SCAPE in Architectural Design, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and more

Jan 23, 2020

We’re two months into 2020 and the press has been rolling in—SCAPE has been featured in the new issue of Architectural Design, twice in Landscape Architecture Magazine, in a new anthology on resilient design by Ed Barsley, and much more. Find a selection of featured press and publications below:


“What is Design Now? Un-making the Landscape” / Essay by Kate Orff published in “The Landscapists,” an edition of Architectural Design (Wiley), guest edited by Ed Wall.

Half essay and half manifesto, this article describes the urgency to “un-make” significant portions of the landscape, including infrastructure, to address the challenges of the climate crisis. She illustrates this point in a case study of Public Sediment for Alameda Creek. Read the essay here.

“Sea Change” / Article by Lisa Owens Viani in the January issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

In this piece, SCAPE Design Principal Gena Wirth speaks about shifting regulations on cut and fill operations in the Bay Area to account for sea-level rise and marsh migration, drawing on experience from recent projects. Find the full issue here and read more here.

“Retrofitting for Flood Resilience” / Book by Edward Barsley for RIBA.

Two SCAPE projects are featured in Barsley’s anthology of best practices in resilient design—Living Breakwaters: Design and Implementation and the Resilient Boston Harbor Vision. The book is a practical manual on flood risk and key approaches for building resilience in complex urban environments. Find the book here.

“Landscape Architects Shift Emphasis to the Ecosystem” / Article by Katherine Roth for the Associated Press.

Kate discusses the need for climate-conscious landscape architecture practices in a time of runaway carbon emissions. “We’ve been living in this world where we’re creating beautiful gardens in the foreground while the planet is collapsing in the background … My goal is to flip that relationship around so the focus is on ecological systems, and we then link what we do with policy ideas, and infrastructure to that reality.” Read the article here.

“Lethal Glass Landscapes” / Article by Jeff Link in the February issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

SCAPE’s work with Studio Gang on a proposal for the Ford Calumet Environmental Center is featured as an exemplary model for bird-safe design in the Mississippi Flyway. In 2007, SCAPE also collaborated with the NYC Audubon Society and Columbia University on “Bird-Safe Building Guidelines,” a publication setting out design strategies to mitigate bird fatalities. Read the article here.