Please send in your best plans and projects!

Dear landscape architects,

This is a call for entries for the next book of Landscape Architecture Europe, the triennial publication on contemporary European landscape architecture. 

Submitted projects must have been designed or completed in the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013. Individuals may submit a maximum of three projects. Entries must consist of no more than 6 A4 pages of text (in English), drawings, images and photographs. Please submit these by email: entry@landscapearchitectureeurope.comThe entry fee is 50 for the first entry and 40 each for subsequent entries. Each participant will receive one LAE book free of charge.

Dealine: December 1, 2013

We look forward to receiving your plans, projects, studies and strategies.

Lisa Diedrich (editor-in-chief)
Mark Hendriks




Best LIFE Nature Projects 2012

November 2013 – 36 pages

The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee and the European Commission’s LIFE Nature Unit have announced the Best LIFE Nature Projects 2012.

The 8 projects selected represent the most successful of the recently completed LIFE Nature projects, in terms of best practices and/or demonstration actions on nature conservation and the implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives.




Download: Best LIFE Nature Projects 2012
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The Legacy of Dan Kiley


At the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Mies Van Der Rohe in the mid-80s, there were tons of news stories, books, and conferences about the legacy of that great architect. But Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, head of the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), said nothing would have been done for famed Modern landscape architect Dan Kiley on his 100th, unless he and his organization had stepped up to honor him. At the opening of a new photography exhibition on the work of Kiley at the Boston Architectural College (BAC), Birnbaum said Kiley was only second to Frederick Law Olmsted in terms of the number of his landscapes that have been added to the national register of historic places.

In this exhibition, we see 27 of his 1,000 works of landscape architecture. The vast majority are in the U.S. but one remarkable landscape, L’Esplanade du Charles De Gaulle, leads up to La Defense in Paris. Newly-commissioned photographs were taken by some…

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Designing with Soils


“Growing plants is the goal,” said James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils, at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston. To grow healthy plants, one needs healthy soils, and landscape architects who understand soils and know how to call a soil scientist. In a wide-ranging talk, Urban and his co-presenter, soil scientist Norm Hummel, discussed how landscape architects can design with new soils the right way, particularly in challenging, damaged urban landscapes.

Whether natural or man-mixed, soils have physical, environmental, and chemical properties. These are all important to the health of a growing medium. Physical properties include organic matter, water, drainage, and aeration. Environmental characteristics include light and temperature. Chemical elements include the pH balance, and the presence (or not) of phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium, which are all critical elements for plants.

To determine what kind of soil is needed for a project, Urban said goals and requirements…

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Design Critics Invade Boston


At the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston, prominent design critics Christopher Hume, Toronto Star; Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer; Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record, and Christopher Hawthorne, The Los Angeles Times discussed their travels through Boston’s controversial Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and other sites using ASLA’s new Landscape Architect’s Guide to Boston. The critics also critiqued the guide and explored the changing nature of design guidebooks in the digital age.

Long-time Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell asked the critics pointed questions about what they thought about landscape architecture in Boston. He said Boston’s landscapes have been designed since the city’s founding, with filled land. The city’s landscape and its history is then particularly “readable.”

Landscape Architecture Is an Afterthought on the Greenway 

After his day-long walk-a-bout, Hume said the RFK Greenway was a “failure of the city and landscape architecture in general.” The idea of the Big Dig was…

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Shifting Focus to Healthy Communities



During a session at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston, the three presidents of the major design organizations — American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and American Planning Association (APA) — made a united call for greater collaboration on designing healthy communities. Working from the understanding that design can encourage active lifestyles and contribute to community health and quality of life, they also spoke of a need for design professionals to become leaders in the push for healthier, and therefore more sustainable communities.

Mickey Jacob, president of the AIA, called our time the “collaboration age,” stating it’s critical that all landscape architects, architects, and planners to adapt to change by working together with an eye on advocacy.

Jacob reminded all design professionals that every time they speak about design, whether with a client or at the neighborhood little league game, they are engaging in advocacy and…

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Beauty and Sustainability


According to a 2008 article by University of Virginia landscape architecture professor Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture, the guiding principles of sustainable landscape design are “ecological health, social justice, and economic prosperity.” While these are important, unfortunately, designers can overlook the “beauty of place and the importance of aesthetics” in these sustainable works, to everyone’s detriment.

This idea served as the basis of a session at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston, moderated by Thomas Woltz, FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz, with Bill Madden, ASLA, Mikyoung Kim Design and Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.

Each presented projects that not only upheld the fundamental principles of ecologically-sound design, but were also simply beautiful places. As Woltz said, the designers were there to “re-introduce the idea of beauty into the discussion of sustainability.” The firms shared similar design philosophies, which were defined by Woltz as the “link…

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