Learn more about Landscape Architecture
Think about a place that you enjoy. This place is probably a landscape - a seashore, a national forest, a grassy picnic site, or your favorite climbing tree. It is likely that a landscape architect was part of a team that created many of the places in your daily life. Your neighborhood, the path where you bike, the mall where you shop, or the grounds including the trees and plants around your school was probably designed by a landscape architect.
Landscape architecture is the analysis, planning, design, and management of the natural and built environment. They are problem solvers who analyze the environmental impact of proposed development, plan for pedestrian and automobile traffic, and determine the best use of each site. The term landscape architect was coined by Frederick Law Olmsted, an American whose best-known work is Central Park in New York City
Today, landscape architects may design parks, playgrounds, zoos, skate parks, residential developments, campuses, shopping centers, gardens, golf courses, and recreation areas, to name a few examples. They may be involved in the creation of small urban parks or huge national forests. Landscape architects are held responsible through a professional code of ethics to the highest standards of planning and design for the build and natural environment.
(An excerpt form the American Society of Landscape Architects Career Discovery brochure)
Advocacy news covers the latest events in the legislative arena related to landscape architects including state/federal legislative activity, regulatory action, research reports and opportunities to participate in webinars.
New features of www.advocate.asla.org include:
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News and updates from ASLA’s government affairs staff on federal and state issues that affect the landscape architecture profession.
Multimedia resources view videos and animations that highlight the work that landscape architects do. Use these tools to help educate your elected officials and promote the profession.
Many of you have been stellar participants in ASLA’s past advocacy campaigns. Now, the new Advocacy Network will make it even easier for you to participate.
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Projects Needed!
ASLA continues to educate legislators on the importance of LWCF to communities across the country and wants to include LWCF projects planned and designed by landscape architects. If you or your firm have worked on projects that utilized LWCF funding, please forward the project image, along with a brief description of the project to Government Affairs Manager Kevin O’Hara. Here is a full list of LWCF projects by state.
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Nonpoint Source Guidance and Technical Assistance
Best Management Practice (BMP) is a term used to describe pollution control systems that treat, slow, divert, or capture nonpoint source pollutants. BMPs are the actions on the ground that help to improve and restore water quality. Identifying the appropriate BMPs is critical to a successful watershed plan or implementation plan. The BMPs that are selected depends on the type of nonpoint source pollution of concern, the land use and the management goal (for example, meeting a reduction goal).
In both the latest 2015 SWPPP and 2016 Erosion Control Bluebook, RLAs are listed as being “qualified professionals”. LAs need to have this info to do work for NYSDEC permits statewide.
Erosion and Sediment Control (Bluebook)
DEC Maintenance Guidance for Stormwater Mgmt Practices
Cornell Dept. of LA
SUNY ESF Dept of LA
Ecological Landscaping Association
Fast Company Design
Green Infrastructure Digest
Harvard Design Magazine
Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS)
Landscape + Urbanism
Landscape Architecture Foundation
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Smart Growth National Conversation
The Architect's Newspaper
The Atlantic / Cities – Places That Matter
The City Fix (EMBARQ)
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The Guardian / Environment
The National Gardening Association
The National Main Streets
Therapeutic Landscapes Network