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GLVIA Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

The Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA) are published by the UK Landscape Institute LI and used by landscape architects to assess the impact of development projects on the visual landscape and on the natural environment. This expert

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UK Forestry and the work of the landscape architecture profession

UK landscape architect’s interest in forestry is centuries old. John Evelyn did not use the term ‘landscape architect’ but he published a famous book Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber in 1664, advocating and supporting

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Climate change mitigation through landscape planning

Podcast on climate change mitigation through landscape planning Landscape factors, both human and non-human, influence climate change and can be managed to mitigate  adverse consequences. Human factors include agriculture, forestry, urbanisation, power generation and transport. Natural factors include changes in

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Rewilding in Britain

Re-wilding Ideas of re-wilding have been around for some decades, indeed the concept under other labels has been around for upto a century, for instance, the project to back breed the Auroch. Indeed Heck cattle are an attempt dating back

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A new agricultural landscape for the UK, post-Brexit – 2018 FOLAR Symposium Day

FOLAR organised a really excellent symposium on 14 April 2018, at MERL in Reading. Videos of the seven speakers are below. I plan to comment in more detail but, for the moment, only emphasise a point made the President of

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Carl Steinitz: On the Future of Landscape Architecture

Steinitz has worked at the intellectual heart of landscape architecture for half a century. In this 2016 lecture, he uses a single illustration to discuss The Future of Landscape Architecture. It shows three design scales: the garden, the park and the

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Sustrans greenways for cycling and walking

Sustrans first project (the Bath-Bristol Path, National Route 4) was a great success. I see it as a primarily a commuter route. If using it for leisure, you would need to be a sport cyclist. It is too boring for

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Ian McHarg’s legacy to landscape architecture & landscape urbanism

Ian McHarg’s legacy to the landscape architecture profession was threefold: He wrote a brilliant book, on Design with nature (1969) He made an important contribution to the development of Geographical Information Systems and one of his students, Jack Dangermond, developed the

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London requires a Comprehensive Greenway Network for green transport and active leisure journeys

Greenways are a key aspect of landscape planning for London’s green infrastructure and the city has been building greenways since they were included in the 1943-4 Abercrombie Plan. They include medieval alleys, garden streets, shared streets, pedestrian streets, canal towpath

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Cambridge greenway cycleway planning, review by Tom Turner

Cambridge tops the lists for UK economic growth and  cycle commuting. It  is near the bottom of the list for car ownership. With 29% of trips done by bike it is far ahead of other UK cities but still behind

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