After being introduced by Pamela Burton Barbara Stauffacher Solomon talk about the changes in perception about the landscape in terms of cultural, political and social expectations. She discusses her two books, Good Mourning California, and Green Architecture and the Agrarian Garden. Showing various projects, Solomon talks about the symbolic and literal meanings, and the uses of green rectangles. She cites the formal grandeur of French gardens as an influence, and prefers simple design over “tricky” landscapes. Solomon talks about issues with water shortage and green lawns and how the aesthetic needs to change for the sake of the environment.