2016 Year in Review

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2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review
Nov 07, 2016

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Thanks to your continued and generous support, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) built an extraordinary record of accomplishments in 2016. As TCLF nears its 20th year, we’re moving forward with a new website, new projects, and a new tagline that encompasses the entirety of the foundation’s work – connecting people to places. Through a combination of programs, events, and other initiatives, TCLF will continue to expand the understanding, value, and support for landscape architecture and its practitioners, and our exceptional shared landscape legacy.

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The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC - Photo © Barrett Doherty, 2016

Highlights from 2016 include:

LAUNCHED – Assembled and curated The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a photographic exhibition created to honor the centennial of Halprin’s birth that debuts at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2016 – April 16, 2017) and travels thereafter, beginning in San Francisco (spring/summer 2017) and Los Angeles (fall 2017). What’s Out There Weekend, free public tours of fifteen Halprin-designed sites, were also held throughout the U.S. and in Israel;

ORGANIZEDLeading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation sold-out conference, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with support from the Rice Design Alliance and a dozen other partners, featured former Houston mayor Annise Parker, San Antonio mayor Ivy R. Taylor, and notable landscape architects, and What’s Out There Weekend Houston free public tours – together attended by more than 2,000 people;


Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ - Photo by Emily Yetman, 2010

ADVOCATED – TCLF is actively involved in preventing the demolition of Pershing Park, a significant Modernist work by M. Paul Friedberg, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, two blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C. Pershing has recently been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This year TCLF also moved many Landslide sites from “at-risk” to “saved” including: Olana, Hudson, NY; Capitol Park Towers in Washington, D.C. (with its Dan Kiley landscape); and the Garrett Eckbo-designed Tucson Civic Center in Arizona;

EXPANDED – TCLF unveiled two new What’s Out There guidebooks for Houston and New Orleans, and released the first two of five Cultural Landscapes Guides – for Philadelphia and New York City -- produced in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), in honor of NPS’ 100th anniversary;


INCREASED ­­– A video oral history with Harriet Pattison, the thirteenth subject of the award-winning Pioneers of American Landscape Design Oral History Project, was unveiled in April, and an oral history with Bill Johnson will be completed by year’s end.

Here are some details on the 2016 Year in Review:

Landslide, our annual thematic compendium of threatened/at-risk landscapes, continues to be one of our most high-profile and effective initiatives. Following the monographic approach in 2013 and 2015 about Dan Kiley and Oehme, van Sweden, respectively, in 2016 we presented the work of Lawrence Halprin in an exhibition, along with a complementary website and gallery guide. It debuted at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2016 – April 16, 2017) and travels thereafter. This exhibition received a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, along with support from 55 other sponsors.TCLF now has three exhibitions traveling concurrently: In 2016, the Kiley exhibition was hosted at the Center for Architecture in Sarasota, FL and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and is currently at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis. The Oehme, van Sweden exhibition was hosted at the National Building Museum and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and is currently at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Several Landslide sites also continue to be priorities: the Weyerhaeuser headquarters outside of Seattle, WA, a pioneering example of a Modernist corporate campus; Pershing Park in Washington, D.C., could be replaced by a new World War I Memorial; Princeton Battlefield in NJ, a significant Revolutionary War site, could become housing; the modernist horticultural conservatories at Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, WI could be demolished; and the historic entrance ensemble at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C., could be marred by more incompatible construction.

Discovery Green tour, Houston, TX - Photo by Charles A. Birnbaum, 2016

What’s Out There, the searchable online database of designed landscapes has grown to 2,000 entries, 11,000 images and 900 designer profiles; it is the nation’s most comprehensive guide of its kind. In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), we released Cultural Landscapes Guides for Philadelphia and New York City, and What’s Out There Weekends were held in Houston and throughout the U.S. and in Jerusalem at Lawrence Halprin-designed landscapes.

Pioneers Oral Histories, now includes a thirteenth online oral history dedicated to Philadelphia-based landscape architect Harriet Pattison, FASLA. It premiered in tandem with an exhibition about Pattison at the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania. An oral history with Bill Johnson, FASLA, will also be completed by year’s end.

Garden Dialogue with Sawyer | Berson, Hamptons, NY - Photo by Charles A. Birnbaum, 2016

Garden Dialogues, now in its fifth year, explores how great gardens are created. The Dialogues are intimate gatherings where participants hear from the garden owners and their designers about how to create distinct gardens. Dialogues were held in multiple locations in San Francisco, CT, NY, and the Hamptons, often selling out in advance. The Dialogues were made possible by the continued support of Seibert & Rice, along with Stone Farm and Cottages & Gardens Media.

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Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation conference, Houston, TX - Photo © D. A. Horchner, courtesy of Design Workshop, 2016

Symposia, Conferences, and Technical Assistance: TCLF organized a sold-out Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation conference and What’s Out There Weekend, which attracted more than 2,000 participants in total. We also provided technical assistance for Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, TX; Boca Grande, FL; Moore Square, Raleigh, NC; Heritage Park Plaza, Fort Worth, TX; Oakland Museum of California; Capitol Park Towers, Washington, D.C.; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., for the draft of the South Mall Cultural Landscape Report for the Campus Master Plan.

Publications: TCLF’s What’s Out There guidebooks received the Award of Excellence in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and new guidebooks were published for Houston and New Orleans.

Media Coverage: Included the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Jerusalem Post, Montreal Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine, and such specialty media outlets as Architect’s Newspaper, ArtNet, Dezeen, NextCity, Rivard Report, TreeHugger, and more.

Fellowships: The Sally Boasberg Founder's Fellowship had as its fifth fellow Mikayla Raymond. Tom Klein was TCLF’s inaugural Sasaki Fellow, working in their Watertown, MA office; and three TCLF interns – Yuan Zhuang and Emily Wilkins worked in our D.C. office, while Joni Emmons worked with Suzanne Turner in Baton Rouge, LA.

Infrastructure: TCLF completed a long-term strategic plan and strategic communications plan. This rigorous and data-driven process yielded a new mission statement and tagline – connecting people to places.  Because TCLF is primarily a web-based organization, our website was completely redesigned and relaunched in May.

Thank You. This past year would not have been possible without the support of many, many individuals, organizations and others, including our Season of Events Sponsors Bartlett Tree Experts and Victor Stanley. 

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What's Out There Guidebooks, recipient of the ASLA 2016 Award of Excellence in Communications