Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (February 1-15) – THE DIRT

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Memorial Park designed by Olmsted Brothers in Maplewood, New Jersey. /Bill Benzon, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Architect’s Diary

Landslide 2022 focuses on under-threatened landscapes Olmsted — 02/15/22, The architect’s journal
“Today, more than 200 landscapes designed by Olmsted are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many are designated as National Historic Landmarks. And while the Olmsted name brings with it a high level of prestige and recognition, it does not guarantee, as noted by TCLF President and CEO Charles A. Birnbaum, any sort of invincibility.

As landscape architects, two Oregon women laid the foundation for many of the Northwest’s sustainable gardens — 02/11/22, The Oregonian
“In all, [Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver] designed over 200 public and private landscapes and gardens between 1929 and 1969. They introduced many cultivars of roses and once uncommon shrubs such as English boxwood to the region, and they persuaded local growers to propagate other plants that have become the mainstays of the garden.

Olmsted’s legacy, bringing people together through landscape architecture — 02/11/22, The pilot
“Olmsted saw the ability of landscaping to have beneficial effects, whether it was physical health or mental health. He saw landscaping as a way to bring people together,” said Dede Petri, president and CEO of the National Parks Association Olmsted.

Biden’s infrastructure bill includes unprecedented $1.1 billion for Everglades revitalization — 02/11/22, Inside climate news
“The money will go to fund projects under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a Florida law passed in 2000 that includes 68 different projects that will cost a total of $23 billion.”

The Untold Story of Super Bowl LVI Stadium in Los Angeles — 02/07/22, Architectural Summary
“The landscaping will allow residents year-round access to areas outside the stadium itself, introducing new shared spaces to a city that lacks equitable access to public space.” a destination for the community,” says [Mia] Lehrer, [founder of Studio-MLA]. “It’s not just a place to see a football match or go shopping; it is an environment where people come and are with the community.

New York’s Park Avenue medians get a makeover — 02/07/22, Bloomberg City Lab
“The New York City Department of Transportation plans to hire a landscape architect to reimagine the malls that divide Park Avenue along the 11 blocks from Grand Central to East 57th Street. Council member Keith Powers, who represents the region, says he expects the request for proposals to go out in the coming months. Renovations will take place in stages and will likely not be completed for at least 20 years.

Palm Springs’ downtown park looks past the desert city’s mid-century heyday — 02/02/22, The architect’s journal
“To that end, the design of the $7.6 million park notably avoids drawing inspiration from mid-century design. “We made a conscious decision to try to tap into that intrinsic landscape, something more eternal and timeless about Palm Springs,” said [Nate] Cormier [of RIOS].”

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