Category Archives: Equity

Where the Water Was

In West Philadelphia, Anne Whiston Spirn’s Work Goes Deep.

By Anne Raver
Photography by Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA

We were driving around west Philadelphia when Anne Whiston Spirn, FASLA, stopped at the corner of Walnut and 43rd Streets to recall the moment of discovery that still drives her work. Continue reading Where the Water Was

The Rising Tidewater

Disparate but urgent efforts to address sea-level rise in the Virginia Tidewater, one of the country’s most important strategic centers, are striving to keep up with visible realities.

By Brett Anderson / Photography by Sahar Coston-Hardy

A green infrastructure retrofit along Knitting Mill Creek in Norfolk. Photo by Sahar Coston-Hardy.

The first question that sprang to Ann C. Phillips’s mind soon after she moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in 2006 was, “Why, when it rains, does the whole place submerge?” Continue reading The Rising Tidewater

Design for Dignity

Author John Cary on the the role landscape architects can play in the public interest design movement.

By Zach Mortice 

Mulan Primary School in Huaiji County, Guangdong, China, by Rural Urban Framework and the Power of Love. Photo Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework.

John Cary’s book Design for Good (Island Press, 2017) details a now familiar formulation for do-good design in the developing world: a western architect working closely with local partners, using local materials assembled to respect vernacular traditions and modern aesthetics, employing local labor trained as an act of grassroots economic development. Continue reading Design for Dignity

Walter Hood’s (Extra)Ordinary Witness

Nashville’s unheralded civil rights story gets a second telling.

By Zach Mortice

Witness Walls is composed of two different types of concrete walls, one with soft, impressionistic imagery and the other with sharper image contrasts. Photo by Stacey Irvin.

Many cities where African Americans fought for equality in the 1950s and 1960s are associated with violence: Selma, Memphis, Birmingham. Nashville wasn’t such a place. Continue reading Walter Hood’s (Extra)Ordinary Witness

The Big Sprig

Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway has finally gotten what it always needed—time.

By Mark Hough, FASLA / Photographsy by Sahar Coston-Hardy

An aerial view into Wharf District Parks.
An aerial view into Wharf District Parks.

Call it the Emptyway. That was the headline of a 2009 Boston Globe article lamenting the perceived failure of Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, which had opened a year earlier atop the city’s infamous “Big Dig.” Continue reading The Big Sprig