Planners Must Now “Anticipate the Unanticipated” – THE DIRT

Imagine Austin Growth Concept Map / City of Austin “The planning practices of the past are inadequate for today’s challenges,” said David Rouse, ASLA, a landscape architect and planner, at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in San Diego. Rapid technological change, socio-economic inequities, natural resource depletion, and climate change are forcing planning and … Read more

How to Navigate Politics While Planning Climate Resilience – THE DIRT

Resilient Houston plan / City of Houston Whether you live in a red, blue, or purple state, the impacts of climate change are real. The number of natural disasters that have caused a billion or more in damages has only increased. Since 2015, there have been 100 of them, said Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer … Read more

Green New Deal Projects Are What Landscape Architects Do Anyways – THE DIRT

“Renew Calumet” by Wrkshp/bluemarble By Wkshp/bluemarble The Green New Deal means designers can live up to their potential to address the wicked problems of our time. Landscape architects, planners, and architects may be familiar with the Green New Deal Superstudio, which was a call for designers to “spatially manifest” the Green New Deal, or to … Read more

Designing Decarbonization, Jobs, and Justice (Part II) – THE DIRT

Grounding the Green New Deal / Allison Shelley/Landscape Architecture Foundation “The Green New Deal Superstudio models a collective form of practice. We have a foot in the world now, but can imagine a new future,” said Kate Orff, FASLA, founder of SCAPE, during the start of the second panel of Grounding the Green New Deal, … Read more

Designing Decarbonization, Jobs, and Justice (Part 1) – THE DIRT

Grounding the Green New Deal / Allison Shelley/Landscape Architecture Foundation “It’s not good enough to just be active designers, we also need to be influencing upstream policy,” said Barbara Deutsch, CEO of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, during the kick-off of Grounding the Green New Deal, a day-long summit held at the National Building Museum (NBM) … Read more

Yosemite Shaped Olmsted’s Vision of Public Parks – THE DIRT

Yosemite National Park, California / MarcPo, istockphoto.com There are many explanations as to how the idea of ​​National Parks originated. One theory is it spontaneously arose around a campfire in Yosemite National Park. Another is that conservationist John Muir or President Teddy Roosevelt came up with it. But in a new book, Olmsted and Yosemite: … Read more