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

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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
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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EVENT | George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication

The dedication ceremony for George W. Bush Presidential Center will be held today including a parkland designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The design reflects the Bush’s love for their native Texas landscape and includes trees from their ranch tree farm. MVVA have spent over 2 and half years on site creating a 15 acre parkland that includes praries and meadows, bioswales and an irrigation cistern.

To find our more about the project watch the Michael Van Valkenburgh and Herb Sweeney interview below. You can also watch the dedication live on the George W. Bush Presidential Center website and also turnback the clock and watch the landscape unfold with Earthcam construction cams.

SMU Sits Down with GWB Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh from SMU-TV on Vimeo.

 

VIDEO | Michael Van Valkenburgh on Landscape Urbanism


Michael Van Valkenburgh explains Landscape Urbanism in a short video to Popular Mechanics as part of Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined

2012 in Review | October

October saw Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners win Waller Creek Design Competition. We published Maxthreads design for Kaohsiung Taiwan – Infiltrated Cultural and Ecological Urbanism along with the realised design for Leicester Square City Quarter in London by Burns + Nice.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners wins Waller Creek Design Competition

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