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A half-hidden East Austin home exposes and restores an environmental legacy

Edgeland House speaks to ecologies past and present

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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.

Can better parks fight climate change?

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

New ‘universal design’ guide wants to make public spaces pleasant for all

The American Society of Landscape Architects’s guide lays out best practices for designing inclusive streets, parks, playgrounds, and more.

Landscape architecture is getting a major international prize

The new prize, which comes with a $100,000 award, hopes to raise awareness of the the importance of landscape architecture today.

How design is being upended by the climate crisis

The new wave of environmentally conscious design is existential and experimental.

The nation’s most exciting park project is taking shape in North Carolina

The 308-acre Dorothea Dix Park wants to be a model for civic space.

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.

Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?

Coastal Louisiana is on the front lines of a battle against land loss.

How playground design can build a more inclusive city

Nearly one in five people have a disability in the U.S., yet most playgrounds aren’t built to accommodate them.

Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?

Advocates and planners wrestle with the challenge of pairing new urban amenities with equitable development.

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What if New Jersey’s Meadowlands were a national park?

A greener Garden State could keep 20 million New York-area residents above water.

Bionic forges lush landscapes and public spaces in the dense Bay Area

The San Francisco firm specializes in projects that are juicy, brainy, and—in some cases—seemingly impossible.

Meet SCAPE, the architects designing urban landscapes to stand the test of time

The firm is reimagining landscape architecture as a form of activism—and as a way to address the effects of urbanization and climate change.

Can Atlanta’s BeltLine, an exemplar of adaptive reuse, work for everyone?

The rails-to-rails project, while transformative, is struggling with affordability.

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The manhole in the meadow

Why Prospect Park, 150 years later, is still America’s premiere example of manmade nature.

New urban parks and public spaces to see in 2017

Landscape architecture reshaping cities across the country

Two landscape architecture icons to know now

Cornelia Oberlander, 95, and Harriet Pattison, 88, began their careers when there were few women in design.

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Welcome to Freshkills, local landfill-turned-park

The manmade hills of Staten Island's Freshkills Park are inarguably beautiful, but they're also indicative of the disposability of the post-war American way of life. Karrie Jacobs explains, while taking us through the new, 2,200-acre park.

Meet the man who dedicated his life to creating artificial rivers

In East Texas, Jeff Henry has created a network of infinite artificial rivers at his family’s chain of water parks, Schlitterbahn. Think of it as nature well-suited for a generation raised on electronically enabled instant gratification

Why urban green roofs aren't just pretty gardens

In the latest installment of Engineered Nature, Karrie Jacobs explores the world's largest rooftop farms in Brooklyn and Chicago and discovers the place where high tech strategies and mother nature meet.

Why landscape architects double as urban designers

At a recent Landscape Architecture Foundation summit, it became clear the profession has a big role in shaping the future of our cities

Paradise under the expressway

In the second installment of Engineered Nature, Karrie Jacobs explores the Buffalo Bayou in Houston and examines how a change in perspective can turn a highway’s inhospitable underside into a bucolic park.

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On Governors Island, the world's smartest hill

The Hills on Governors Island are a perfect example of the hallmark of 21st century design: objects that are hybrids, part manmade and part natural. Karrie Jacobs examines the engineering behind the landscape.