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Skara Brae, a historic dwelling situated in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, is at risk of subsidence from coastal erosion, due, in part, to climate change. Jim Dwyer’s recent article for The New York Times, “Saving Scotland’s Heritage from the Rising Seas,” shed light on the duality of the term “preservation”. Preservation has been deployed by climate… Read more »

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As professional practice becomes more collaborative, so must approaches to practice and academia. Meaningful mentorship can establish a sense of culture, encourage explorations in design, and facilitate rapid growth for employees at all levels. SWA Laguna Beach has committed to creating successful public/private partnerships in order to leverage mentorship through outreach, education, and giving back… Read more »

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Over the past decade programmers and developers have made monumental steps to deliver a digitally fabricated experience that simulates what we can comprehend, a three-dimensional environment that can be observed and manipulated through our input. My own experiences with the medium, however, have only underscored the fact that the simulation of a digital interface is… Read more »

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After several years of extreme drought, last winter’s heavy rains quickly replenished many reservoirs and aquifers throughout the state. This wet season ended with months of record-high temperatures that dried out a surplus of vegetative fuel, and was followed by strong winds along the steep, hilly topography of many California suburbs. The result was one… Read more »

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My fellow landscape designers have likely have seen this mother and child in digital rendering images more than a few times. And, though we don’t know who they are, they are superstars in the digital landscape. I’ve witnessed them in parks, plazas, public markets, playgrounds, streetscapes, waterfront spaces . . .there is no place I don’t expect them to pop up. So what… Read more »

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While back in Japan last month, I learned of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey. The breath-taking videos of large-scale flooding were widely broadcasted on the morning and evening news programs there. The images of drowning buildings, highways, and trees under the extensive muddy water were a shocking reminder to the Japanese of their own 2011 Tsunami, in… Read more »

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