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Landscape Architecture

That 'Temporary' Frick Garden -- It Was Created to Be Permanent

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In a bit of revisionist history, the garden at the Frick Collection designed by the world famous British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-1985) and once hailed by the New York Times as one of his "most important works," has been downgraded by museum officials to nothing more than an interim land use.

Here's What's Missing in the Debate Over the Frick Collection's Proposed Expansion

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The announcement that the Frick Collection on New York's Upper East Side plans to build an addition has generated some buzz and concern -- and if implemented, it would forever destroy an important part of the collection -- an exquisite garden by the world famous British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-85).

Living on the Edge

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Given the North American urban renaissance, how much development can the highly desirable edge of a park absorb? How much vertical aspiration can our horizontal ideal accommodate?

Here's What's Missing in the Debate Over Central Park's Horses and Carriages

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

Whether the horses and carriages stay or go, this increased congestion will have to be addressed -- it's a matter of public safety and the park's authenticity.

What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

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...

Is Your Garden Good for Hawaii?

Jason Rushin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

Helping people discover which plants are better versus not-so-good is one of the goals behind Ulu, a new sustainable garden project, located at the back of Manoa valley amidst a tropical rainforest and screaming cockatiels.

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

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.

Rebirth of America's Urban Parks Is Spurred by Citizen Involvement, So Why Is It Under Attack?

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The renaissance of urban parks -- and the attendant strengthening of cities -- is at a crossroads. The public sector, from Washington to the state houses to the mayors' offices, must provide adequate public funding for parks.

City Shaping VI: In 21st Century Toronto, There is Momentum

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Town Hall Square, by Janet Rosenberg & Studio. Photograph courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation. If you want to see why cities are centers of ...

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

13 Homes Wine Lovers Can Buy Now

Ryan Nickum | Posted 05.13.2013 | HuffPost Home
Ryan Nickum

Coming home to a glass of wine is one of life's greater pleasures. Here's a collection of 13 properties pulled from Estately's real estate listings that honor one of mankind's greatest inventions.

Will The 'QueensWay' Be New York City's Next High Line?

Tom Moran | Posted 03.08.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

The plan to transform a 3.5-mile stretch of derelict railroad in central Queens into an urban greenway is gaining momentum.

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...

An Exciting New Look For The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Jacob Slevin | Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

Garden and City Context. Albert Večerka/Esto I've been waiting over five years to write this article. I was privileged to first meet Michael Ma...

Ballistic Architecture Machine's Titan Heats Up

Jacob Slevin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

The Titan. Photo Courtesy of BAM. Globalization is a prevalent theme these days. People can travel to opposite points in the world in less than...

2012's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

There are many reasons why landscape architecture "has gained stature in the public's imagination," as Alan Brake, Executive Editor at The Architect's...

Museum Tower is an "attack" on the Nasher Sculpture Center's garden, building and art

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

As Nasher Sculpture Center landscape architect Peter Walker sees it, the intense light reflecting off Museum Tower, the 42-story, $200 million condomi...

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.

New Jersey's 'Done Deal': Destroying a Historic Resource With False Choices

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 09.30.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

From mobile phones to Starbucks beverages, we are used to having lots of options. So, when it comes to the disposition of historic resources, why do governmental officials so often offer us false choices?

Famous Landscape Architect's Gardens Preserved

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 09.17.2012 | Arts

SEAL HARBOR, Maine — Some of Maine's most popular destinations are located on Mount Desert Island, including Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park...

The Real High Line Effect -- A Transformational Triumph of Preservation and Design

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.19.2012 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

The High Line proves that a site-specific, adaptive reuse approach is a viable holistic alternative that embraces both change and continuity -- and it's not an isolated success story.

PHOTOS: Exploring The Unfinished Section Of The High Line

Michelle Young | Posted 08.08.2012 | Travel
Michelle Young

Due to the unique wraparound layout of the tracks in this section and their proximity to the waterfront, this section of the High Line may be the most striking yet.

UCLA Violates a Long-Standing Regent's Bequest and Endangers One of the Rarest Private Japanese Gardens in the United States

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 07.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Charles A. Birnbaum

Preservation of significant designed landscapes, as I've written previously, is no easy matter, so any entity's pledge to maintain a nationally important work of landscape architecture "in perpetuity" is a victory.