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Reviving the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral
The Washington Post
7/11/13
“When I asked landscape architect Michael Vergason to reflect on the powers of the Bishop’s Garden, he gave me a list: ‘age, intricacy, detail, and there’s a certain ruinous quality about it. It has an ancient feel.’”

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Olin Takes a National Arts Medal
Architect
7/10/13
“Olin the man won the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal in 2011; Olin the firm won the ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award in 2006.”

Obama Honors George Lucas, Others at White House Ceremony
Variety
7/10/13
“Other honorees, selected in a process organized by the National Endowment for the Arts, include arts patron Lin Arison, dance company founder Joan Meyers Brown, soprano Renee Fleming, author Ernest Gaines, visual artist Ellsworth Kelly, landscape architect Laurie Olin, musician and producer Allen Toussaint and the Washington Performing Arts Society.”

The Death and Life of Planning
The Architect’s Newspaper
7/10/13
“On the other hand, landscape architects—who are trained to think about large unused building sites and the nature of public use—began to ‘plan’ important projects all over the country.”

Laurie Olin: The Man, The Myth, The Landscape Architect
Planetizen
7/9/13
“This is a big week for landscape architects. Laurie Olin, one of our profession’s most respected practitioners, educators and leaders will soon be standing on stage next to celebrities such as George Lucas, Herb Alpert and Elaine May, being presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Obama.”

The Urban Jungle: April Philips Has a Concrete Plan for Tasty City Landscapes
Huffington Post
7/8/13
“Designed by Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture, the three-quarter-acre Lafayette Greens is both an aesthetic and functional success, winning an honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2012.”

Is There Anything More American Than Starting Your Own Business?
Huffington Post
7/8/13
“Building and landscape architects and computer systems design are also industries growing strongly, by about 15 percent over the last 12 months.”

LA's Four Epic Planning Mistakes and What They Teach Us
Planetizen
7/6/13
“In 1930, the firm started by the sons of the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York in addition to other projects, proposed a comprehensive and coherent network of parks, playgrounds, schools, beaches, forests, and transportation to promote the social, economic, and environmental vitality of Los Angeles and the health of its people. . . . Instead, civic leaders killed the Report because of politics, the bureaucracy and private landowner greed.”

Resting Place of City Fathers, Civil War Vets and a Hermit is Neglected
Tampa Bay Times
7/6/13
“Phil Graham, landscape architect of the Dalí Museum, has ancestors at Greenwood. One is Clarence Warren Graham, who died in 1904. He retired to St. Petersburg at age 38, having already made his fortune.”

Gardner Exhibit Explores Photomontages
Boston Globe
7/4/13
“Most of these examples, as the subtitle suggests, are used in the context of landscape architecture.”

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Spends His First Day Listening, as Promised
Los Angeles Times
7/1/13
Landscape architect Mia Lehrer, a longtime Garcetti backer, asked him to appoint a ‘design czar’ — a high-level official who would make sure development projects navigate the city's approval process smoothly, fit in with their surroundings and have ‘innovative’ design. ‘Elegance and good design matters,’ she said.”

10 Things Adored by Landscape Architect Douglas Hoerr
Chicago Magazine
July 2013
“A beekeeper’s smoker, Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch, and Felco pruners are just a few of the things this partner at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects treasures.”

Sounding Off on Public Parks
NY1
6/27/13
“The Road to City Hall's Errol Louis hosted a panel that explored the state of public parks now and the future, including the disparity in funding, with former Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Holly Leicht of New Yorkers for Parks; Laura Starr of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; and Geoffrey Croft from NYC Parks Advocates.”



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