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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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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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Bus Stations Remodeled With Graphic Flowers

A new series of custom-fabricated metal screens are popping up at bus stops across El Paso, Texas, displaying dramatically enlarged photographs of local plants and flowers. These virtual gardens are part of the Leaves of Wind project by Boston-based artist Catherine Widgery.
April 17, 2015
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Pair of Skyscrapers Sneak a 2,800-Plant Park into Milan

Two soaring, plant-filled towers suggest a new future for the city skyline.
January 7, 2015
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Housing in Megacities is a Mess. What Can We Do About It?

Six teams of architects propose empowering new solutions for urban sprawl.
December 1, 2014

A Vision for Queens' Version of the High Line

The QueensWay would turn an abandoned stretch of Long Island Railroad track into the borough's newest park.
October 16, 2014
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Street Creeks: Restoring the Gowanus at Dwell on Design NY

Architect Ate Atema presented an innovative, aesthetically pleasing plan to divert raw sewage from New York City's waterways.
October 9, 2014
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Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago

A decade in the making, an unused 2.7-mile rail line is set to become Chicago's great new park.
September 18, 2014
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Urban Design at Dwell on Design

Urban design, from zero-energy housing to micro-living, will be explored onstage during Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, taking place June 20-22. Click through the slideshow for what to expect.
June 16, 2014
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