In celebration of April's World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2018), we are giving our 2018 annual ranking of the top 20 most visited landscape architecture websites an early start (2017 was published in October). This year's ranking welcomes three new additions including Total Landscape Care, International Federation of Landscape Architects, and Scenario Journal, with the top 10 websites of 2017 holding firmly to the top, with a few variations. As we've done for the past six years, the ranking is based on the website’s Alexa Analytics scores, which measures website traffic. We'd love to know if there are any websites, blog or resources that you find invaluable. Please share your thoughts in the comments below and your suggestion could show up in 2019's ranking.
For the second year, Landezine has held the #1 Top Landscape Architecture Website ranking. Launched in 2009 and based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Landezine is visited by over 5,000 landscape architecture professionals every day - and for good reason. The website’s projects library consists of 19 categories ranging from parks, waterfronts, to roofs, cultural heritage, and skate. If searching by category doesn’t suit you, browse projects by country, one of twelve cities, including New York, or year of construction. Landezine also has a growing collection of products (primarily benches) and videos of live lectures from thought-leaders. This year marks the third edition of LILA, Landezine’s award for landscape architecture projects, offices, and manufacturers of street lights. And there’s still time to submit your office or project - the deadline is April 27, 2018.
2. Flora and Fauna Web / https://florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg
Singapore’s National Parks Flora and Fauna Web jumped from the 3rd to 2nd place ranking in this year’s top landscape architecture websites ranking. An exceptional resource for seasoned landscape designers, hobby gardeners, and nature enthusiasts, this website contains a growing database of cultivated and native plants, insects, birds and small animals. Visitors can search high-quality images and learn about a variety of plants, animal species and their symbiotic relationships, and download information about unusual and similar looking plants. The website resources include a glossary of fauna and flora related terms, links to other online databases and resources, and field guides.
In 2018, one of the biggest developments for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has been the roll-out of a new logo. Like many industry associations who have recently redesigned their logo in an effort to modernize and provide cohesiveness among chapters, ASLA has hit the mark. Their website continues to offer resources for landscape architects to practice, advocate and continuing education. These include design guides, case studies, and showcase projects. News and updates about the latest landscape projects, innovations, and professional development opportunities are published in its blogs “The Dirt,” and “The Field” and sent via the society’s newsletter, “Land,” every other week. The organization offers numerous opportunities for its members to network through regularly organized meetings and events especially during its annual meeting and expo which will take place in Philadelphia October 19 - 22, 2018. Subsequent annual meetings will occur in San Diego and Miami.
Landscaping Network is an exceptional resource for insights and inspiration for landscaping professionals and homeowners alike. From landscape design, backyard and front yard features, outdoor structures, hardscapes & lighting, and plants and lawns, the site offers 23 categories of resources to sink into. Hit a creative slump? They offer 21 landscape design styles online and in a useful pdf format. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found on Landscaping Network! The website’s collection of thousands of photos, professional videos, products and style guides guarantees a continuous flow of ideas for any residential landscaping project.
Garden Design is first and foremost a printed magazine, but their website contains a wealth of photos, design ideas, plants, and products for landscape inspiration. If you’re a landscape architect specializing in edible gardens you’ll love their photographic library showcasing vegetable garden design, growing your own food, outstanding veggie gardens, what to grow and other edibles. But resources don’t stop there. For those looking to meet like-minded garden enthusiasts and discover landscapes from around the world, events, organized garden tours, and travel ideas can also be found on Garden Design.
World Landscape Architecture (WLA) has developed an audience of 45,000 monthly readers from around the world since its 2007 creation. The platform amplifies the work of landscape architects, providing opportunities to share their work in design, policy or research. Content is divided up into landscape, architecture or urban planning design and by region. WLA also provides space for students to share their work and enter its annual World Landscape Architecture Awards. The Awards endeavor to recognize innovative work (conceptual and built) by landscape architects. The website welcomes submissions of projects and articles from its audience of landscape architects.
After Land8’s acquisition of the popular Landscape Architects Network and website redesign in the summer of 2017, the improved website has hit the ground running and has moved up one spot from last year's ranking. The updated site has a community section with opportunities to join forum conversations and groups, while their resources include events, webinars, and information on the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE). The website’s blog is a great source for news about the landscape architecture profession and articles are written by leading members of the Land8 community. Elements of the site are still under construction so check back often for future book reviews and projects.
8. Garden Visit / http://www.gardenvisit.com
Gardenvisit was created in 1998 and relaunched in 2007 with over 10,000 pages of images from hundreds of gardens and parks from around the world. The gardens are organized by country and new locations are added regularly. Be sure to delve into their wealth of resources including the garden finder that features photos, maps, reviews and opening times for 2,760 gardens around the world (add your garden listing); garden tours, design, products, and a nursery finder that focuses primarily on locations in England. News and interviews can be found on the blog, along with book reviews and peek inside secret and historic gardens. The website is also home to the Landscape Guide, an encyclopedia of landscape architecture history, theory, and styles.
Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), maintains its ninth-place ranking for the second year in a row. First and foremost a magazine available in printed and digital edition; it’s the oldest publication for landscape architecture professionals in the United States and reaches over 60,000 individuals annually. LAM’s website publishes news from ASLA events, articles from the magazine’s printed issues, as well as exclusive posts. LAM also publishes “Your Land,” produced in response to a rising interest among ASLA members to introduce the profession of landscape architecture to grade school through high school students.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value and empower its stewards through places, people, stewardship, and events. The website’s database, What’s Out There, includes more than 2,000 sites and 11,000 images, while 1,100 designer profiles can be searched in the people section. In February they launched the What’s Nearby feature which allows you to discover what landscapes are within a ten-minute walk from where you’re presently standing. TCLF’s collection of City and Regional Guides is also growing with National Park Service Guides (Richmond and Baltimore coming soon) and coverage of Chicago, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Raleigh-Durham, Toronto and Washington, D.C. TCLF also lists special programs, conferences, and exhibitions that pertain to its mission and connect landscape professionals, other disciplines and the public at large.
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