Archive for May, 2013

NAUMKEAG DECONSTRUCTED

Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Posted by

It is unnerving to see any garden taken apart, especially one that you have  thought, written, and dreamt about as a culmination of history and time–as inevitable, both in the history you have constructed to explain it and in the timeless concept of it you have fashioned in your own imagination. Watching Naumkeag being created […]

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Best Planned City Slated for June Release

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Posted by

Best Planned City Slated for June Release On the heels of Community by Design, published in April, comes the first book in the LALH Designing the American Park series, The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System by Francis R. Kowsky. Beginning in 1868, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert […]

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A Gift for Naumkeag’s Landscape

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Posted by

A Gift for Naumkeag’s Landscape The Trustees of Reservations, a nonprofit preservation and conservation organization in Massachusetts, recently received a $1 million challenge grant to be spent solely on restoring the landscape at Naumkeag—the Choate estate in Stockbridge, a National Historic Landmark property owned and managed by The Trustees. The Trustees must raise a match […]

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Happy Birthday, FLO: Celebrating a Landscape Legacy

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Posted by

Happy Birthday, FLO: Celebrating a Landscape Legacy April 24 saw a ripple of events throughout the country marking the 191st birthday anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903). Noteworthy among them was the opening of the newly restored garden at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, designed by Olmsted Brothers in the […]

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Exhibition Traces Designers’ Dreams for Australia’s “Ideal City”

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Posted by

Exhibition Traces Designers’ Dreams for Australia’s “Ideal City” A decade after Australia’s official federation in 1901, the government launched an international competition for the design of its new capital, Canberra—an “ideal city” that would reflect the new country’s aspirations. In 1912, the government declared a winner: Walter Burley Griffin, a Chicago-based architect and landscape architect. […]

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September Conference Celebrates Rebels with a Cause

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Posted by

September Conference Celebrates Rebels with a Cause Whether they created public plazas or private retreats, each of the eight landscape architects featured in the LALH conference “Masters of Modern Landscape Design” asserted a distinct artistic vision. What they shared, from Dan Kiley and Garrett Eckbo to Ruth Shellhorn and Lawrence Halprin, was assertiveness itself—the boldness […]

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