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Hoerr Schaudt Celebrates 20 Years of Michigan Avenue Medians!

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Our favorite piece of urban infrastructure, the Michigan Avenue Medians, turns 20 this month! Over two decades, Hoerr Schaudt has designed nearly 60 seasonal planting rotations and conducted layouts for… Read More >

Crate & Barrel Michigan Avenue: Flower Fame

Posted on by Alison Strickler

We love urban horticulture fans! This week we got a call from Kate who wanted an ID on one of the bulbs in the parkway planter in front of the… Read More >

Urban Parkway: Tips & Considerations

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  We often point out the value of planting and maintaining the city-owned parkways in front of their homes when clients redesign their residential landscape.  Aside from the obvious improvement… Read More >

A Spring Like No Other on Michigan Avenue

Posted on by Alison Strickler

I know this Spring is different from all other Springs, with five consecutive days at 80 degrees or higher here in Chicago alone, but nothing illustrates this to me quite… Read More >

When Designing Planters, Remember the Plants

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  Every now and then in our travels we get a kick out of finding design solutions that are at the opposite pole of how we approach something. So as… Read More >

Uptown Normal Wins Smart Growth Achievement Award from U.S. EPA

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  We are very pleased to announce that our firm’s project, Uptown Normal Circle, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a Smart Growth Achievement award, which… Read More >

Through the Eyes of a Landscape Architect: Seattle’s Best

Posted on by Brett Weidl

    Over time, I’ve gradually learned to perfect my summer travels – meaning A LOT of walking, experiencing a city to the fullest by compiling a list of the… Read More >

New Designs and Landscape Emphasis for Buckhead Atlanta Development

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  Several weeks ago we posted about what makes a great urban street.   This week, partner Douglas Hoerr had the chance to show some of these ideas to press gathered… Read More >

Don’t Park Here: It’s Park(ing) Day

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  Did you see anyone participating in Park(ing) Day today, the annual event where participants take over a metered parking space to create a mini-park (or something like it) for… Read More >

Civic Landscapes: Places for People

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  Last week, the city of Toronto mourned the death of a prominent and beloved political figure, Jack Layton.  The expression of that sorrow transformed Nathan Phillips Square, the vast,… Read More >

What Makes a Great Urban Street?

Posted on by Morgan Caputo

  We recently had the opportunity to think about what makes a streetscape feel or be urban. As part of the exercise, several people from our office collected images of… Read More >

Michigan Avenue Medians: Decepticon-proof

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  If you can sit through it, you’ll get some great views of the Michigan Avenue planters during the final fight scene of the movie at the end of Transformers… Read More >

Michigan Avenue: The Garden In the Street is Blooming

Posted on by Morgan Caputo

  As you may know, each year the staff at Hoerr Schaudt straps on our construction vests and heads off to Michigan Avenue to layout the summer annual installations we… Read More >

What’s Out There Weekend: Celebrating Chicago’s Landscape Heritage

Posted on by Peter Schaudt

  Landscape architecture is by nature, ephemeral. As designers we plan for this, designing for the moment of installation as well as for the changes that will occur as living… Read More >

Michigan Avenue: Tulips on the Magnificent Mile

Posted on by David Gianneschi

  THEY’RE HERE! Enough said – it was a long wait this year for spring in Chicago. The tulips on Michigan Avenue are designed to be vivid swaths of color… Read More >

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