Design and the Green New Deal

Landscape architecture is today an apolitical affair, organized around relationships with elite clients and projects. We may yearn to impart systems-level change, but we are working on discrete sites, with incrementalist tools, within structures that produce injustice. Before we ask the world to view design as an urgent necessity, we must remake our disciplines to be more useful, in the moment, for the movements and ideals we aspire to serve.

If landscape architects want to remake the world, we can start by remaking our discipline.




  • Simon Sadler
  • Keith Eggener
  • Naomi Stead

Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of media studies at The New School in New York City.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of Architecture at Monash University.

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