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America’s reliance on coal energy is decreasing as the Environmental Protection Agency sets stricter pollution standards. Currently, the EPA’s goal is to cut thirty percent of national carbon emissions by 2030. This projected standard, along with the rise of alternative energies, will mark a clear shift in America’s energy consumption. The US Energy Information Administration… Read more »

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What kinds of public spaces contribute the most to building memorable and attractive cities? As landscape architects, a large portion of our practice focuses on ecology, natural processes, and material performances. The global urban age is happening at a dizzying pace and scale, and with a diversity and complexity that challenges traditional design paradigms. Weaving… Read more »

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After moving to Shanghai early this year, my husband and I eagerly visited the Bund, Pudong, Yu Gardens, and several other classic attractions within our first few weeks in China. One of several temples we visited was Jing’an Temple, which was closest to our home. All of the temples had ornate incense burners and pagodas,… Read more »

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Sitting just north of Allen’s Landing, near the confluence of the White Oak and Buffalo bayous and bisected by two major roadways and rail lines, lies Houston’s historic Warehouse District. It’s situated close enough to downtown to be considered one of its ten districts, yet its unique location, obscured by layers of both manmade and… Read more »

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The following excerpt comes from the upcoming “Designing Places for People and the Environment: Lessons from 55 Years as an Urban Planner and Shaping the Global Landscape Architectural Practice of the SWA Group,” by former SWA CEO Kalvin Platt, published by ORO Editions. Do you agree with Kalvin’s estimation of the profession? Comments are most… Read more »

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Honestly, part of the reason I volunteered to help the Institute of Outdoor Theatre develop a guide for aspiring outdoor performance organizations was filial duty—my Dad works there, and he needed a landscape architect’s contribution. The other was that we use amphitheaters as a ubiquitous public space typology—with the implied ‘if you build it, they… Read more »