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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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At the turn of this century, we are a society focused on reconnecting with ourselves, our ethnicity, the environment, and each other. In a traditional sense, our minds must be freed through the freedom of the body, and a park is a place that can allow this to happen–a place to unwind and reflect on… Read more »

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Landscape Architecture as an aesthetic discipline may at times seem irrelevant in the face of such pressing problems as global warming, social inequity, resource depletion, and habitat loss. But there is a fundamental aspect of what we do that tackles these issues, with landscape architects a part of interdisciplinary teams. This movement, if you will,… Read more »

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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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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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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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