Liz Ogbu lecture at TEDxMidAtlantic

March 18th, 2018

Interview with Robert Nasi, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

March 18th, 2018

Walter Hood Lecture

March 14th, 2018

Landscape Performance Series

March 12th, 2018

The Landscape Performance Series is the online set of resources to help designers, agencies, and advocates evaluate performance, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

Source: Landscape Performance Series

Concrete Is Forever

March 12th, 2018

Global environmental imperatives

Source: Concrete Is Forever – Archpaper.com

Topos 90 – Resilient Cities and Landscapes

February 15th, 2018

The cities and landscapes of the future must be increasingly resilient and adaptable to changing environmental influences. Ideally, they will modify and optimise their physical appearance to meet these challenges.

Source: Topos 90 – Resilient Cities and Landscapes

The Design | 11th Street Bridge Park

February 15th, 2018

The 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, will be Washington, D.C.’s first elevated public park located on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River: a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts. After a seven-month design competition, the design team of OMA+OLIN was selected in October 2014. With the ongoing capital campaign securing more than $15 million to date, the Bridge Park draws on an extensive community outreach and consultative process, anchored by more than 1,000 stakeholder meetings for design development and impact. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by late 2019.

Source: The Design | 11th Street Bridge Park

Landscape Performance Series

February 15th, 2018

The Landscape Performance Series is the online set of resources to help designers, agencies, and advocates evaluate performance, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

Source: Landscape Performance Series

Blog – Mountains To Sound Greenway Trust

February 15th, 2018

A major transformation has taken place along Issaquah Creek. Piece by piece, these open spaces are becoming healthier, stronger, and more resilient, even as the urban areas surrounding them continue to boom.

Source: Blog – Mountains To Sound Greenway Trust

Episodes – LARCHITECT

February 15th, 2018

Source: LARCHITECT – The Landscape Architecture Podcast: A Platform to Explore and Connect Voices Within our Field

New Solutions | Wildlife Crossing Structures | ARC Solutions

February 15th, 2018

ARC—Animal Road Crossings—is an interdisciplinary partnership working to facilitate new thinking, new methods, new materials and new solutions for wildlife crossing structures.

Source: New Solutions | Wildlife Crossing Structures | ARC Solutions – Animal Road Crossings

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

January 20th, 2018

Instead of framing space as a relationship between objects and walls, the Japanese concept of space is about the relationships among people. By shifting this view, we can discover an interesting way of thinking about the spaces we make and use in everyday life—and the relationships that they create.

Source: The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world — Quartz

Further Reading:

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1968

January 15th, 2018

Demonstrators march on Washington, D.C., during the Poor Peoples’ Campaign Solidarity Day on June 19, 1968.

Source: 50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1968 – The Atlantic

Further Reading: City of Hope Exhibition at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

The New Landscape Declaration: Visions For The Next 50 Years

January 15th, 2018
A painted mural energizes a vacant lot along the Malecon on Isla de Mujeres, Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, November 13th, 2017.

A painted mural energizes a vacant lot along the malecon on Isla de Mujeres, Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, November 13th, 2017.

Over the next 50 years, landscape architects must coordinate their actions globally to fight climate change, help communities adapt to a changing world, bring artful and sustainable parks and open spaces to every community rich or poor, preserve cultural landscape heritage, and sustain all forms of life on Earth.

Source: The New Landscape Declaration: Visions For The Next 50 Years | HuffPost

Further Reading:

Videos: LAF’s Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, Why Become a Landscape Architect?

Seawall Mural: Pangea Seed Foundation

The Reclaiming of Native American Fashion

January 14th, 2018

“It’s about the ongoing process of colonization, a take-take-take mentality, whether that’s taking people’s lands, their homes, or now their designs. We live in an ongoing colonial world, where that mentality of taking without asking permission or without giving fair compensation still lingers. I’d like to think that mentality is going away, but the fashion industry is evidence that this entitlement is alive and well.”

Source: The Reclaiming of Native American Fashion – Racked

Trump Shithole

January 14th, 2018

Our study found that TPS recipients from these countries work at far higher rates (81–88%) than the overall U.S. labor force (63%). In addition, they have strong family and equitable ties to the U.S., including 273,000 U.S. citizen children. They have lived in the U.S. for long periods of time—21 years on average for Salvadorans—and roughly 30% have mortgages.

