George Eastman House
Rochester, New York
November 19, 2008 to January 4, 2009
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Design magazine, and George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film Announce the 2008 ‘Landslide’ Designees:
Marvels of Modernism
Modernist landscapes with boomerang curves, reservoirs inspired by Joan Miro paintings, animated fountains, soaring roof gardens, geometric earthworks, futuristic Fair grounds, and sunken and expansive plazas all became celebrated design elements during the nation’s massive post‐World War II development. These experimental and innovative expressions, adopted by maverick landscape architects such as Dan Kiley and Lawrence Halprin, became a catalyst for inserting Modern design sensibilities into newly minted public and private spaces. During this period, designers, their clients, and patrons utilized revolutionary new and experimental materials, and subdued transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces to infuse Modern forms into classic sensibilities. However, until recently, many of these designs have been misunderstood and underappreciated. To draw attention to these irreplaceable works, the 2008 Landslide theme: Marvels of Modernism, spotlights our diverse postwar garden and landscape heritage.
[SOURCE: Cultural Landscape Foundation]
Read more @ the Exhibition Website
Cultural Landscapes often never get the praise that architecture receives, often looked at as no more than a garden. People often lack the understanding and knowledge of landscape architecture and its impact on day to day lives through creating liveable spaces that often hold more cultural significance as bare witness to numerous events in a landscapes history. However, due to the lack of understanding of cultural landscape architecture and its importance as a design profession; designs often loose their lusture as they are tweaked, modified, modernised or oblieterated from the urban fabric.
This leads us to the inspiring article that Kathryn Shattuck from the New York Times wrote on The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the
“….president of the foundation, based in Washington, Mr. Birnbaum, 47, is an advocate not only for historic landscapes, created or natural, but also for the visionaries who have shaped them.”
Mr Birnbaum in the article also summarises the Foundation’s roll as
“…..to begin to get people to recognize that the American landscape is in fact a cultural institution worthy of celebration,”
Shattuck also quotes Tom Fox of SWA Group as stating that Mr Birnbaum is
“….like a little Johnny Appleseed for the design professional and landscape architect,” said Tom Fox, a principal with SWA Group, a planning and landscape design firm in Sausalito, Calif. “He’s spreading the word.”
The main interest of the article is promoting the Photography Exhibition @ George Eastman House in Rochester New York from November 19 to January 4, 2009
read more of this great article by Kathryn Shattuck @ New York Times – Art – Saving Those Landscapes, in Pictures at Least, at the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Show at the Eastman House –
National Newspaper reports that
“Marks Barfield Architects, the award-winning London-based practice, are aiming for an organic look that is informed by nature.
DAD, a project by Abyaar, a Kuwaiti boutique real estate developer, is a 26-hectare commercial, residential and retail project within Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. And Marks Barfield has been commissioned to design several core components of it: 11 residential buildings with a gross built area of 2.1 million sq. ft., a central clubhouse, children’s playground and seven retail units. Central to the project will be the three Pebble buildings. Construction is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2011.”
[SOURCE: Function meets form - The National Newspaper].
The Guardian (UK) reports that
“Construction of a $60 billion city in the emirate of Ajman could be slowed, its developer says, in another sign that the global economic crisis is hitting the Middle East’s grand development plans.”
[SOURCE: Business Feed Article | Business | guardian.co.uk]