Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (March 16-31) – THE DIRT

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Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, designed by Beatrix Farrand / Jane Padelford, ASLA

Meet the unsung heroine of the country’s most famous gardens — 03/29/22, Quick Business Design
“Over a five-decade career based on a deep knowledge of horticulture and an independent approach to style guided by detailed interaction with her clients, Beatrix Farrand has become one of the world’s most celebrated landscape designers. It’s an unlikely story told in the biography Beatrix Farrand: landscape artist, landscape architect, by Judith B. Tankard, published today by Monacelli Press. While some consider Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted the father of American landscape architecture, Farrand could easily be called the mother.

Turning cities into sponges to save lives and property — 03/29/22, The New York Times
“Around the world, officials are moving away from the traditional, hard infrastructure of flood barriers, concrete walls, culverts and sewer systems, and towards solutions that mimic nature. They build green roofs and parks; restore wetlands, swales and rivers; dig storage ponds; and more. Such projects – called by various names, including sponge cities, porous cities or blue-green infrastructure – also improve the quality of life for city dwellers.

A rogue chef’s plan for the heart of Budapest — 03/26/22, Bloomberg City Lab
“The project is a way for Orban to leave his mark on Hungary’s imposing capital, a city which since the end of communist rule in 1989 has become a confident and more cosmopolitan mix of foreign students, cuisine from around the world and yet with a strong Hungarian identity rooted in its 19th century architecture.But, as always with such urban redesigns, there is controversy, and in Hungary it is political as much as historical and financial.

Report: More than half of US waters are too polluted to swim or fish — 03/24/22, High Country News
“In 1972, US lawmakers passed the Clean Water Act with a 10-year goal: to make it safe for people to fish and swim in waters across the country. Fifty years later, about half of all lakes and rivers nationwide that have been surveyed do not meet that standard, according to a recent report by the Environmental Integrity Project, a DC watchdog and advocacy organization.

Gary Hilderbrand is the new chair of the Harvard GSD Landscape Architecture Department — 03/23/22, The architect’s journal
“‘Gary’s sensibilities as a teacher and as a practitioner are one and the same – his tireless efforts to reconcile the looming and often intractable forces of urbanization with ecological sustainability, cultural history, diets vegetative and thoughtful caring are at the heart of his pedagogy and practice both,” said Sarah M. Whiting, Dean of Harvard GSD.

Father figure: landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted celebrated as the originator of America’s public park system — 03/19/22, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“April 26 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth, and Olmsted 200 is a movement celebrating his vision – a vision that included public parks for all. He believed that parks are an important part of any community. Not only do they provide a a gathering place for family and friends, but they improve air and water quality, protect groundwater, and provide refuge for birds and animals.

New book on megaregions provides framework for large-scale public investments — 03/17/22, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
“Written by planning scholars Robert D. Yaro, Ming Zhang, and Frederick R. Steiner, Megaregions and America’s Future explains the concept of megaregions, provides up-to-date economic, demographic and environmental data, draws lessons from Europe and Asia, and shows how megaregions are an essential framework for governing the world’s largest economy.

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