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People's Choice Awards


LASN magazine is mailed every month to virtually every licensed landscape architect in the U.S., and is also produced in digital format, available on our very active website www.landscapeonline.com. Google Analytics is a resource that provides detailed statistics about the number of people visiting our website, and what pages they visit most. From 1/11/11 to 11/11/11, 455,404 visitors viewed 68,289 pages a total of 1,046,661 times.

Virtually everything written in LASN since 1985 is on the website. Of all that massive content throughout the years, we tabulated what people viewed the most this year. Thus we present the People's Choice Awards--the Top 10 articles our readers chose to view this year on www.landscapeonline.com. You'll note some of those most viewed articles were published as far back as 2004. Also, we present the Top 10 articles viewed this year by our LandscapeOnline Weekly Newsletter readers, material originally published in LASN in 2011.

Readers of LASN Magazine
o 20,959 licensed landscape architects
o 33,200 total circulation, including ASLA, AIA, APA and NRPA professionals, developers and city managers
o 79.1% are Business Owners, Princpals or Partners


o 90.9% have been in the industry for at least 11 years
o 40.7% are licensed in more than one state
o 20.3% work for a firm that grosses more than $10 million annually

Top Ten Viewed Landscape Architectural Articles on LandscapeOnline.com in 2011

#1
Landscape Design for the Modern, Minimalist Home, Jan. 2004 LASN

By Stephen Kelly, managing editor

The landscape architecture for this modern and minimalist residence and office in the Westwood-Century City area of West Los Angeles was by Michael Schneider, ASLA, principal and founder of Orange Street Studio, Los Angeles. As you approach the house from the street you see framed between two palms geometric cubes (shell stone walls) of beige, white and planes of teal (or is that light green?). The first impression is adobe architecture transmogrified. It has a modern but not a hi-tech look. It's sculptured and all horizontal and vertical planes,
but the colors and plantings evoke a warm and welcome southwest feel.

Photo: Orange Street Studio

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/4078

#2
Duke University: Growth Rooted in Tradition, June 2006 LASN

By Cynthia Braden, Marketing Coordinator for HadenStanziale with contributions from principal George Stanziale and senior associate Karen Weston-Chien

A half-acre retreat called, the Healing Garden, showcases stone seating walls, water features, wooden benches. Echinacea and lavender were used at the site of the Healing Garden for their pleasing scent. "When we moved to Durham in 1986 and located our office between Duke University's East and West campuses, our goal was to become their primary landscape architect and planning consultant," said principal George Stanziale, ASLA, CLARB of the Durham, NC-based firm HadenStanziale.

Photo: Peter Brentlinger

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/6997

#3
Generation Speed: Part 1: Graphics, Dec. 2008 LASN

Ashley Calabria, LASN Technology Editor

Computer applications for landscape architecture allow for faster, more accurate graphics. Within these programs, our profession has built a library of symbols (called "blocks" for AutoCAD or "components" in SketchUp) intended to speed up production in a graphically acceptable way. As a method for breaking out of the standardized symbols, interested user groups started gathering and selling a variety of images. Broken down into two major categories, photorealistic and nonphotorealistic, these images have become more readily available, more graphically acceptable for landscape architecture and allow for a mixed media approach to presentation graphics.

Image: Entourage Arts

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/11432

#4
Landscape Architecture Schools: The Top 15, Feb. 2006 LASN

The University of Georgia's five-year undergraduate program in landscape architecture was ranked the top in 2006, with Harvard listed as the top graduate program. Caldwell Hall houses the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/6408

#5
Retaining Walls: Brands, Styles and Options Add Up, Nov. 2006 LASN

By Erik Skindrud, regional editor

This view gives an idea of the versatility of modern retaining wall systems. The blocks seen here employ fiberglass pins for reinforcement, and can be used for retaining walls, planter beds, tree rings, steps, amphitheaters, etc. Small-block walls like these can contain significant slopes when built in stepped configurations, but many state and local ordinances regulate the size and height of unengineered walls.

Photo: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems, Inc.

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/7993

#6
Isamu Noguchi's Playground Designs, Sept. 2004 LASN

By Leslie McGuire, regional editor

Isamu Noguchi, seen here with his model for the Contoured Playground designed in 1933, combined traditional house and garden experiences with his conception of sculpture as lived space.

