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Texas Pioneers Symposium Registration now Open!

Texas Pioneers Symposium Registration now Open!
Mar 22, 2010

Landscapes for Living: Post War Years in Texas Symposium
May 6-8, 2010 Spotlights Texas’ Rich Post War Landscape Heritage

Washington, DC (March 22, 2010) - The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), with local partners Preservation Dallas and Historic Fort Worth, Inc., will host Landscapes for Living: Post War Years in Texas, May 6-8, 2010 at The Dallas Museum of Art. This is the sixth of nine regional symposia held in conjunction with the publication of Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project (University of Virginia Press, 2009). The symposium will examine a vibrant period of modernist landscape architecture in Texas noted for great innovation and experimentation.

Landscapes for Living will feature 13 speakers, a screening of the rarely seen “Water Garden” (1974) about Phillip Johnson’s designs for Fort Worth, and tours of public and private gardens in Dallas and Forth Worth. The symposium will begin with an evening reception on May 6 where TCLF will award Stewardship Excellence awards. The following day, speakers will address the work of Arthur and Marie Berger (who designed the DeGolyer Estate, now part of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Temple Emanu-El), and will also focus on several significant public commissions and their designers including Fountain Place by Dan Kiley, Heritage Park and the Trinity River Study by Lawrence Halprin, and the Water Gardens, Thanksgiving Square and the University of Saint Thomas, all by Phillip Johnson. Speakers include Charles Birnbaum, Mark Gunderson, Laurie Olin, Doug Reed, Fritz Steiner and Frank Welch.

On May 8, a day of tours will feature public landscapes including Heritage Park and the Water Gardens, plus private gardens at the former Henry and Patty Beck House and The Greelee House. Mr. Reed is currently working at both of these residences. In addition, Tary Arterburn, a panel participant and landscape architect, will lead a tour of one of his firm’s modernist private commissions. The Texas symposium is organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in partnership with Preservation Dallas and Historic Forth Worth, Inc. Garden Design magazine is the Presenting Sponsor, LandscapeForms is the 2010 Series Sponsor and the American Society of Landscape Architects is the Educational Partner. MESA Design Group, Dallas is a local supporting sponsor.

Space is limited. Register at www.tclf.org

Sarah Kinbar, editor-in-chief of Garden Design magazine, a series co-sponsor, says: “’Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project’ does what no other single tome has done before, it pins together a cohesive framework illuminating the community of people who have formed and continue to influence our designed landscapes. Our gardens and parks may reveal more about American history and consciousness than any other texts, so this thoughtful celebration of the people who created them is especially welcome.”

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, established in 1998, is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of the important legacy of culturally significant landscapes and landscape features to help save and preserve them for future generations.

Preservation Dallas  is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Dallas’ buildings, neighborhoods and other historical, architectural, and cultural resources. Founded in 1972, Preservation Dallas has a successful history of saving some of our community’s finest landmarks. Preservation Dallas works to rescue and protect our city’s heritage through public awareness and education, downtown revitalization and neighborhood support.

Historic Fort Worth, Inc., established in 1969 and admitted as a Local Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2001, is dedicated to preserving Fort Worth’s unique historic identity through stewardship, education and leadership. Historic Fort Worth, Inc. owns, operates and restores the 1899 Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House and the 1904 Wharton-Scott House “Thistle Hill” and makes them available to the public for events and educational tours.