Top 20 International Landscape Architecture & Design Websites 2012: Giants of Landscape Architecture Online
On June 4, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Urban Planning Websites 2012, and on June 11, 2012 the Top 20 International Architecture Websites 2012. Now it is Landscape Architecture’s time to shine. We searched for your international landscape architectural sources, using Alexa International Rankings, and found these to be your 2012 – Top 20 most popular landscape architecture and design-related websites.
Check out the list and let us know if we’ve missed someone important, in the comment section below.
Places was first published by the MIT Press in July 1983 with the support of editors Donlyn Lyndon and Wiliam L. Porter. Their initial ethos was to focus on “public spaces in the services of shared and egalitarian ideals of society” and to explore “the highest standards of public responsibility and design.” This ideology continues today, although the publication moved from the press in 2009 and is now exclusively online, as an open-access journal in partnership with the Design Observer Group. Places continues as an interdisciplinary journal of contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism, with particular emphasis on the public realm as physical place and social ideal. Places encourages editorial submissions, peer review submissions for the journal, and offers a variety of topics ranging from architecture and landscape – to water.
Gardenvisit.com, or The Garden Landscape Guide, was launched in 1998 by Tom Turner, a landscape architect and garden historian based in London, United Kingdom. In 2007 the website was relaunched with 10,000 pages or text and 10,000 images, with the aims of linking “information about places to information about garden and landscape design: history, philosophy, styles, construction, materials, design methods, planting and designers.” The website is divided up into several easily navigateable categories: garden tours by continent, garden products, garden finder by country, nursery finder, trip planner, garden designers primarily located in the UK and USA, history & theory, landscape architecture, and “blog.” The site boasts of a “Garden Finder,” which provides a comprehensive list of gardens to visit around the world. In 2008, the garden finder was further expanded to allow garden managers to update details regarding the gardens.
The American Society of Landscape Architects took the 3rd, 4th, and 5th place positions within our Top 20! Congratulations. First up, the Sustainable Design and Development (SDD) Blog, a resource for landscape architects and designers interested in sustainable design. The blog’s objective is to collect, advance, and disseminate information on sustainable design practice and theory within the field of landscape architecture and affiliated fields. The blog boasts of a variety of categories including sustainable sites initiative, health & wellbeing, habitat, edible landscapes, and more. They offer coverage on a local and national level through their web page, conferences, and publications. Also, if you are interested in writing blogs for the SDD, you are welcome to submit potential blog posts or news items using their comment form, on their about page.
The Dirt, yet another American Society of Landscape Architects blog that has made it onto our Top 20 list. “The Dirt blog covers the latest news on the built and natural environments and features stories on landscape architecture. Published weekly, The Dirt explores design and policy developments related to land and water use, urbanization, transportation, and climate change.” Their blog covers a variety of topics including landscape architecture, sustainable design, urban revitalization, policy and regulation, public spaces, and more. You can follow The Dirt via its email newsletter, and they also welcome your blog story ideas related to educational opportunities (conferences, lectures, etc.), exhibitions, research studies & books, and/or sustainable landscape architecture and master planning concepts or projects.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) website is offered in three languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese. The ASLA was founded in 1899 and is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing approximately 17,000 members. Their mission is “to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.” Although their website came along much later than the organization’s founding, it can be found divided into several sections: about us, membership, chapters, news, meeting & events, education, advocacy, professional practice, and store. Among their highlights, is the opportunity to be listed in their “Firm Finder.” If you have a Full, Associate, or International ASLA membership, your landscape architecture or other private sector firm could be receiving a free basic listing in the Firm Finder – hope that you’re not missing out on this opportunity. Another bonus, and bookmark worthy feature, is the opportunities and events section.
Land8Lounge.com was launched in March 2008. Since then, it has developed into the destination for landscape architects of all skill levels to freely share their work and ideas, while connecting with others around the globe. As the premier social network for landscape architects, Land8 boasts of approximately 2,500 student members and 11,500 professional members. The site is divided among profiles, gallery, forum, events, groups, and jobs. Access to many of these features are available to non-members, including their comprehensive job section, but in order to access the entire lounge you must become a member. As a member you can enjoy one of the fun features of the site, chat!
7. Landscape Online / http://www.landscapeonline.com
LandscapeOnline Weekly is a service of Landscape Communications, Inc., who began business in 1985 with Landscape Architect and Specifier News (LASN). On a weekly basis you can find the most up-to-date information brought to you through editorials, news for the week, and columns. In addition to reaching virtually every registered Landscape Architect and Landscape Contractor in the United States. Landscape Communication’s professional readership also includes school & campus designers, city planners, developers, erosion control specialists, irrigation consultants, architects and golf course architects. If you offer products or services to the landscape architecture and design community, they also offer opportunities to advertise through the LandscapeOnline Marketplace. If you would like your firm to be listed on their site, feel free to sign-up at no-charge. They also gladly accept your editorial suggestions.
Founded in 1998, by Charles Birnbaum, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a not-for-profit American-based foundation dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its cultural landscapes. “Through education, technical assistance, and outreach, [they] broaden awareness of and support for historic landscapes nationwide in hopes of saving this diverse and priceless heritage for future generations.” Because their name does not involve “landscape architecture,” directly per se, the term cultural landscapes may be a bit convoluted. However, the TCLF clarifies that cultural landscapes provide a sense of place and identity; they map our relationship with the land over time; and they are part of the [American] national heritage and each [American’s] life. The website is arranged, neatly, amongst the following sections: What’s Out There, Landslide, Pioneers, Classrooms, News/Features, and Events. Discover their upcoming events or roam around their advanced listing of landscape locations of cultural importance, in “What’s Out There?”
The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), founded in 1994, is dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how [America’s] lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Since it was founded, CLUI has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions for public institutions around the world. The center also publishes books, conducts public tours, and offers information and research resources. The CLUI stimulates discussions, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape and attempts to gather varying viewpoints regarding the utilization of terrestrial and geographic resources. CLUI’s site boasts of a breadthe of program areas, a land use database which can be browsed by keyword or search engine, and an annual newsletter.
In 2010, Dickson Despommier wrote a book entitled The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century. Since then, Despommier has devoted this website to educating individuals about the need to farm vertically. On the site you can view the problem and the potential solution; vertical farming, you can also discover vertical farming designs by architects such as Jean-Francois St-Onge, Oliver Foster, Chris Jacobs, Amber Beernink, Jung Min Nam, and more. There are also a variety of entertaining videos to watch and a blog that Despommier updates on a fairly irregular basis. It’s worth a look. Interested in learning more or contacting him? You can do that too.
They are climbing the list, but couldn’t quite reach the top ten. Here are those that will sure to become larger international stars of landscape architecture and landscape design (online, at least) in the future:
11. Landezine: Landscape Architecture Works
12. World Landscape Architecture
14. Landscape Institute
15. Urban Greenery
17. Landscape Architects Network
18. Landscape Architecture Magazine
19. D.U.S. – Design Under Sky
We know that there are so many other landscape architecture websites and blogs out there, so who do you think should be in this list – that we missed?