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At last month’s 53rd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), in Turin, Italy, I had the privilege of discussing landscape architecture as a tool for urban/rural renewal in China. Together with two Chinese practitioners, I co-presented a talk designed to augment the conference theme of Tasting the Landscape: “Restore the Recipe:… Read more »

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Living a stone’s throw from the 127-acre Silver Lake Reservoirs, a popular recreation spot in downtown Los Angeles, I decided to take a more active role as a neighbor and joined the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy (SLRC). The all-volunteer, non-profit was created in 1988 by concerned community members as a reaction to the proposal by… Read more »

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Bloomage International Investments Group’s latest commercial development, a new, 50-acre arts district southeast of downtown Chengdu, is capitalizing on the city’s momentum as a prime destination for living, shopping, and entertainment and will offer space for residences, offices, retail, and a multi-functional media center. In addition to the goal of designing environmentally responsible public spaces,… Read more »

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As a father with a six-year-old daughter, I often bring her to various local playgrounds for weekend fun time. One special playground deserves attention; not only did she have a great time, but it also influenced me deeply as a designer. The Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and… Read more »

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Before July of 2012, I couldn’t have told you where Singapore was on the world map. But the move there for a two-year job opportunity happened in six weeks. Faced with downsizing our living quarters by half, we purged possessions and sold cars, shipped off essentials and left our home of 15 years in St…. Read more »

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Empty lots fill the spaces we meander through daily, adding little or no amenity to our communities and occasionally detracting from the environment that surrounds them. They’re strewn about cities, seemingly stagnant in time and hidden beneath the shadows of buildings, often going unnoticed. They rarely harbor visitors except for the occasional bicyclists cutting through,… Read more »

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