Latest Articles in Landscape Design

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33 Landscaping Ideas

March 6, 2013
Cassidy raised pool Santa Monica

Pooling Around

We take a look at 10 of our favorite swimming pools and pool houses from over the years. Whether for recreation, exercise, or simply to beat the heat, these pools (and in some cases their surrounding structures) stand unmatched in their creative designs and aesthetics. Scroll all the way through the slideshow to see one example in quite an unexpected place.
February 1, 2013
Modern Abalone House by David Bryan with living roof

Rana Creek: The Design Firm Bringing Architecture to Life

In a nursery off the coast of Monterey, California, Rana Creek raises millions of plants each year. From there, many will be raised again, off their grids of soil and up onto roofs and walls, providing the living skins for architectural projects dotting the West, and now New York, Canada, and China. The team’s commitment to intelligent ecological design and restoration has produced a lineup of big projects by big names, from William McDonough to Renzo Piano to César Pelli. Look for the people who engineered and vegetated the Mediterranean roof atop the Gap headquarters, or the undulating shoulders caught mid-shrug above the California Academy of Sciences, or the 5.4-acre park planned for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center. You’ll find Rana Creek.
January 7, 2013
Modern prefab lakeside home in New Jersey

A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey

A New Zealand expat and her son use their prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.
December 20, 2012
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7 Outdoor Design Ideas

For some, the Great Outdoors might mean rugged mountains, untrammeled forests, or wide-open plains. The residents of these seven homes managed to carve out their own great outdoor retreats—a sunken fire pit, built-in slide, contemplative koi pond, and family-friendly patio, among others.
November 3, 2012
Marcel Wilson's backyard marshland with wooden boardwalk

Backyard Marsh in San Francisco

A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
October 26, 2012

Design: It's About Time

On September 18, Dwell deputy editor Aaron Britt will join the AIASF's Architecture in the City Festival, San Francisco's city-wide celebration of architecture, when he leads the panel Design: It's About Time. Though San Francisco boasts a high degree of open space for a city so dense, the appetite for parks, and design innovation, goes unchecked. Britt, in conversation with landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design; Jane Martin, AIA of Shift Design Studio; and Phil Ginsburg of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; will examine the role of temporary parks in the city's urban fabric.  
September 14, 2012
Outdoor sunken seating area with concrete fire pit

Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit

Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.
August 21, 2012
Laurinda Spear of Arquitectonica

Corporate Wisdom: Laurinda Spear

In our July/August issue, we take a look at 15 women leading the design world, one of whom is Laurinda Spear, cofounder of the Miami firm Arquitectonica. We spoke with her and three other women who have climbed to the top of corporate architecture to learn about how they got their start and what advice they'd give to other women in the field. Here's an extended interview with Spear that ranges from vampires to balancing work and family to her elation at having her daughter Marisa join the firm.
July 6, 2012