We are now well into a geologic era — the Anthropocene — characterized by the acceleration of environmental change. This is the landscape medium in which we design.
Urban planners need to think not just green but also blue. How does the design of cities affect the health of the oceans?
Visualizing Landscapes: In the Terrain of Water
A portfolio exploring the representation of water and landscape, from the Beaux Arts to the digital.
Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies
The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet it remains a powerful lens for designers working with complex adaptive systems.
Lunch with the Critics: Cronocaos
A critical conversation on the new exhibition on preservation curated by OMA/Rem Koolhaas.
Library as Infrastructure
Reading room, social service center, innovation lab. How far can we stretch the public library?
Methodolatry and the Art of Measure
The new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.
Cartographic Grounds: Projective Landscapes
A new exhibition explores a range of cartographic practices, from a medieval map of the British Isles to contemporary data visualization.
Maps for a Narrative Atlas
A geographer maps the everyday things of a neighborhood, finding poetry in the distribution of wind chimes and the mailman’s delivery route.
On the rising importance of landscape to architecture, seen in works by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Peter Zumthor, OMA, Zaha Hadid, and others.
The Land Up North
For Thanksgiving week, an essay about the cycles of life and land.
From Architecture to Landscape
Landscape architects have begun to venture from the confines of garden, park, and plaza into more adventurous practice. Now the field needs a new name: landscape science.