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Landscape Architecture Research Guide: Major Online Resources

This guide identifies resources to search when seeking information pertaining to Landscape Architecture, including golf course architecture and design and landscape plant species.

Major Sites

Urban Forestry Resources

Center for Urban Forest Research - CUFR is one of 13 research work units affiliated with the Pacific Southwest Research Station, a USDA Forest Service Organization. "Since 1992 we have provided our customers with reliable scientific evidence that the benefits of urban forests add real value to communities. Our research confirms that trees in our community forests are assets that pay us back."

Urban & Community Forestry - The Urban and Community Forestry Program provides technical, financial, educational, and research services to states, cities, and nonprofit groups so they can plant, protect, maintain, and utilize wood from community trees and forests to maximize environmental, social and economic benefits.

i-Tree - i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and community forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. It s in the public domain and available by request through the i-Tree website.
The i-Tree software suite 2.0 includes the following urban forest analysis tools:

  • UFORE (Urban Forest Effects Model) is designed to use standardized field data from randomly located plots throughout a community, along with local hourly air pollution and meteorological data, to quantify urban forest structure, environmental effects and value to communities.
  • STRATUM (Street Tree Resource Analysis Tool for Urban forest Managers) utilizes a sample or complete tree inventory to describe tree management needs and quantify the value of annual environmental and aesthetic benefits such as energy conservation, air quality improvement, CO2 reduction, storm water control, and property value increases.
  • In addition to the analysis programs, the suite includes several management applications & utilities: MCTI (Mobile Community Tree Inventory), Storm Damage Assessment Protocol, Species Selector (Beta), Integrated Tree Inventory Utilities, and Sample Inventory Generators.

Trees and Transportation / Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, University of Washington
"Transportation systems have traditionally been designed for traffic mobility and driver safety. Road systems and roadsides are now being designed to address a variety of other functions, including aesthetic, environmental, and community interests. Context Sensitive Design is a new approach in transportation planning that recognizes community values. Roadside vegetation and green spaces are often valued features of transportation corridors. The studies below are investigations of public values regarding trees and vegetation in urban vehicular use areas."

Online Books

Livable Landscape Design / John Collins and Martin Aldeman. Cornell Extension Information Bulletin 211, 1988.
This 64-page, spiral-bound publication explains how to apply basic principles of design to home landscapes. Topics include landscape and the environment, landscape traditions, and design strategies to prevent environmental damage. Only available as a .pdf - http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2648/2/Livable_Landscape_Design.pdf

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