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"Readers' Choice" for 2012

The start of a new year would be incomplete without some reflection on the last. In 2012, LAF continued to grow its reach and expand the dialogue on sustainable landscape solutions, as evidenced right here on the LAF website. Below is a summary of that growth, complete with links to some of the compelling content you may have missed — a “Readers’ Choice” list, of sorts.

Compared to 2011, LAF’s overall website traffic has grown by 50%. International interest is up, with the proportion of international visits (those outside the U.S. and Canada) up from 18% in 2011 to 29% in 2012.

Traffic to the Landscape Performance Series increased substantially, with pageviews more than doubling and the number of unique visitors nearly tripling. The LPS Case Study Briefs continue to be the highlight of the series, and the five most-visited reflect the growing interest in global practice and international projects:

  1. Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project in Seoul, Korea
  2. Uptown Normal Circle and Streetscape in Normal, Illinois
  3. Shanghai Houtan Park in Houtan, China
  4. Tianjin Qiaoyuan Park: The Adaptation Palettes in Tianjin, China
  5. Thomas Jefferson University Lubert Plaza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Use of both the LPS Benefits Toolkit and Fast Fact Library is up, with the most popular searches being for tools related to stormwater management and Fast Facts on recreational and social value.

Our most-viewed blog articles were the guest posts from the 2011 and 2012 Olmsted Scholars. Here are the top five:

  1. The Los Angeles Riverscape: An Urban Estuary by Tina Chee, 2012 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist
  2. Transgressing the Grid by Alison Hirsch, 2011 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist
  3. A Landscape Architect in Coal Country by Marin Braco, 2012 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist
  4. Landscape Architects and the Microbrewery Renaissance by Lee Streitz, 2012 Olmsted Scholar´╗┐
  5. An Urban Farm in Downtown Orlando by Chris Merritt, 2011 Olmsted Scholar

Other popular blog content were the announcement of the 2012 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes winner , the 2011 winner’s trip report from Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa in Guangdong Province, China, and reflections from the 2012 Case Study Investigation (CSI) teams.

Happy reading, and remember to vote with your clicks to see what will be the most popular content in 2013!

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