- (Re)making the Grade
At the University of Pittsburgh, a Complete Street caps a series of student-centered outdoor spaces. By Timothy A. Schuler In the mid-1950s, the fast-growing University of Pittsburgh acquired two historic properties: the Hotel Schenley, built in 1898, and the Schenley Apartments, built between 1922 and 1924. The buildings were renovated for use as dormitories—and later, … Continue reading (Re)making the Grade →
- Sketching the Housing Crisis
A pandemic sketchbook becomes a prompt to design activism. Text and images by Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA In The Thinking Hand, the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa describes how sketching is a multilayered process of interpretation, one that requires rapid decisions and adjustments. For example, the darkening of one form affects our understanding of those around it, … Continue reading Sketching the Housing Crisis →
- Line by Line
Local and global, analog and digital, Michael Blier leads Landworks Studio into the wide world. By Jessica Bridger The East Dareen Beach Neighborhood Park site in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is a serious place: Bounded by a missile silo to the north, its double shore of coast and island form results from a dredge-ravaged coastline—and it … Continue reading Line by Line →
- The LAM Gift Guide for Landscape Architecture Graduates
Books, tech, and lots of pens to set the newly minted designer up right. By the LAM Editorial Advisory Committee Well, it’s finally happened. Your family member/friend/mentee/colleague has graduated from a BLA or MLA program, and they’re ready to start their journey as a landscape architecture professional. Now that they’ve finished school, you want to … Continue reading The LAM Gift Guide for Landscape Architecture Graduates →
- The Writing on the Wall
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon’s reputation was made at Sea Ranch. A new exhibit shows why she’s a supergraphics legend. By Zach Mortice Barbara Stauffacher Solomon forms space (or something close to it) with color. That sort of alchemical transformation, she says, is the product of exacting and merciless study rather than whimsical inspiration. As a graphic … Continue reading The Writing on the Wall →
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- What is a CSA & How Does Community Support Help the Environment?
The visibility of locally-grown food received a significant boost in recent years with the growth in popularity of what has become known as the “farm-to-table” movement. Restaurants – especially trendy ones – began embracing locally-grown foods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, and poultry as a way to create uniqueness and be more environmentally aware and responsible. Ingredients and dishes were proudly labeled with the local grower’s name and other information about the food we were eating, so we would know exactly what we were putting in our mouths – hence the term, “farm-to-table.”
- The 6 environmental and health benefits of growing your own food
To some people, it may seem like a stretch to make a connection between gardening and climate change. There is, however, a direct relationship between how we as a nation grow and distribute our food and the carbon emissions that are a major contributor to a warming Earth.
- Does planting trees in your yard help fight climate change?
It seems that every week there’s news directly related to climate change: historic heat in the West; 100-year floods on the Gulf Coast; earlier, more damaging hurricanes affecting the East Coast. And perhaps the most fundamental contributor to this climate chaos is increased carbon dioxide emissions.
- Why supporting local businesses helps the environment and your community
We live in an increasingly global community. Digital technology, the Internet, and innovations in transportation have all contributed to making it easy to interact with even the farthest corners of the world. And while there are certainly benefits to globalization, there are drawbacks, too. One of the biggest is the growing loss of locality – the awareness and preference of our local communities and the unique benefits they have to offer.
- How to Rethink Residential Gardening for Climate Change
Climate change is affecting all things large and small, in ways that are sometimes not so apparent, while in others the impact is readily felt. Gardening is a unique activity in which climate change can be experienced throughout every aspect.
- Mud Season Pruning Chores
Pruning is the only gardening chore you can do in mud season, because your plants (and the weeds!) are still frozen in the ground. It's a great excuse to get outside and do something--actual gardening! The weather is very unsettled during mud season, so it's best to be strategic about what gets pruned when.
- A Drone’s-Eye View Of My Garden
Just for fun: a view of my snowy garden from the air. It's always nice to get a fresh perspective!
- This Garden Art Is For The Birds, And It Needs Your Help
I need advice. What can I apply to these wooden birdhouses to make them weather-proof? Give me your advice in the comment section.
- Binge-watching Gardeners’ World: A guide for U.S.-based cold-climate gardeners
The weather outside is frightful, so time to catch up on all the gardening shows you missed. Here's some tips to get the most out of your viewing time.
- Have you considered a broadfork?
If you have a large garden, consider a broadfork when you're writing up your wishlist. A broadfork is a multi-purpose tool that tackles big jobs but is easy on your back. Follow the link to learn more