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These five homes feature ecologically mindful landscape designs. Take a look for inspiration!
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  In São Paulo, Reinaldo and Piti Cóser kept green in mind when designing their deck. Here, Sophia Cóser talks to sister Helena and mother Piti through a wide, low-slung window typical of architect Marcio Kogan. Photo by: Crisobal Palma

    In São Paulo, Reinaldo and Piti Cóser kept green in mind when designing their deck. Here, Sophia Cóser talks to sister Helena and mother Piti through a wide, low-slung window typical of architect Marcio Kogan. Photo by: Crisobal Palma

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  The deck, fashioned from ipe, was built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. An earthen roof was planted with the same varieties of sedum that were added to the front of the cottage. Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    The deck, fashioned from ipe, was built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. An earthen roof was planted with the same varieties of sedum that were added to the front of the cottage. Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ivy softens the hard edges of the cinder-block structure. Photo by: Roy Zipstein

    In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ivy softens the hard edges of the cinder-block structure. Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  Greenery bursts out to the street from the side yard of Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home. Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

    Greenery bursts out to the street from the side yard of Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home. Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

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  A wide cut across the top of the structure made room for a second-floor courtyard where the family can catch some sun but maintain their privacy. On the ground level, the front door is tucked into an ivy-covered alcove lined with ipe, a material used throughout the house. Photo by: Juliana Sohn

    A wide cut across the top of the structure made room for a second-floor courtyard where the family can catch some sun but maintain their privacy. On the ground level, the front door is tucked into an ivy-covered alcove lined with ipe, a material used throughout the house. Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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