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Room to Lead

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Minority landscape architects organize to press for more visibility.

By Ninon Scotto Di Uccio 


Last winter, Dana Tinio, Student ASLA, a graduate student in landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, responded to a prompt the National Association of Minority Landscape Architects (NAMLA) posted to its Instagram account: “What do you think is the biggest challenge for minorities in obtaining leadership roles in landscape architecture? And what would you propose to remedy this challenge?” Continue reading Room to Lead

What Makes Us Us

Julian Raxworthy thinks its time for landscape architects to re-embrace what makes them fundamentally different.

By Zach Mortice

The lago at Roberto Burle Marx’s Sítio, which he composed by eye from truckloads of species collected during his botanical expeditions. Image courtesy Julian Raxworthy.

Since its inception, it’s been hard to find much agreement in landscape architecture over the profession’s purpose and how it should work. Continue reading What Makes Us Us

Sudden Impact

Three firms discuss how their internship programs benefit both interns and staff.

By Wendy Gilmartin

Tina Chee (left) and Marc Salette (right) at the Tina Chee Landscape Studio. Image courtesy of Tina Chee Landscape Studio.

With summertime come internships, those short stints of employment when students get the chance to enrich their academic experience with the practicalities of the real world. Continue reading Sudden Impact

The Venice Biennale’s Latent Landscapes

The biannual design extravaganza attempts urbanism without landscape.

By Jessica Bridger

Venetian bridge with Biennale banner.
Venetian bridge with biennale banner.

Rem Koolhaas, the director of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, calls for the “end of starchitects” and a refocusing on capital-A architecture, which is usually marked by insecurity and ideological cliquishness. While no one, not even the chief starchitect himself, could remove this high school mentality, Koolhaas did succeed in wrangling what is usually a messy biennale of murky disconnection into a unified exhibition of buildings and their contexts. Continue reading The Venice Biennale’s Latent Landscapes

Bernhard Leitner’s Field Compositions

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

By Michael Dumiak

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