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Pilot projects in landscape architecture can solve issues of comfort, beauty, and livability
Most people are not completely clear on what a landscape architect does, but according to Susannah Drake, founder of interdisciplinary design firm dlandstudio, it boils down to a mix of art, science, and politics.
When Drake started her company in 2005, she had been interested in theory, but wanted to address real problems. “I care very deeply about the practicality and the sustainability, and I care about smart design detail. But fundamentally I think that design work, particularly in an urban setting, is about creating comfort, and beauty, and livability,” Drake said.
Drake grew up in a family of botanists, with a love for design and the great outdoors. But over time, she developed a fondness for taking on the challenges of cities like New York to discover creative urban infrastructure solutions.