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TCLF in the News

February 8, 2016
ASLA's The Dirt

Houston, Texas, America’s fourth largest city, is in the middle of a landscape architecture-driven revitalization, argues Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) and a number of design journalists.

February 7, 2016
University of Arkansas

The proposed site in Pershing Park has stirred up controversy. Critics, chief among them Charles Birnbaum of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, say that the new memorial would destroy the 1981 design by M. Paul Friedberg. 

February 6, 2016
Houston Chronicle

A number of leading landscape architects, designers and civic leaders will speak at the [Cultural Landscape] foundation's conference on March 11, then hit the trails March 12-13 to offer free, guided tours of signature "cultural landscapes" across the city.

February 5, 2016
Next City

Just south of where the proposal begins is the 5.5-acre Freeway Park, recognized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation as the first park built over a highway.

February 2, 2016
Architectural Digest

The plan, however, still faces many obstacles. It must be approved by the National Park Service and be evaluated for environmental impact and historical preservation. Concerns have been expressed by several agencies that must, at least in part, approve the project: the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Office.

February 1, 2016
Arkansas Times

The Cultural Landscape Foundation ... strongly opposes the design on the grounds that it would require the demolition of the park, which the National Park Service says is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

February 1, 2016
Chicago Tribune

"What we want to see is a solution that manages change in a sympathetic way to this space and honors those who served in that war," said Charles Birnbaum, president of the Washington-based Cultural Landscape Foundation. "We don't think those are mutually exclusive."

January 29, 2016

The DC-based Cultural Landscape Foundation, for example, would like to see the key elements of the park retained, an aim that was not reflected in any of the submissions that reached the final stage of competition.

January 29, 2016
Building Design & Construction

Opponents of the remake, like Charles Birnbaum, of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, say the current design of the park should be preserved, or at least incorporated into the new design, according to DCist. 

January 29, 2016

However, if executed as proposed, the winning project would result in the demolition of Pershing Park, which was designed by landscape architects M. Paul Friedberg and Oehme van Sweden, and which the National Park Service (NPS) has determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.