Archive for 2015

“NATURE LED THE WAY”: THE LEGACY OF CITY PLANNER JOHN NOLEN

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | Posted by

Almost everyone in Madison, Wisconsin has driven on John Nolen Drive—the boulevard that runs along Lake Monona—but few know much about the influential landscape architect and city planner from whom it takes its name. This April, the Library of American Landscape History published the first book-length biography of Nolen, written by R. Bruce Stephenson, a […]

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PRESERVATION HERO: CHARLES E. BEVERIDGE

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | Posted by

Charles E. Beveridge, Alexandria, Virginia (2015) Charles E. Beveridge has been studying and writing about Frederick Law Olmsted’s career for more than five decades—for thirty-five years as series editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted. As a scholar and preservationist, Charlie is the most important individual explaining and defending the significance of Olmsted’s legacy […]

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Ruth Shellhorn

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | Posted by

Ruth Shellhorn Kelly Comras University of Georgia Press in association with LALH Paperback $26.95 ISBN: 978-0-8203-4963-3 To order: University of Georgia Press tel. 1-800-848-6224 A volume in the Masters of Modern Landscape Design series Winner, ASLA Southern California Chapter Honor Award Over the course of a nearly sixty-year career, Ruth Shellhorn (1909–2006) collaborated with some […]

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Charles E. Beveridge, Alexandria, Virginia (2015)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Posted by

Charles E. Beveridge, Alexandria, Virginia (2015) Charles E. Beveridge has been studying and writing about Frederick Law Olmsted’s career for more than five decades—for thirty-five years as series editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted. As a scholar and preservationist, Charlie is the most important individual explaining and defending the significance of Olmsted’s legacy […]

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JUST RELEASED! JOHN NOLEN, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND CITY PLANNER

Friday, May 8, 2015 | Posted by

John Nolen, Landscape Architect and City Planner R. Bruce Stephenson Published by University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH “The long overdue and definitive biography of one of America’s most prominent and influential urbanists.”—Keith Morgan, coauthor of Community by Design:The Olmsted Office and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts For more information, please visit LALH […]

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The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Friday, May 1, 2015 | Posted by

The Clark Art Institute Williamstown, Massachusetts After nearly two decades of planning, the Clark Art Institute completes the final phase of its expansion project this year. The architect Tadao Ando and the landscape architecture firm of Reed Hilderbrand have created a place to experience the regional landscape as intensively as the Clark’s renowned collection of […]

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2015 FILM AWARD FROM THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS/THE BEST PLANNED CITY IN THE WORLD: OLMSTED, VAUX AND THE BUFFALO PARK SYSTEM

Monday, April 27, 2015 | Posted by

“Large urban-scale projects with multiple parts are not easy to grasp in person or from static images,” writes the jury. “One of the things the jury found most admirable about The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System is its demonstration that it is possible to convey the essential points of […]

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Apostle of Taste

Friday, April 24, 2015 | Posted by

Apostle of Taste Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815–1852 NEW Edition David Schuyler LALH/University of Massachusetts Press Paper $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-62534-000-0 To order: University of Massachusetts Press tel. 800-537-5487 Through his many books and in the pages of the Horticulturist, the nation’s first journal about landscape gardening, Andrew Jackson Downing (1815–1852) preached a gospel of taste, promoting a naturalistic style of […]

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EASTERN DESIGN IN A WESTERN LANDSCAPE: OLMSTED, RICHARDSON, AND THE AMES MONUMENT

Friday, April 3, 2015 | Posted by

Few people come upon the Ames Monument by chance. Isolated on the high plains, between Laramie and Cheyenne in southeastern Wyoming, the sixty-foot-high pyramid sits on a windswept knoll, eight thousand feet above sea level. Although not far from Interstate 80 (the pyramid is just visible, when driving westward), it defines its own precinct, seemingly […]

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OLMSTED AND SCENIC PRESERVATION

Friday, March 27, 2015 | Posted by

Frederick Law Olmsted is rightly remembered as the most accomplished landscape architect in U.S. history, the designer of great municipal parks and other landscapes. He also was a key figure in the nation’s most significant early examples of scenic preservation. These endeavors were not mutually exclusive, and in fact park design and scenic preservation were […]

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