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Feb 11, 2010
Whenever traveling, I always try to explore parks and gardens I’ve never visited. Recently, while visiting family near Palm Beach, Florida, I decided to check out that town’s historic designed landscapes.
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Feb 3, 2010
Christopher Marcinkoski, a senior associate with James Corner Field Operations in New York City, recently gave me an overview of several of the firm’s projects.
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Jan 7, 2010
Bill Moggridge’s appointment as director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York-based Smithsonian Institution museum, received extensive coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere.
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Jan 4, 2010
On December 30, William McDonald’s, In Remembrance: Vivid Personalities of the Decade ran in The New York Times. The essay placed a spotlight on this first decade of the 21st century, while noting those individuals that helped to define the 20th. McDonald, notes that, “they led nations, produced masterpieces, pushed the boundaries of science and entertained. . . In life we called them famous, renowned, celebrated, their deaths we call notable, because their names register. They people our collective memory. Some — those who destroy rather than build — we would like to forget. But most make us pause and think of the past and take account of what the world has lost.”
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Dec 1, 2009
I remember an internship during my college years in the early 1980s in M. Paul Friedberg’s office on the Upper West side of Manhattan. At the end of my first work week, Paul took me to O’Neils Restaurant near Lincoln Center where we dined on giant hot dogs. During that lunch I remember asking Paul why he listed the office, M. Paul Friedberg & Partners in the Yellow Pages under “architects?” He noted that no one knew to look under “landscape architect.” How things have changed.
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Nov 2, 2009
Last Wednesday I headed to the Bay Area for our conference, Landscapes for Living: Postwar Years in Northern California, and to visit with Larry Halprin. We had planned to have lunch together on Thursday. I imagined us drinking Arnold Palmers together (something he had introduced me to years earlier), he would order dessert which he was not supposed to have, and we would preview edits from the forthcoming oral history project we were doing about him. That evening he took a bad fall and by Sunday morning Halprin would pass away at his home in Kentfield, California, at the age of 93. 
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May 28, 2009
The opening of this two-day excursion began with an overview lecture by John Tschirch, who introduced us to the estates and gardens of Newport, and the work of the Preservation Society by a dedicated and concerned group of Newporters originally under the leadership of its founders, Katherine and George Warren.
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