Martha Schwartz Partners Ltd has won an international design competition to provide the public realm and landscape design for Massar Children’s Discovery Centre and public park in Damascus, Syria.
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National Newspaper reports that
George Eastman House
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Design magazine, and George Eastman House
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.
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
Mr Birnbaum in the article also summarises the Foundation’s roll as
Shattuck also quotes Tom Fox of SWA Group as stating that Mr Birnbaum is
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 –