Landscape architecture, van Sweden said in an interview with Washingtonian magazine, is “not just about plants,” it’s also about lighting, paving, drainage, grading, and much more. Here he was speaking specifically about his work on the World War II Memorial commission, but the complexities of creating public parks on landfills, gardens, and plazas over parking garages and in other challenging environments are often little understood. Moreover, unlike residential commissions, civic and commercial projects often have numerous constituencies with distinct agendas requiring the designer to synthesize aesthetic, programmatic, and didactic concerns.
Over the decades the firm has worked on commercial shopping centers, public parks, memorials, embassies, mixed-use developments, and other projects. Some are completely new designs, while others need to be sympathetic with an existing design or must honor a larger context (such as the National Mall).
TCLF’s Landslide® program, established in 2003, raises awareness about threatened and at-risk works of landscape architecture. This annual compendium is organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Bold Romantic Gardens. Since its publication, nine of the 21 gardens have been lost. This Landslide spotlight serves as a call to action. learn more
The Cultural Landscape Foundation® (TCLF) provides the tools to see, understand and value landscape architecture and its practitioners in the way many people have learned to do with buildings and their designers. Through its Web site, lectures, outreach and publishing, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide to help safeguard our priceless heritage for future generations. learn more
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