Making innovative landscapes. Balmori Associates redefining the human-nature relationship for the cities of the future


  • Javier González-Campaña Balmori Associates (USA)
  • Noemie Lafaurie-Debany Balmori Associates (USA)
  • Marta Rabazo Martin University of Roma ‘Tre’ (Italy)



Balmori Associates, innovative landscapes, active landscapes, data collection, benefit quantification


In the context of the current scholarly debate on environmental and ecological emergency, the contribution presents the work of landscape architect Diana Balmori and Balmori Associates, which has emerged as one of the most visionary and innovative in combating climate change and creating more liveable cities. The description of some of the work carried out by the Firm helps illustrate the foundational and representative elements that characterise its design work, but more importantly, the strategies to be deployed in order to successfully respond to current critical environmental issues. Diana Balmori’s work is a rare compendium of interventions grounded in scientific research and capable of silently but steadily influencing our current vision of Landscape Architecture, laying solid foundations for a more liveable, sustainable, equitable and accessible urban space and for the creation of ‘operational’ landscapes that help define a new relationship between the 21st-century city and nature.


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Received: 02/05/2023; Revised: 05/05/2023; Accepted: 05/06/2023


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Author Biographies

Javier González-Campaña, Balmori Associates (USA)

He is a partner in Balmori Associates (USA), holds a Master’s degree in Urban Ecology from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He joined Balmori Associates in 1998 and has been responsible for managing and reviewing plantings and developing planting guidelines for several of the office’s projects.

Noemie Lafaurie-Debany, Balmori Associates (USA)

She is a partner at Balmori Associates (USA), helped establish the Bal/Lab, coordinated Balmori teams on several major projects, and worked closely with Diana Balmori on numerous publications, including A Landscape Manifesto (2010), Groundwork – Between Landscape and Architecture (2011), and Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (2014).

Marta Rabazo Martin, University of Roma ‘Tre’ (Italy)

She is an Architect and PhD from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and the University of Roma ‘Tre’ (Italy), is an Independent Researcher in Landscape Architecture and Coordinator of the OPEN Level II Master’s Degree ‘Architecture and Landscape Representation (Department of Architecture, University of Roma ‘Tre’). She joined Balmori Associates in 2008 and has collaborated on several important projects.


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How to Cite

González-Campaña, J., Lafaurie-Debany, N. and Rabazo Martin, M. (2023) “Making innovative landscapes. Balmori Associates redefining the human-nature relationship for the cities of the future”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 13, pp. 31–42. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1322023.
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