Photo: Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/7115


#7
The Dualities of Reinventing Space - Profile: Martha Schwartz, ASLA, Principal
Martha Schwartz Partners, March 2009 LASN

By Leslie McGuire, managing editor and Nicole Martin

"The use of light and space lures the public to [Dublin's] Grand Canal Square, creating an interactive space that functions as a social magnet during the day and at night," says Martha Schwartz. "This is indeed a crucial function of the design, given the regenerative purpose of the development itself. In addition, the fact that it opens onto a large, nontidal body of water makes it a unique space for Ireland, as such spaces have only traditionally occurred in Mediterranean cities, for example, Trieste and Venice."

Photo: Martha Schwartz Partners

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/11728

#8
Forsyth School's Creative Outdoors, SWT Design, June 2008 LASN

Stephen Kelly, Editor

The lower school playground, separated from the central playground by the science building, serves the preschool and lower grade students. The poured-in-place rubber surfacing, tricycle track, eco-shed, butterfly gate, sand play and new play structures (Kompan's Moments Series, for 2-6 year olds) provide exceptional play value. Note: Can you find the girl playing "dead."

Photo: SWT Design

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/10706

#9
Excellence in Playground Design, March 2005 LASN

By Deborah Edsall, Managing Director, Edsall & Associates LLC

As 60 percent of all playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground, a 12" minimum depth of compressed engineered wood or pour-in-place rubber surfacing is desired under all equipment 8' high or less.

Photo: Edsall & Associates

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/5090

#10
A Residential Japanese Garden - Worthington, Ohio, Jan. 2008 LASN

By Deborah and John Edsall, ASLA, APA, OPRA

At selected locations, limestone slabs were extended along the north and south sides of the intermittent stream into the garden. This affords stepping-stones for viewing. The moon bridge affords a crossing designed for its artistic addition to the garden, but also does not impede the intermittent water flows.

Photo: Edsall & Associates LLC

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/10211

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Top Ten Viewed Articles on LandscapeOnline Weekly in 2011

Every week, Landscape Communications, the parent company of Landscape Architect and Specifier News (LASN) magazine, Landscape Contractor / Design ? Build ? Maintain magazine and LandscapeOnline.com, sends out an electronic newsletter, LandscapeOnline Weekly, to more than 50,000 landscape professionals. The content includes all the feature and column content of our magazines, plus the latest news and product information. According to Google Analytics, here are the Top 10 landscape architectural articles viewed this year by the readers of LandscapeOnline Weekly.

#1
Walloon Lake Shore Residence, "Where the light shines through the clouds" - Jan. 2011 LASN

By Maureen Parker, Landscape Architect, Common Ground Landscapes

A black granite slab bridges the stream. Cast solid bronze large China Hat area path lights (Cast Lighting) with 25-watt krypton halogen lamps guide the way at night. 'Knock Out' roses, coreopsis and hardy geraniums complement the hardscape.

Photo: Common Ground Landscapes

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14474

#2
It's the Pits, Fire Pits, That Is, March 2011 LASN

Nowhere on the ASLA survey list do we see ''bar'' mentioned as a desirable outdoor amenity! This can't be right. Perhaps we can classify it under ''seating/dining areas,'' which at 94.1% was perceived as the third most popular outdoor addition.

Photo: Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14812

#3
Small Patio Transformed Into Entertaining Outdoor Room, March 2011 LASN

By Rob Wright, Stone Age Manufacturing

Materials used on this patio include natural blue flagstone. A natural thin stone covers the exterior of the fire-pit and outdoor kitchen. A red cedar pergola offers shade and houses a ceiling fan and lighting.

Photo: Stone Age Manufacturing

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14725

#4
Schools, Park and Art Find Home on Historic Ambassador Hotel Site, April 2011 LASN

Looking south from above Wilshire Boulevard in central Los Angeles, we see Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park (foreground) and the campus (top) of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. The school entry lawn (center) is reminiscent of the grand elevation from Wilshire Blvd. to the old Ambassador Hotel, which was completely demolished by January 16, 2006. The front building (the school auditorium) is on the footprint of the hotel's old Coconut Grove nightclub. The school sport fields (left and right) lead down to the park. The lighting for the campus and park is diverse: in-grade metal-halide fiberoptic illuminators, louvered step lights, halogen uplights, compact underwater fixtures, low-voltage MR16 lamps, pole lighting and security lighting. The campus is in the Wilshire Center/Koreatown section of L.A. It reportedly cost $578 million, purportedly the nation's most expensive public school ever built. The K-12 complex has six pilot schools that accommodate about 4,400 students from Pico Union and neighboring communities, the most densely populated area in California. The school-age population is 84 percent Latino, and 89 percent of the students are from low-income families.

