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Shelley Rekte

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Finishing a Chapter with Global Site Plans and The Grid

by Shelley Rekte

As a final submission for The Grid, I wish to thank everyone who has read my past blogs. I hope that they have been a source of new perspective and contemplation. What often began as a thought or idea manifested into wor... Read article

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference: March 2012

by Shelley Rekte

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), an organization comprised of nearly every higher learning landscape architecture program in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, will be holdin... Read article

Designing Retail for Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Neotraditionalist, New Urbanist Design

by Shelley Rekte

Neotraditionalist, or new urbanism design, is committed to pedestrian-friendly streets. Details for this type of urban design include mixed-use zoning, garages at the back of residential lots utilizing alleys, and retail... Read article

Sharing Bicycle Trails and Pedestrian Paths: Etiquette Rules

by Shelley Rekte

As a pedestrian on a bicycling/walking path, you’ve probably grumbled as a bicyclist passed from behind without warning. Or maybe you’ve feared for your children’s safety as you’ve pulled them to the side of the path as ... Read article

2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and EXPO: Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2011

by Shelley Rekte

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will hold its annual meeting and EXPO in San Diego, California, October 30 – November 2, 2011. According to their website,, more than 6,000 landscape archi... Read article

Landscape Design and Maintenance: Utilizing Local Information Resources

by Shelley Rekte

My professor recently told a story about an individual that was picking out trees for a landscape design he was working on. Of all the trees available to him at the nursery, he chose ones that had been improperly planted... Read article

New Urbanism and Pocket Neighborhoods: Developing Stronger Communities

by Shelley Rekte

New Urbanism, among other movements, strives to make a community more walkable, while establishing a strong sense of community. While the design of New Urbanism communities can create an environment in which pedestrians ... Read article

Residential Rain Gardens: Promoting Community and Conservation

by Shelley Rekte

Rain gardens can be found in several public spaces within Lincoln, Nebraska. Sometimes a sign is placed within the landscape, drawing attention to the rain garden and its usefulness to the environment. Unfortunately, not... Read article

Farmers Markets Provide the Low-Income and Elderly Fresh Produce: Lincoln, Nebraska’s Model

by Shelley Rekte

Like most urban areas, Lincoln, Nebraska, contains many farmers’ markets throughout the growing season. The biggest of these markets is open on Saturday mornings in the downtown Lincoln area. The market itself has become... Read article

Starting a Bicycle Commuting Revolution Using Social Media

by Shelley Rekte

As much as I enjoy commuting to work and school on my bicycle, oftentimes I dislike riding it for regular errands. Incomplete streets, limited bicycle trails, and routes are one problem, but a lack of bicycle facilities ... Read article

Appreciating the Natural World Despite the Virtual

by Shelley Rekte

Where is your focus when you step outdoors? Are you automatically checking personal email and texts, or surfing the Web on your mobile device? Or are you deeply breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sun upon your face... Read article

Implementing Sustainability: 5 Tips for the Urban Planner

by Shelley Rekte

What do you consider when you think about humanity’s carbon footprint? Do you applaud those that drive an electric car? Or do you commend those who commute by bicycle or public transit? Maybe the fuel-efficient home is m... Read article

5 Details to Implement in Landscape Architecture Designs

by Shelley Rekte

I love walking through my urban neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, on early spring mornings. Although it is nestled between main arterial streets, I am enveloped in nature through thoughtful design. The rising sun penetr... Read article

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