Happy World Landscape Architecture Month!

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, a time to celebrate the work of landscape architects across the globe and to introduce our local and regional communities to the profession and the benefits of its work. In Los Angeles this is especially important as we continue to reimagine the city as a leader in 21st Century growth.

Landscape architects in LA, and the whole of Southern California, are fortunate to practice in an area with an abundance of natural resources, terrain and outdoor living opportunities afforded by its Mediterranean climate. This is certainly true, but the benefits are opposed by an array of fragile conditions.

In Los Angeles future US and world challenges of drought, increased urban density, multi-modal transportation, water use/management, green infrastructure, bio-diversity, diverse communities, eroding shorelines and many more, are already here. As a result, the future of landscape architecture is being practiced here. Now.

At Duane Border Design we regularly work to find the balance between these opportunities and challenges for our communities, clients, and environment. Our everyday practices will be the future practices of many landscape architects throughout the world. This month landscape architecture in Los Angeles should be celebrated and recognized for its important role in our communities.

For more information on landscape architecture and World Landscape Architecture Month, check out www.asla.com.

Happy Landscape Architecture Month!


LA River + Landscape Architecture

Letter To The Editor:

The Los Angeles River is an important green infrastructure project because the nation’s second largest city is addressing two significant challenges found in other growing metropolitan areas across the globe: communities lacking significant public open space and drought conditions that make water management critical to future growth and development of the city.

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Turf Solutions

Southern California is changing. The drought conditions that have been sneaking up on use for the last 5 years have reached an all time high, which has everyone thinking about their water bill and approach to landscape. For a number of years landscape architects have been pushing for more sustainable design and water conservation (whether wanted our not – AB 1881 requires all planting and irrigation plans to be meet minimal levels of water consumption), but have had to battle the historic SoCal notion of “give it water and it will grow”.

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Sustainable LA

Yesterday was the second PALAPA (Professional Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners Assembly) event at the Hyperion Water Treatment facility on the Pacific shore. PALAPA is a forum for design and environmental professionals to share ideas and techniques of water conservation and sustainable planning in the Greater Los Angeles area. Speakers included a number of public and private practitioners discussing their successes and challenges to moving LA toward improved green infrastructure and conservation.

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Duane Border Design is pleased to announce the St. Monica Hilton Schoolyard won a Merit Award for Institutional Design from the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects!

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The Spaces In-Between

“We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel;

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the utility of the wheel depends.

We turn clay to make a vessel;

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the utility of the vessel depends.

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More Than Design

Starting a landscape architecture practice can be a daunting process.  Whether it’s a commercial practice, boutique studio, or one individual doing everything from accounting to design to AutoCAD drafting, the process is never as simple as one would like it to be.  Since beginning Duane Border Design, we have learned a lot about what it takes to establish a brand while getting work, doing the work, and getting paid to do said work.  We do not have all the answers and we are still learning.

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