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TCLF in the News

August 24, 2015
Washington Business Journal

At least one D.C.-based group has risen up against design plans for a World War I memorial in a redesigned Pershing Park.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation says the five finalist designs vying to be chosen by the World War I Memorial Commission to create the tribute to veterans of the Great War all have at least one unifying theme: Demolishing Pennsylvania Avenue's Pershing Park as it is.

August 24, 2015

Earlier this month, after viewing the contenders in the US World War I Centennial Commission’s competition to redesign the National World War I Memorial in Washington DC, organizations like The Cultural Landscape Foundation began to began to voice their opinion regarding the reach of the competition. With the cultural importance of the site in mind, such organizations had hoped that the redesign would maintain the existing Pershing Park, but were disappointed to discover that the majority of the competition’s design proposals seek to demolish the existing landscape.

August 23, 2015
World Landscape Architecture

[I]n recent weeks The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has raised concerns about the threat to the current Pershing Park landscape designed by M. Paul Friedberg and recently added the park to TCLF’s Landslide list of nationally significant at-risk and threatened landscapes.

August 21, 2015
Military Times

“Modernist landscapes, despite the wide popularity of Modernist design, remain at great risk for unsympathetic change and demolition and this current threat to Pershing Park attests to that fragility,” said Charles Birnbaum, president of the foundation.

August 21, 2015

The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Birnbaum argues it is important to understand Moore's sensitivity to landscape, and to consider the Piazza d'Italia as a work of landscape architecture.

August 20, 2015
Washington Times

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a nonprofit, said each of the proposed designs would effectively demolish the existing park, which opened along Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street in 1981.

August 20, 2015
Washington Post

Charles Birnbaum, chief executive of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, is among those who oppose the plan to demolish the park, which was designed by noted landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg.

August 19, 2015

The idea that the entire park would be rebuild according to the winning design sparked debates among landscape architecture conservationists, namely the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

August 19, 2015
Stars and Stripes

An effort to build a new World War I memorial is causing controversy even as the project moved forward Wednesday with the announcement of five design-competition finalists.

August 19, 2015
Associated Press

The Cultural Landscape Foundation said it opposes the demolition of Pershing Park for the new memorial.