A landscape architect and filmmaker, Muren focuses on the ecology and poetry of placemaking in the documentary, Dream of The Sea Ranch.
See how two NYC-based landscape architects are teaching people to value and see the city's design legacy through a forthcoming publication.
I am a lifelong resident of Southern Pines, North Carolina, a resort town best known for world class golf courses and beautiful horse country.
An original component of the L’Enfant Plan for the Federal City of Washington, which applied a Baroque system of radiating, mostly diagonal, avenues with a superimposed grid of orthogonal streets. Divided into four quadrants, emanating from the centrally located U.S. Capitol, the intersection of the diagonal and orthogonal streets creates a network of geometrically- and irregularly-shaped public spaces known as “reservations.” Reservation No. 153, Logan Circle, is a 1.8-acre park formed by the intersections of Rhode Island and Vermont Avenues and 13th and P Streets, NW.
Established in 1807 by the vestry of Christ Church and officially named the Washington Parish Burial Ground, the cemetery served as the favored burial site for U.S. public servants until the establishment of the National Cemetery System following the Civil War. The irregular 30-acre site occupies about nine blocks of L’Enfant’s original street grid on the west bank of the Anacostia River overlooking southeastern Washington. Linear rows of monuments and straight walking paths continue the city’s geometry within the cemetery gates, and a chapel, added in 1903, occupies the axial center.
In 1898 the first bishop of Washington, Henry Yates Satterlee, chose a site overlooking the Federal City for the Washington National Cathedral. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. developed a master plan for the 59-acre site and was involved in its execution from 1907-1928. His plan included internal roadways, locations for institutional buildings, a series of open spaces and gardens, and a Pilgrim’s Path through the existing five-acre woodland.
An important example of the work of landscape architect Marjorie Sewell Cautley, the park was a gift of local residents Malcolm Sutherland Mackay, his wife Helen Raynor Mackay, and his sister, Jennie L. Mackay to the Tenafly Board of Education in 1924.The Common’s original 30 acres included an athletic field, a baseball diamond, an outdoor theatre, game grounds, school gardens, a picnic grove, and a woodlot for the Boy Scouts and demonstration center for the Girl Scouts.
Situated at the terminus of Flora Street, the central road in the Dallas Arts District, this museum and gardens was designed in 1983 by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes of Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates and Dan Kiley. The building is approached through a simple, partially enclosed courtyard, paved with cobblestones and planted with live oaks in the four corners. A small circular fountain in the center redirects people off the main axis and into the building.
Located in the Arts District at the edge of the business district in downtown Dallas, Fountain Place, completed in 1986, is a 5.5-acre terraced plaza designed by landscape architect Dan Kiley with Peter Ker Walker and WET Design. Originally known as Allied Plaza, the public space is located at the foot of the Fountain Place office development, a 60-story, geometrically skewed, glass tower, designed by I.M. Pei + Partners.
Located in downtown Dallas, this plaza is the vision of developer Peter Stewart who envisioned a public place for ecumenical worship to reflect on the world’s blessings and commemorate the nation’s long observance of Thanksgiving. Stewart felt that a symbolic structure was essential to the program of the park, and after interviewing many architects chose Philip Johnson, who he felt possessed a keen symbolic and historic sensibility.