Archive for September, 2013

REMEMBERING JAMES VAN SWEDEN (1935 – 2013)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Posted by

Landscape architect and LALH advisor James van Sweden, FASLA, died September 20 at his home in Washington, D.C., at age 78.  Along with his partner, Wolfgang Oehme, co-founder of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, van Sweden designed public gardens, parks, memorials, private gardens, and campuses. Legions of landscape architects and home gardeners adopted the firm’s style, which […]

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NEW ENGLAND TRAILS

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Posted by

TO BE AT THE FARTHER EDGE: Photographs along the New England Trail Long before the map, there was the trail. It may be the most ancient means of both organizing and experiencing space. In at least some cultures the two ideas are conflated. But for anyone, walking a trail can be a kind of experiential […]

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VIEW, Summer 2013, Number 13

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | Posted by

VIEW, Summer 2013, Number 13 A few highlights: In this issue, our most wide-ranging yet, we feature articles related to our new book, Community by Design, a study of the Olmsted firm’s impact on the wealthy Boston suburb of Brookline. We follow the thread of planning in the twentieth century along many diverse routes, including the […]

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Legislative Assembly Building & Capital Site, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Monday, September 9, 2013 | Posted by

Legislative Assembly Building & Capital Site, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada The landscape design for the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building in Yellowknife presented landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander with unique challenges. Yellowknife is 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle, a remote part of Canada where the plant hardiness zone is zero.  Responding to the limitations […]

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Indy Conference Illuminates Modernist Masters

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Posted by

Indy Conference Illuminates Modernist Masters At the September LALH conference, Masters of Modern Landscape Design, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), presenters discussed the work of modernist landscape architects including the relatively famous rebels—Garrett Eckbo, Dan Kiley, and James Rose—and others less well known, such as A. E. Bye and Ruth Shellhorn. For several presenters and participants, […]

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Big Apple Hosts Premiere of Best Planned City Film

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Posted by

Big Apple Hosts Premiere of Best Planned City Film Francis R. Kowsky’s new LALH book, The Best Planned City in the World, tells the story of  Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s park system for Buffalo—the most extensive  in the world. What better place to launch the new LALH short film than Central Park, where […]

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New Paperback, New Catalog a Click Away

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Posted by

New Paperback, New Catalog a Click Away Next month, LALH launches its first electronic book catalog.  The new catalog will be published each spring and fall, in time for holiday giving. All “What’s New” subscribers will receive a copy—watch for an email in October. The premiere issue of the catalog features the new, paperback edition […]

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A Genius for Place Panel Exhibition Coming to UMass

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Posted by

A Genius for Place Panel Exhibition Coming to UMass The new panel version of A Genius for Place exhibition will soon hit the road in a new, modular format. Designed to be flexibly configured, the exhibition can occupy 300 to 1,000 square feet, or more, perfect for public libraries, botanic gardens, and house museums. A […]

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What’s New at lalh.org

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Posted by

What’s New at lalh.org With the page turn into September comes a new Place Study on the lalh.org website. The place: Yellowknife, in subarctic Canada. Learn how landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander accomplished her “invisible mending” in the fragile terrain surrounding the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building. Photographs by Etta Gerdes capture the region’s ethereal light. More […]

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NAUMKEAG RECONSTRUCTED

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | Posted by

The Trustees did what seemed impossible two months ago. They put Naumkeag back together again. And it really sparkles. Like a newly cleaned Rembrandt, the garden’s details shine forth as never before, perhaps not even in Mabel Choate’s own lifetime.  Lost for decades, many were uncovered in recently discovered photos and, in some cases, literal […]

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