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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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It makes sense that President Obama considers his contributions to ease climate change his greatest legacy. The potentially catastrophic effects on our planet’s ecosystems, and especially on the Greenland and Antarctic icecaps—a rise in sea levels measured not in inches but in tens of feet—might well be the biggest challenge to face mankind. Consider the… Read more »

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Although I filled a new legal pad with notes at the LAF Summit last June, I wasn’t exactly reporting. I attended as a designer seeking inspiration. Perhaps some of the highlights I recorded will resonate with you too. The first LAF Declaration of Concern targeted how landscape architecture could help solve environmental issues. The ‘60s… Read more »

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The 2016 Olympic Games on TV drew my attention to Brazil’s Copacabana Beach, where three miles of colorfully designed promenade renewed my interest in the works of the late native designer Roberto Burle Marx, one of the world’s great landscape architects. While in Rio de Janeiro on a trip to see his projects in April… Read more »

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To address increasingly complex environmental, technical, and cultural issues, new forms of practice in design have emerged, and established practices are evolving.  In July of this year, SWA moved to launch XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism.  XL is a research and innovation lab unique within the field of landscape architecture and urban design. In… Read more »

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