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Diana Balmori

The New York landscape designer is devising smarter and more responsive city parks.
In the face of climate change, cities worldwide are considering ways to render themselves more resilient. Steering this conversation, to no small degree, is Diana Balmori—a veteran landscape designer who is redefining how natural and built environments interact.

For Beale Street Landing, a riverfront park under construction in Memphis, Tennessee, she has developed submersible gardens that can withstand flooding from the Mississippi. At the same time, Balmori is exploring ways to protect New York City against storm surges, possibly with floating islands that would rise with the sea and absorb, like marshland, onslaughts of water.

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