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Houston Restores Buffalo Bayou Park

J. Michael Welton | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

The city of Houston, long known for jam-packed freeways and an ambitious skyline, is returning to its bayou roots -- thanks to a skillful landscape restoration by SWA.

Surgeon General: Every Community Needs to Be Walkable

Jared Green | Posted 09.11.2015 | Green
Jared Green

We must build strong partnerships between the public health and medical communities on one side and the planning and design worlds on the other to make sure this nationwide shift back to walking gets planned, designed, and built.

In Seattle, Framing Mount Rainier

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

One item the University of Washington has never been short of is master plans for its landscape.

Brightwater: A Model of 21st Century Infrastructure

Jared Green | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands.

A Rare Look at the New U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Jared Green | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Jared Green

GSA ended up creating the second largest green roof in the U.S. at 550,000 square feet, and the third largest in the world. It's so big that a deer actually grazed on the roof, not realizing it was on one.

A Bold Plan for Saving Pollinators

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Clearly, more is needed to restore pollinators to health. According to the speakers, a key piece of the puzzle is bringing back nutritious forage wherever possible. Let's start with better integrating forage opportunities along highways.

What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?

Jared Green | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Hunter and her team examined 44 people over 8 weeks. She asked them to go out and immerse themselves in urban natural environments at least 2.5 times per week for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Sensory Overload: How People With Autism Experience the World

Jared Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Adults and children with autism experience the world much differently than we do, so why don't we design homes, parks, and neighborhoods with them in mind?

How My Forever Home Finally Found Me

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

During 36 years of adult life, I lived in 22 places in eight cities in three states. My forever house found me when I was lost and it was in foreclosure, and we became a perfect match of two losers in search of a purpose. Now I have a permanent address. I'm home.

Landscape Architecture Market Valued at $2.3 Billion

Jared Green | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Landscape architecture services in the U.S. are currently valued at around $2.3 billion per year, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

BIG's Hybrid Places

Jared Green | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Jared Green

Hualien Hills / BIG The dynamics of BIG, one of the world's hottest architecture and urban design firms, are laid bare in a new exhibition at the N...

Will Part of Chicago's Historic Washington Park Be Confiscated for the Obama Presidential Library?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Charles A. Birnbaum

Mr. Douglas says the ultimate decision about the library's location rests with President and Mrs. Obama, which raises a question: If president Obama wants to again make history, does he want to do so by endorsing the expropriation of public parkland?

Design By Dredge

Jared Green | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Sediment is dynamic and dramatically differs from place to place. Studying the natural flow of sediment in rivers and deltas, we can begin to understand how the movement of sediment can be "choreographed" to achieve ecological goals

2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

How Thoughtful Landscape Architecture Nourishes the City

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

After decades of suburban sprawl, we're finally on a more urban trend in the US. That's a very good thing, but it's easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

That 'Temporary' Frick Garden - It Was Created to Be Permanent

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In a bit of revisionist history, the garden at the Frick Collection designed by the world famous British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-1985) and once hailed by the New York Times as one of his "most important works," has been downgraded by museum officials to nothing more than an interim land use.

Here's What's Missing in the Debate Over the Frick Collection's Proposed Expansion

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The announcement that the Frick Collection on New York's Upper East Side plans to build an addition has generated some buzz and concern -- and if implemented, it would forever destroy an important part of the collection -- an exquisite garden by the world famous British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-85).

Living on the Edge

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Given the North American urban renaissance, how much development can the highly desirable edge of a park absorb? How much vertical aspiration can our horizontal ideal accommodate?

Here's What's Missing in the Debate Over Central Park's Horses and Carriages

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

Whether the horses and carriages stay or go, this increased congestion will have to be addressed -- it's a matter of public safety and the park's authenticity.

What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

2013's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In surveying the year in landscape architecture, "aptness," a word favored by the great Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley seems, well, appropria...

Is Your Garden Good for Hawaii?

Jason Rushin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

Helping people discover which plants are better versus not-so-good is one of the goals behind Ulu, a new sustainable garden project, located at the back of Manoa valley amidst a tropical rainforest and screaming cockatiels.

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.