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2013's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In surveying the year in landscape architecture, "aptness," a word favored by the great Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley seems, well, appropria...

Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York
Adrian Benepe

I didn't grow up in Prospect Park. My neighborhood park was Riverside, and Central Park was where I sometimes went on weekends as a child. Prospect Park was, to me, a mythical land in distant Brooklyn, across the East River and reachable only by a long trip on the subway.

Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses Its Heart

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Nationally, in the wake of urban growth and renewal, there is considerable debate about whether public parks and open space should be given away or sold to for-profit enterprises. Are they valuable civic resources or just places to put stuff?

Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 04.12.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In his later years, you could find Dan Kiley with his wild hair and pants hiked up to his waist always brimming with opinions and ideas - or as the ce...

Saving Our Treasures

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.24.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like most Detroiters, I have a special fondness for Belle Isle. I've lived close to the Detroit River since 2005, and even when I don't walk or bike on the island or enjoy the solitude, which I do fairly often, knowing that our island sanctuary is there provides respite to the soul.

The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York's Central Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

I know that it may come as a shock to some, but New York's Central Park is not an act of God. It might seem that way, especially in the woodlands, which appear so authentically, well, natural.

City Shaping V: Can Philanthropy for Boston's Parks Break Through the Grass Ceiling?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 04.02.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

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To Be Real... You've Got to Be Real

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Two new sites in New York -- the 9/11 Memorial and the newly relocated home of Alexander Hamilton -- definitely raise questions about authenticity in the context of how we may manage a landscape's transformation.

Lessons From Brooklyn for the LADOT

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.25.2011 | New York
Joel Epstein

New York under Bloomberg and his DOT is remaking itself into a city known for its parks, open space and complete streets philosophy that recognizes the role the roads play for drivers, buses, pedestrians and bikers.

LOOK: Bloomberg's New Mansion In The Hamptons

Posted 09.19.2011 | New York

The New York Post reports today that Mayor Bloomberg is buying a Georgian mansion in Southampton, New York for $20 million (less than 1/100 of a perc...

The Genius of Design -- Frederick Law Olmsted

Geri Spieler | Posted 08.05.2011 | Books
Geri Spieler

The gift of artistic vision on the large stage of life is rare. When witnessed it is so overwhelming few can appreciate its impact for years to come.

Tree Hugging Is Back in Style

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 06.01.2011 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

The Olmsted Elm served as one of the most symbolic living witnesses to the birth of landscape architecture and city shaping in America.

The Value of View

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

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On the Waterfront: A New Park Rises in Brooklyn

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

There's so much new public space in NY that even a tourist magnet as big as the City can afford to let the public know about some of its new gems.

City Shaping, Change and Continuity

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

While Detroit is contemplating a shrinking of that city through wholesale demolition of historic neighborhoods, Louisville, Kentucky has opted for a very different approach.

Death Be Not Proud

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Henry J. Stern

Do you know about Pelham Parkway? The Department of Transportation is planning to improve the park's roadways, and remove 87 mature trees that give the parkway its character and beauty.

Most Visitors Unaware of the History Behind Every Tree in Central Park

Rich Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rich Grant

Everything in this lovely park was created by man, all in an area that once was a dismal swamp.