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Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

Urban Planning for Social Equity

Urban Planning for Social Equity By: Steve Noto & Patrick Murray Much like the New Urbanism push that has occurred over the last 25 years, designing communities for social equity has seen urban planning return to its original intentions from before the post-World War II suburban boom: building communities for all. One could strongly argue... Read Full Post

Getting to Green Infrastructure

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, the profession of landscape architecture is defined as “the science and art of design, planning, management, and stewardship of the land.” This succinct thirteen-word definition carries a broad interpretation that many of us, as practitioners, attribute to our jack-of-all-trades approach to land development in our daily work... Read Full Post

Stewardship of Natural and Built Environments

Located just three miles north of downtown Austin, Texas, the Mueller Greenway system is a series of five interconnected parks that encircle the mixed-use urban village known as the Mueller Development. With thousands of residents and major employers such as Dell Children’s Hospital, HEB, Seton, and The University of Texas at Austin, this community has... Read Full Post

Working to make affordable housing a reality in Phoenix and beyond

Affordable housing is a prevalent topic in Phoenix, Arizona, and throughout the country. According to rentcafe.com, the average monthly rent for an apartment in Phoenix is $1,590. The population explosion, which doesn’t appear to be slowing, will only contribute to rising housing costs and the lack of affordable housing options. In response to this, the... Read Full Post

Reimagining an Icon: The Backyard is BACK

Austin has always been known as a mecca for music, with musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin, and Iron and Wine all getting their start playing at the multitude of music venues located in and around the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin has seen phenomenal growth in the last several decades... Read Full Post

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