That’s by far the question that landscape architects get most often when they say what they do. In an effort to raise public awareness about landscape architecture, Brett Weidl, Jeff Mis and I gathered with other landscape architects in Chicago’s Millennium Park and along Michigan Avenue’s medians at noon this week for some basic awareness-raising.

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Part of a nation-wide campaign by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the effort aims at eradicating that question from people’s minds for good! When we weren’t chatting it up with people, we let the signage do the work. Best question of the day: “Is it true that there are more tulips along Michigan Avenue than there are in all of Holland?”

And since I’ve managed to get to the very end of this post without a definition: Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. We create the very places used to live, work and play. We connect cities. We create experience. Landscape architecture is your environment, designed. For a more comprehensive description, check out the new ASLA website.

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