World Landscape Architecture Month – April 2023

World Landscape Architecture Month is celebrated in April. World Landscape Architecture Month is an international commemoration of landscape architecture — modeled private and public areas. It is organized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (A.S.L.A.). Individuals and communities all across the world have deep personal connections to the settings landscape architects design — they just aren’t aware of it. In conjunction with the A.S.L.A., landscape architects from all over the world will highlight these spaces and the role they play in creating a structured and comfortable environment.

History of World Landscape Architecture Month

Landscape architecture is the art of combining man-made structures, such as buildings and asphalt, with natural landscapes and concepts for landform, water, and plants. World Landscape Architecture Month (formerly National Landscape Architecture Month) was established by the American Society of Landscape Architects to honor the ways landscape architects contribute to the welfare of communities. It aims to highlight the fact that more than just structure and green areas are provided by landscape architecture.

Before 1800, landscape gardening — later renamed landscape architecture — was primarily concerned with master planning and garden design for large estates, palaces and royal holdings, religious structures, and government buildings. One example is André Le Nôtre’s major work at the Palace of Versailles for King Louis XIV of France. In 1712, Joseph Addison was the first to write about creating a landscape. Gilbert Laing Meason coined the term “landscape architecture” in 1828, and John Claudius Loudon was key in its usage by the modern profession.

He adopted the term from Meason and popularized it in his Encyclopedias and his 1840 book on the Late Humphry Repton’s Landscape Gardening and Landscape Architecture. Landscape architects build areas that are supposed to be utilized and enjoyed by everyone, from scenic pathways, gardens, and entire neighborhoods to smoothly running motorways. We celebrate the talent and devotion that these professionals have instilled in their projects during World Landscape Architecture Month.

World Landscape Architecture Month timeline

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The Oldest Landscaped Garden

In the Mosque of Córdoba in southern Spain, the Patio de Los Naranjos is thought to be one of the oldest formal gardens in Europe.

1857
The Great American Landscape

Central Park is designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to be a space to lessen economic and social stress.

1863
The First Landscape Architect in the U.S.

Frederick Law Olmsted adopts the professional title of a landscape architect.

1899
The Professional Body is Established

The American Society of Landscape Architects (A.S.L.A.) is established.

World Landscape Architecture Month FAQs

When did the field of landscape architecture change?

Starting in the mid-1990s, a shift occurred toward what has been called Landscape urbanism — merging urban design, infrastructure design, and landscape.

Who was the first person to make a landscape?

Joseph Addison wrote about “making a landscape” in a series of essays entitled “On the Pleasures of the Imagination” in 1712.

What else did Frederick Olmsted design?

He designed the Master’s campus for Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, in 1886. He also designed The Biltmore Estate, North Carolina in 1895, and various schools.

World Landscape Architecture Month Activities

  1. Post a landscape picture

    Post a picture of some of your favorite landscapes. Share the beauty and functionality of these amazing creations with the world.

  2. Use the World Landscape Architecture Month logo

    You can attach the logo to your social media profiles or email signature. This will create awareness and interest.

  3. Download the coloring pages

    The World Landscape Architecture Month Coloring Pages, which are drawn from photographs entered into the Canadian Landscape Portfolio, are available for download. Download as many as you want and enjoy a fun time painting them.

5 Architectural Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Medal-worthy architecture

    Architecture was once a part of the Olympic Games.

  2. A sixth sense

    Before modern elevators were invented, the Cooper Union Foundation Building in New York had an elevator shaft.

  3. Ferdinand the builder

    Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman, worked for 33 years gathering stones during mail deliveries and used them to construct the magnificent Le Palais Idéal in Hauterives.

  4. A sight to behold from

    The Empire State Building's Observation Decks generate more revenue than its remaining 85 floors of office space.

  5. Anti 90°

    Zaha Hadid, a well-known architect, was noted for never developing a structure with a right angle.

Why We Love World Landscape Architecture Month

  1. It’s a noble mission

    The vision of landscape architecture is to create a sustainable and aesthetic environment for all. This noble pursuit is evident in the spaces they design.

  2. Designs incorporating natural elements

    Landscape architects build settings that encourage and enable people's growth in their relationships with one another and with nature. They create spaces with an emphasis on preserving the existing natural elements.

  3. Recognizing notable works and professionals

    This month is an excellent opportunity to show appreciation for the contribution of landscape architects to the environment. It's an opportunity to highlight important projects, practitioners, and advancements in the profession.

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