Recycling Water

by Michael Banks October 1, 2015
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Out for a summer bike ride with my son one day, we found ourselves at the top of a winding downhill path through a park lined by green grass being gently misted by the park’s sprinkler system. As we started down the hill, memories of […]

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Site Study Renderings

by Kayla Harmon September 26, 2015
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For this site study, our client asked to have renderings of different design scenarios that he could use to show members of the community.  These renderings would have to show the neighbors living around the site what the development would look like completed. This would […]

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Benefits of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP)

by Anna Chmel August 20, 2015
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Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) can be used as a viable alternative to asphalt or poured concrete for parking lots, roads, sidewalks, driveways, and other surface treatments. Permeable pavers have come into more common usage in recent years as a means to reduce stormwater runoff […]

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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit August 6, 2015

It’s no surprise that LED lighting has made a significant impact on the energy use for lighting applications with it’s extremely low energy use per footcandle. New ground is being broken in all lighting uses and we are seeing LED lighting in everything from decorative […]

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This or That #4: Trellis vs. Pergola

by Matt Svoboda August 5, 2015

Home and garden advertisements interchange these a lot…so what’s the real difference? In this corner: a trellis is defined as “a frame or structure of latticework frequently used as a support for growing vines or plants”. And in this corner: a pergola is defined as […]

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The Fulfillment of Being an Expert Witness

by John W. Olson August 2, 2015

A statement is made to all college students interested in the architecture or landscape architecture profession. That is that ‘they will learn more in the first month of real experience on the job during an internship or their first year out of school that they […]

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HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson July 23, 2015

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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Water Wise Landscapes – Xeriscape Not Zeroscape

by John W. Olson July 9, 2015

EVstudio specializes in providing low-water use and water conservation landscapes to our clients. Xeriscape is a common term used as it relates to the landscape architecture profession, especially in the State of Colorado.  According to, xeriscape “employs drought-resistant plants in an effort to conserve resources, […]

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

by John W. Olson July 1, 2015

  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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Urban Street Tree Well

by John W. Olson June 16, 2015
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The urban landscape can be a complicated environment for a successful landscape. Variables of vegetation forms, types, tolerances and aesthetics must be carefully calibrated for a successful streetscape. Also important is how the landscape can assist in storm water drainage management. We practice with a […]

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Gold Hill Mesa Welcomes Hi-Point Home Builders to the Neighborhood

by John W. Olson June 3, 2015

The following blog post was written by EVstudio Planning’s Summer Intern, Ji Soo Park of the University of Georgia: Hi-Point Home Builders are the newest builder in Gold Hill Mesa, a neo-traditional neighborhood that provides a new community to live, work and play. (Hi-Point Home Builders […]

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Colorado Springs Neighborhood Landscape Master Plan

by John W. Olson May 26, 2015
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We recently completed a Landscape Master Plan in Colorado Springs on the northwest side of town. The Master Plan was in response to increased water costs, maintenance concerns and as a retrofit to trees and vegetation that were inappropriately planted in the 1980′s. The Master […]

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