading

Posted in Aquatics, Departments, Government, Issues, Landscape Architect Business, May/June 2012 | Leave a comment

Disc-Golf Course Design

As one of the nation’s fastest growing sports, a well-designed disc-golf course can have a significant impact on a local community. Disc golf uses discs inspired by the original Frisbee flying disc, but modified for weight, rigidity, and aerodynamics to optimize flight characteristics. Disc-golf courses resemble golf courses in that players start at tee pads and progress through fairways to greens. More urban in nature, the first disc-golf courses were established in open spaces on college campuses, which had been … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Government, Issues, Landscape Architect Business, March/April 2012 | Leave a comment

Gathering Among The Greenery

Plantings soften the hardscape along this walkway.

While traveling through downtown Baltimore, it might be easy to miss the plazas and spaces that dot the city. However, by taking some time and walking through The University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus, a unique urban oasis is revealed, with a rich palette of hardscape and plant material. Situated on 75 acres in the city’s Central Business District, the campus houses an array of elements, including The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), as well as the seven University of … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Government, Issues, Jan/Feb 12, Landscape Architect Business, Landscape Design | 1 Comment

Planning For A Rainy Day

Rain gardens on the University of Kansas west campus help manage storm water runoff.

The University of Kansas in Lawrence is well-known for its basketball history, but did you also know the university has a commitment to effective planning principles and sustainable practices? As KU expanded its west campus by adding a new classroom and pharmacy building, an opportunity to create a large-scale comprehensive Stormwater Management Project presented itself. In 2009, funding was secured and design began on this significant green improvement to the university. About The Funding The project was funded through a … Continue reading

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