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Interview: Designing Green Cities
To Meet 21st Century Challenges

Martha Schwartz is one of the world’s leading landscape architects, a passionate believer in the role that landscape can play in urban sustainability. Great landscape design, she says, can moderate extreme
Martha Schwartz
Martha Schwartz Partners
Martha Schwartz
heat, recycle water, reduce energy use, lower carbon emissions, and attract people to urban areas. Following these principles, her London-based firm, Martha Schwartz Partners, has designed such projects as Dublin’s Grand Canal Square; Exchange Square, in Manchester, England; and Abu Dhabi’s Corniche beachfront area. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Schwartz — a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design — discusses the importance of incorporating cultural values in urban design, explains why the design of streets and parking lots is as important as the design of parks, and discusses why the U.S. lags behind many other nations in the greening of its cities.
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