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Case Study: Tiny Terraces

    The design of relaxing, functional, and comfortable outdoor spaces within tight urban confines can be an arduous task. Clients oftentimes wish to achieve a perfect balance of privacy screening from their neighbors next door or across the street, while still preserving enough open views and sunlight to sustain plant growth and avoid the feeling of […]

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    West SoHo’s Green Sculptural Wall

    In the heart of West SoHo, a neighborhood surrounded by varying tones of gray and brown, we have installed a vibrant, vertical hanging sculptural green wall as the central feature in the foyer of a new high-rise condominium. Laced with faux Agave, Echeveria, Crassula and Tillandsia, and traversed by curlicued driftwood, this piece not only […]

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    A Year in Review: Making Gardens Great Again in 2016

    Another eventful year has passed for Christian Duvernois Landscape/Studio! Here, we take a look back at some of the projects and endeavors that our team undertook in the past 12 months. / Beaux-Arts Townhouse Completed earlier last year, the design of the New York rooftop was influenced by the early 20th Century Beaux-Arts architecture of […]

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    Moonlighting the Contemplative Garden

    The initial phases of the design process, such as site inventory and analysis, are critical components of landscape architecture, and aid in determining elements and environmental conditions that will impact the layout of the landscape. Site patterns, such as shade and sun for example, directly affect the final strategic design solution delivered. On one level, […]

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    Design Concept: The Winter Garden

    The acclaimed French novelist, Marcel Proust, once wrote of the delights of a winter garden. Nestled within the pages of “In Search of Lost Time”, he describes he describes the narrator peering into the drawing room of Odette de Crécy, (the future Mme Swann), which housed the winter garden, and seeing a plethora of  chrysanthemums, […]

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    Sustainable Manchiche Decking at Simbiótica Living Roof

    Deforestation is a primary cause of climate change and biodiversity loss. Consequently, there is a need for landscape designers, architects and other design practitioners who specify building materials derived from forest biomes, such as wood, to adopt sustainable alternatives that both reduce environmental harm along their supply chains and perform as well as or better than […]

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    Simbiótica Living Roof’s Native Plant Palette

    As the green roof movement spreads across cities throughout the country, including New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, urbanites are increasingly able to enjoy natural flora atop built structures in surroundings that would otherwise be devoid of plant life. Pre-grown Sedum tiles are predominantly used for their proven performance and functionality in constrained, artificial […]

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    An Artificial Garden in Greenwich Village

      A natural or wild garden is often preferred, however in urban hubs where weather conditions fluctuate and space is limited, implementing an artificial garden can be a great alternative. For our Terrace Viewing Garden project, we’ve transformed a Greenwich Village apartment encased by a long, linear balcony, into a lush urban oasis coated in faux […]

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      Urban Farming in the West Village

      Residents of New York are increasingly looking towards urban farming techniques as an alternative to the global agricultural business model. Consequently, our firm is invested in eco-social design practices whereby functionality and urban agriculture intersect. This West Village rooftop and ground-level courtyard is an excellent example of this. By carefully positioning planters throughout both areas, […]

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      Upper East Side Part Shade Garden

      For the past two months, we’ve had the pleasure of working on a very special project. Tucked away in the historic Upper East Side, we’ve transformed a simple garden into a private sanctuary, perfect for not only entertaining guests but also inviting its inhabitants to times of quiet reflection. One of the distinguishing features of […]

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