Category Archives: Landscape Design

Feed A Family

Feed A Family

In a cookie-cutter Cleveland, Ohio, suburb back in the 1960s, Ruth Hrubo was gardening on a small plot and growing spaghetti squash among the yews of her front-foundation plantings. For a while, the young squash plants hugged the perimeter of the house. However, as the normal tendency to “vine” took over, these big-leaved monsters spread onto the walkway by the front door. Her three teenage daughters were appalled. “What will the neighbors think?” As it turns out, Hrubo was a … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Issues, Landscape Architect Business, Landscape Design, March/April 2013 | 1 Comment

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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Native Vs. Nonnative

It's important for landscape architects to look at the ecological impact of their designs and the plants they use. Photo Courtesy Of Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

Today, perhaps more than ever before, there are good reasons for landscape architects and restoration ecologists to join forces in developing basic ecological and design principles that apply in all land-use decisions. While we have come to our professions with different training—one heavily based on design principles, the other heavily based on scientific principles—our aims are often aligned. A shared goal is to create landscapes with ecosystems that are low-maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing, and which provide beneficial services, such as … Continue reading

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Good Design

What makes good design? Earlier this week, a group of co-workers and I were having lunch and talking about some of our current projects and the progress we were making. It wasn’t long before we started talking about upcoming projects, and one in particular that is planning to kick off sometime this week. As we discussed our roles and ideas for the design phase of the project, someone asked, “What makes good design?” In the midst of the silence that … Continue reading

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Stormwater Infiltration

Planning for stormwater infiltration is vital to any landscape architecture project. Photo By Estes Design Inc.

Landscape architects are a special breed. All of us began our pre-career existence intrigued by our natural surroundings. As an infant, my first word was “Look.” Most of us began the elementary-school years with an inherent attraction to art, spending many class periods doodling elaborate sketches in the margins of notebooks. But our interest in art was matched only by the desire to understand how things work. So we tended to fall between the categories of artist and scientist. Personally, … Continue reading

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