July 23 2014

The Grid’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10

In 2012 and 2013, The Grid searched far and wide across the web to find the most popular websites for landscape architects. Now another year has passed, and it’s time to click refresh. We’ve created a new list, with updated rankings and a couple of new entries, including the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. These are the most visited websites for landscape architects according to Alexa Analytics. You may be completely new to the field or a veteran, either way you’ll find loads of helpful information and resources. Click through our Top 20 to get all the information you could want on landscape architecture.

1. Places / http://places.designobserver.com / @PlacesJournal

Places

For the third year in a row, Places is the number one website for landscape architects. Places began as a print journal in 1983 by faculty at MIT and Berkeley, but migrated online in 2009. The interdisciplinary journal is a 501(c)3 organization published by Places Journal Foundation in collaboration with the Design Observer Group, and receives support from several educational institutions. Simply put, the goal of Places is to promote sustainable cities and landscape by publishing content that focuses on the public realm. Their work, which dives into almost every aspect of the built environment, is covered in essays, multimedia, peer review, poetry and other fascinating projects. You can comment on articles and receive their newsletter by registering for a free account.

2. Landscaping Network / www.landscapingnetwork.com / @LandscapingNews

Landscaping Network

Landscaping Network jumped to the number two spot in 2013 not even making the Top 20 in 2012, and goes on to hold its high ranking for the second year in a row. This is the premiere source for all you need to know about residential landscaping. You can read up on numerous ideas to spruce up your lawn or patio and take inspiration from their style guide. If you’re a visual person, click through their picture gallery, which is constantly updated with fresh images to help you improve your home. But Landscaping Network takes it one step further – you can purchase furniture and products off the site to add to your set-up.

3. Landscape Architects Network / http://www.landarchs.com/ / @LAtweets4u

Landscape Architects Network

This is a big jump up the list for Landscape Architects Network, after placing 17th in 2012 and 11th in 2013. Well done! The website brings landscape architecture to the center of the conversation by inspiring users around the globe on how to improve both the natural and built world. There are countless articles on the site focusing on the environment, land art, landscape architecture and technology. You’ll also find book reviews, write-ups on the latest trends and their own Top 10 lists. If you’re a writer and like what you’re reading, submit your own article to get published on the website!

4. American Society of Landscape Architects / www.asla.org / @landarchitects

ASLA

With over 15,000 members across 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the top membership-association for landscape architects. It probably comes as no surprise that they’ve ranked in the upper-echelon of our list three years in a row – number five in 2012 and number three in 2013. On the site, you’ll find informative news and tools to help you advocate for the landscape architecture profession. If you’re working towards a path in professional landscape architecture, search through the site’s resources for educational opportunity guides on starting your career path. Become a member to reap all of the benefits the organization has to offer.

5. Gardenvisit.com / www.gardenvisit.com / @gardenvisit

Gardenvisit

If you love gardens, or are even mildly interested in them – stay right here – because chances are there’s something you’ll like on Gardenvisit.com. The site has dropped slightly on our list over the past two years, ranked number two in 2012 and four in 2013, but it still holds a high position amidst solid competition. Launched in 1998 by London-based landscape architect and garden historian Tom Turner, the site re-launched in 2007 with more information and images, but with the same mission to link readers with information on garden and landscape design history. Users will find pages on garden tours, products, nurseries, design, history, landscape architecture and a fun blog. Click here to get in touch with Gardenvisit.com and to get listed in their directory.

6. World Landscape Architecture / http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/ / @wlandscapearch

World Landscape Architecture

After ranking number 12 in 2012, World Landscape Architecture was somehow entirely absent from our 2013 list. But they’ve returned with a solid position in our top 10. The webzine was founded in October 2007 by Damian Holmes as World Landscape Architect, but changed to its current name in 2011. The website provides rich landscape architecture content and publishes a quarterly magazine with projects from around the world. If you’d like to have your work featured in the magazine, read up on how to submit a project or look into advertising opportunities. The best way to stay informed with their work is to sign up to receive weekly or daily updates via their newsletter. You can also support World Landscape Architecture, both as an individual or company, by reading these instructions.

7. Landscape Online / www.landscapeonline.com / @LandscapeASN

Landscape Online

The amount of content on Landscape Online’s site cannot be summed up in this one paragraph, which goes to show how much valuable information can be found here. The website started at number seven in 2012, dropped a bit to nine in 2013, and has rebounded this year. Scroll through their archive of articles for helpful information or look through their extensive list of products for furniture and landscaping tools. You can search for a specific association or find information on and upcoming Landscape Expo. Another fun feature includes their e-store, which connects customers to new products and advertising opportunities.

