Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum | Minnesota, USA | Halvorson Design Partnership

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Lakewood Cemetery has been the foremost resting place for Minnesota’s distinguished citizens since 1871. This treasured haven of beauty, art and history, wherein broad sweeps of lawn are punctuated by fine stone monuments, trees and meandering roadways, is an archetype of the quintessential American “Lawn Plan” cemetery.

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Colwell Shelor+ West 8+ Weddle Gilmore selected for Mesa City Center

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Colwell Shelor+ West 8+ Weddle Gilmore has been selected to lead the design process to transform 19 acres surrounding Mesa’s City Hall into a one of a kind civic space which will capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa’s downtown core. The team was unanimously selected by the City of Mesa over finalists Woods Bagot+ Surface Design and Otak+ Mayer Reed.

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The Don Valley Brickworks Quarry Garden Observation Deck | Toronto, Canada | The Planning Partnership

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In 2011 a large storm water outlet and chamber was installed at the southwest trailhead in the Don Valley Brickworks; which created an unwelcoming presence at one of the most used entrances into the Quarry Gardens. The Planning Partnership was retained to design a gateway feature that would camouflage the storm water outlet and chamber, provide a comfortable seating area and act as destination. The resulting  observation deck seamlessly hides the storm water outlet and chamber and establishes a welcoming entrance for visitors.

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FUTURE GROUND Finalists announced

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Recently, the Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) kicked off the Future Ground competition in New Orleans, announcing the three finalist teams and launching the initial research phase with a series of events around the city.
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VIDEO | Olmsted Lecture: Joseph Disponzio|”On the Theoretical and Practical Development of Landscape Architecture”


Recently, the annual Olmsted Lecture was given by Joseph Disponzio at the Harvard GSD. Disponzio gives an interesting lecture exploring the intellectual origins of landscape architecture and the term landscape architect.

“Exploring the transformation of the modeling of land from garden-making to landscape architecture, this lecture by Joseph Disponzio will establish the intellectual origins of landscape architecture in relation to the new garden practices that emerged during the 18th century, and the texts that codified these practices, amid Enlightenment-era changes in the understanding of nature. Disponzio is Preservation Landscape Architect for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and Director of the Landscape Design program at Columbia University. He has taught at several institutions, published widely on garden history from the 18th century to the present, and is currently writing introductions for an edition of N. Vergnaud’s L’Art de créer les jardins (1835) and a translation of Jean-Marie Morel’s Théorie des jardins (1776).”

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