At Global Site Plans’ The Grid, we are proud to bring our readers our fourth annual installment of the top 20 landscape architecture websites of the year. Whether you work for a city agency and are looking to create a beautiful pedestrian plaza, or a resident interested in starting a community garden, you’ll find inspiration on at least one of these websites. To create this list, we compiled as many landscape architecture-related websites we could find and then ranked them according to their level of traffic using Alexa Analytics. We hope you enjoy our latest list!
This online platform is a one-stop-shop to share, exchange and collect ideas for residential landscaping. LandscapingNetwork.com, based out of California and owned by ConcreteNetwork.com, posts the most popular design styles and hundreds of pictures and videos that cover every aspect of landscape architecture for a home. You’ll find dozens of products to add to your residence on their shopping page. Check out their sitemap to find inspiring articles and their press room to see where they’ve been referenced in the media. You can get regular, hard copy updates on the latest trends and products by subscribing to the Landscaping Network Magazine. Landscape architects can also contribute to the website and show off their work by sharing their project photos and videos. If you need some tips on how to produce great photography, just read their how-to here.
It’s no coincidence that this massive professional association for landscape architects is at the top of our list. Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) represents more than 15,000 professionals in the field. This membership-based organization has chapters in every state in the U.S. Their website covers the latest news releases, educational resources and professional practices that will help you start or advance your career as a landscape architect. You can also learn how to become an advocate for the profession by using ASLA’s advocacy tools and tracking legislation. There are several ways to get involved, including attending the annual ASLA meeting or becoming a member, of which there are several options.
Landscape Architects Network (LAN) promotes the study and profession of landscape architecture by providing readers with the latest news in the field and promoting various events. Their team of writers helps publish articles that cover everything from particular projects - to the latest trends. You’ll also find book reviews and even a book store. Access to certain content requires you to set up a VIP Subscription. Then you’ll be able to check out LAN’s global news feed and jobs board. Other ways to get involved include becoming a LAN partner. If you’d like to receive regular updates in your inbox, make sure to sign up for their newsletter! Just click on the box at the bottom right of the screen.
Landezine is the place for landscape architecture professionals and enthusiasts to share their work with the world and find inspiration from other professionals. You can search for up-to-date news and find interviews with industry professionals. Perhaps the website’s most impressive feature is their tool that lets users search for landscape architecture projects from around the world on an interactive map. Other fun components include their archive of projects and videos that share creative land use practices. If you’d like to see how your work measures up to others in the field, check out their list of competitions. You can also get your work displayed by submitting your own project. Finally, you can get all of this information on your phone by downloading the Landezine App, available for iOS and Android.
Since 2008, Land8 has been one of the world’s premier social networks for landscape architects. There are numerous opportunities for users to share their work on the website. You’ll find thousands of photos from projects around the globe, a page full of resources to help you advance your career; even a list of products unique to the field. Their blog shares posts from other passionate individuals in the landscape architecture community. If you’re looking for a career change or just want to get your foot in the door, make sure you check out their jobs board, which features over 700 opportunities. The best way to get get involved on the Land8 platform is to create an account. This will allow you to create your own profile and engage on their forum.
If you’re looking to take your garden to the next level, scroll no further. Since 1998, Gardenvisit.com has been a leading resource for information on garden design, landscape architecture, and landscape planning. The site was relaunched in 2007 with a seriously enhanced photo archive and new text. Now, you’ll find information on garden tours, products and design. There’s even a garden finder that lets you see photos, maps and information about gardens around the world. Other unique features include their nursery finder and lists of resources that provide an extraordinary amount of information covering garden and landscape history. Finally, you can’t forget to look at their landscape architecture page and stay updated with Gardenvisit.com’s latest content on their blog. If you’d like to get in touch with the website makers or get listed in their design directory, contact them here.
World Landscape Architecture, founded in 2007 by landscape architect Damian Holmes, seeks to improve the profession around the globe by providing news and information to those in the field. The site includes a long list of projects from around the world, which can be searched according to specific categories. You can even submit your own work to be displayed on the site. You’ll find a list of job openings and partner organizations on the right-hand column of the homepage. If you like the content you find on the website, you may want to consider subscribing to their magazine. There are plenty of ways to get more involved with World Landscape Architecture. You can become a supporter, advertise your own work on their website or be a sponsor. If you have any questions or would like to submit your own, contact them here. Finally, you can get regular email updates by signing up for the newsletter.
Landscape Juice Network (LJN) is an open association of landscape industries with over 4,000 members. Creating a membership account is easy and there are plenty of opportunities and levels, so you can find the one just right for you. As a member, you can engage in their forum and post on their blog. Or you can go premium and join the Business Objective Group, which will allow you to discuss sensitive business information and share documents to help you get the most out of your business. Other features include their interactive jobs map and archive of almost 20,000 photos featuring projects from around the globe. Users can also advertise on the LJN website and sign up for their newsletter.
Users will find loads of news articles, events and products related to landscape architecture on LandscapeOnline.com. Search through the site’s directory of editorials or submit your own. Find listings for business services or search through their database of products. There are numerous events, all related to the field, listed on the website that you can attend. You can also submit your own event to be displayed on the website. If you’re interested in getting more involved with their network, then create an account with LandscapeOnline.com.
Rounding out our top 10 is Places, a journal that covers contemporary landscape architecture and urbanism.The registered 501(c)3 organization began as a print magazine in 1983 and has since grown into a leading online publication promoting sustainable landscapes. They’re supported by several academic partners as well as various donors. You too can support Places’ work by making your own donation. Users will find an amazing archive of writings on landscapes as they pertain to architecture, urbanism and the outdoors. Other features includes their topical lists. Places Wire shares news and commentary from around the web that was handpicked by the Places Journal editors. Their latest feature is Places Books, a new series that will present peer-reviewed titles on landscape architecture. Finally, you can post your own content on the website by creating a personal account. Start by clicking on Sign In on the top navigation bar.
We’re always looking to improve our lists for the next year. If you feel like we missed a website or you have suggestions for improvements, please leave a comment below.