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Sep 14, 2011
The transformation of the urban core, as I've written before, is hot, hot, hot.
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Jul 18, 2011
There's good news and bad news for landscape architecture.
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Jun 23, 2011
Nostalgia is suddenly under siege - particularly in the guise of historic preservation.
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Apr 1, 2011
Last week saw the passing of a distinct American icon -- it wasn't a movie star, stage actor, trusted political confidant or mysterious artist -- it was an elm tree in Brookline, MA.
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Mar 14, 2011
 When it comes wowing an audience, few can touch Frederic Edwin Church, the grand master 19th century Hudson River School painter whose jaw-dropping landscape panoramas rank among the nation’s great cultural icons.
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Jan 25, 2011
Miami in December is a great place to gorge on art and design -- and last month's Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, and satellite art fairs such as Pulse and Nada, did not disappoint.
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Jan 1, 2011
Here's a game I like to play. Try to find decent criticism about landscape architecture, planning and design, particularly regarding public space, in any of the major US dailies. Go ahead... I'll wait while you think about that.
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Nov 22, 2010
Landscape architecture has become very fashionable ... to architects. Moreover, its co-option and absorption into architectural practices has resulted in a revealing turf war with Andrés Duany as a vocal protagonist. 
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Oct 6, 2010
The face of US Post War urban planning was irrevocably changed with the pedestrian mall – among the earliest, Fresno, California’s Fulton Mall in 1964. This pioneering attempt at revitalizing a city’s center was one of more than 200 urban pedestrian malls constructed in North America from 1959 to the mid-1980s.
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Aug 27, 2010
The renaissance of the American city and its unique cultural landscape is explored in Louisville, Kentucky. A recent visit reveals that it has taken time, resources and most importantly, the dogged persistence of optimists, some with whom I spent time.
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