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November 10 2011

Finishing a Chapter with Global Site Plans and The Grid

November 10th, 2011Posted by 

As a final submission for The Grid, I wish to thank everyone who has read my past blogs. I hope that they have been a source of new perspective and contemplation. What often began as a thought or idea manifested into words more tangible through my internship. For this, I wish to express my appreciation […]

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October 27 2011

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference: March 2012

October 27th, 2011Posted by 

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), an organization comprised of nearly every higher learning landscape architecture program in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, will be holding its annual conference at the University of Illinois March 28 – 31, 2012. The 2012 CELA Conference will provide educators, professionals in the field, […]

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October 13 2011

Designing Retail for Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Neotraditionalist, New Urbanist Design

October 13th, 2011Posted by 

Neotraditionalist, or new urbanism design, is committed to pedestrian-friendly streets. Details for this type of urban design include mixed-use zoning, garages at the back of residential lots utilizing alleys, and retail areas located on the same secondary streets running throughout the development. Pedestrians and bicyclists become the main focus for this type of development, as […]

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September 29 2011

Sharing Bicycle Trails and Pedestrian Paths: Etiquette Rules

September 29th, 2011Posted by 

As a pedestrian on a bicycling/walking path, you’ve probably grumbled as a bicyclist passed from behind without warning. Or maybe you’ve feared for your children’s safety as you’ve pulled them to the side of the path as bicyclists whizzed past without regard to their speed. On the other hand, as a bicyclist, chances are you […]

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September 15 2011

2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and EXPO: Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2011

September 15th, 2011Posted by 

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will hold its annual meeting and EXPO in San Diego, California, October 30 – November 2, 2011. According to their website, www.asla.org, more than 6,000 landscape architect professionals from the United States and around the world will be in attendance.  Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up […]

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September 01 2011

Landscape Design and Maintenance: Utilizing Local Information Resources

September 1st, 2011Posted by 

My professor recently told a story about an individual that was picking out trees for a landscape design he was working on. Of all the trees available to him at the nursery, he chose ones that had been improperly planted so that the soil and mulch covered the root flare and was piled too high […]

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August 18 2011

New Urbanism and Pocket Neighborhoods: Developing Stronger Communities

August 18th, 2011Posted by 

New Urbanism, among other movements, strives to make a community more walkable, while establishing a strong sense of community. While the design of New Urbanism communities can create an environment in which pedestrians are more welcome and neighbors can easily gather; this does not always promote a sense of togetherness. For various reasons, providing the […]

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August 04 2011

Residential Rain Gardens: Promoting Community and Conservation

August 4th, 2011Posted by 

Rain gardens can be found in several public spaces within Lincoln, Nebraska. Sometimes a sign is placed within the landscape, drawing attention to the rain garden and its usefulness to the environment. Unfortunately, not all of these gardens are maintained consistently to make them attractive. The city of Lincoln is actively promoting the installation of […]

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July 21 2011

Farmers Markets Provide the Low-Income and Elderly Fresh Produce: Lincoln, Nebraska’s Model

July 21st, 2011Posted by 

Like most urban areas, Lincoln, Nebraska, contains many farmers’ markets throughout the growing season. The biggest of these markets is open on Saturday mornings in the downtown Lincoln area. The market itself has become something of an event, attracting thousands of people each week, during its peak. Just last month, a new farmers’ market opened […]

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July 07 2011

Starting a Bicycle Commuting Revolution Using Social Media

July 7th, 2011Posted by 

As much as I enjoy commuting to work and school on my bicycle, oftentimes I dislike riding it for regular errands. Incomplete streets, limited bicycle trails, and routes are one problem, but a lack of bicycle facilities are another. When you’re hopping out of your car to patronize stores at strip malls, do you ever […]

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June 23 2011

Appreciating the Natural World Despite the Virtual

June 23rd, 2011Posted by 

Where is your focus when you step outdoors? Are you automatically checking personal email and texts, or surfing the Web on your mobile device? Or are you deeply breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sun upon your face? Just recently, in my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, the air temperature hit triple digits on a […]

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June 09 2011

Implementing Sustainability: 5 Tips for the Urban Planner

June 9th, 2011Posted by 

What do you consider when you think about humanity’s carbon footprint? Do you applaud those that drive an electric car? Or do you commend those who commute by bicycle or public transit? Maybe the fuel-efficient home is more desirable than keeping the thermostat low on cold days while wearing an extra layer of clothes? When […]

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May 26 2011

5 Details to Implement in Landscape Architecture Designs

May 26th, 2011Posted by 

I love walking through my urban neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, on early spring mornings. Although it is nestled between main arterial streets, I am enveloped in nature through thoughtful design. The rising sun penetrates areas of the urban design landscape that fade into the shadow as the day progresses. During these glimpses of new activity, […]

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