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A First and Many Feats in 2017

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) reports an extraordinary record of accomplishments in 2017. On the eve of TCLF’s 20th year, the foundation is moving forward with ambitious projects, programs, conferences, events, and other initiatives to increase the understanding of and support for our shared landscape legacy and for landscape architecture and its practitioners. This was all made possible by faithful supporters, including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), our Annual Sponsor; several ASLA chapters (noted below); Season of Events Sponsors ABC Stone, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Victor Stanley; and many other individuals and organizations.

Here are highlights from the ‘2017 Year in Review’:

A FIRST – This year TCLF received its first-ever $1 million gift. Within only a few weeks, the gift was matched by TCLF’s Board of Directors, a great show of faith in the foundation, its mission, and its work.

ORGANIZED – Sold-out conferences: Leading with Landscape III: Renewing San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park, realized with support from the Texas ASLA chapter; and Landscape as Catalyst: Lawrence Halprin’s Legacy and Los Angeles, completed with support from the Southern California ASLA chapter. What’s Out There Weekends in New Orleans, supported by the Louisiana ASLA chapter, and Indianapolis, aided by the Indiana ASLA chapter, drew thousands of attendees.

ADVOCATEDLandslide 2017: Open Season on Open Space focused on threats to large- and small-scale sites, from national monuments protected under the Antiquities Act to the iconic Greenacre Park in New York City. Many thanks to Landscape Architecture Magazine, our media partner.

EXPANDED – TCLF’s What's Out There (WOT) database of North America’s cultural landscapes surpassed 2,000 sites. TCLF unveiled new WOT guidebooks and online guides to New Orleans and Indianapolis; added significantly to the Washington, D.C., and Chicago online guides; and released the WOT Cultural Landscapes Guide to Boston, produced in partnership with the National Park Service in honor of its 100th anniversary.

INCREASED ¬¬– A video oral history was completed with William “Bill” Johnson, the fourteenth subject in the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Oral History series, which has been sponsored since its inception by the ASLA; and filming was completed with Joe Karr, one of three Dan Kiley principals currently being documented.

CONTINUED – Three traveling photographic exhibitions (one each about Lawrence Halprin, Dan Kiley, and the firm Oehme, van Sweden) were hosted at myriad cultural institutions throughout the U.S., including the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. The exhibitions have been seen by more than 85,000 people.

RECOGNIZEDThe Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin exhibition received an Honor Award in Communications from the ASLA, and TCLF’s President and CEO Charles A. Birnbaum received the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award.

Additional information about all of these programs, and others not mentioned, and a more detailed ‘Year in Review’ can be found on TCLF’s website.

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