Author Archives: Kathryn Baldwin

Get the help you need to succeed!

ARC Workshops and Labs start next week! This is free help for your art and design classes. Visit to download a schedule. There is also unique online support for students taking LAN courses. Visit Online Director Heather Clendenin’s online office for her Landscape Architecture workshops: Any time between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, Pacific Standard Time. Wednesday, […]

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Are Smart Parks the Parks of the Future?

Among other surprising factors, smart parks conserve water, groom themselves, activate and deactivate, self-heal, and improve public health for their visitors without a negative impact to the environment. How smart can a park be? The Luskin Center created a toolkit to assist landscape architects and city planners in creating sustainable, useful, and innovative urban parks. […]

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Spring 2018 Landscape Architecture Workshops and Language Labs

Dear All Landscape Architecture Students, Get the grades you want this semester: attend a workshop! Workshops are like office hours with instructors: Arrive any time within the workshop time slot. Work with the instructor on whatever you need. Leave when you want. Students who attend these workshops see improvements in their grades and more confidently […]

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From Shanghai to San Francisco, A Tale of Two Degrees

Kaye left her family home in Shanghai about 7 years ago, headed to Santa Barbara, California to pursue a degree in Psychology. “On my mother’s side, they’re all doctors; on my father’s side they’re all artists.” Kaye soon realized that medicine wasn’t her calling. After a serious discussion with her Architect father, she packed her […]

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Get Involved with Cultural Landscapes

In the Landscape Architecture community, it is important to stay connected and involved. The Cultural Landscape Foundation provides a platform to do just that. You might be wondering: What is a “Cultural Landscape”? Cultural landscapes are landscapes that have been affected, influenced, or shaped by human involvement. A cultural landscape can be associated with a person […]

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Water’s Effect on Society

“Water is a precondition for human existence and for the sustainability of the planet.” Understanding the flow of water is a cornerstone and essential piece of becoming a landscape architect. Water is the source of existence. On an even grander perspective, learn Water Facts from the United Nations to better understand how water infiltrates every […]

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New San Francisco Planning Department Guidelines Make a Statement About San Franciscans

The San Francisco Planning Department released a revised list of 24 guidelines for site design, architecture, and public spaces. The list (below) is adorned with words that incite egalitarianism and deference. To name a few: “harmonize” “respect” “integrate” “protect” “modulate” “sustainable” Is it possible that a city’s planning method, in itself, displays the collective opinion […]

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