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Landscape Architecture in the News

Jacques Wirtz, Innovative Landscape Designer, Dies at 93
New York Times

“‘He applied classical techniques of gardening in new and inventive ways, using rhythms, patterns and repetitions that were truly hypnotic,’ Brad McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, said in a telephone interview. ‘He broke out of the symmetries that you’d see in places like Versailles and violate them in quite memorable ways.’”

Handy Engineering: Vietnam's 'Golden Bridge' Has Giant Support

New York Times

“The pedestrian walkway, designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, sits at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level and extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face, offering tourists uninterrupted views of the majestic landscape beneath.”

Historic Preservation a Complicated Force in Urban Development

Washington Post

“Since World War II, awareness of historic preservation and regulations promoting it have evolved to be among the most potent forces affecting urban planning, real estate development, building design and landscape architecture.”

Ten Things You Should Know About Prospect Park
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the 585-acre greenspace. This famous team of landscape architects also designed Central Park.”

A Wave of War Memorials Is Coming to D.C. Are We All at Peace With That?
Washington Post

“Before the vote, however, the lone dissenter, vice chairman Elizabeth K. Meyer, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Virginia, spoke up in a quiet voice.”

Why Is Pennsylvania Avenue’s Freedom Plaza Such a Failure?
Greater Greater Washington

“Not too long after, DC Mayor Marion Barry also rejected the design, and The American Society of Landscape Architects asked for a more landscape-oriented scheme.”

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“Held as the culminating event to the Seattle Design Festival, all participants will be eligible to win one of three awards presented by WASLA Washington Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects.”

Inquiring Minds: Olmsted Holdings Offer Blueprint for Preserving Historical Landscapes

Library of Congress Blog

“A 19th-century pioneer who developed the field of American landscape architecture, Olmsted shaped many notable sites throughout his career – New York’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Biltmore estate in North Carolina and the park systems for Buffalo and Boston, among many others.”

Leveraging Landscape: Tools for Urban Resilience
Urban Land Magazine

“Landscape architecture fosters resilience through site-sensitive approaches to land use planning, mobility networks, grading and flood control, water management, revegetation, and open-space design—in short, by integrating designed systems within the dynamics of natural systems.”

‘Freestanding Sculpture Wall’ Could Be Coming to Pershing Park for WWI Memorial

Curbed DC

“Designed by celebrated landscape architectM. Paul Friedberg, the 1.75-acre park opened in 1981 and is located between 14th and 15th streets NW on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh Receives Living Building Certification
Informed Infrastructure

“The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy partnered with the City of Pittsburgh, architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, landscape architectLaQuatra Bonci Associates, and construction manager P.J. Dick Incorporated to complete the project.”

Upper Kirby Park Blooms as Finalist in Coveted Global Design Competition
Culture Map Houston

“Levy Park’s redesign was led by OJB Landscape Architecture — which bodes well for the upcoming competition.”

Los Angeles Architects Suggest Designs for Better Shelters
Next City

“As Next City has covered, designers and landscape architects are increasingly turning their attention to cities’ thorniest problems, from inmate recidivism and prison conditions to transitional housing.”

Historic Architecture and Transitional Interiors Blend in This 1920s Druid Hills House
Atlanta magazine

“The house sits on a wide street originally laid out by famed landscape architectFrederick Law Olmsted to accommodate streetcars.”

Leaders Want to Turn LA River into a 51-Mile Linear Park to Rival the New York High Line
Los Angeles Daily News

“Also involved in the effort is Gehry Partners, which is architect Frank Gehry’s firm, and landscape architecturefirm OLIN.”

Architects, Urban Planners Address Gentrification of U.S. Cities Through Design
Christian Science Monitor

But designing buildings and public spaces with traces of that heritage will allow the community's legacy to survive despite demographic pressure, argues Walter Hood, professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Grimshaw’s Innovative Frost Science Museum Has Become a Magnetic Draw in Miami

“Landscape architecture firm ArquitectonicaGEO, which worked on the nature elements at the PAMM, was hired to establish an environmental continuity.”

Do We Really Need to Watch TV in Nature?

Wall Street Journal

“Making it easier to do indoor activities outside is a major trend in garden design, according to a 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects survey, in which 808 members of the society ranked the projects that clients are clamoring for this year.”

Five Experts Reveal Their Secrets to Gorgeous Garden Design

Iconic Life

“A professional landscape architect has plenty of things to consider during the design process, such as optimizing views, creating privacy, or saving existing structures.”

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