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Although I filled a new legal pad with notes at the LAF Summit last June, I wasn’t exactly reporting. I attended as a designer seeking inspiration. Perhaps some of the highlights I recorded will resonate with you too. The first LAF Declaration of Concern targeted how landscape architecture could help solve environmental issues. The ‘60s… Read more »

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The 2016 Olympic Games on TV drew my attention to Brazil’s Copacabana Beach, where three miles of colorfully designed promenade renewed my interest in the works of the late native designer Roberto Burle Marx, one of the world’s great landscape architects. While in Rio de Janeiro on a trip to see his projects in April… Read more »

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To address increasingly complex environmental, technical, and cultural issues, new forms of practice in design have emerged, and established practices are evolving.  In July of this year, SWA moved to launch XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism.  XL is a research and innovation lab unique within the field of landscape architecture and urban design. In… Read more »

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When we talk about a great rooftop space, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A green roof with a comfortable dining area? A crowded bar? Or, a swimming pool with great city views? Think outside the sandbox:  Two rooftop playgrounds show that there are many creative ways to utilize the roof spaces, and… Read more »

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“You can go to the mountains and the beach in one afternoon” goes the classic Angeleno humble-brag. I first heard it on the East Coast, where my friends and I plotted for days just to escape the NYC subway system. In Los Angeles, from the beaches of Santa Monica to the trails of the San… Read more »

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At the turn of this century, we are a society focused on reconnecting with ourselves, our ethnicity, the environment, and each other. In a traditional sense, our minds must be freed through the freedom of the body, and a park is a place that can allow this to happen–a place to unwind and reflect on… Read more »