Category Archives: Equity

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

The Utterly Meaningless Agenda 21

In sustainability programs and smart growth, some people see a United Nations plot to take over your community. 

By Linda McIntyre

The commissioners of Baldwin County, Alabama, are set to decide this month whether to file the comprehensive county plan the commission adopted in July 2009—a plan that cost $280,000—in the garbage can. Continue reading The Utterly Meaningless Agenda 21