landscape architecture Tag

Creative Playgrounds

Getting children to play outside is so important during this time of technology driven minds. Playing outside has positive effects on mind and body and there are numerous articles, reports and studies to prove it. So how do you encourage creative play? Maybe by thinking...

A SPOOKY REFLECTION OF OUR SOCIETY?

By Brad Priest   One of the most powerful things a designed landscape can do is to elicit emotional reactions in its visitors. Often the user response is meant to be positive, as people obviously enjoy spending time outdoors in spaces that make them feel good most...

Post-Industrial Landscape Design

By Mimi Lo   I personally am always attracted by post-industrial sites. The potential on sites where people built up factories and finally decided to close it for different reasons, leaving entire campus became an abandoned space, is great. The structures can be reused and developed with...

From Llamas to Masterplans

Design trends are constantly changing, but one thing that is certain, is that outdoor venues with intimate gathering spaces and smaller architecture dwellings have become the top choice for events, weddings and photo shoots. (image source) Ces and Judy's Catering company bought what was once a llama...

Braille Trails and Accessible Outdoor Spaces

By: Christina Hughey Cispus Braille Trail   Most people enjoy going on a walk outside to relax, especially in the spring and fall season. Unfortunately, not every trail is accessible for everyone, often when thinking about accessibility people often think of accessibility for wheelchairs. More places need to...

Modern Playgrounds

By: Christina Hughey   Playgrounds have changed a lot over the years. There is plenty of differences in materials, safety factors (playgrounds are made much safer now), differences in the activities allowed on the playground, and differences in the shapes of the playground.  The design opportunities are...

Supporting Watershed Nature Center

By: Christina Hughey The Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, Illinois is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats. The center features paved walking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation,...

10 Tips for Trail Design

There is a lot that goes into trail design. In previous blogs I have talked about the importance of trails in communities and designing for trail sustainability but there is a lot more that goes into the design of trails. Here are 10 important tips...

Trails are Changing Communities for the Better

By: Christina Hughey Whenever a trail is installed it affects the whole community. Impacting the lives of individuals in many ways, this includes giving individuals another option of commuting to and from work. Having a walkable neighborhood can even lower crime rates. Trails help the whole...

Designing for Trail Sustainability

By: Christina Hughey   Figure 1: Trail Sustainablity    Trails provide much more than hours of fun, trails help protect our environment. A trail built for sustainability reduces damage to plants, reduces disturbance to wildlife, reduces damage to soil and much more. A trail built right will last for...