Book Review:: Principles of Ecological Landscape Design

What if, instead of depicting nature, we allowed nature in? What if, instead of building and maintaining artistic creations, we worked to develop and manage living systems?

Principles of Ecological Landscape Design is a book that will soon be gracing the shelves of Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers, Professors of Landscape Architecture, City Planners, students of Landscape Architecture and more. This is a book that encompasses, in great detail, all of the aspects of designing a landscape with ecology in mind. It is a comprehensive manual, both instructional and case study at once. It offers the designer the opportunity to make ecological design part of their regular practice by giving them the framework of understanding complex systems and how it affects not only design, but the long term life of the designed landscape.

Author Travis Beck

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Friday Film:: Designing Neighborhoods for People and Wildlife

This new video from the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architecture) is “an animation that explains how to transform your property into a real wildlife habitat. Learn how native plants and designed structures provide what nature needs.” It’s great to see the Landscape Architecture profession starting to raise awareness on urban habitat design. They have also been involved in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, “an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.” Hopefully this trend will continue and more practicing Landscape Architects will start to include habitat design as a standard practice for all of their designs.

Designing Neighborhoods for People and Wildlife on Vimeo.

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What is a Landscape Architect?

Today is Landscape Architecture awareness day dubbed ‘Your Environment. Designed.’ by the American Society of Landscape Architects. There are many common misconceptions in the general public about what a Landscape Architect does, many people believing they are gardeners or landscapers. I heard this many times during my education in the Landscape Architecture program. Granted, the world of Landscape Architecture has kept a pretty low profile over the years and they still have a long wayto go for awareness, many firms still have not adopted social media nor do they interact very much with the public. Hopefully this campaign is just a start.

A Landscape Architect is a licensed professional. They attend an accredited school and earn a bachelors or masters degree in Landscape Architecture. They are licensed after they complete multiple years of work experience and take a rigorous exam issued by a state board. Once they are…

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