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Hey, Mister, I Have a Park I Can Sell You
The New York Times
July 25, 2014
“Michael Van Valkenburgh, the landscape architect whose team designed this masterwork in collaboration with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, recalls walking down to the end of the piers 15 years ago, when the sheds were still in place. ‘I’d think, all we have to do is just not mess this up,’ he said that scorching afternoon in early July. ‘There are eight million people in New York City, and none of them knows that this incredible view is going to be theirs.’”

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Creative Types from Manolo Blahnik to Milton Glaser on Their Favorite Writing and Drawing Instruments
The New York Times
“The landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith became a gardening rock star when he won six gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.”

Haslam Delivers Five Grants Worth $1.4M to Shelby County
The Commercial Appeal
“‘It’s the second phase of a project that started with a segment of Walker from Highland to Brister that is currently being bid for construction,’ said Michael Shelton, a landscape architect for A2H, which designed the project.”

Construction to Start on O.C.’s Biggest Home
The Orange County Register
“A 70-foot infinity-edge pool stretches across the backyard, with a formal Italian garden designed by landscape architect Greg Grisamore on the south side atop the basement-garage.”

When Couples Disagree on When to Retire
USA Today
“They came up with a compromise: The husband agreed to embrace her career, and she agreed to take off six weeks a year to travel with him. They decided to spend some of the money from her income to hire a landscape architect to build a lovely garden with a stream and a waterfall so that he had a sanctuary to enjoy when he was home alone.”

The Trick of the Frick; Why Is It So Hard to Keep Beaux-Arts Museums Looking Beautiful?
New York
“Through the French doors is a delightful slice of a garden wrapped around a rectangular lily pond, designed by the distinguished landscape architect Russell Page in 1977. The new scheme would destroy it.”

Mid-career but Shining Bright
Bangkok Post

“Suriya Umpansiriratana began his career in landscape architecture. He has earned recognition in associating elements that seem incompatible, notably in his work that interprets Buddhism through simplicity.”

A North Korean Architect's Crazy Visions of the Future
Wired News
“Bonner holds the unusual distinction of operating the most popular tourist agency to the least-visited country in the world. Born in Britain and trained as a landscape architect, he founded Koryo Tours in Beijing in 1993. Today, the company takes over 2,000 tourists into North Korea a year—more than half of all the foreigners who visit.”

Nigerian Cities Suffer Landscape, Planning Problems
“Amos Atumye Alao is a landscape architect and the Secretary-General of the Society of Landscape Architects of Nigeria (SLAN) as well as the president of the Abuja chapter of the society. He speaks about the activities of [the] unknown but very crucial branch of architecture.”

Sea-Level Rise Threatens to Flood Boston’s Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites
ThinkProgress » Climate
“Elizabeth S. Padjen over at Landscape Architecture Magazine reported that the symposium addressed ideas ranging from rebuilding certain streets and alleys to function as ad hoc canals when the floods come—an idea also considered by the May conference—to underground cisterns, foldable parks, floating buildings, and absorbent streets.”

Selfies from the 9/11 Memorial
The Awl
“The contest for the memorial design yielded more than 5,200 entries from 63 countries. Other ideas included towers built from Lego blocks and clocks stopped at 9:11. Michael Arad, an architect from New York, won the project, along with Peter Walker, a landscape architect.”

Butterflies, Bees, and Birds! Oh My!
“The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices ( It’s a joint effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanical Garden (USBG).”

Community Parks Are Part of Economy, Public Health: Opinion
Star-Ledger (
In this op-ed, Representative Albio Sires (NJ) wrote about community parks and the need for increased funding to further the development and revitalization of these open spaces. The congressman also highlights a piece of legislation that he introduced this Congress to provide funding streams. Landscape architects are mentioned.

How to Choose and Hang Shutters
Miami Herald
“Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. ‘They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,’ says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, North Carolina.”

Landscaping: Feeling the Music of a Well-designed Garden
Miami Herald
“In a well-designed garden, you can feel the music. ‘It’s like a waltz,’ says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, North Carolina, who has been designing gardens for almost 20 years. Gardens, like music, are about movement and rest, he says. You should glide through a good garden as gracefully as a couple moves across a dance floor.” 

Navy Pier Gift Memorializes Family Business
Chicago Tribune
“The design team was led by landscape architect James Corner, known for High Line Park in Manhattan, New York.”

OracleVoice: Big Data’s Constant Gardener
“The work of an 18th-century British landscape architect might seem like an odd place to look for insights into the elusive task of extracting real business value from big data. It’s a way of querying data across Hadoop, relational, and NoSQL databases as if it were all in a single, high-performance system.”

Hey, Fat Cats, Keep Your Mitts Off My Frick
“This proposed tower rises from the garden that extends on the east side of the Frick, a lovely spot viewable from the street and a living monument to the skills of British landscape architect Russell Page.”

Hybrid Residential Tower Planned in Streeterville
Chicago Tribune
“Sandwiched between the tower and an existing high-rise to the west would be a new public park designed by New York landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, whose credits include Maggie Daley Park, which is under construction east of Millennium Park.”

Curbed Maps: Mapping the Best Olmsted-Designed Home Gardens for Sale
Curbed National
“Even more than a century after his death, Frederick Law Olmsted is still known as the maestro and progenitor of American landscape architecture, lauded for the reservoirs, lawns, and brambles of New York City’s Central Park, and famed for his work on little-known projects like the Niagara Reservation at Niagara Falls, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.”

Philip Johnson’s Other Career: Landscape Architecture?
Curbed National
“Still, even given his great fame and exhaustively documented life, it might be surprising to learn that the designer of the Glass House and Manhattan's AT&T Building considered himself an architect of the landscape as well as one of glass cathedrals and columned performance spaces, once stating that for him, architecture and landscape architecture were ‘one art.’”

D.C. Community Calendar, July 17–24, 2014
The Washington Post
Landscape architect Ian McHarg advanced the integration of ecology into land planning and design, and Ignacio Bunster-Ossa discusses the precepts of a new urban ecology involving the integration of green infrastructure and public art as a way to make compact development an appealing and sensible choice.”

Goodbye Lawns? Gardeners Adapt to Changing Climate
Globe and Mail
“Melanie Sifton, vice president of horticulture and facilities at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, suggests that homeowners start with, an interdisciplinary effort toward sustainable gardens led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.”

Here's What Happens When Starchitects Design Parks
Curbed National
“Part of the Awaji Yumebutai conference center, hotel, and memorial in Awaji, Japan, its staggered, boxy set of uniformly laid-out plots is pretty far afield from what a landscape architect might create. It’s also easily the highlight of the sprawling complex.”

Wander the Grounds of America's Highest-Priced Estates
Curbed National
“With graceful landscape architecture by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, the 25-acre grounds of the Crespi Hicks estate outside Dallas artfully minimize the mass of this absolutely gigantic Maurice Fatio design—no mean feat considering the house tops out at almost 29,000 square feet.”

Brave New Gardening for Brave New Climates
San Francisco Chronicle
“Melanie Sifton, vice president of horticulture and facilities at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, suggests that homeowners start with, an interdisciplinary effort toward sustainable gardens led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.”

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