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Make Commitments to Change Our Behavior

Yantai, shot on 4/13/2013 It’s widely admitted that nature is the ideal place to escape from our daily life. I love this kind of poetic escapes and enjoy throwing myself into totally different atmosphere which is opposite to city culture. … Continue reading

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OPEN SPACE + WATER within Cook County

Open spaces and water within Cook County are interrelated and have mutual influence, and their direct relationship allows for new intervention opportunities for the development, maintenance, and management of the territory.What the composite drawing shows is dispersion of open spaces … Continue reading

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Capability Brown

After reading Design with Nature, I felt quite curious about Capability Brown, who is like the empiricist doctor, found a land in ill health and brought it to good heart and to beauty. “His rejection of nature as crude, vile—the … Continue reading

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Wind Energy in Chicago

Winter is coming. This is my first time to spend winter in Chicago. I experienced the wind gusts that come off Lake Michigan, get tossed around a bit and think, “So this is why it’s called the Windy City” during … Continue reading

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Emperor in His New Clothes

During these days, my rabbit is molting which reminds me of an interesting but depressing report. University of Montana researcher Scott Mills and his students have noticed an exceptional number of white snowshoe hares on brown earth. I think that … Continue reading

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Islands of Native Plants

Prairie, Chicago Botanic Garden     shot on  9/13/2013 As a recent post —Is Native Better? —on this blog stated:” it is a mistake to think that native plants as a category are better survivors than adapted species just because of their … Continue reading

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How Much Plant Knowledge is required for Landscape Architect?

Robert Brzuszek said “historically, plant knowledge and the ability to select and incorporate plants into the design process has been a cornerstone in the practice of landscape architecture. However, a 2009 study reported that only two courses in planting design … Continue reading

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