Uma Sankar Sekar

Volume 7, Issue 2, September 2020
pp. 08 – 21

Uma Sankar Sekar is a landscape architect in the Boston area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. She is currently working on public / private schools and healthcare projects. She also writes a monthly blog on life and nature at

This opinion paper discusses the proliferation of lawns in the urban landscape. It looks at the features ascribed to lawns that have found favour with designers and have contributed to lawn becoming the ubiquitous urban landscape, and the consequent ecological impact of lawns within the context of global urbanization. The goal of this article is to challenge designers to think outside their preconceived design ideals and aesthetic norms to reverse the current trend toward “lawn-ization” and instead, create landscapes that make a positive contribution to urban ecology and biodiversity.

Lawns, Urban Landscapes, Biodiversity, Aesthetics

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