“…We propose a four-point program to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice: (1) recruitment, (2) education, (3) research, and (4) a nationwide system for communicating the results of research…”
—LAF Founders, June 1, 1966
Research is a key part of the strategy laid out by the LAF Founders to increase the capacity of landscape architects to solve the environmental crisis. As a result, LAF sponsors and publicizes research needed to address the complex environmental problems facing the world today. Since 1986, LAF has invested almost $1.8 million in research initiatives.
From Environmental Impact of Trees & Forest, Barrier Free Site Design, and Grade Easy in the 1970s to our most recent book on community gardens, LAF’s published works span 40 years and create a legacy of seminal works. Other key research initiatives include the Landscape Performance Series, the Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, and the widely-adopted Case Study Methodology for Landscape Architecture.
Landscape Performance Series
The interactive set of resources provides tools and information to help you quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.
Case Study Investigation (CSI)
CSI is a unique research collaboration among faculty, students, and design firms to develop methods to quantify benefits and document exemplary high-performing landscapes.
Land and Community Design Case Study Series
These published books provide a legacy of in-depth research on current issues and places where design offers holistic solutions to economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Case Study Method for Landscape Architecture
This landmark publication promotes an in-depth, multi-dimensional approach to case studies and provides uniformity in format and method to build a body of knowledge for the profession.