We work in a profession where precision and accuracy are critical. The better we can document and convey our intentions, the better they can be understood and implemented. We tell stories about what we do and why we do it. How well we tell these stories matters.
Communication is equivocal. We are limited by a language where words may mean one thing to one person and quite something else to another. The founder of TED conferences, Richard Saul Wurman examines the architecture of communication.
Mobile devices have enabled new ways of communicating, we have changed the way we behave in public and transformed our interaction with everyday objects. Will these emergent forms of exchange also inform and alter the way we design our public realm?
Data visualization tells us stories about how, what, and why things are happening. Information that is clearly presented shapes how we behave and directs future decisions. At the same time, information can be overwhelming and confusing.
Tools and techniques of design have aided a transition from landscapes rooted in historic formalism to landscapes centered on ecological and social performance.
The acts of drawing and design record the traces of thought-process. Each project provides an opportunity to push perimeters. We try, experiment, and investigate—that’s our task: to take what we know and extend the lines of thought into new arenas.
For a traveler, the space of the airport is one of transition and displacement. Osborn's LAX Cultural Planning Study proposes a counterpoint to this disorientation by introducing tangible connections with cultural engagement and a traveler’s lens for discovering art.
We design places so that we can engage with environments and each other. Social media provides an opportunity to share our expertise, enthusiasms, concerns, and visions for these spaces with a huge audience.
Charles Birnbaum talks about the pressing need for leadership in urban environmental stewardship today. "Our greatest challenge will be getting our message out to a broader audience."
Ecological urbanism reveals the need for re-qualifying urban design while acknowledging that the discourse around landscape urbanism is entering a mature phase of its development.
Meg Studer interviews Charles Waldheim, chair of landscape architecture at Harvard, about the significance of landscape urbanism in today's volatile economic, political, and environmental conditions.
McLuhan is famous for saying: “the basic function of media is to store and expedite information.” Do you agree? Print conveys a message and an idea from the hands of the author to the eyes, ears, and being of the receiver. Does the medium—words on a page, typography set against paper, pixels set against a screen at various resolutions—matter?