We examine opportunities for design to enhance the social and ecological performance of conventional working landscapes.


In both graduate and undergraduate coursework, we emphasize a synthetic, multi-scale approach to the design and representation of landscape systems.


Design is fundamentally about people. Whether through public installations or participatory workshops, our work explores ways for design to help communities better understand and engage with agricultural landscapes.


Taking Back the Table

Zach Mortice writes about Forbes Lipschitz’ Joy of Decommodification: A Cartographic Cookbook in the July issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Sustainable secret to knee-high corn and gardens galore: human waste-based compost

“Privy 2: Biosolids and You” considers history of human waste as an agricultural resource article by Dana HilfingerOhio State News contributorhilfinger.8@osu.edu Read full article here

Ohio State Launches $2 Million Food System Project

Forbes Lipschitz is on a the research team for a sustainable food system project funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Expanding the Field: Virtual Fencing as Responsive Landscape Technology

Research on the design potential of virtual cattle fencing has been published in Volume 4 Issue 1 of the PLAN Journal.

Rural Transformations Co-Op

Forbes Lipschitz was recently awarded a Linkage and Leverage Grant from The Ohio State University for her proposal “Rural Transformations Co-Op: Identifying Strategies for Landscape Architectural Engagement with Climate Smart Agriculture.”

Catch of the Day

The design research project, On the Pond: The Landscape of Catfish Farming in the Delta is featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

The Working Landscapes Lab  explores ways for design to reframe and reshape agricultural landscapes.