8. Landscape Juice Network / www.landscapejuicenetwork.com / @LandscapeJuice

Landscape Juice Network

If you have a landscaping question, want to connect with an industry professional, or are an interested reader, this is the site for you. Landscape Juice Network helps users find professional landscapers, get tips via their forum and even finds jobs. The site was mysteriously nonexistent in our 2012 list, but entered at number six in 2013. It has a list of industry events and thousands of photos of beautiful landscaping projects. With over 3,000 news stories and press releases, you’ll never be short of reading material. Make sure you create an account so you can have your own page on the site and use the forum.

9. Landezine / www.landezine.com / @Landezine

Landezine

Landezine comes in at number nine this year, the same position as 2013 – and a couple of spots higher than its number 11 ranking in 2012. The website highlights landscape architecture projects from around the world, allowing users to view selected projects or ones that have come to fruition. Their videos provide detailed information on many of them. The site keeps you updated with the latest news and competitions and even highlights specific landscape architects. If you have a project you’d like to share with Landezine, wait now longer. Submit it to them now!

10. Land8 / www.land8.com / @Land8

Land8

Capping off our top 10 is Land8, an online forum of 17,000 landscape architects sharing valuable information with one another every day. The site, formerly known as Land8 Lounge, placed sixth on our 2012 list then dropped to eight in 2013, but still makes the top half this year. There are over 3,500 albums of projects around the globe that will inspire you to take your work to the next level. Use the site’s resources to help promote your work and get helpful tips from their forum. These tools might be useful when searching through their jobs board! On top of all this, the site has a tremendous blog, chalk full of information pertinent to the field. If you’d like to have your own profile, sign up for a Land8 membership.

The following are just shy of the top 10, but still provide plenty of rich content.

11. Greenroofs / @greenroofs

12. The Landscape Design Site / @landscapingman

13. Edible Landscape Design / @ediblelandesign

14. The Cultural Landscape Foundation /  @TCLFdotORG

15. Landscape Institute / @talklandscape

16. Landscape Architecture Magazine / @landarchmag

17. The Vertical Farm / @VFDoctor

18. Center for Land Use Interpretation

19. Association of Professional Landscape Designers / @APLD

20. Landscape Architecture Foundation / @lafoundation

We hope you find our latest list helpful in your search for news and information on landscape architecture. But we want to hear from you! Provide feedback and let us know if we missed any sites in the comments section below.

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Robert Poole

Robert Poole recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in City and Regional Planning. He grew up in San Diego but now resides in San Francisco. He is intrigued by, yet concerned with the large discrepancies in socio-economic development within the Bay Area. He currently works at a non-profit organization in San Francisco that advocates for new housing development in the City through policy and legislation. As he continues his work, he hopes to gain a more in-depth understanding of the city’s public process in order to develop solutions that create more affordable housing options for the City's low to middle-income residents.

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10 Responses to “The Grid’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10”

  1. Scott Renwick Says:

    Hi,

    we are delighted to be number 3 on your list, it is certainly a big jump for us and I want to thank you for conducting such a list on an annual basis and the write up you gave us.

    However I do have some criticism for your list;the fact “Places” can be considered a page for landscape architecture is a bit far fetched and “Landscaping Network” is about private garden design and does not come close to covering the full scope of landscape architecture.

    So it’s because of a miss-categorisation that we are not number 1.

    I’m not complaining, however this is something for you to consider.

    best,

    Scott

  2. The Shapedscape Team Says:

    Indeed we expect to see some improvements next years the real top sites are way behind. And of course next year do not forget to consider Shapedscape, we haven’t even launched yet but we are ready to prove the world what Landscape Architecture is all about, once and for all! You’re welcome to join us at http://www.shapedscape.com

  3. Patricia Loofbourrow Says:

    Thanks so much for including me! I’m honored.

    Patty

  4. Robert Poole Says:

    Thanks for the feedback Scott. I agree some of the sites do have different scopes, but we think they still qualify for this particular list. Still, we’ll keep your comment in mind when writing next year’s list.

    We hope you advertise your ranking on Landscape Architect Network’s website and social media channels!

  5. Scott Renwick Says:

    What’s the best way to contact you directly?

  6. Robert Poole Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion Shapedscape Team! We’ll keep you in mind for next year’s list. Let us know if there are any other sites that you feel belong on the list.

  7. Robert Poole Says:

    Scott. You can email me at poole813 [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. Robert Poole Says:

    Congratulations Patty! We hope you advertise the list and your ranking on your site and social media channels!

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