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How to pick the best outdoor furniture at any budget

We break down the different types of outdoor furniture—like teak, aluminum, and wicker—and share over a dozen picks at various price points.

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Why we’re drawing on our sidewalks again

Sidewalks are the perfect canvas for boosting neighborhood morale, one drawing at a time.

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The city dweller’s guide to gardening

We’ve compiled the best advice and products for urban dwellers in tight spaces spaces.

In the coronavirus crisis, who gets to be outside?

Closed parks have made it harder to access public space. But for some neighborhoods, it was never easy.

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The architect who’s confronting climate change

Pamela Conrad is out to restore nature to our cities—and help them face future ecological disasters.

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The urban designers who bring the community in

The Denver-based firm wants its projects to be useful to the public for decades.

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The urbanist with a plan for the LA River

To landscape designer Mia Lehrer, making LA more livable is all about peeling back the concrete.

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The architect making playgrounds reflect how children actually play

To Meghan Talarowski, play is "so much more than just physical activity."

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They’re putting the public back in public space

Meet five practitioners who want our shared spaces to be a resource for those who use them

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The architect who uses performance to open up public space

Through site-specific installations, Bryony Roberts addresses democracy, spatial justice, historic preservation, and identity.

The 9 best ways to find a campsite online

We rounded up the top places to book campground reservations, from well-known sites like Reserve America to lesser-known apps.

Can better parks fight climate change?

The Climate Positive Design Challenge aims to help landscape architects create green space with global implications.

How one photographer is rethinking #VanLife with a more inclusive road trip

Inspired by a group of itinerant lesbians in the 1970s, The Van Dykes Project is an oral history of queer life, love, and resilience across the U.S.

The digital future of public space is taking shape in Miami’s new ‘smart park’

The Underline, a new linear park, will hire staff to help create digital tools to improve park engagement.

The 11 best national parks to visit in fall

Cooler temperatures, fewer people, and stunning foliage are all top reasons to head to a national park this fall.

Love national parks? You’re going to want this new book

"Parks" is a love letter to the United States National Parks Service.

Opening schoolyards to the public after hours boosts park access, says study

New analysis from the Trust for Public Land finds that more than 19.6 million people in the U.S. could benefit from access to public schoolyards.

Organic lawn care startup Sunday is here to disrupt the American yard

Sunday provides pesticide-free weed control and customized fertilizer through the mail. Is this the future of lawn care?

Do-everything tent works on land, air, and water

The Tentsile Universe is a portable tree house by night and a stand up paddleboard by day.

Splash Pads Are the New Public Pools

These urban oases offer residents a refuge from the summer singe, provide accessible recreational opportunities, and create a heat-friendly public space.

Now you can rent outdoor gear with your campsite

No camping gear? No problem. A new partnership lets you rent outdoor gear with your campsite.

Last-minute outdoor decor for your 4th of July party

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, we’ve rounded up our favorite outdoor decor items that make entertaining easy—all with fast shipping.

End your hike in style at this gorgeous pentagonal cabin

Snøhetta designed the self-service cabin overlooking a fjord as a stylish respite in Norway.

Modular concrete kitchen makes al fresco cooking a breeze

The kitchen comes in five-foot prefabricated concrete panels that assemble into a partition-like structure for outdoor cooking.

12 affordable patio dining sets to buy now

From picnic-style tables to midcentury sets that can seat a crowd, here are 12 budget-friendly patio dining sets sure to fit both your wallet and outdoor style.

'Parkitecture': 7 amazing rustic buildings in our national parks

Our national parks are renowned for their beauty, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. But they also boast a unique architectural style known as "parkitecture."

The best gifts for outdoorsy dads this Father’s Day

From picnic supplies to camping gear, here are the top outdoor gifts to give dads.

America’s public parks are steadily improving, but more access needed

According to Trust for Public Land’s annual report card for U.S. parks, a third of city residents don’t have a park within walking distance.

The best outdoor decor to buy now, from twinkle lights to throw pillows

Outdoor decor transforms a patio from an impersonal stage room to a fun expression of your personal style.

How to shop for plants online

The internet can’t replace a nursery, but it can make plant shopping much easier. Here are some tips to get you started.

19 comfy hammocks for summer lounging

From macramé hammock chairs to playful hammocks for kids, here are 19 different hammocks guaranteed to make your summer easy and breezy.

How to buy quality outdoor furniture

The outdoor furniture market is booming. These tips will help you navigate the scene.

A coast-to-coast bike trail is coming to the U.S.

A just-released route travels 3,700 miles across 12 different states—and 52 percent of the trail is already completed.

11 A-frames you can rent right now

From coast to coast, property owners are renovating and building A-frames in order to rent them to architecture-loving vacationers.

16 Mother’s Day gifts for the gardeners in your life

We’ve rounded up an array of ideas that will spruce up your mom’s outdoor spaces in no time.

In age of climate change, can our lawns be more than landscaping?

Forget aesthetics: Lawns can raise food, restore habitats, and even store carbon.

How to grow a garden: Three important factors to consider before you plant

You need to spend some time thinking about your dirt, and figure out just how committed you can be to a watering routine.

How to design a small urban garden in six steps

The creator of a lush 66-square-foot garden shares her tips and ideas for small green spaces.

New national park guides make RV camping easy

RV rental company Outdoorsy just launched RV guides to national and state parks.