This week on Burning Down the House, Curtis B. Wayne is joined by registered architect and landscape architect, Susannah Drake of dlandstudio. Curtis and Susannah are discussing eco-friendly urban landscaping, and what landscape architecture can mean for New York City’s protection from future storms like Hurricane Sandy. Hear about sanitation issues that come with storm surges, and how innovations like sponge parks can deal with rising tides and currents. Where and how are architects building to compensate for the increasing number of tropical storms in the New York metro area? Later, Curtis and Susannah talk about the intersection of landscape design and architecture, and where one ends and the next begins. This episode has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.

“I think that a lot of our cities were set up on waterways to facilitate exchange. Going back to (dlandstudio’s) MoMA project, we analyzed the coastline and the ways it has expanded to facilitate exchange… Now we don’t have the same systems of exchange where we’re translating goods at the water’s edge- in part due to containerized shipping.” [17:55]

Susannah Drake on Burning Down the House