A few month ago, I photographed landscape architect and urban designer Diana Balmori for the Financial Times at her home in New York City. A portrait of her was published in the recent issue of Architectural Digest, naming her one of their “Ad Innovators.” From the story written by Fred A. Bernstein:
“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. Such inventive schemes are the stock-and-trade of Balmori, who founded the firm Balmori Associates in 1990.”