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
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.
Central Park is designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to be a space to lessen economic and social stress.
Frederick Law Olmsted adopts the professional title of a landscape architect.
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
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.
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.
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
Architecture was once a part of the Olympic Games.
A sixth sense
Before modern elevators were invented, the Cooper Union Foundation Building in New York had an elevator shaft.
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.
A sight to behold from
The Empire State Building's Observation Decks generate more revenue than its remaining 85 floors of office space.
Zaha Hadid, a well-known architect, was noted for never developing a structure with a right angle.
Why We Love World Landscape Architecture Month
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.
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.
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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