Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fall into Landscape Architecture Lecture Videos

If you missed the Fall lecture series, don't worry, you can watch the recordings of the lectures.

Chip Sullivan

Dan Euser

Saturday, December 6, 2014

ASLA Conference

Landscape Architecture students had the unique opportunity to trade their time as volunteers for attendance of the ASLA Conference in Denver from November 21st until the 24th. In total, students volunteered over 700 hours of time! Which was the said to be the greatest turn out for student volunteers in the conference's history.

 Students volunteered as expo attendants, room monitors, and greeters, having the opportunity to listen to the lectures of some of the biggest names in the field.  A few students were introduced to Peter Walker!

The Expo was held on Saturday and Sunday the 22nd & 23rd of November. The expo provided students with the opportunity to test and visualize materials, play equipment and be introduced to new computer rendering programs. There were also book signing events, illustrations up for viewing, and unlimited opportunities to connect with professionals in the field.

 Overall, the 2014 ASLA Conference and Expo was a novel experience for everyone involved. If you would like to see more photos from the conference, please visit our website:

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Original Landscape Cartoonist

Chip Sullivan spoke to students at Colorado State of his career as the first "landscape cartoonist" through the lens of comic books. He shared photos from his earlier days as a devotee of Madmen comics, which began his art education and set the framework for the rest of his career. As discussed in his lecture, story boards with individual frames are an effective tool for coaxing images out of a blank page and to record the creative process as ideas flow. Emphasis on the superiority of hand drawing is apparent in Chip's fascination with Disney & Pixar animators who still draw individual frames to capture each moment of cinematography before digital animation is utilized.

Chip encourages tuning of the biological clock in order to work efficiently when the creative mind is most active, as well as daydreaming and dream journaling to find inspiration. In his new publication, The Lanscape Imagineer, Chip explores the route of landscape architecture as a career and how some professionals have come to choose it. For Chip and many others, the manipulation of toy train sets and imagination of these small worlds played a key role.

Chip briefly discussed some of his new publications, including The Illustrated History of Landscape Architecture, Garden & Climate, The Seven Lamps of Landscape Architecture, and Cartooning the Landscape.

After the lecture, Chip signed & doodled in students' copies of his drawing textbook, Drawing the Landscape, then took a group of students on a drawing walk from the north end of Old Town.

The students and staff of Colorado State University thank Chip Sullivan for his time and enthusiasm.