Episode 1: DC's Sublime Landscapes

This ground-breaking web documentary series explores how people from diverse backgrounds experience urban landscapes. Episode 1: DC’s Sublime Landscapes surveys the intersection of landscape and belonging, examining the role that identity plays in this relationship. The documentary highlights five awe-inspiring landscapes spread throughout DC neighborhoods. Sites include Dumbarton Oaks, Yards Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the US National Arboretum and Malcolm X Park. The film challenges designers to examine their process for recreating landscapes while inviting residents and visitors to seek and embrace the sublime in their daily lives.

Maisie Hughes, Innovation + Leadership fellow, researcher, writer, editor, producer

Abby Holcomb, Assistant Producer 

Dell Fargo, Music  

The Landscape Architecture Foundation

The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership is an opportunity for mid-career or senior-level professionals to dedicate the equivalent of 3 months’ time, over the course of one year, to nurture emerging ideas. It is designed to provide landscape architects with time to think, reflect, research, explore, create, test, and develop their ideas into action.

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The Studio DC project empowers 10 students over 10 weeks to reinvigorate their neighborhood using design thinking. This program prepares high school students to design and present progressive community-based stormwater management projects. The program pairs a diverse body of students with professional and conscientious mentors and exposes them to environmental design careers. 

Maisie Hughes, Project Manager & Mentor

Kendra Hyson,  Program Creator & Mentor

District Department of Energy & Environment

Studio DC is sponsored by the DC Department of Energy and Environment with support from The Urban Studio, Landscape Architecture Foundation, the National Building Museum, IDEA Public Charter School, the Academy of Construction and Design, and SmithGroup.



With more than 30,000 urban forestry jobs to fill, American Forests is taking on the challenge. In order to address the workforce shortage in urban forestry and build a more equitable and inclusive urban forestry sector, the Tree Equity: Career Pathways Toolkit will provide guidance for cities, tree care companies, community groups, and other stakeholders to create career pathways into urban forestry.  

The American Forests Tree Equity: Career Pathways program examines the barriers to entry for underserved populations in the urban forestry workforce. The program identifies organizations and programs that provide support to natural resources professionals. One key program objective is to increase the skills and advancement of people of color, women, and low-income, marginalized communities. Bringing together key public and private partners, this program prioritizes best practices, connects employers with qualified applicants, and serves as a roadmap for achieving diversity and inclusion in the forestry profession.

Maisie Hughes, Consultant & Lead Arborist


Across American cities, there are significant disparities in tree canopy that are heavily dependent on socioeconomic status. Put simply, in most cities, trees grow where there is money and influence, which often means that low-income neighborhoods have a fraction of tree canopy found in more affluent areas. 

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In a rapidly densifying city, Kingman Island is becoming an increasingly important green space for DC residents. However, finding the island can be a challenge. Design Virtue created a low-cost, low-maintenance landscape design concept to help people locate and experience the island from the Benning Road entrance. The project emphasizes wayfinding in the roadway, a playful and attractive entrance, an edible forest garden, and new permeable pathways. Bold inventions, nature-inspired decor, and collaboration with local artists are highlighted in the recommendations. 

Maisie Hughes, Landscape Architect, Arborist

District Department of Energy & Environment

Kingman Island and Heritage Island are located in Northeast and Southeast Washington, D.C., in the Anacostia River. Completed in 1916, both islands are man-made and built from material dredged from the Anacostia River.

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