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Chasing the Computer Revolution
Are landscape architects missing the mark on using computers in the design process?
By Lolly Tai, ASLA

Landscape architects have extraordinary digital tools within reach but are not making the best use of them, the results of a recent computer survey suggest. Firms are reluctant to invest in formal training for their employees. Schools do not provide effective investments in their students and faculty. Training for faculty, integration of computers, and funding to sustain computers are several issues facing institutions. Practitioners, educators, and software design companies do not effectively communicate with one another toward the common goal of improving software for the needs of landscape architects. Are landscape architects lagging behind? What are the barriers and what are the plans for the future of the profession? Evaluation of the survey data generated broad as well as specific findings that suggest answers to these questions.

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