Urban Street Trees: Root Barrier

by John W. Olson March 7, 2014

In an urban environment, street trees are considered a necessity, but sometimes a nuisance. There are a series of considerations that should be made when incorporating street trees into the urban framework. Root Barrier: What is the most common nuisance in our historic neighborhoods in regards […]

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A Bump-Out for Traffic Calming and Storm Water Management

by John W. Olson February 4, 2014

Bump-outs (also known as “curb extensions“) have become commonplace in many subdivisions across the country.  They are also common in the existing neighborhoods as a means of traffic-calming.  The purpose is to provide an additional element in protecting the vehicles parked on the street and enabling shorter, […]

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Gabion Walls can be used for Landscape Design as well as Retaining Wall Design

by Dean Dalvit January 10, 2014

One type of site wall system that is very common in Europe, and only beginning to gain popular acceptance in the US is a Gabion Wall System. Essentially, a Gabion wall is a wire cage that is formed to contain loose rocks as a mass. […]

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The Neighborhood Unit: How Does Perry's Concept Apply to Modern Day Planning?

by John W. Olson December 7, 2013

False interpretations of Perry’s concept have conceived segregation of land uses, further validating the modern-day road classification system and unfortunately created an auto-centric society in today’s first ring and outward suburban communities.

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Landscape Edging: Which Type is Most Applicable for My Landscape?

by John W. Olson November 27, 2013

Previously, I wrote a blog on edge restraints (Landscape Edging: Which Variety Should I Use?) and some of the positives and negatives associated with them. In this blog post, I am going to relate the types of edge restraints to locations in which they would/should […]

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Social Networks for Design Inspiration

by evstudio November 14, 2013

Surely you’ve heard of Pinterest by now; it’s the social media website that allows users to virtually “pin” images and links that they find inspiring, from delicious looking recipes to captivating architectural masterpieces. Pinterest has provided both designers and homeowners a place to collect information […]

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Can I Remove Trees on My Property in Austin?

by November 4, 2013
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A common question that we get when designing site plans and evaluating sites with our clients is “Are there any regulations on which trees I must keep, and which I can remove on my site?” The short answer is probably. This issue really depends on […]

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Killeen Landscape Frontage Standards

by John W. Olson October 4, 2013

As I was reviewing the landscape standards for the City of Killeen, Texas, I noticed some major differences in the requirements in respect to other City’s standards.  The difference I will talk about in this post is the spacing of trees along the street right-of-way.  In Killeen, […]

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John Olson from EVstudio – Interview on CNTV

by EVstudio AEP October 2, 2013
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John Olson, the director of our Colorado Springs office, was recently interviewed by CNTV. This is the video where he talks about the firm history and our approach to our projects small and large. John’s a planner and landscape architect and there are also some […]

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An Urban Street Tree is Dependent on the Plant Material Around It

by John W. Olson July 31, 2013
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We seem to be a civilization that is constantly catching up, rather than one that is proactive. This can relate to many aspects of our lives, whether it is in our own health and wellness or how we take care of our responsibilities. Trees and plant material are an example that I notice, probably has something to do with being a landscape architect.

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HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson April 24, 2013

I am in the process of retrofitting the foundation plantings for the Spring Creek Townhome Association in Colorado Springs.  The original landscape designer or landscape architect had specified plant material that did not fit the space it was given.  This is a common mistake with […]

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Landscape Urbanism: A Critique from a CNU Cardholder and Landscape Architect

by John W. Olson April 24, 2013

  Landscape Urbanism sounds like a great name that really meshes together a lot of what I believe in and do as a professional.  Landscape Urbanism is rapidly growing in popularity and I suspect this will continue as the CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) […]

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