2014 Maeder-York Family Fellowship Landscape Studies

MY-FellowshipThe Maeder-York Family Fellowship recognizes an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The residential Fellowship is awarded through a juried international portfolio competition and builds upon the Gardner’s Artist-in Residence programs that have fostered creativity and collaboration in the arts for over two decades.

In 2014, The Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies will be in residence in one of the Renzo Piano-designed apartments at the Museum for three months during the summer. A public event centering on a discussion of their work is scheduled for the evening of June 12, 2014.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens Historic Monks Garden Redesigned by Michael Van Valkenburgh


Courtesy of Elizabeth Felicella

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum unveiled today the Museum’s historic Monks Garden redesigned by Michael Van Valkenburgh. The Garden, which was originally designed by Isabella Stewart Gardner during the installation of the Museum in 1901, has been reinstalled several times since that time. Van Valkenburgh was commissioned in 2012 to redesign the cloistered garden adjacent to the historic building and connected to the exterior gardens which surround the Museum’s new wing designed by Renzo Piano.

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EXHIBITION | Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture

Composite Landscapes examines one of landscape architecture’s most recognizable representational forms, the montage view. The exhibition gathers work from a select group of influential contemporary artists and a dozen of the world’s leading landscape architects. Contributors include Adriaan Geuze, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Richard Weller, James Corner, Claude Cormier and many others.

These composite views reveal practices of photomontage depicting the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape. The first exhibition of its kind in North America, Composite Landscapes illustrates the analog origins of a method now rendered ubiquitous through digital means. In revisiting the composite landscape view as a cultural form, Composite Landscapes illuminates the contemporary status of the photographically constructed image for the design disciplines, and beyond.

Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture is showing at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston from June 27 – September 2, 2013

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BOOK REVIEW | Recycling Spaces Curating Urban Evolution

BOOK REVIEW | Recycling Spaces Curating Urban Evolution

Recycling Spaces: Curating Urban Evolution: The Work of Martha Schwartz Partners by Emily Waugh published by ORO is a book of selected projects by Martha Schwartz Partners and their relationship to cities.

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VIDEO | Martha Schwartz at Harvard GSD

Martha Schwartz recently gave a one and half hour presentation at Harvard GSD about her firm’s works and recently published book Recycling Spaces: Curating Urban Evolution: The Work of Martha Schwartz Partners.  Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. A landscape architect and artist for over 29 years, she teaches a core studio and design studios focusing on artistic expression in the landscape.


This Week in Landscape | 26 August 2012

Another week of great landscape links from around the world.

Disney World on the Hudson | Jeremiah Moss | NY Times Op-ed
This article sparked debate this week as Moss came out and stated that “The High Line has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in the city’s history.” Causing a few interesting conversations on the interwebs.

With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure | Jim Robbins | Yale Environment 360
“We’re at a tipping point,” says Katherine Baer of American Rivers, which is working with communities to implement green infrastructure.

Making Green a Primary Color | Harvard Magazine
“Let’s look at the city as an ecological or biological system,” says (Charles) Waldheim.

A Land Art Sanctuary Filled With Eye-Bending Masterpieces | Cliff Kuang | Fast Co.Design
Gibbs has spent the last two decades commissioning notable artists to work on the farm, collecting a menagerie of roughly two dozen pieces that he calls “a sanctuary for the senses.”

Los Angeles Puts a New Park at Its Heart | Jennifer Medina | NY Times (sydicated)
A long article about Grand Park in LA without a mention of the designers – Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Dismayed by a monastery garden’s disrepair, landscape architect resurrects it | Doug Oster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
She was determined to renovate the garden. The first step was getting permission.

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User m.gifford

Rethink Athens Design Competition

The ALEXANDER S.ONASSIS PUBLIC BENEFIT FOUNDATION has launched Rethink Athens, a European architectural competition for the re-constitution of Athens city centre along the axis of Panepistimiou str., and invites all interested candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria to register. Purpose of the Competition is the selection of the Architect (Person or legal entity), that will undertake the design of the architectural public space for the creation of a New City Center in Athens along the axis of Panepistimiou Street.

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