TOO MANY TREES

Two of my ongoing retail clients just told me that we have too many trees in their designs. “Take them out,” was the order. Then last week there was a book about Islamic cities lying on one of my colleague’s desks. I flipped through it and saw the following: Examples of disallowance in streets: number… Read more »

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When I moved to London as a young man I was fascinated by the form of the city and in particular the melding of the ancient with the new and its ability to absorb growth in an organic manner. As a city blessed with examples of the finest architecture, from the very modern to pre-Elizabethan,… Read more »

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Nanhai Thousand Lantern Lake-63-Title Slide

Editor’s note: Houston-based SWA photographer Jonnu Singleton visited Foshan, China, in the summer of 2015 to document the firm’s Thousand Lantern Lake Park System when it was a finalist for the ULI Urban Open Space Award. Jonnu trained his lens on the region’s rich historic and cultural legacy that gave rise to the multilayered project,… Read more »

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It’s seven in the morning and the sounds of excitement are already deafening. Synchronized volunteers assemble tools, mounds of dirt tower above the horizon, and the morning sun highlights a long list of tasks. For the teachers, the garden will be key to the academic success of their students. For the students, it’s a good… Read more »

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Parking Day 2

Ten years ago, PARK(ing) Day was established with the goal of temporarily transforming metered parking spaces into tiny public parks. Some of the novelty has worn off since then, but the appeal has only strengthened, and the annual event now occurs around the globe. With “The Goatlet,” in 2013, the San Francisco studio brought live… Read more »

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I attended a well-publicized exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden this past weekend. Unfortunately, the organization and aesthetic tone of “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” was more artifice than art. The promise inherent in the first solo exhibition of the Mexican artist’s evocative work in New York City in over ten years was hardly… Read more »

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