VIDEO | Community By Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline

From the Library of American Landscape History

Based on the LALH book by Keith Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, and Roger Reed, this short documentary tells the story of the development of the community of Brookline through the planning efforts of the firm founded by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. Through plans for boulevards and parkways, residential subdivisions, institutional commissions, and private gardens, the Olmsted firm carefully guided the development of the town, as they designed cities and suburbs across America.

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This Week in Landscape | 27 July 2014

Weekly round-up of landscape news and interesting articles.

At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada’s most beloved landscape architects | Sarah Hampson | Globe & Mail
“Over her decades-long career, Hahn Oberlander has overseen some of the most important postwar landscaping projects in North America, including Robson Square in her hometown of Vancouver.”

[Landscape] Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park | Chicago Tribune
“Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens.”

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure | Leda Marritz | Sustainable Cities Collective
“I asked three people with tons of experience in trees and in urban forestry – who are also frequent contributors to this blog – to pick just five things that would be necessary if we actually treated urban trees and soils (green infrastructure) as seriously as we do pipes, sewers, roads, and more”

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This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2014

Movers & spacers: Winning landscape architects champion smart, fun public areas | Lucy Hyslop | Vancouver Sun
“It’s just another slice of park life, but this time the landscape architect whose firm designed the new and recently accoladed Mid Main green space is happily taking in the animated vignette. “None of that would have happened before in this space,” Joe Fry says with modest yet tangible glee. “It’s very satisfying seeing it being used.”

Celebrating New Pier While Debating Park’s Uses | Vivian Yee | New York Times
Pier 2 & 4 opened this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park however a recent NYC RFP for towers is causing concern with city residents

Community garden evolving on vacant downtown lot | Seth Slabaugh | The Star Press
Ball State University landscape architecture students are installing a community garden, mural and courtyard on a highly visible vacant lot at Main and High streets in downtown Muncie.

A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate | Timothy E. Wirth & Thomas A. Daschle | Yale e360
“The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions.”

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range
“Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120 to help restore designer Frederick Olmsted’s original influence on the park.”

Report Documents Preventable Pedestrian Deaths, Ranks Most Dangerous Metro Areas | ASLA
More than 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, at a rate that has been rising in the last few years. The majority of those deaths likely could have been prevented with safer street design, according to a new report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with AARP and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”

Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2014

Student Project | New Urban Cemetery: Departures 1 & 2 | Tyler Allen Bradt

Cemeteries in North America almost exclusively all follow the same model – the Garden Cemetery of 1831 Mount Auburn, based on a concept of vast naturalized space. It is no longer 1831 and local and world issues have shifted along with our values and our cultural community. The traditional design has served its purpose in most major cities on the continent. It is pervasive and it is time to consider its effects and consequences on the city. Our modern communities are faced with new challenges unforeseen 200 years ago, such as increased multiculturalism, densification of urban cores rather than expansion of suburbs, environmental challenges, and a shift towards a more economically polarized society.
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2014-2015 Rome Prize Winners announced

The American Academy in Rome congratulates the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition.  The winners’ were announced at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, held at the Harmonie Club in New York City on 10 April.

Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.


Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize
Kim Karlsrud & Daniel Phillips
Co-Founders & Principals, Commonstudio, Los Angeles, CA
Corsophilia: Uncovering the Biodiversity of the Roman Streetscape

Garden Club of America Rome Prize
Adam Kuby
Environmental Artist/Sculptor/Designer, Portland, Ore.
Urban Ecologies/Temporal Investigations

Congratulations to Kim, Daniel and Adam. To see the full list of prize winners goto American Academy in Rome

This Week In Landscape | 13 April 2014

Discover a Career in Landscape Architecture | Dirt | ASLA
The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a new Career Discovery web site to help young people explore the profession of landscape architecture.

Life in the Urban Forest | Michelle Sutton |
“Urban forestry gives us tools to analyze a site and then match the right tree to the particular conditions of that site. It asks, what are the toughest tree species for these stressful conditions? …”

The profession understands the value of landscape but it needs to get its message across and learn to lead | Landscape Institute
“The sixth and last in the current series of Landscape Futures debates acted as a rallying cry for the profession, with both the main speaker and the two respondents calling for the profession to make its voice heard and spread the message of the importance of landscape and the difference that landscape professionals can make.”

Diana Balmori landscapes show how Cleveland could become greener, healthier and more beautiful |
Cities increasingly are turning to landscape architects to solve big problems with ecological methods and aesthetic sensibilities that lie beyond the scope of other design professions.

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Tecnologico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan | Monterrey Mexico | Sasaki


All over the world, cities and major universities are collaborating to create new economies and regenerate society. Tecnológico de Monterrey is positioned to become a leader in stimulating national urban and economic regeneration—and prove the power of Latin American universities as engines of innovation and entrepreneurship. Tecnologico de Monterrey has set an objective to become one of the top 100 global universities, and the best university in Latin America. In response to this vision, Sasaki’s urban regeneration plan for Tecnológico de Monterrey establishes a framework for the long-term evolution of the campus and adjoining neighborhoods. The plan creates an environment in the university context that will attract significant research and development investment, while transforming the community into a lively, attractive, dynamic, and integrated district.

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