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“To make a landscape is a very violent act,” designer Walter Hood told his small, appreciative audience at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, while pausing to share a construction shot. Indeed, the presence of large cranes and boulders at the refined Upper East Side location seemed especially intrusive. As part of the museum’s updated… Read more »

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The success of our profession exists within a web of ever-changing socioeconomic and political factors, and we find ourselves working tirelessly to be the best at what we do within these opportunities and constraints. We tend to be defined by our victories and left to learn from our losses, assuming our collective humility can overstep… Read more »

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Considering the tremendous struggle over the Dakota Pipeline, I’ve been thinking a lot about what water really means to people, what water brings to us, and what we can bring to water. Closer to home, I recently heard that the 20-year-old plan mapping the future of the LA River is getting an update that will… Read more »

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Over the past two years, I had the pleasure of working on a speculative exhibition titled “The Horizontal Metropolis: A Radical Project,” which was included in the 2016 Venice Biennale. An extension of a studio taught by Paola Viganò at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, this exhibition examined what Benton MacKaye described as ‘The Middle… Read more »

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Texting prunes our language, while Twitter compartmentalizes our thoughts. The working dialectic is a leafless tree – pollarded, with inadequate adjectives, resulting in smooth grey bark.   Modern language does us a disservice, when you tell me of your workplace woes – the meaning spans a library of potential, from gently anxious to freaking out.  … Read more »

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Over the past few months, a team of designers in Sausalito worked on a tiny landscape measuring just six square meters as part of a competition entry. With nowhere to go but up, we quickly identified verticality as our primary design move. By freeing the ground plane, we aimed to take full advantage of precious… Read more »

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