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SandRidge Energy Commons Landscape Complete

Posted on by Hoerr Schaudt

It’s finished! Or at least the first phase is completed, and we’re very excited to share some photographs by Scott Shigley of the landscape design at SandRidge Energy’s headquarters in… Read More >

Chicago Landscapes in Autumn

Posted on by Alison Strickler

Chicago’s civic landscapes attract people from all over the country. One of our landscape architects was out and about recently and took photos of how autumn was expressed this year… 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 >

Cycling through an Urban Landscape

Posted on by Jameson Skaife

I’m a bit of a bike enthusiast, so I might be a bit biased, but I think that seeing a city by bike is the best way to experience an… 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 >

Holiday Reading List: Great Books on Landscape Architecture and Design

Posted on by Alison Strickler

  Stumped on a gift for someone interested in landscape architecture, design, or garden design? Here are some of our faves, for a wide variety of skill levels and interests, ranging… 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 >

Vertical Greening in Cities: Patrick Blanc Lectures in Chicago

Posted on by Erich Sprague

  The renowned botanist and designer Patrick Blanc’s work seemingly defies logic; entire gardens grow vertically without soil, and stand out dramatically against the traditional facades of the city. Blanc… 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 >

Green City Market: Blending A Park and a Farmer’s Market

Posted on by Tiffany Danielle

  Chicago’s Green City Market, located at the south end of Lincoln Park just steps from the zoo, brings local, sustainably grown food to city residents every Wednesday and Saturday… Read More >

Notes on Landscape Design: Morningstar’s Green Roof Terrace

Posted on by Simon Prunty

  If you’ve ever shopped in 108 N. State at the corner of Washington and State, chances are you haven’t been aware that a green roof hovers above you about… 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 >

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