Get Real

Vicki Estrada’s world was made bigger by her transition 13 years ago, and her work just got better.

By Diana Fernandez, ASLA

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Vicki Estrada, FASLA, opened Estrada Land Planning in 1985, and over the course of nearly 35 years, the firm has worked on planning and landscape architecture projects that have helped define the city of San Diego. Continue reading Get Real

Floods that Know No Bounds

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Two countries. One troubled watershed. No solution—yet.

By Lisa Owens Viani

Named for the walnut trees that used to line its banks, the Arroyo de los Nogales, a tributary of the Santa Cruz River, flows from south to north, descending from the high Sonoran desert in Mexico into Arizona. Continue reading Floods that Know No Bounds

Found Scenery

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The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation restores the work of the Japanese American landscape designer Taro Akutagawa to the modernist desert Southwest.

By Jennifer Reut

Like many cities in the Southwest (Palm Springs, California, most conspicuously), Tucson, Arizona, has a decent bank of midcentury modern buildings and landscapes. In the 1950s and 1960s, home buyers, drawn by the mirage of golf course-adjacent desert living (with air-conditioning, swimming pools, and lawns), flocked to the Southwest, and large swaths of the new development that went up during that era were built in the middle-class modern idiom. Continue reading Found Scenery

A New Urbanism, Plucked from the Garden

An urban-scale garden exhibition in Germany became an opportunity to re-envision a riverside industrial site.

By Nate Berg 

A view of the park’s two lakes, with the city in the distance. Photo courtesy Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn.

For more than half a century, the historic center of the southwestern German city of Heilbronn looked out across the waters of the Neckar River onto 80 gray acres of railyards and warehouses. Continue reading A New Urbanism, Plucked from the Garden