Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture May 2015

The Storm We Don’t Know

Nightmarish Storm Models Are Informing Future Defenses In A Landscape Architecture Approach to Coastal Resilience

The Architect’s Newspaper, September 23, 2014

Stemming the Tide

Streetscapes and plazas are being transformed into high performance sites for stormwater management.

Overflows from New York City’s combined sewer system are among the greatest threats to our environment. Each year, more than 27 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater are discharged into the city’s harbor from around 460 Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). These malodorous events occur during heavy rain storms and snowmelts when stormwater runoff contaminated with waste, such as auto fluids, plastic bags, cigarette butts and raw sewage overwhelms city wastewater treatment plants unable to handle flows more than twice design capacity. With the system overload, the excess wastewater is released into the city’s waterways where it kills off marine life, leads to beach closings, and befouls the air with waterborne vapors linked to diseases.

Maclean’s, June 26, 2014

An Art Show for Toilets and Ductwork

Rem Koohaas’s Vision for architecture’s biggest fair is oddly glum, and often wrong

The Architect’s Newspaper, June 17, 2014

Big Time in Bean Town

New Boston Mayor Opens Floodgates on Development

The Architect’s Newspaper, March 5, 2014

Softening Boston’s City Hall

Landscape Interventions to Improve the Notorious Brick Desert

The Architect’s Newspaper, January 15, 2014

Healing in Place 

Alex Ulam takes a look at how today’s hospitals are preparing for disaster scenarios, and what more they could do.

The New York Times, October 17, 2013

Lviv’s, and a family’s, Stories in Architecture

The Architects Newspaper, August 2013

All the Worldly Knowledge 

Alex Ulam surveys the geography of the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.

The Atlantic Cities, May 13, 2013

The Murky Ethics and Uncertain Longevity of Privately Financed Parks

Dissent, Winter 2013

Our Parks Are Not for Sale: From the Gold Coast of New York to the Venice Biennale

Many municipal parks agencies have become charity cases, overly dependent upon support from conservancies and “Friends” groups in order to fulfill their missions. Some of the most glaring inequities in the United States are becoming manifest in the way our public spaces are designed, maintained, and regulated.

Macleans, November 21, 2012

Architecture for the other 99 percent

So long, Frank Gehry. The design world turns on ‘starchitecture’ and its excesses

The Architect’s Newspaper, November 20, 2012

Softening Modernism’s Hard Edge

Contemporary landscape interventions are transforming midcentury buildings and plazas to address their urbanistic failings.

Landscape Architecture, March 2012

Phyto Your Life

Phytoremediation provides a sustainable approach to building landscapes on brown fields

Landscape Architecture, September 2011

Battleground, Burial Ground

An Interview with Paul Murdoch and Warren Byrd.

Landscape Architecture, June 2011

The Texts of Time

In the late 15th Century, A nobleman began the garden that would become the Trsteno Arboretum on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Parts of it were lost to an earthquake, to modern warfare, and a ravaging wildfire. Today, postcards and other printed evidence are guiding its restoration in  a true Renaissance spirit.

Landscape Architecture, March 2011

Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf is obsessed with perennials. As a designer and a cultivator, he is changing the definition of a garden in its prime.

Landscape Architecture, November 2010

On The New Waterfront

Around two Manhattan piers, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates takes on an explosion of social life to the Hudson River’s edge.

Landscape Architecture, November 2010

Civilian Control

Nancy Owens Studio reshapes Fort Totten Park for lasting peace

Landscape Architecture

Urban Strip: The Gargantuan new CityCenter breaks the mold of the typical Las Vegas Development

Landscape Architecture, July 2010

The Rail World: Santa Fe

Ken Smith reassembles pieces of several pasts in a park where trains crossing the West once met

Landscape Architecture, June 2010

Daybreak Utah

A megadevelopment in Utah provides an antidote to Salt Lake City Sprawl. But does it go far enough?

Landscape Architecture, September 2009

Down by the (Urban) Riverside

In Harlem, a blighted transportation corridor yields a new riverfront park.

The Architect’s Newspaper, July 2009

Mall City

Does a new approach to malls that incorporates going vertical, adaptive reuse, and density make these mega-retail projects more attractive — or at least palatable — in urban settings like the Bronx, Queens, and along the East River?

Landscape Architecture, February 2008

Five Visions for Manhattan

Firms design five visions for New York City’s midtown landscape

Architectural Digest Mexico, June 2008

Tres Visiones de Urbanismo en Manhattan

Landscape Architecture, October 2009

Back On Track

Bold design moves transform a defunct railroad into a 21st-century park.

Landscape Architecture, September 2007

Not Business As Usual

Five landscape architects and one architect reimagine the East River Waterfront

New West Side Story, Landscape Architecture, August 2007

It’s called the most significant New York City Park since Central Park. But is it what this great city deserves?

Slouching Towards Independence, Landscape Architecture, June 2006

Stalled after 9/11, the master plan for Independence Hall is finally being built.

Security With Street Smarts, Landscape Architecture, January 2006

Manhattan is taking security design into the streets

Garden of Dreams, Landscape Architecture, September 2005

In one of the world’s poorest countries, a potentate’s garden is being restored. Will anyone gain besides wealthy tourists?

The Best Park Money Can Buy, Landscape Architecture, August 2004

Did the public win or lose with the privatization of the Hudson River Waterfront?

Taking The High Road, Landscape Architecture, December 2004

New York City’s defunct High Line rail trestle is ready to be reinvented

 Who Owns The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Landscape Architecture, February 2003

Boston’s attempt to find “common ground”

The Growth Dividend, City Limits, August 15, 2003

The Bloomberg administration wants to spruce up Brooklyn’s waterfront and create affordable housing. But will developers build it if they don’t have to?

Washington Monument, City Limits, January 15, 2003

Cashing in on a messy golf course

Whose Harlem, Metropolis, December 2002

Facing unprecedented development, the country’s foremost black community asks: How should we value Harlem’s built heritage, and how do we shape its future?

The Missing Links, City Limits, July 1, 2002

Plans to build a world-class golf course in Bronx Ferry Point Park are sinking just as quickly as environmental concerns about the $40 million project multiply.

In Roiling Coup at Harvard Club, Board Blasted Over Glass House,

The New York Observer, January 7, 2002

Hold The McMansions: Fieldston’s Nasty Land War, The New York Observer, June 6, 2001

No Fore Warning, City Limits, September 1, 2001

By 2003, private developers will transform a Bronx municipal landfill into a world-class golf course. Now the project’s neighbors are demanding to know what lies beneath Ferry Point Park.

Harvard Inc.Metropolis, February 2001

To the people of Cambridge, “Ivy League” means brick buildings from centuries past. To Harvard University, it means a $2.6 billion endowment, name architects, and plans to build big.


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