Organic Lawn Care in the Northeast

Posted on May 11, 2017

You are right to be upset about the lawn care chemicals being dumped on the lawns of your community – or anywhere for that matter. the Figure Ground Studio cares deeply about responsible land management and has done a fair amount of research and even public speaking about the importance of organic lawn care. Here […]

PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

The Figure Ground Studio’s PDX Backyard Habitat , located in southwest hills of Portland, Oregon, was recently featured in the March-April 2016 issue of Green Builder magazine. Our very own Erin Muir, who served as Landscape Architect on this job, is quoted extensively about her design in the article, discussing the theory and practice of […]

URI Landscape Architecture Lecture: Erin Muir

Posted on Dec 3, 2015

URI alumni Erin Muir of The Figure Ground Studio and Nicholas Healy of the CRJA/IBI Group, on Covering Ground from Portland to Abu Dhabi: Young Practitioners Reflect on Water, Resilience and Design The lecture is on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm at the Coastal Institute, Weaver Auditorium 1 Greenhouse Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

Hudson Mohawk Watershed

Posted on Aug 6, 2015
Hudson Mohawk Watershed

The Figure Ground Studio’s Hudson Mohawk River Watershed installation in celebration of summer and a clean river.

Soak it Up: Understanding Stormwater, Rain Gardens and Lawn Care

Posted on Jun 25, 2015

Erin will be speaking to the Salt Pond Coalition in Rhode Island on Thursday, June 25, 7PM at Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown, RI. She will discuss how your yard directly impacts your watershed. She will describe the link between stormwater that falls on your property and the waters of Rhode Island. Erin will explain […]

A Celebration Of Ecological Systems In Architecture

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
A Celebration Of Ecological Systems In Architecture

[THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2006] WATER-BASED TECHNOLOGIES BEAUTIFY A NEW MEXICAN RESORT BY ETHAN TIMM EL MONTE SAGRADO RESORT IN TAOS, N.M., exemplifies a comprehensive ecological design solution for a high-desert development, combining traditional architectural techniques and hydrologically appropriate water systems. Water conservation has a long and beautiful history in the desert Southwest. In keeping with this tradition, water-based eco-technologies were employed […]