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By Katharine Sucher / On December 16th, 2016

For decades, landscape architecture was driven solely by artistic sensibilities. But in these times of global change, the opportunity to reshape the world comes with a responsibility to consider how it can be resilient, fostering health and vitality for...

By Katharine Sucher / On July 15th, 2016

After directing numerous urban stream restoration projects, award-winning hydrologist Ann Riley has discovered that it is feasible to restore dynamic, functioning stream ecosystems in some of the most...

By Frederick R. Steiner / On April 27th, 2016

We need to understand that nature exists everywhere, including in urban environments, and to understand how natural processes work.

Photo credit: Fountain by Flickr.com user Nicola

By Eliza Pennypacker, Stuart Echols / On April 4th, 2016

April is the month of rain.  At least it is in our world: the mid-Atlantic U.S. With sincere apologies to readers who live in current drought, here in Pennsylvania we typically have reminded ourselves that “April showers bring May flowers,” and so we...

By Margie Ruddick / On March 21st, 2016

Many years ago, when I was first pegged as a "sustainable landscape designer," I gave a talk to a group of students enrolled in one of the world's first sustainable design courses at Schumacher College in England. I was surprised during the question and...

By Katharine Sucher / On March 18th, 2016

In 2005, following two decades of professional accolades, Margie Ruddick created a new kind of garden that landed her in court. Through selective mowing, planting, pruning, and frequently doing no...

By Meghan Bartels / On May 15th, 2015

This urban rain garden two blocks from the Island Press office doesn't just help the city manage rainwater, it's also educates urbanites about rain, serves as wildlife habitat and is a...

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By Meghan Bartels / On November 21st, 2014

This bear is excited to learn about landscape architecture this weekend from its den outside the Colorado Convention Center.

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By Robert Brown / On October 21st, 2014

Urban climate map of Arnhem, Netherlands

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By Biohabitats / On August 6th, 2014

Post by Amy Nelson of Biohabitats, cross-posted from Rhizome with permission.

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