Weekend viewing

The first in an ongoing series of videos on the wide wild world of landscapes and how you can be a part of and engage with landscapes and the natural world in the ways that are meaningful to you. This video looks at how to go from a lawn to a garden and manage what can suddenly seem like an overwhelming number of choices and details. “A landscape comedy,” one person described it as. I’ll take it. Happy viewing.

John Kamp

The suburban conundrum

It seemed quite fashionable in the ’90s and early 2000s to wholesale write the suburbs off, to harp on them as vacuums of culture and waste pits of eyesore urban planning that should simply go away. However, as the urban form and demographics of cities like Los Angeles muddle the urban/suburban dichotomy, and as city centers become cost-prohibitive for the very producers of culture to live in them, the suburbs can no longer be brushed off as irrelevant – particularly, as Professor of Urban Planning Ann Forsyth points out in the video above, they will absorb much of the skyrocketing urban population growth sweeping the modern world. What is most instructive and refreshing about Forsyth’s lecture is her genuine interest in how practically suburbs can be designed and redesigned into spaces and places that can simultaneously absorb population growth while not becoming the faceless, completely auto-dependent agglomerations of development that they’ve up until now largely been. For the full video, click here.