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News + Events

February 19, 2019
Dean and Co-Executive Director Frederick Steiner pens an end-of-year note for the Center: "From northern California to the Carolinas, it’s been another harrowing year in climate news. But there have been bright spots, like the deal reached by diplomats at the UN summit in Poland to rescue the Paris Agreement. No less than the policy makers, those of us in design and allied professions have a...
What We're ReadingFebruary 5, 2019Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea RiofrancosJacobin
But today, facing down a merciless climate timeline, when “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are called for, a New Deal scope of ambition is what we need. The GND can’t just be a bill or two. It needs to be the framework for politics for the next few decades.
January 19, 2019
Richard Weller co-authors a report on biodiversity with The Nature Conservancy, Matthijs Bouw participates in 'The Hackable City', and Design With Nature Now begins to take shape.
What We're ReadingDecember 5, 2018Kate AronoffThe Intercept
Like its 1930s counterpart, the “Green New Deal” isn’t a specific set of programs so much as an umbrella under which various policies might fit, ranging from technocratic to transformative. The sheer scale of change needed to deal effectively with climate change is massive, as the scientific consensus is making increasingly clear, requiring an economy-wide mobilization of the sort that the United...
What We're WritingOctober 30, 2018Billy FlemingMcHarg Center Newsletter
This month, we opened registration for Design With Nature Now, received a transformative gift from the Wilks Family Foundation, published our work in CityLab, and welcome hundreds of alumni and friends to Philly for ASLA.
What We're WritingOctober 17, 2018Billy FlemingThe Atlantic's CityLab
To put it bluntly, there is nothing remotely comparable about the nature of the risk in the Netherlands and the nature of the risk in the United States.
What We're SayingOctober 11, 2018Jennifer ReutLandscape Architecture Magazine
"People tend to discount the activist legacy of McHarg. He's often framed as a technocrat, but there's a long, consistent thread of advocacy and activism in his work."
What We're ReadingOctober 9, 2018Jeff GoodellRolling Stone
It’s not enough that Portland, Oregon, or Berkeley, California, get to zero carbon emissions by 2050. Or the entire state of California, for that matter. Or even the entire United States. The entire world must eliminate (or offset)carbon pollution by 2050.
What We're ReadingOctober 1, 2018Moa Karolina CarlssonLandscape Journal
This article discusses two models of environmental simulation that emerged in landscape architecture with the rise of the environmental movement in the United States: Ian McHarg’s (1969) ecological method and Carl Steinitz and Peter Rogers’s (1968) systems analysis model of urbanization and change.
What We're ReadingSeptember 11, 2018Vann Newkirk IIThe Atlantic
While each city has a very different set of reasons for its water woes, ranging from pollution to poor infrastructure to poor planning to desertification and drought, they all share a common challenge: Climate change will likely make the task of providing water harder, the populations thirstier, and the people angrier, even as many of the cities grow.

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