Archive for 2012

NEW BOOK SERIES: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN PARK

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Posted by

“Designing the American Park,” a new series within the Library of American Landscape History, launches this year with the publication of Frank Kowsky’s, The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System. The new series will be based on the conviction that park landscapes are among the richest of cultural […]

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DESIGN BY THE COMMUNITY

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Posted by

The Mission is drier and warmer (and flatter) than anywhere else in San Francisco, which makes getting around fun, but something more compelling is in the air in this distinctive place. Walking down 24th Street last week, I wondered what Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. or John Nolen would make of this neighborhood—deemed the most vibrant […]

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New Directions in the American Landscape Winter Conference

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Posted by

New Directions in the American Landscape Winter Conference Heads up, landscape architects, garden designers, and home gardeners interested in designing with native plants: Don’t miss the 24th-annual New Directions in the American Landscape Winter Conference, coming up in January.  Under the theme “Critical Interactions: Ecological Research into Landscape Design,” this year’s program includes the LALH […]

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REFLECTIONS ON OUR 20TH

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Posted by

The morning after celebrating LALH’s twentieth anniversary at the Boston Athenaeum, we found ourselves standing in the Dell of Mount Auburn Cemetery, under a soft, dark October sky. At that moment, at least to me, it felt that the very roots of LALH could be traced back to this silent and moving place. Mount Auburn, […]

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VIEW, Summer 2012, Number 12

Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Posted by

VIEW, Summer 2012, Number 12 A few highlights: In this issue of VIEW, we feature our new Designing the American Park series, to be ushered in next spring The Best Planned City in the World by Francis R. Kowsky. Series editor Ethan Carr, a landscape architect and historian who also serves on the LALH Board […]

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A Buffalo Neighborhood Renews Its Olmsted Legacy (2012)

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Posted by

A Buffalo Neighborhood Renews Its Olmsted Legacy (2012) Humboldt Park, Buffalo, New York When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began work on the nation’s first comprehensive municipal park system in 1869, Buffalo was the eighth largest city in the country and one of the busiest ports on earth. Functioning as the gateway to the Midwest […]

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Indiana University’s Woodland Campus (2012)

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Posted by

Indiana University’s Woodland Campus (2012) Dunn’s Woods, Bloomington, Indiana Indiana University was already sixty-two years old when it moved from its original location in Bloomington in 1884, after fire devastated its previous facilities. The heart of the new campus was a twenty-acre beech and maple forest, Dunn’s Woods, then on the city’s eastern edge. A […]

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Dancing into the Future: Dumbarton Oaks Park (2012)

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Posted by

Dancing into the Future: Dumbarton Oaks Park (2012) Washington, D.C. “One step back into history, and two steps dancing into the future,” explains an ebullient Rebecca Trafton, president of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy. Acknowledging the borrowed quote from bluegrass musician Larry Groce, she sees it as a metaphor to illustrate the conservancy’s mission to […]

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MANITOGA

Monday, October 8, 2012 | Posted by

Russel Wright’s Song of Nature & Design Garrison, New York From 1942 to 1976 renowned mid-century modern designer Russel Wright shaped a former quarry and remnant woodland into a forest garden for experiencing nature and aesthetic effects. The design approach developed a series of paths, each with specific effects articulated for seasons, time of day, […]

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WELCOME TO THE LALH BLOG

Monday, October 8, 2012 | Posted by

Welcome to the new LALH blog, featuring a rotating cast of practitioners and landscape historians. Please feel free to add your comments. Renowned landscape architect, Patricia M. O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP, ICOMOS, IFLA, and principal of Heritage Landscapes LLC, Preservation  blogs about her thoughts and discoveries as she works at Manitoga in Garrison, New York. Landscape […]

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