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Andrea Cochran's Bold Landscape Designs Are Natural Wonders

Andrea Cochran, a 2014 National Design Award winner, applies a site-specific approach to tease out the ephemeral and sensory.
June 14, 2015
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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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How to Make a Totally Green Wall

Woolly Pocket has introduced its Living Wall Planter 2—self-watering, easy to hang, and perfect for creating a simple to maintain green wall for summer and beyond.
June 11, 2015

7 Backyard Escapes and Retreats We Love

From studios, to guest rooms, lounge areas, and practice spaces, these space-efficient backyard structures provide a small sojourn from the everyday, just steps away from home.
June 10, 2015
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A Vertical Walkway in Mexico Becomes a Leisurely Public Space

At a housing development in Mexico City, the architecture firm Ludens designed a vibrant outdoor area perfect for idling and absorbing views of the city. For more public space makeovers, check out our
June 8, 2015
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12 Modern Outdoor Products We Love

These designs will have you summer-ready before your first sunburn sets in.
June 7, 2015
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5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging

These designs elevate city living with an outdoor view fit for the summer season.
June 5, 2015
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12 Modern Spaces Made for Music

From a music loft to an outdoor veranda, these modern spaces are like music to our ears.
June 5, 2015
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5 City Porches and Patios That Pack Outdoor Space in Small Packages

These five urban abodes make the most of patios, porches, and yards to grab a bit of green space in the big city. For more inspiring outdoor design ideas, pick up our June issue, on stands now.
June 4, 2015
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