Friday Findings - October 6th Edition

Friday Findings - October 6th Edition

With ASLA only two weeks away, we wanted to spend this week looking at some of the biggest trends in landscape architecture. In this edition you'll learn about the way technology is influencing design, how drainage systems can improve the landscape, sustainable garden designs, and how to rejuvenate an abandoned river. 


Landscape Architects as Futurists

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Landscape architects are often met with the question of "what can this [space] become?" as they look at an empty lot or are visiting a clients property. Instead of answering the question of what the space can become, in this article, it explores how the space can be altered to adapt to the increasing use of technology. It considers autonomous cars, robots using bike lanes, and more.

You can read the full article here.


5 of the Smartest Drainage Systems

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After spending time and resources on constructing a beautiful patio, the last thing you want to discover is that there are areas in the yard that do not drain properly. This will inevitably cause stagnant water which leads to potentially damaging buildings, other structures, and attracting mosquitoes. In this article you can learn how to avoid stagnant water and poor drainage by choosing one of the five recommended drainage system styles. 

To learn about the drainage systems, read the full article here.


Inside the Surprising Innovations of Sustainable Garden Design

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With increasing concerns for the environment, most people want to have a garden that has plants requiring little to no maintenance. In this article, it explores how one designer was tasked with a project to make a watering system that costs $500 or less per month. This involved planting native plants, using minimal exotic plant materials, and a drainage system. 

You can read the full article here.


How to Rejuvenate an Abandoned River

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image © Wiki Commons

Although a river no longer has an abundance of water, it doesn't mean that it needs to be neglected. In fact, this article highlights how designers can use the land from vacant rivers to make beautiful gardens using the natural scenery. The article also highlights how the land can be turned into a multiple land use for farming, forestry or conservation. 

You can read the full article here


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