California Department of Transportation

Landscape Architecture Research

Research Plots


The purpose of the Landscape Architecture Program (LAP) research program is to advance Landscape Architecture professional practices and knowledge by researching and implementing state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies that balance mobility, safety and maintainability with economic needs, adjacent land values and aesthetic, environmental scenic and community values.

Specific examples of recent research include: investigation into new techniques for effective erosion control, evaluation of the benefits provided by compost to soil structure and long term plant establishment, and strategies for improving the effectiveness of Safety Roadside Rest Areas.