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Top 20 International Landscape Architecture & Design Websites 2012: Giants of Landscape Architecture Online

On June 4, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Urban Planning Websites 2012. and on June 11, 2012 the Top 20 International Architecture Websites 2012. Now it is Landscape Architecture’s time to shine. We searched for your international landscape architectural sources, using Alexa International Rankings. and found these to be your 2012 – Top 20 most popular landscape architecture and design-related websites .

Check out the list and let us know if we’ve missed someone important, in the comment section below.

Gardenvisit.com. or The Garden Landscape Guide, was launched in 1998 by Tom Turner. a landscape architect and garden historian based in London, United Kingdom. In 2007 the website was relaunched with 10,000 pages or text and 10,000 images, with the aims of linking “information about places to information about garden and landscape design: history, philosophy, styles, construction, materials, design methods, planting and designers.” The website is divided up into several easily navigateable categories: garden tours by continent, garden products, garden finder by country, nursery finder, trip planner, garden designers primarily located in the UK and USA, history & theory, landscape architecture. and “blog. ” The site boasts of a “Garden Finder,” which provides a comprehensive list of gardens to visit around the world. In 2008, the garden finder was further expanded to allow garden managers to update details regarding the gardens.

The American Society of Landscape Architects took the 3rd, 4th, and 5th place positions within our Top 20! Congratulations. First up, the Sustainable Design and Development (SDD) Blog, a resource for landscape architects and designers interested in sustainable design. The blog’s objective is to collect, advance, and disseminate information on sustainable design practice and theory within the field of landscape architecture and affiliated fields. The blog boasts of a variety of categories including sustainable sites initiative, health & wellbeing, habitat, edible landscapes, and more. They offer coverage on a local and national level through their web page, conferences, and publications. Also, if you are interested in writing blogs for the SDD, you are welcome to submit potential blog posts or news items using their comment form, on their about page .

The Dirt, yet another American Society of Landscape Architects blog that has made it onto our Top 20 list. “The Dirt blog covers the latest news on

the built and natural environments and features stories on landscape architecture. Published weekly, The Dirt explores design and policy developments related to land and water use, urbanization, transportation, and climate change.” Their blog covers a variety of topics including landscape architecture, sustainable design, urban revitalization, policy and regulation, public spaces, and more. You can follow The Dirt via its email newsletter. and they also welcome your blog story ideas related to educational opportunities (conferences, lectures, etc.), exhibitions, research studies & books, and/or sustainable landscape architecture and master planning concepts or projects.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) website is offered in three languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese. The ASLA was founded in 1899 and is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing approximately 17,000 members. Their mission is “to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. ” Although their website came along much later than the organization’s founding, it can be found divided into several sections: about us, membership, chapters, news, meeting & events, education, advocacy, professional practice, and store. Among their highlights, is the opportunity to be listed in their “Firm Finder.” If you have a Full, Associate, or International ASLA membership, your landscape architecture or other private sector firm could be receiving a free basic listing in the Firm Finder – hope that you’re not missing out on this opportunity. Another bonus, and bookmark worthy feature, is the opportunities and events section.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), founded in 1994, is dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how [America’s] lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Since it was founded, CLUI has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions for public institutions around the world. The center also publishes books, conducts public tours, and offers information and research resources. The CLUI stimulates discussions, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape and attempts to gather varying viewpoints regarding the utilization of terrestrial and geographic resources. CLUI’s site boasts of a breadthe of program areas. a land use database which can be browsed by keyword or search engine, and an annual newsletter.

They are climbing the list, but couldn’t quite reach the top ten. Here are those that will sure to become larger international stars of landscape architecture and landscape design (online, at least) in the future:

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