Here are some stories about modern landscapes and inventive landscape designers

The ever-changing, lush wooded surroundings of Minnesota, such as those experienced at this 8,000-square-foot Type Variant House outside of Minneapolis designed by Coen and Partners, are right near the small town of New Richland.
The founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Charles Birnbaum analyzes how landscape architect Lawrence Halprin created public spaces that galvanized cities. “There are many practitioners I am fortunate to count as friends,” he says. “The person I miss daily is Larry Halprin, a visionary with a wide comfort zone who took a great big bite out of life.”

Favorite outdoor space: “The Frick’s East 70th Street Garden by Russell Page—it’s a master class in restraint.”
Set on five acres, the three pavilions total 2,900 square feet. They gently fan out in a semicircle “like the charms on a necklace,” Suzanne says. The pair recruited landscape designer Bernard Trainor to help integrate the house with the land.
The home is defined by two types of windows: large punch openings for views onto the landscape and vertical windows everywhere else.
More native grasses set the tone near the generously sized concrete pavers leading to the entrance. “We didn’t want the planting to feel like a country cottage garden—that would have felt disconnected with the view behind it,” Trainor says.
Butterfly House Floor Plan

A Entrance

B Dining Room

C Living Room

D Kitchen

E Bathroom

F Master Bedroom

G Bedroom

H Office

I Terrace

J Garage

K Cisterns

L Pavers
NArchitekTURA chose a monochromatic white interior for its "Apartment of the Future—R&D Laboratory" in Dobrodzień, Poland, taking a cue from the design of contemporary cellphones and other mobile devices.
A view of one of the bedrooms from a courtyard.
House of the Future, Disneyland, 1957–1967, Kodachrome image from the Charles Phoenix "Slibrary" Collection.
A verdant tundra that the architect dubbed the “courtyard” separates Bullitt’s house from his 900-square-foot studio. The space, which is planted with Bog Myrtle, bearberry, and other native plants, “reinforces...the dominance of the landscape over the building,” the architect says. “The end result was an exceedingly naturalized setting.”
Designed for the Future is available from Princeton Archtiectural Press for $25 and covers ideas on sustainability from architects, curators, landscape designers, and more.
A small terrace outfitted with an H55 easy chair by Björn Hultén offers a view of the San Francisco Bay.
Carpenter describes the FSC-certified cypress structure as part sculpture, part architecture, and part landscape.
Graffiti LA, a design for a downtown park in Los Angeles, by University of Southern California landscape architecture student Can Liu.