Profiles in Creativity

April 2006,
Vol. 06
Issue 04
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4 Influential Designers
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Aloft in the Forest

Among the many problems of urban living in Portland, Oregon, are raccoons, deer, and falling trees.

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Marcel Wanders

“It’s a mess up here.” Marcel Wanders is talking about his brain, and the necessary disorder of an open mind in design. “Philosophy is not one truth, but thousands of truths.

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Byoung Cho

Agricultural buildings aren't really designed, someone just made them. I try to design like that—so it looks like it's not designed at all, it's just there."

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J. Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton

"We thought design was this incredible discovery as a field, and yet no one was making it interesting. There was so much work to be done."

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Malmö's Metamorphosis

Once a blue-collar industrial port, Malmö, Sweden, now aims to be a premier design destination. It’s on its way.

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Density Down Under

Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson…

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101 Landscape Architecture

A brief history of landscape architecture, from Birnbaum to Walter to Coen.

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Yard Works

“Mother Nature is too powerful to try and mimic,” says Shane Coen, whose firm is known for its minimalist approach to the residential landscape.

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The People's Park

An amorphous profession, landscape architecture embraces everything from civic plazas, highways, and landfill reclamations to the front lawn.

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The Ungreening of America

We asked Charles Birnbaum to point us to five unique landscapes that we can still take a peek at. He explains: “I’ve chosen places that are either at risk or lesser known.

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Notes from the Underground

“I used to care about how buildings looked on the outside,” says Malcolm Wells, a charming, self-deprecating man with a bushy beard