Authored Books | Editorial & Design

Elkin, R.S. “Tiny Taxonomy: Individual Plants in Landscape Architecture” (Actar, 2017).

Elkin, R.S. “Live Matter: Designing Plants” (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015).

Elkin, R.S. “Platform 6” A Year at GSD: Studio Work, Theses, Lectures, Exhibitions and Events” (Actar, 2013), ed.

Book Chapters

Elkin, R.S. and J. Keenan, “Retreat or Rebuild: Exploring Geographic Retreat in Humanitarian Practices” in Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies to Costal Communities, W. Leal ed. (Birkhauser, January 2018). Ch. 10.

Elkin, R.S. “The Great Salt Deposit” Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan, ed. Daniel Ibañez, Clare Lyster, Charles Waldheim, Mason White (Barcelona: Actar, 2017), 142-149.

Elkin, R.S. “Tiny Taxonomy” in Experimenting Landscapes: Testing the Limits of the Garden. (Birkhauser, 2016).

Elkin, R.S. “Cultivating Green Wall Infrastructure” in Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts Between Nature and Design (TUM Technical University Munich, Taylor & Francis, 2014), Ch 16.

Select Journal Articles

Elkin R.S. “Plant Life: The Practice of Working Together” in Posthuman: New Geographies (V.09 2017), 124-129.

Elkin R.S. “The Pre-Fixes of Forestation” in Out of the Woods, Harvard Design Magazine, Cambridge, MA (May 2018).

Elkin R.S., “The Politics of the Rhizosphere” Interview with Anna L. Tsing, in Out of the Woods, Harvard Design Magazine, Cambridge, MA (May 2018).

Elkin R.S. “Live Matter: Towards a theory of Plant life in Landscape Architecture” in Journal of Landscape Architecture. (JoLa, Spring 2017).

Elkin, R.S. “Found in Front of Henry Gray: On Fieldwork, Collecting and Displacement” in Canadian Landscape Journal, Journale Paysages (Vol. 17, No. 1, 2015) trans. French.

Elkin, R.S. “Desertification and the Rise of Defense Ecology” in Portal 9 (Issue 4, Solidere, Beirut 2014) trans. Arabic.

Elkin, R.S. “Editing Pedagogy” in Platform 6 (Harvard Graduate School of Design, Actar 2013).

Elkin, R.S. “Planting the Desert: The Chinese Three North Shelterbelt Project” in Topos (No.82, 2013).

Select Research Reports, Funding

“Imagining Retreat” Awarded, Climate Change Solution Fund, 2018 with Professor Sharon Harper.

“Retreat | Rebuild” as part of colloquium “Retreat | Rebuild: an essential dialogue between Design and Humanitarian Fields” with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Harvard Art Museums, Various invited guests and panels including UN shelter cluster, World Bank, Yale University and MoMa NYC, (2017).

“The Project on South Florida” Graduate School of Design, Prepared for City of Miami Beach, Florida. (2016).

“Cultivating Scale: Planting the Desert” Funded Research for Publication, Prepared for Graham Foundation for the Arts, Chicago, (September 2014).

“Ocean State” in SCR: Structures of Coastal Resilience. Guy Nordensen, ed. Princeton University. Prepared for Rockefeller Foundation and US Army Corps of Engineers. Phase 1 (May 2014), Phase 2, (January 2014).

Select Teaching

Miami Rise and Sink [GSD Option Studio, Municipality of Miami Beach funding 2016-17]

The Territory of Planting [GSD Core Studio 3, Module Development from 2014-17]

Fieldwork and Living Collections [GSD and Arnold Arboretum, Research Seminar held 2016-18]

Ecologies, Techniologies and Techniques [GSD, Core Studio Module 2 from 2014-2018]