Category Archives: Design

Martha Schwartz, Reconnecting

Back from a dozen years in London, the designer is focusing on climate and the world she has made her home.

By James Trulove

 Photo by Sahar Coston-Hardy.

Martha Schwartz, FASLA, and her business partner and husband, Markus Jatsch, last year relocated from London to Brooklyn, though the London office remains the headquarters of their firm, Martha Schwartz Partners. Continue reading Martha Schwartz, Reconnecting

Control of the Canopy

Landscape Architects of Bangkok has reforested a speck of the Thai capital. The cobras seem to approve.

By James Trulove / Photography by Rungkit Charoenwat

A view of the skywalk as seen from the top of the tower. Photo by Rungkit Charoenwat.

It would not be a stretch to think of this reforestation project as a “vest-pocket” park, much in the tradition of the work of the noted landscape architect Robert Zion in New York City. Continue reading Control of the Canopy

Rotterdam’s Boundless Biennale

Urban by Nature puts a spotlight on landscape architecture’s role in the Anthropocene.

By Jessica Bridger 

Visitors roam the Urban by Nature exhibits on opening day.

The landscape architect Dirk Sijmons wants to make a double point with the name of “his” biennale—the 6th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)—which opened in late May. Continue reading Rotterdam’s Boundless Biennale

Bernhard Leitner’s Field Compositions

When sound becomes your design medium, the landscape becomes your venue.

By Michael Dumiak

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Cylindre Sonore. Photo by Sophie Chivet, copyright Atelier Bernhard Leitner, Vienna.

Probably not for the first time in his 40-year career, the Austrian architect Bernhard Leitner is explaining that he’s not a musician. “My background is in architecture. I’m an architect,” he says. “But I was always very interested in the musical experiments of people like Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono.” Continue reading Bernhard Leitner’s Field Compositions

How Sweet

There’s no swimming at Canada’s Sugar Beach, but the crowds come anyway.

By Daniel Jost, ASLALAM-Jan2013-SugarBeachSkyline

 It’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or, as they say here in Toronto, a balmy 27 degrees. Stephanie McCarthy leans back in a white Adirondack chair and digs her feet into the sand. On Canada’s Sugar Beach she’s just a short walk from her downtown apartment, though as she sits in the shade of a pink umbrella, it seems a little unreal. “It feels like you’re somewhere tropical,” she says, “like a minivacation.” Continue reading How Sweet