Photo: ABHE Landscape Architects

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14830

#5
Outdoor Living: A Neglected Space Becomes an Outdoor Centerpiece, July LASN 2011

By Linda Lee, Solena Landscape Company

The project's centerpiece is a 3-ft. wide x 12-ft. long custom water feature of slate stack stone and concrete, a dramatic jagged ledgestone rock face that generates a soothing and relaxing sound as the water trickles over it. The fountain has a plaster basin, waterline tile, skimmer, filter and underwater lighting. The water feature boasts.

Photo: Solena Landscape Co.

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/15168

#6
Classic and Contemporary Coexist at Georgetown Residence, Jan. 2011 LASN

By Gregory Harris

The view from the library window extends across the lower level spa terrace (below the boxwood hedge seen in the foreground of the photo) to the fountain terrace and the lawn terrace beyond. The window wall that extends along the side of the house connects the interior spaces of the kitchen and family room to the garden rooms. A simple ground plane of dwarf mondo grass, black ophiopogon and pachysandra is present throughout the seasons. Carefully sheared Hollywood junipers provide a soft texture in front of the walls on either side of the fountain. A large magnolia offers seasonal interest and shade to the garden. The brick walks and terraces were built using salvaged brick that came from the previous gardens and match the brick walls in the family room and kitchen, furthering the connections between interior and exterior spaces.

Photo: (C) 2011 Allen Russ/HDPhoto

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14478

#7
Elk Mountain Retreat, Landscape Architecture by Design Workshop, Jan. 2011 LASN

A folded plate roof and large expanses of glass are key architectural features to this home positioned on a 200-acre ridge, 9,200 feet up in the mountains of west-central Colorado. The planting scheme links the residential landscape to its larger surroundings. Perennials such as purple coneflower serve as a contrasting foreground against the region's golden fall colors.

Photo: Design Workshop

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14475

#8
That 70's Square, Feb. 2011 LASN

Grissim Metz Andriese Associates

The fountain's paver pattern continues into the fountain basin with a pyramidesque structure. Tiles line the basin at the water level. The ambient sounds of water cascading from the spouts help muffle the adjacent vehicular traffic noise. Red geraniums, purple wave petunia, potato vine, ornamental grasses and white sweet alyssum decorate the planters.

Photo: Grissim Metz Andriese Associates

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14595

#9
Willow Tunnels for Pierce's Park, Nov. 2011 LASN

The design of Baltimore's Pierce's Park includes two live willow tunnels. The new park, an easy walk to the National Aquarium and all of Baltimore's Inner Harbor attractions, was designed by Mahan Rykiel Associates. Bonnie Gale, a national expert in the design and fabrication of willow structures, built the tunnels with help from area residents, including many children. The site is loosely designed as two open spaces connected by a "ribbon walk." Homophonic words were inscribed along the serpentine walk for children to discover. One area appeals to older children, with an unstructured play area that includes landscaped berms, an open green and custom sculpture. The second area is designed for younger children and contains two living willow tunnels, two sculptures and a fence that produces musical sounds when tapped.

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/15587

#10
Green Parking Principles Putting Parking Lots to Work, April 2011 LASN

Buck Abbey, ASLA and Robert Reich, School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

The design for this green parking lot incorporates a median that functions as a bioswale. As you can see, the parking lot is well screened with trees and shrubbery. It is clear the nature of parking lots in urban areas is changing. If nature is to be preserved, protected or rebuilt in urban areas, the largest amount of available space to be found is within paved-over land used for parking. One recent study of parking and green laws found parking lots occupy about 10 percent of the land in U.S. cities, and can be as much as 20 to 30 percent of the land in downtown central business districts.

Online Article: www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14861


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