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.
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.
The Island Seen and Felt
Australia is a place with more land than people, more geography than architecture. But it is not and never has been empty. Few landscapes have been so deeply known.
The founder of Stoss discusses the rise of landscape urbanism from an academic movement to an influential set of ideas and practices.
Visualizing Landscapes: In the Terrain of Water
A portfolio exploring the representation of water and landscape, from the Beaux Arts to the digital.
Two visionary landscape architects discuss their work on contested environments from the Mississippi to Mumbai.
A Map of Radical Bewilderment
Forget his reputation as a nature writer. Henry David Thoreau was also a highly trained, well regarded, disciplined though eccentric land surveyor.
An Illustrated History of the Picnic Table
From campground to crab shack to suburban backyard, the ingenious form of the picnic table has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s.
The Lay of the Land
Place and land and nature: how we tie these things together is critical to our sense of self-purpose and our fit in the world.
The Domestication of the Garage
J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the evolution of the American garage displays his rare ability to combine deep erudition with eloquent and plainspoken analysis.