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Founded in 1910, Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). It is the magazine of record for the landscape architecture profession in North America, reaching more than 60,000 readers who plan and design projects valued at more than $140 billion each year. LAM is a benefit of ASLA membership, and is available in both print and digital formats by subscription, and may also be found in more than 250 bookstores around the world. To reach the editorial or advertising departments, visit the contact us page.  Information about advertising is also available online.

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18 Posts
(Re)making the Grade

At the University of Pittsburgh, a Complete Street caps a series of student-centered outdoor spaces.

By Timothy A. Schuler

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(Re)making the Grade
Sketching the Housing Crisis
A pandemic sketchbook becomes a prompt to design activism. Text and images by Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA In The Thinking Hand, the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa describes how sketching is a multilayered process of interpretation, one that requires rapid decisions and adjustments. For example, the darkening of one form affects our understanding of those around it, … Continue reading Sketching... more
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The East Dareen Beach Neighborhood Park site in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is a major part of the city’s treated sewage effluent (TSE) program. The park was designed by the Salem, Massachusetts, office of Landworks Studio, founded by the principal Michael Blier, FASLA, in 1996. The firm is intensely local, New England salt and sun. It is also increasingly international, digital, and cross-border/cross-cross-culture collaborative. The park is now in. The office is 14 people. Landworks worked through design development... more
Line by Line
The LAM Gift Guide for Landscape Architecture Graduates
ASLA may earn a commission on certain products if you purchase through the links. Personal Gifts for Professional Growth ASLA Associate Membership $65 Membership includes a wealth of resources and networking opportunities for the new graduate. Landscape Architecture Cuff Links/Pins on Etsy, $11.80-$36.73 "If the phrase designer chic means something to you or your loved one, then these cuff links/pins are a great way of complementing their aesthetic." -Charles Kene Okigbo, ASLA Leuchtturm1917 Sketchbooks $16.50-$36.95... more
The LAM Gift Guide for Landscape Architecture Graduates
The Writing on the Wall
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon’s reputation was made at Sea Ranch. She studied with the Swiss modernist Armin Hofmann, scrutinizing Helvetica with a microscope. The superg Graphics are often inserted into modernist environs, warping through planes and wrapping across walls. In Chicago, the typography is stretched and squashed into geometric motifs that trade Sea Ranch. Exits Exist is on display. The book features sumptuous landscape drawings that often begin in plan view. The books are on display through July... more
The Writing on the Wall
Hawaii Coastline Report Links Resilience with Access
A landscape architect-led study from the University of Hawaii combines climate adaptation and waterfront access. Image courtesy of the University of Hawai'i Community Design Center. United States-controlled islands such as Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are rarely mentioned in U.S. climate coverage, but the projected impacts of sea-level rise to island communities are severe and far-reaching. According to a report from the State of Hawaii's Coastal Zone Management program, if seas rise as projected... more
Hawaii Coastline Report Links Resilience with Access
A Canopy Where it Counts
As Pomeranz explains, interest in restoring the city's trees came even before the storm was over, with one local business owner calling him to help and offering $50,000 toward replanting the city's trees. Volunteer groups, many coordinated by Trees Forever, a regional nonprofit advocacy group based in nearby Marion, are taking to the streets and parks to plant trees. "Urban forestry as it's practiced in most cities is based on an incomplete understanding of thingsdiversity, tree size, spacing," says Speck, pointing... more
A Canopy Where it Counts
Your Stuff Is Coming (Someday)
The supply chain chaos that has dogged the whole economy the past couple of years is hitting every point of the uniquely perishable process of building landscapes. Supplies are short and prices are bonkers, wrecking the careful choreography clients expect and putting landscape architects and their vendors in a tough spot. Landscape architects may understand the new supply chain challenges, but their suppliers and consultants say they are still surprised. ‘Owners are still surprising. “Owners.
Your Stuff Is Coming (Someday)
Get Ready to Respond

$1 billion in funding to reconnect divided communities is coming.

By Zach Mortice

Landscape architects are ingrained systems thinkers and experts on how to balance infrastructure and the ecological imperatives of climate change, all while improving transit networks that bind people together. Significant portions of the more than $1 trillion infrastructure bill that became law late last year will be filtering down to communities, and landscape

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Get Ready to Respond
A Wilder West
Embracing “ugly-pretty” ecology on a Camelback Mountain estate. By Brian Barth / Photography by Caitlin Atkinson Rare is the landscape architecture client who enjoys a view of decay out their window. Lauri Termansen’s taste may be unconventional, but it fits the desert ecology of her southern Arizona home like a glove. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame glimpses of … Continue reading A Wilder... more
A Wilder West
Have Van, Will Garden
The radical landscape architecture of Straub Thurmayr. By Brian Barth Nothing excites Anna Thurmayr and Dietmar Straub, ASLA, more than bringing high-concept landscape architecture to places where it is traditionally absent—remote communities, inner-city schoolyards, peri-urban land awaiting tract homes. But in their case, high concept does not mean high budget or highbrow; if their designs … Continue... more
Have Van, Will Garden
The Lab in the Backyard
USC’s Landscape Justice Initiative aims to give students grassroots perspective on their field. By Patrick Sisson In 2018, after discovering that city arborists planned to plant Australian and South African plant species in response to a future of sustained droughts, the Los Angeles landscape architecture studio Terremoto launched Test Plot, a small-scale scheme designed to … Continue... more
The Lab in the Backyard
Awards Focus: The Death and Life of Great American Barges
LAM is highlighting student and professional winners from the 2021 ASLA Awards by asking designers to share an outtake that tells an important part of their project’s narrative. Student Analysis and Planning Honor Award Weicong Huang “The rendering shows local wetland restoration, in process and after. In the gray frame, the ship is ejecting stored … Continue... more
Awards Focus: The Death and Life of Great American Barges
Work in Progress
This article is also available in Spanish The standard model of practice in landscape architecture—killer hours, ho-hum salaries, and often little say among staff—has long assumed the profession is competing with itself for talent. That’s no longer the case. By Bradford McKee There’s quite a lot of stirring these days in landscape architecture offices, and … Continue reading Work... more
Work in Progress
Art Director’s Cut: In Their Elements
The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM. “Team building amongst the trees.” —Chris McGee, Art Director   From “In Their Elements” by Jonathan Lerner in the April 2022 issue, about the culture of craft and care embedded in the eponymous landscape architecture firm Stephen Stimson founded … Continue reading Art Director’s... more
Art Director’s Cut: In Their Elements
The Year of the Superstudio
Global problems meet regional politics in the field’s most ambitious venture in a century. By Aaron King Yuehui Gong, Courtesy LAF. In March of 2020, Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, the CEO of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), hosted a small gathering at the foundation’s office in Washington, D.C. Among those in attendance were Billy Fleming, ASLA, … Continue reading... more
The Year of the Superstudio
In Their Elements
Stimson takes on the challenges of success by staying true to its New England roots. By Jonathan Lerner Outside the kitchen door of the Massachusetts farm where Stephen (Steve) Stimson, FASLA, and his wife and partner, Lauren Stimson, ASLA, live with their two kids is a water feature created by Steve in the agrarian spirit … Continue reading In Their Elements →
In Their Elements
Placemaking Pitfall
Creative crosswalks are increasingly popular—except among the disabled. By Timothy A. Schuler A group of disability rights organizations raised concerns about a mural crosswalk in London’s Bankside neighborhood. Photo courtesy Better Bankside. Viewed by both designers and departments of transportation as an inexpensive way to improve the public realm, street murals that embellish or sometimes even … ... more
Placemaking Pitfall
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