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2017 Brick in Architecture Awards

The 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards were presented to 35 winners in 19 states for outstanding and resilient design that incorporates clay brick. Judged by independent design professionals, the Brick Industry Association’s (BIA) premier design competition generated 91 entries this year with Best in Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in eight categories.   The eight…

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Hardscaping and Landscape Architecture: Better Living Through Masonry

Everyone knows that Americans need to get outside and get active. Report after report shows that obesity and inactivity are making us sicker and shortening our lives. Despite all the studies and surveys, convincing us to shed our sedentary ways has proven to be a tough sell for health advocates. Masonry may be part of the solution, making the great outdoors a place where more of us want to be.…

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Hardscaping and Landscape Architecture: Ball State University’s Architecture Offering

While I was visiting Savannah, Ga., earlier this year, I was waiting to cross at an intersection when I spotted a girl wearing a t-shirt that said “architecture.” Being the inquisitive type, I asked her if she was studying architecture. She said that indeed she was, at Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Ind. Her mother, who was with her, explained that the young woman was studying landscape architecture and was in her first year. Because all of us were obviously on our way somewhere, I asked the student for her contact information so that I could ask some questions about her studies, and I gave her my business card.…

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Lighting the Way to Added Value

Good companies are always looking for ways to add value for their customers. The best ones are able to grow their business while doing it. Bahler Brothers, a design-build firm in Connecticut, has discovered that outdoor lighting adds substantial value to their masonry projects. Combining masonry and lighting extends the hours their customers can enjoy their outdoor living area. This was the case with a recent Bahler Brothers installation in Massachusetts that won a 2016 Hardscape North America Project Award in one of the residential categories.…

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Landscape Architecture Firms Report Subdued Conditions

According to the newest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey, business conditions flattened for landscape architecture firms during the first three months of 2017. Firms reported a dip in billable hours and hiring plans for the first quarter, while inquiries for new work picked up from the previous quarter. However, a comparison of multiple years…

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Licensure of Landscape Architects Now the Law in D.C.

April 10, 2017 — According to a press release from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), landscape architecture licensure is now law in the District of Columbia. On April 7, Law Number L21-0249 passed the final step of U.S. Congressional review and is now in the process of being implemented. Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president…

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Vectorworks CAD software

Vectorworks CAD software is a line of industry-specific 2D/3D and BIM solutions that allow designers to advance their ideas from concept through completion. Two of the programs are described below, and more information is available online.

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The Modern Garden

This past summer, Architectural Gardens (AG) of Lake Forest, Ill., won an Excellence in Landscape Award for transforming a rather featureless backyard into an urban-like outdoor living area.

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Young Centre

The architecture scene in Toronto is growing and thriving. The metropolitan landscape there has become more than the CN Tower, which is prominent in the city’s skyline. But a building doesn’t have to be tall to be beautiful, distinctive and worthy of a tourism board’s postcards. For example, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the city’s rejuvenated Distillery District is as beautiful a theatre as you likely are to find anywhere in North America.…

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