Category: Landscape Architecture

1-2-3 Ecology: Design That Ignores Science Doomed to Fail

By Jacob Blue, PLA How we approach design can be just as important as what we design. How nature functions at your project site can have positive or negative consequences on the long-term outcomes of that project. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin provides a good example of what can happen when form supersedes function. There is… Read More »

Mother Knows Best: Designers Smart to Play by Nature’s Rules

Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit, Illinois, incorporates all native species for the meadow and other landscape areas, and the walls are made of exposed aggregate from the adjacent Rock River. By Jacob Blue, PLA When designing spaces for a park, road, campus, etc., it’s not unrealistic to expect our work to be replaced… Read More »

10 Powerful Elements Bring Public Spaces to Life

By Chris Silewski, PLA How do you make a space great? Design it for its intended uses but with flexibility for those uses to change over time. And give people not just a single focal area in which to congregate but at least 10 ways to engage with the space. Look carefully, and you’ll notice… Read More »