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“Transformational” Fountain Sparked New Era of Water Feature Design

Washington, DC, April 29, 2008 — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have announced that the Tanner Fountain at Harvard University will receive the 2008 Landmark Award during the ASLA Annual Meeting on October 6  in Philadelphia.

Full project description and high-resolution images are available at:

Designed by Peter Walker, FASLA, with The SWA Group, the creation of a fountain without a basin was an innovation that transformed fountain design. Constructed in 1984, the Tanner Fountain was the first institutional project of the “Landscape as Art” movement, and it continues to prove that landscape architecture is an art, and the landscape architect an artist.

The Landmark Award recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located.  Previous recipients include the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Golden Gate National Recreation Area near San Francisco, and the Charleston Waterfront Park.

The awards jury called the park "one of the first examples of a landscape architect creating public sculpture….retaining the full power of the original idea. Transformational. It lives in your memory."

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Its Washington, D.C., headquarters staff, six regional offices, and 28 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of local community groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the Trust’s Web site at

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 18,200 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture online at