Celebrating 10 Years of The Field

Since 2016, The Field has showcased an ASLA Student Award-winning project as its banner image. The current banner comes from the project Myth, Memory, and Landscape in the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, an ASLA 2018 Student General Design Honor Award winner. Team: Derek Lazo, Student ASLA; Serena Lousich, Student ASLA. Faculty Advisors: Danika Cooper, ASLA. UC Berkeley. / image: Serena Lousich, Student ASLA

Happy birthday to The Field! Since the launch of The Field the summer of 2012, more than 1,000 posts have been published by ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs), from more than 460 contributors.

This blog was created to take the place of individual PPN newsletters (check out this 2002 Therapeutic Garden Design publication for a blast from the past), with the goal of encouraging collaboration and breaking down boundaries between practice area specialties with this PPN-wide platform for member-to-member information sharing.

ASLA’s Professional Practice team would like to thank all the PPN leaders and ASLA members who have shared their experiences and expertise as authors, editors, and tireless cheerleaders for The Field over the past decade. A few of our most prolific Field authors (all of whom are also current or past PPN leadership volunteers):

The most productive PPN: Children’s Outdoor Environments, with 117 posts! Other high-achieving PPNs:

In celebration of The Field‘s tenth birthday, here are the top 10 most-viewed posts.

1. Dry Stacked Stone Walls
by Chris Miracle, PLA, ASLA, and Tim Garland, PLA, ASLA
Design-Build PPN

2. Required Reading for Landscape Architects
Based on 2014 survey of all PPN members

3. Pollinators & the City
by Danielle Bilot, Associate ASLA
Planting Design PPN

4. Challenges in the Field of Landscape Architecture
Based on 2014 survey of all PPN members

5. From Slums to Sky Gardens – Singapore’s Public Housing Success
by Erik S. Mustonen, ASLA, CSLA, RLA (CA + MN), CLARB, LEED AP-ND
International Practice PPN

6. The Evolving Practice of Ecological Landscape Design
by Kelly Fleming, PLA, ASLA, SITES AP, CBLP
Ecology & Restoration PPN

7. A Day in the Life of a Landscape Architect
Based on 2014 survey of all PPN members

8. Skills for Success in Landscape Architecture
Based on 2014 survey of all PPN members

9. Community Development and Tourism 
by Catalina Ávila LaFrance, ASLA
Sustainable Design & Development PPN

10. Playing with Topography
by Bridget Muck and Tracey Adams
Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN

Looking for more top posts? Check out the top 10s for The Field from 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

We hope you enjoyed this look back at 10 years of The Field—and perhaps this retrospective will spark your own ideas for where we may go next!

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