June 20 2014

Guinness’ Social & Recreational Legacy in Dublin, Ireland

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Guinness has had a significant impact on how both tourists and locals alike enjoy Dublin. With over one million visitors a year, the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular attraction in Ireland.  Along with the Storehouse, Rupert Guinness Hall, St. Stephen’s Green and Iveagh Gardens are all recreational facilities provided to the city of Dublin […]

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May 21 2014

Madison Envisions Pedestrian-Friendly City, Dreams of Moving Traffic Underground

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

Most Madisonians know one of the most beautiful views in Madison is from John Nolen Drive - named for the famous landscape architect who helped plan the city over a hundred years ago. A portion of the drive is surrounded by water on both sides and provides an incredibly breathtaking view of the state capitol building […]

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April 30 2014

Gérard Collomb Reveals His Ambitions for Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

Recently reelected for the third time as Lyon’s mayor, Gérard Collomb wants things in the city to continue progressing at a brisk pace. The following is an interview with this well-known local politician. Do you consider the overarching theme of your third term to be large urban projects? Gérard Collomb (G.C.): Yes, we are going […]

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March 22 2013

ReThink, Reuse Series: The Power of Space

March 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Capacity utilization is a key term in business and an increasingly important term with regards to sustainability. The way in which cities utilise space is becoming a far more pressing issue in today’s world. The various ways space can be used inevitably forecasts a city’s future. In the United Kingdom, Nottingham leads the top twenty […]

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December 28 2012

Music, Sound, and Noise: BldgBlog’s Fanciful Survey of Acoustically Inspired Designs

December 28th, 2012Posted by 

“In the elevators of the Empire State Building, you’d hear the elevators of the Eiffel Tower. The sounds of the Paris Metró are replaced with the sounds of the Bejing subway…If you don’t like Rome, you can make it sound like Dubai.” –Geoff Manaugh, The BldgBlog Book In this passage, author Geoff Manaugh introduces his […]

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October 24 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Courtney McLaughlin: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

October 24th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Courtney McLaughlin from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Courtney McLaughlin is completing her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. An avid traveler, her interests are public space modification in Canadian cities and sustainable urban planning. As an aspiring landscape […]

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July 31 2012

Automated Design Module: A New Method for Designing Landscapes

July 31st, 2012Posted by 

Plant selection in the landscape is guided by four principles: function, aesthetics, site adaptability, and management. At small-scale sites like gardens or community parks, landscape architects can carefully choose every plant with desired plant size, color, texture, and so on. Is this scalable? Now, imagine a twenty-mile corridor which encompasses diverse land uses, multiple jurisdictions, and […]

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February 01 2012

Tree Planting Efforts in Tampa, Florida

February 1st, 2012Posted by 

Trees are important for cities. Environmentally-speaking, trees provide important environmental inputs and outputs. Aesthetically-speaking, trees can provide a sense of beauty to a city. Planners and landscape architects have long-recognized the importance of trees and other plants in urban design.Tampa, Florida has a long-established grassroots organization that has helped bring trees to the city. The […]

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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 25 2011

Car Free Towns and Cities Around the World

August 25th, 2011Posted by 

In a previous blog, I wrote about the car-free suburb in Vauban, Germany. However, whether by intentional design or chance circumstances, quite a few other cities around the world continue to operate without automobile usage. Here is a selection of some of the more idiosyncratic car-free towns and cities around the world. Supai, Arizona is […]

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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 28 2011

Can Modern Architecture and Traditional Co-Exist? Alvar Aalto’s Summer Homes

July 28th, 2011Posted by 

While Alvar Aalto is famous for his contributions to modernist architecture, he also designed and built numerous summer homes for his clients and himself.  While most modern architects work with steel and concrete, Aalto focused on timber constructions and warm interiors with attention to detail. These cottages combine a modern aesthetic with traditional vernacular influences […]

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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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November 12 2010

Free Landscape Architect, Landscape Designers, and Landscape Architecture Directory Listings

November 12th, 2010Posted by 

Discovering the most cost-effective way to promote your landscape architecture or landscape design business, through a marketing plan, should always include the Internet. And if you’re trying to discover ways to drive traffic to your  landscape architecture or landscape design business and website that are free, you’ve come to the right place. I searched Google.com […]

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