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The One Belt, One Road policy (OBOR) launched last March by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) aims to enhance coordination across the Asian continent, namely financial integration, trade liberalization, and person-to-person connectivity. One Belt is an economic land belt that builds on the ancient Silk Road that dates to the Han Dynasty… Read more »

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When we enjoy urban California’s verdant neighborhoods, fantastic parks, and green lawns we easily forget that most of this luxuriant vegetation is the result of irrigation. In times of intense drought like the one the entire West Coast is experiencing, it’s dismaying to learn that about half of the water the state uses in urban… Read more »

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Bioengineering achievements fascinate me. A few years ago, scientists at Harvard and Caltech successfully created an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. Genetically it was still a rat, but morphologically and functionally, a jellyfish. As technology advances, we are able to mimic natures and create new ones in terms of… Read more »

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SWA summer school is in session; hosted by the Dallas studio this year, the seven student participants were asked to predict a radical advancement in their home city by the 22nd century and also to comment on what change they would most like to see. Johanna Cairns Harvard Graduate School of Design Hometown: Portland, Maine… Read more »

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Everything we do as landscape architects is site specific—we enter the life of a place for but a few long moments, investigate its culture and history, and work to add an appropriate contemporary layer. The San Francisco office recently joined Gelfand Partners Architects to look at refurbishing the Ping Yuen public housing development in Chinatown,… Read more »

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When I began working at SWA in Houston back in September of 2011, I also started a challenge unrelated to work, one addressed to myself and to the city of Houston. The goal was simple: surviving without a car. How long could I successfully move around the country’s fourth largest city exclusively by bike and,… Read more »

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