Planting a vegetable garden, however, shouldn’t be the end of our transformation of the domestic landscape, as Diana Balmori explains.
Those who don’t want to tend plots can still rethink the design of their land: “Many wish to have usable space for play, exercise, games, or for the feeling of openness. It’s the creation of many options that is interesting.” Balmori has long championed revising the American lawn (and has even published a book about it). While she believes in the transformative effect of landscape design, she feels that its efficacy is deeply tied to the built environment. “Landscape architecture is not a correcting or mitigating agent for architecture. When engaged simultaneously with the architecture, it transforms it and makes possible connectivity between inside and outside.”