Kathryn Gustafson on the Future of Landscape Design
As housing demographics shift, so too does our conception of the average American residential landscape.
As housing demographics shift, so too does our conception of the average American residential landscape. Many people are choosing cities over suburbs, while others are going to the opposite extreme, migrating to sprawling exurbs. “I think the idea of the American home is being redefined,” explains Kathryn Gustafson. “Landscape is becoming more integrated into our cities and our [domestic spaces].” The growing concern for a more natural, healthful lifestyle is palpable and visible—take, for instance, Fritz Haeg’s work in transforming lawns into edible gardens. These small-scale, residential landscape interventions signal that more Americans are insisting on a domestic landscape that reflects their ideals.