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The August 2023 Issue: Les Habitations Saint-Michel Nord

ON THE COVER: Les Habitations Saint-Michel Nord by Vlan Paysages. Photograph © James Brittain.Set For LifeFEATURED STORY: “Set for Life,” by Katharine Logan. Neglected courtyards and rundown, anonymous buildings combined to make the residents of a Montreal social housing complex feel like outsiders in their own neighborhood. A new living street carved into the center of the revitalized complex gave Vlan Paysages the chance to create a place everyone—residents, municipal housing agencies, and the public treasury—could be proud of.  Continue reading The August 2023 Issue: Les Habitations Saint-Michel Nord

Gateway Games

What does Dungeons & Dragons have in common with landscape architecture? More than you’d think.

Interview by Maci Nelson, Associate ASLA

When not working as a biochemist, Frank Tedeschi and fellow players gather around custom-built terrain models. Courtesy Frank Tedeschi
When not working as a biochemist, Frank Tedeschi and fellow players gather around custom-built terrain models. Courtesy Frank Tedeschi.

Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game where imagination and strategy are the core of play. To participate, you must build a world that does not physically exist but must be understood by others. Dungeon Masters are similar to designers in that they design experiences for people and curate encounters specific to their players and their world for dynamic interactions. In this interview, Frank Tedeschi, a biochemist and the founder of Dead Box Games, discusses the interdisciplinary process of world-building and the way his professional training influences his game making, mirroring the efforts of designers to create spaces. Continue reading Gateway Games

The June 2023 Issue: Speak Out

ON THE COVER: We Are Here: Visible Histories & Proud Futures, by Max Dickson. Image courtesy Max Dickson/OLIN.

Push And Pull – a look into Landscape Architecture Magazine
Image courtesy Max Dickson/OLIN.

FEATURED STORY: “Push & Pull,” by Bradford McKee.

Nine queer landscape designers convened virtually to address the place they’ve made in the field, while darker clouds loom in the form of hate crimes and restrictive legislation. Hopeful and determined to thrive, these designers pledge to create community and safe and celebratory public spaces for all. Continue reading The June 2023 Issue: Speak Out

The May 2023 Issue: Sedge Heads

ON THE COVER: The slender, cattail-like inflorescence of Hayden’s sedge (Carex haydenii). Image courtesy Mt. Cuba Center.

LAM stacked covers

Featured Story: “The Sedge Insurgency,” by Bradford McKee. Versatile, hardy, and increasingly available, the 2,000 species of the genus Carex are enjoying a moment in the sun. Fans of the humble sedge praise its drought tolerance and adaptability to climate flux, declaring that there truly is one (at least) for most every landscape. Continue reading The May 2023 Issue: Sedge Heads

April 2023: Make It Work

ON THE COVER: A model of the Narikala Ridge project in Tbilisi, Georgia, by Ruderal. Photo by Giorgi Kolbaia.

An image of a physical model of the Arsenal Oasis garden in Tbilisi, Georgia, inset with a photo of three people on the design team.
A model of Arsenal Oasis in Tbilisi, Georgia, reveals the roots of Ruderal’s practice. At right, Sarah Cowles, ASLA, (center) at Ruderal’s office with Benjamin Hackenberger and Ana Petriashvili. Photos by Sandro Sulaberidz.

FEATURED STORY: “Range Rover,” by Jessica Bridger. Tbilisi, Georgia, is an unexpected place for a well-established American designer and educator like Sarah Cowles, ASLA, to launch a new practice, but the vibrant city, wild Caucasus Mountains, and go-go business climate suited her. With Russia, China, and western Europe jockeying for ever-bigger infrastructure projects, Georgia, and increasingly, Ruderal, is right in the thick of a global crossroads’s rebirth. Continue reading April 2023: Make It Work

THE MARCH 2023 ISSUE: LIFE SUPPORT

ON THE COVER: New York City Housing Authority buildings in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Image by Google Earth (base); Chris McGee/Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Gardens designed by Joseph Yamada for his home in San Diego

Featured Story: “Bet the House,” by Zach Mortice. New York City’s public housing was once a visionary project that combined architecture and landscape in humane and practical ways, but years of systemic disinvestment scuttled that dream. A new landscape master plan for the New York City Housing Authority by Grain Collective and Nancy Owens Studio looks to kick-start a transformation long overdue.

Also in the issue:

NOW: Urban canopies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will need strong roots; an Olmsted vision for a healthier childhood gets a restart in Rochester, New York; promising tech for reducing urban heat needs more work, and an Indigenous landscape designer helps move a mission forward (online here).

PRESERVATION: “Honor Roll,” by Timothy A. Schuler. When the influential landscape architect Joseph Yamada’s house in San Diego went up for historic listing, everything was there but the landscape (online here).

GOODS: “Parting Ways,” by Laurie A. Shuster. Walls and fences that add charm and texture while defining space.

THE BACK: “Designing Upward,” by Jennifer Reut. The key to a flourishing public space in Amsterdam is found below, according to BiodiverCITY: A Matter of Vital Soil!

BOOK REVIEW: “No Green Pill,” by Pollyanna Rhee. A review of The Topography of Wellness: How Health and Disease Shaped the American Landscape, by Sara Jensen Carr, ASLA (online March 16).

BACKSTORY: Without 3D-printed models, Public City might never have figured out how to build Thunderhead, a memorial to those affected by the LGBT Purge in Canada (online March 23).