This year’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture websites list is a mix of the old and the new. There are the consistent front runners, but there are also some who made way for some interesting new additions. Newcomers include the Eco-Agriculture Partners and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Whether you are a landscape architecture professional, a student, or simply looking for inspiration, we are sure that you will find loads of resources and information in this year’s selection of websites. As in the previous years, this ranking has been created based on each website's level of traffic, as measured by Alexa International Analytics. Happy browsing!
Our front runner this year, up to the first position from the second in our 2015 ranking, is the American Society of Landscape Architects' website. This is the destination for the field’s practicing and aspiring professionals. Expect networking events, educational resources, and legislative updates. The website also hosts “The Dirt” and “The Field,” ASLA blogs, highlighting the latest news and updates about the organization’s events and publications - and the practice in general. What we love most is ASLA’s collection of 40 case studies; showcasing best practices in sustainable landscape design and water management across the globe.
Landezine is a long-time favorite webzine of ours, and this year it has jumped from the 4th position to the 2nd in our annual ranking! The website, based in Slovenia, showcases landscape architecture projects and features practices from around the world. This year, the website has two new additions. Lila, the Landezine International Landscape Award, which aims to honor an innovative landscape architecture office; and the “Landscape Issues” section where news, interviews, and reviews on topics related to landscape architecture are regularly published. We love the city guides, complete with maps locating the landscapes published on the website. Was your landscape project realized? Then you can submit it to be featured on Landezine.
Looking for landscape design ideas? You might just find what you’re looking for on the LandscapingNetwork website. With extensive collections of pictures, videos & products, and a gallery featuring different garden and landscape styles; both homeowners and professionals can find inspiration for a unique home landscaping project. A handy sitemap helps you browse the different categories to find exactly what you need from this very resourceful website. In addition to visuals, the website articles provide expert tips and technical information about plants and materials. For quick inspiration, examples of realized projects and style guides, formatted in pdf, provide a welcome overview of the colors, textures and plant palette characteristic to each style.
The Landscape Architects Network comes back this year in the 4th position. This website features a variety of resources for landscape architects and provides news and updates on the latest materials, books, technology and projects. The website also contains a wealth of resources in the form of downloadable e-books, competitions, a job bank, and a curated newsfeed available for subscribers.
World Landscape Architecture's mission is to provide a platform for landscape architecture professionals and students to publish and promote their work. A collection of inspirational projects, that can be sorted by location and category, can be found on this website. You’ll also find articles on design software and new technologies, interviews, and book reviews. For those looking for professional opportunities, current lists of job openings, or competition and RFP announcements; they can be found on the right-side column of the website’s homepage. Finally, you can submit your own project to be featured - and if you like the WLA content, purchase the latest and older issues of their digital magazine.
6. Gardenvisit / http://www.gardenvisit.com
Gardenvisit offers a delightful and colorful peek into more than 2,756 parks, gardens and manmade green spaces around the world. The gardens, organized by country, are easily searchable and are illustrated with beautiful pictures. The website is also home to a regularly updated blog that presents book reviews, landscape and garden designers profiles, and highlights events and hidden gems. The website also offers a directory of professional garden designers and nurseries located mainly in the UK and the USA. A separate section on landscape architecture provides a wealth of resources on the history, theory, and design approaches of the profession. And, if you would like to take your theoretical knowledge a step further, you can join a real visit (and enjoy a unique vacation) through some of the most beautiful gardens in the world with one of the guided tours offered on the website.
Land8 is a social platform where members share ideas, projects and products reviews. If you are a landscape architect or a landscape architecture student, then create an account and join the members of this active community to network, participate in the forum discussions, or share your projects and pictures. The website’s blog features posts from active members who write about landscape theory, technologies, design methods, and share career advice. More resources on the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE,) events, and jobs; as well as book reviews and webinars, are also available and freely accessible.
This resourceful website is geared towards landscaping professionals and is home to “the largest online database of landscape news, products and events.” The website offers a directory of professionals, firms, as well as manufacturer products. In addition, regular updates on new products, events, professional associations, and market trends impacting the field can all be found here. Users can also contribute by registering, listing their services, products and events.
As its name indicates, Greenroofs is a website dedicated to green roof technologies. The website features news, projects, research, organization and government updates. Greenroofs has also compiled a directory of cities, organizations and companies advocating or facilitating green roof projects. For those who would like to become more involved in the green roof industry, lists of events and jobs are available and regularly updated. As for those who are new to this area, the Greenroofs101 section is a great start to get some useful background information before perhaps taking more in depth educational courses, also listed on the website. Not to be forgotten, a searchable database of green roof projects is also available.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is on mission to “connect people to places!” The website is home of the exhaustive searchable database of North American landscapes “What’s out there?” and a library documenting the lives and careers of significant landscape architects. Our favorite from the TCLF is the ongoing collection of landscapes at risk, as it provides insights into some of the most unique and often unknown landscape features and places in the Americas. The website also offers curated guides of US cities and regions and keeps an updated list of tours, exhibitions and lectures.
We hope that you found this list useful. Are there other websites that we omitted in this list and that deserve our attention? Then let us know, we are always looking for new (and old) gems! Please share your suggestions for next year's list in the comments area below. And follow the Top 20 Landscape Architecture websites on Twitter. We've created this handy list, just for you.