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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Landscape Architecture But Were Afraid to Ask

This new series excels at explaining the exciting work happening in this field.


For the average person, landscape architecture = gardening. But while the field remains relatively unknown, landscape architecture is often at the forefront of developing design approaches to pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges.

Until now, the neophyte had few resources to turn to for learning about increasingly important concepts like bioremediation (which uses microbes and plants to restore the health of soil), or new approaches to stormwater management. But thanks to the efforts of the American Society of Landscape Architects, professionals and the general public alike can get up to speed on the latest in sustainable landscape design concepts by watching a series of clear and clever animations on subjects such as "From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park" and "Designing for Active Living" (narrated by yours truly).

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A Competition to Transform 9,600 Aging U.S. Buildings

Metropolis wants you to redesign a building to have zero environmental impact. The winning idea could be used in 9,600 structures.

Metropolis magazine's Next Generation competition is an annual showcase of bright ideas from emerging designers focused on a major sustainability challenge. Last year's winner, for example, designed a wind turbine that fit within existing electrical towers. But this year, Metropolis is looking to scale the competition by not only using a real-life client but a client who just happens to own some of largest amounts of real estate in the world: the U.S. General Services Administration.

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