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Top of Mind Tactics: How Design Professionals are Looking at Land Use and Climate Change

We’ve been exploring how thoughtful development and land use can reduce the impact of the built environment on greenhouse gas emissions and a warming planet. Keith Walzak, director of landscape architecture and urban planning, makes a case for compact, vertical, walkable urban neighborhoods, while Ava Alltmont, associate and New Orleans design studio director, looks at benefits of adaptive reuse. Most recently, Rebecca Muchow, an associate and architect in Minneapolis, dives into a pet project, the redevelopment of an area called the Root District, which is being led by a public-private forum called the NūLoop Partners. The goal: to develop a more equitable, sustainable district framework that is responsive to what its residents are seeking. Explore the thought leadership series on our blog.

Nestled in Nature: Fat Deer Lodge Featured in Big Sky Journal

Explore the story behind the design for this residential home near the town of Darby, Montana. Featured in Big Sky Journal, the team took full advantage of the site, but not in the way you might ordinarily expect. “The main challenge was that it’s a beautiful site with an open meadow, and the owners didn’t want to plunk a house down in the middle,” says Architect Jesse Vigil. “They wanted to be respectful of the meadows and the neighbors’ sightlines. They wanted to create a beautiful home that responded to, and was respectful of, their site.”

Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month 2022

On the Boards: This agrarian-themed concept for Outlaw Real Estate Partners utilizes landscape architecture to meld open space and park land, trails, farm fields, community gardens, and neighborhood gathering places.

The vision for this 100-plus acre project in Bozeman, Montana, is to create a community centered around small-scale food production. Green space will be interwoven throughout residential, retail, restaurant, and office space providing linkages and pedestrian connections. As currently planned, a greenhouse and farmland will grow enough produce to provide CSA memberships for residents, as well as supply a café and restaurant. Parks and open space will re-create various eco-climates of the Gallatin Valley with a focus on drought tolerant, native, sustainable landscaping and wildlife habitat, while human-scale, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes will promote physical health and social activity.

In the News: Cushing Terrell Announces Pro Bono Program for Social Action

We’re excited to launch a coordinated program to expand upon and diversify our firm’s annual donated services to support communities local to Cushing Terrell offices as well as engage with organizations outside of our firm’s immediate network. In addition to providing pro bono services, this initiative includes action around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), community service, charitable giving, and sustainable design.

An Energy Expert Answers the Question: What Is Carbon Neutrality?

While there’s debate on how to calculate carbon emissions and offsets, the goal of achieving carbon neutrality is admirable and necessary if we’re to slow global warming. Even without a standard definition, energy expert Tim Johnson says there are steps we can take now toward carbon reduction. They hinge on considering the three distinct scopes of emissions, as defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and then choosing the most effective way to offset those emissions.

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