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A Case Study Method for Landscape Architecture

LAF commissioned the development of A Case Study Method for Landscape Architecture to promote an in-depth, multi-dimensional approach to case studies and provide for uniformity in format and method.

Since it was published in 1999, the Case Study Method has been adopted widely in the profession and is frequently cited in articles and publications. A number of schools have incorporated the Case Study Method into their curriculum, and it has been adopted by several as the required format for student theses in landscape architecture. The Case Study Method formed the foundation for LAF’s Land and Community Design Case Study Series books published between 2001 and 2009. It also informed the development of the format and method that LAF uses to produce the over 150 Case Study Briefs published on

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“The primary body of knowledge in landscape architecture is contained in the written and visual documentation—that is, stories—of projects, be it well-known ones such as New York’s Central Park, or more modest projects such as a small neighborhood park. Together, these cases provide the primary form of education, innovation, and testing for the profession. They also serve as the collective record of the advancement and development of new knowledge in landscape architecture.”

A Case Study Method for Landscape Architecture outlines a set of critical dimensions that should be addressed in a case study to critically document and evaluate projects and issues. It also discusses how to collect and present this information. 

People outside in Bryant Park in New York City

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.