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Gentrification stems from the term “gentry,” which is French for “people of gentle birth.” It was introduced in the 19th century to describe the movement of middle-class families into working-class neighborhoods across Europe, particularly in Rome, London, and Paris. Historically, abandoned industrial neighborhoods displayed the evidence of gentrification, where leftover architecture formed the basis for… Read more »

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On my second trip visiting Arizona, I hiked, biked, and drove to explore some unique art installations. Some were far-flung, in the desert, and some in the middle of urban life. One such location in Scottsdale is the Soleri Plaza, designed by artist Paolo Soleri. The plaza, intended to celebrate the solar calendar, uses a… Read more »

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I recognize the value and potential of computer-aided design, but have been reluctant to use it exclusively. This stems from the belief that when software is relied upon so intently that it is used from the beginning of a project as a means of conceptualizing an idea, something profound is forfeited in the design process…. Read more »

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I am pleased to share some thoughts about an inspiring presentation I attended at the ASLA Meeting in Denver last fall. “Claiming Territories: Signifying Art and Design in the Landscape,” was hosted by Thomas Woltz (Nelson Byrd Woltz) and Mikyoung Kim (Mikyoung Kim Design). The designers introduced several projects that have an artistic approach toward… Read more »

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We use terms such as “idea,” “concept,” and “creativity” so frequently in our profession that it would benefit us to take a moment to put them in context. The field of cybernetics, which is the study of systems and feedback loops, provides excellent explanations for the terms “information” and “creativity.” Of use in this instance… Read more »

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“Whatever I may have fondly supposed, all that I have been writing and saying over the past years has in the last analysis dealt with a single topic — how to define (or redefine) the concept of landscape.” — J.B. Jackson As a graduate student, I dedicated much of my landscape theory track obsessing about… Read more »

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