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Feb. 28, 6-8pm: Open Studio
Landscape Architecture Bureau [LAB], llc
714 7th Street SE, Washington, DC
Network with colleagues from around the DC metro area and tour LAB’s studio in DC.
Food and drink will be provided. Special thanks to our sponsor: Tournesol Siteworks.
Space is limited. Click here for complimentary registration.
March 4, 1-3pm:
SITES Education Session
Join GBCI and Potomac Chapter ASLA for a regional workshop on the concepts and goals of sustainable and regenerative land design via the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). SITES® is a program dedicated to fostering resiliency and transforming land development and management practices towards regenerative design. The central message of the SITES® program is that any project holds the potential to protect, improve, and regenerate the natural benefits and services provided by healthy ecosystems. This workshop will provide practitioners and regional leaders with the tools they need to integrate SITES® into their work.
2 hours LA CES credit pending.
This two-day course is presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National, the M.S. in Sustainable Design Program at The Catholic University in DC. Participants will learn skills and methods to pro-actively engage in community-based design through professional fee-based projects. The Public Interest Design Institute curriculum is structured around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) process and metric, which provides a step-by-step guide for practice, documentation, and showcasing of public interest design projects. Successful participants will earn SEED Certification and professional continuing education credits.
Learning objectives include:
- Finding new clients and public interest design projects
- Learning about new fee sources and structures
- Learning methods of working with a community as a design partner
- Leveraging other partners and assets to address project challenges
- Maximizing a project’s positive impact on a community
- Moving beyond LEED to measure positive social, economic, & environmental impact
- Understanding public interest design and how it is re-shaping professional practice
Click here for more details and registration. Approved for 11.5 hours LA CES.
Influential Modernist Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin Featured in New Exhibition at the National Building Museum Thru April 16
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Lawrence Halprin. Photo by Roger Foley. Courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
A traveling exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) opened November 5, 2016, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Timed with the centennial anniversary of Halprin’s birth, the exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco. Titled The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, the exhibition both honors the influential designer and calls attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy. The exhibition is organized and curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) in collaboration with the National Building Museum, and will remain on view through April 16, 2017. The National Building Museum’s presentation of the exhibition will include original drawings and other artifacts that will not appear at subsequent exhibition venues.
Lawrence Halprin was among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. His prolific career spanned more than five decades, and the innovative techniques he pioneered changed the profession forever. The Brooklyn-born Halprin began his career in 1945 with a four-year stint working for Thomas Church in San Francisco, where he collaborated with architect George Rockrise on the renowned Dewey Donnell garden in Sonoma, California. He opened Lawrence Halprin & Associates in 1949, and his oeuvre initially included residential gardens, campuses, and housing projects. However, by the mid-1960s, his firm had turned decisively to re-designing major urban landscapes. A series of innovative parks, plazas, and pedestrian malls brought international notice and critical acclaim. When the Ira Keller Fountain (completed in 1970) opened in Portland, Oregon, New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable called it “one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance.”
Halprin, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), received numerous awards, including the ASLA Gold Medal (1978), ASLA Design Medal (2003), induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978), the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture (1979), and the National Medal of Arts (2002), the nation’s highest honor for an artist.
“In the tradition of great artists, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin created a new and influential language,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s president & CEO.
“Landscape architecture is one of the major design disciplines that come under the aegis of the National Building Museum, and this exhibition highlights a key figure in the history of that discipline,” said Chase W. Rynd, Hon. ASLA, president and executive director of the National Building Museum. “Halprin helped to change perceptions about American cities and urban landscapes at a time when such places were often neglected.”
A full-color printed gallery guide will accompany the exhibition with information about each of the sites, as well as a complementary online exhibition presenting additional photography and a video oral history with Halprin. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, which holds the Halprin archives, the exhibition will include personal artifacts, drawings, sketches, and photographs. Additionally, selected sketches from Halprin’s personal collection (courtesy of Edward Cella Art & Architecture in Los Angeles) will be on display.
The exhibition, part of TCLF’s Landslide series, calls attention to threatened and at-risk works of landscape architecture and landscape features, and will include photographs of some of Halprin’s most iconic projects, from Sea Ranch in northern California (photography by Saxon Holt) to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. (photography by Roger Foley), as well as several private gardens, including recently rediscovered early 1950s-era projects. Also included are photographs of the dance deck he created for his wife Anna (photography by Tom Fox), the famous choreographer, who fundamentally influenced Halprin’s understanding of human motion through space. This is the third TCLF-organized exhibition hosted by the National Building Museum, and the second to debut at the museum.
As part of the foundation’s What’s Out There program, TCLF organized a months-long series of free, expert-led tours of Halprin-designed landscapes across the United States and in Jerusalem, Israel. Tours began in July and extend through October, and are open to the public (registration is required). Sites featured include Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California; two recently rehabilitated landscapes—Park Central Square in Springfield, Missouri, and Manhattan Square Park in Rochester, New York; Heritage Park Plaza in Fort Worth, Texas, which has been closed and under threat for several years; and Capitol Apartment Towers in Sacramento, California, which will be demolished later this year. Many of the tour guides have worked for or with Halprin over the years and can share intimate knowledge of the sites. Other guides have worked to save or extend the life of threatened Halprin designs through diligent research, documentation, and public engagement. They include landscape architects, architects, archivists, city planners, and historians.
The exhibition is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1998 to connect people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. Through its website, publishing, lectures and other events, TCLF broadens support and understanding for cultural landscapes.
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Follow us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook: www.facebook.com/