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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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7 Quiet, Private Gardens

Walled off from the world, these outdoor sanctuaries are perfectly suited for contemplation or reading.
May 20, 2015
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9 Ways to Design with Circles

Representing unity and protection, circles become creative design elements in these homes.
May 13, 2015
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7 Sprawling Yards

Dwell's annual issue dedicated to the outdoors hits newsstands next week. In anticipation, we've selected seven expansive yards perfect for picnics, barbecues, and sunbathing.
May 13, 2015