Source: Commentary: Trump Shithole: His Bizarre Decision on TPS | Fortune

More than 150 years after brutal slaughter, a small tribe returns home

January 14th, 2018

Currently, I am serving as a contract Collections Manager at the Cultural Resources Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. It is an honor and a privilege to provide stewardship for the vast collection of American Indian material culture that is housed there, including the Grandmother Dress dress that is mentioned in this article.

“It was a classic case of environmental injustice,” said Stephen Kullman, who works as the Wiyot’s director of natural resources. “The land was stolen from the Wiyot and then polluted. Then after they purchased it back, they were responsible for the cleanup. Luckily, it’s a compelling story for a grant proposal.”

Source: More than 150 years after brutal slaughter, a small tribe returns home | Al Jazeera America

Capoeira as Graceful Resistance

January 14th, 2018

Because capoeira, like other martial arts or indeed any elective affinity group, draws together people from such different walks of life, they have the opportunity to learn about the circumstances each other have experienced in life.

Source: Capoeira as Graceful Resistance – Kung Fu Tea

The Lowest White Man

January 14th, 2018

For white supremacy to thrive, the lowest white man must be exalted above those who are black.

Source: ‘The Lowest White Man’ – The New York Times

Image & Quote

January 13th, 2018

His analysis of nature informed his art, which informed his analysis of nature… Nothing in nature, he realized, has precise mathematical lines or boundaries or borders. “Lines are not part of any quantity of an object’s surface. Nor are they part of the air which surrounds this surface,” he wrote. He realized that points and lines are mathematical constructs. They do not have a physical presence. They are infinitely small. The line has, in itself, neither matter nor substance and may rather be called an imaginary idea than a real object. And this being its nature, occupies no space.

Source: Leonardo da Vinci – Walter Isaacson

Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’

January 13th, 2018

A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change.

Source: Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’ – The New York Times

The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest

January 13th, 2018

For the seventy-one thousand people who live in Cascadia’s inundation zone, that will mean evacuating in the narrow window after one disaster ends and before another begins. They will be notified to do so only by the earthquake itself—“a vibrate-alert system,” Kevin Cupples, the city planner for the town of Seaside, Oregon, jokes—and they are urged to leave on foot, since the earthquake will render roads impassable.

Source: The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest | The New Yorker

Knotted Inca rope used as ‘an ancient Excel spreadsheet’

January 13th, 2018

Harvard student Manny Medrano spent his spring break deciphering the meaning of an ancient Inca khipu. His breakthrough discovery will be published next month.

Source: Harvard undergrad cracks code of knotted Inca rope used as ‘an ancient Excel spreadsheet’ – Home | As It Happens | CBC Radio

How to make a Sgraffito Concrete Tile

January 13th, 2018

Source: surface fragments: How to make a Sgraffito Concrete Tile

COCHAE – コチャエ –

January 13th, 2018

コチャエ(cochae)は「遊びのデザイン」をテーマに紙のパズル、グラフィック折り紙(origami)等を創作するグラフィックユニットです。作品にfunnyfaceやめでた尽くし、折りCA他。

Source: COCHAE – コチャエ –

How Algae Could Change The Fossil Fuel Industry

January 13th, 2018

Geometric Patterns & Borders, David Wade | Pattern in Islamic Art

January 13th, 2018

Source: GPB 016 : Geometric Patterns & Borders, David Wade | Pattern in Islamic Art

Sebastian Erras Photography – Parisianfloors

January 13th, 2018

Sebastian Erras Photography

Source: Sebastian Erras Photography – Parisianfloors

Image & Quote

January 13th, 2018
Excerpt from the series, Nets. Adria Pecora. 2007. Marker on vellum. 11" x 14".

Excerpt from the series, Nets. Adria Pecora. 2007. Marker on vellum. 11″ x 14″.

You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.

Source: Italo Calvino – Invisible Cities

D.C.’s Dockless Bikeshare Firms Earn More Diverse Users

January 10th, 2018

In Washington, D.C., a slew of private companies are shaking up the bike scene’s status quo and drawing riders from the city’s African-American community.

Source: D.C.’s Dockless Bikeshare Firms Earn More Diverse Users – CityLab

Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

January 10th, 2018