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UMass Amherst- Landscape Architecture Student Plans to Enrich the World

"As a child, I built forts. Now, I manipulate earth, stone and plants, focusing my creative energy on gardens," says Max Cohen '10 (landscape architecture). Cohen has traveled widely within this country and abroad. "Seeing raw cultural landscapes and attempting to understand why and how they were formed fascinate me," he says. "The harmonious, meticulously maintained Japanese gardens, the functional, productive Israeli gardens, the formal symmetry of European gardens: each culture has a unique interpretation of the concept of their form and function. I also have a burgeoning interest in cultural plant palettes and how they have changed over time in relation to diseases and shifting cultural demands. More...