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Growing Upward: 9 Ways to Plant Vertically

To live in a city often means abandoning all hope of owning a garden. By planting vertically, however, these projects were able to add greenery without sacrificing precious floor space.
June 23, 2015
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Best of #ModernMonday: Balancing Indoor-Outdoor Design

Every Monday, @dwell and @designmilk invite fans and experts to weigh in on trending topics in design on Twitter. Architects Bercy Chen, D'Arcy Jones, and Tom Davis joined #ModernMonday this week to share their thoughts on indoor-outdoor design. Check out a few of our favorite responses, and use the hashtag #ModernMonday to join the conversation next week at 1pm EST / 10am PST.
June 22, 2015
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Editors' Picks: Our 10 Favorite Planters

It's high season to exercise that green thumb! These stylish, modern planters are made for plants of all sizes—from a miniature, desktop succulent to a space-defining living wall. Read our June 2015 issue for many more green design ideas.
June 17, 2015
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7 Striking Backyard Transformations

With a little creativity, these outdoor areas went from misused plots to go-to hubs.
June 17, 2015
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Landscape Architect Kevin Shanley Wants to Reconnect Cities with Their Waterways

More than a half-century ago, Houston's flood-prone Buffalo Bayou was unceremoniously turned into a straight sluice to carry excess water to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, the city embarked on a $58 million plan to restore the river’s natural bends and build new wetlands and parks, transforming this onetime eyesore into an urban amenity. Much of the credit for its success goes to Kevin Shanley, a landscape architect and principal at SWA Group, based in the firm’s Houston office. We asked Shanley, who specializes in urban river projects, about the rebirth of the Buffalo Bayou and the benefits of restoring natural habitats to urban waterways.
June 12, 2015
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A Vertical Walkway in Mexico Becomes a Leisurely Public Space

At a housing development in Mexico City, the architecture firm Ludens designed a vibrant outdoor area perfect for idling and absorbing views of the city. For more public space makeovers, check out our
June 8, 2015
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A Tropical Forest Grows Indoors in Northern California

A skylit conservatory doubles as a verdant dining parlor in Sonoma County, California.
June 6, 2015
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Remembering the Forefather of Urban Renewal, Lawrence Halprin

Lawrence Halprin galvanized people into action with his grand cityscapes. The landscape architects of today are following his example—but at a different scale.
June 1, 2015
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In San Francisco, Green Fences Make Great Neighbors

Architectural elements and applied foliage deliver a one-two punch in designing for privacy.
May 24, 2015
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