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What does it mean to be a landscape architect in 2019, at a moment when the globe is rapidly warming, as the market economy is hitting its zenith, and, at least in the context of the United States, civic society is unraveling? Landscape architects are trained to make shapes, to sketch plans, to detail and construct outdoor spaces, but what else do they need to be doing?
Kate Orff is the founder SCAPE, a 50-person landscape architecture and urban design practice based in New York City and New Orleans, Louisiana. She also is the director the urban design program (MSAUD) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and co-director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes.