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A Crawl With Redland’s Landscape Architects

Apr 29, 2019

Did you know it’s Landscape Architecture Month?  To celebrate, our landscape architects took to the streets of Denver for an urban sketch crawl.

“You should be spending 90% of your time looking up at your subject and 10% looking down at your sketchbook.”The group leader instructed to the sketch group.


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Redland landscape architects, Andy, Brice, and Neal, along with other industry colleagues, explored the University of Denver campus, exchanged stories of professional practice, and brushed up on the most fundamental communication technique in design: sketching.  A sketch crawl is a communal form of “urban sketching”.  While it is a popular pastime around the world, it is a valuable tool for our architects to sharpen their observation and communication techniques – which allows us to more effectively serve our clients.


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There could not have been a more perfect way to encourage those in the group to participate in World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM).  The conversation and exercises at this sketch crawl created an easy environment for those in attendance to refine their skills.  WLAM, the month of April, seeks to promote awareness and understanding of the profession among the public. Individuals in the public are encouraged to take photos of their favorite outdoor spaces and share them on social media using the hashtag, #WLAM2019. By doing this, posters more readily take notice of the world around them and begin to recognize the value that designed environments contribute to their everyday life.


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