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Seavitt Nordenson Publishes Opinion Piece on Amazon Sovereignty

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Catherine Seavitt Nordenson reflects on who owns the Amazon and the question of sovereignty in the February 2020 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Her opinion piece, “Amazon Fire,” examines the legal battle between, Inc. and the eight South American countries that share the Amazon River’s vast watershed: Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and


Plot issue Magic Cover

PLOT Volume 7: Magic

Student Editors from the MLA Class of 2019: Nusrat Alam, Hana Georg, Alyssa Martori, Suko Presseau, Garrett Ray, Justin Robertson, and Anna Speidel

Featuring curated submissions by students, faculty, artists, and practitioners, PLOT Volume 7 explores the theme of MAGIC. The issue’s content is developed by the second-year MLA student editorial board in collaboration with faculty advisor Catherine Seavitt Nordenson and designer Isaac Gertman. Contributions to this issue reveal many rich interpretations of MAGIC, appearing along a non-binary trajectory from




Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) is internationally known as one of the preeminent modernist landscape architects. He designed renowned public landscapes in Brazil, beginning with small plazas in Recife in the 1930s and culminating with large public parks in the early 1960s, most significantly the Parque do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. Depositions explores a pivotal moment in


Cover: Coastal Change

Coastal Change

Ocean Conservation and Resilient Communities

Editors: Adjunct Professor Marcha Johnson and Amanda Bayley MLA '09

This collection of essays and design case studies explores a range of ideas and best practices for adapting to dynamic waterfront conditions while incorporating nature conservation in urbanized coastal areas. The editors have curated a selection of works contributed by leading practitioners in the fields of coastal science, community resilience, habitat restoration, sustainable landscape architecture and floodplain management. By highlighting