Looking to Olmsted in the Era of Global Urbanization – THE DIRT

Riverside Park and Central Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Manhattan, NYC / istockphoto.com, Terraxplorer This year marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, who is considered the founder of the profession of landscape architecture. Do his ideas still matter in today’s rapidly urbanizing world? Jayne Miller, chair of World Urban … Read more

Uproar Causes US Army Corps of Engineers to Rethink Miami Storm Protection Plan – THE DIRT

Visualization of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ gray infrastructure proposal. Response to the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Study / Curtis + Rogers Design Studio, courtesy of Miami Downtown Development Authority Visualization of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ gray infrastructure proposal. Response to the US Army Corps … Read more

The Next Generation of Landscape Architects Reflect on Olmsted – THE DIRT

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York / istockphoto.com, Boogich Laura Solano, FASLA, principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is a self-professed “Olmsted geek.” She moderated the latest conversation organized by Olmsted 200, with three of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted scholars, who explained what Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of the profession of landscape architecture, can … Read more

The Inflation Reduction Act Prioritizes Landscape Architecture Solutions to the Climate Crisis – THE DIRT

ASLA 2021 Professional Urban Design Award of Excellence. Repairing the Rift: Ricardo Lara Linear Park. Lynwood, California, United States. SWA Group / SWA Group / Jonnu Singleton By Roxanne Blackwell, Hon. ASLA, and Caleb Raspler Congress has passed and President Joseph Biden is expected to sign into law the US’s most comprehensive response to the … Read more

Things You Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Design – THE DIRT

Big Data. Big Design. Why Designers Should Care about Artificial Intelligence / Princeton Architectural Press By Phillip Fernberg, ASLA Should designers care about artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML)? There is no question the technology is adding texture to the current zeitgeist. Never could I have imagined seeing a blockbuster hit where Ryan Reynolds … Read more

Landscape Architects Form High-Profile Task Force to Take Action on Climate and Biodiversity Crises – THE DIRT

ASLA 2019 Professional General Design Honor Award. Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park Phase II: A New Urban Ecology. Long Island City, NY, USA. SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP / copyright Vecerka/ESTO, courtesy of SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI Led by climate leaders in the field of landscape architecture, ASLA is developing a profession-wide Climate Action Plan ASLA … Read more

The History of Racial Exclusion in Southern Parks – THE DIRT

Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South / Library Of American Landscape History By Glenn LaRue Smith, FASLA William E. O’Brien’s book, Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South, was first published as a hardcover edition in 2015. It is ironic that one year later … Read more

Shape the Future of Pennsylvania Avenue – THE DIRT

Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC / istockphoto.com, SerrNovik After several years of intensive study and community planning, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) along with federal and local partners released its new vision for Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, “the nation’s preeminent ceremonial boulevard,” and three concept plans in March . The goal is to transform … Read more

New Public Art Gives Soul to the 11th Street Bridge Park – THE DIRT

11th Street Bridge Park / OMA+OLIN In a few years, the 11th Street Bridge Park will span the Anacostia River, finally realizing the ambitious vision to bring both sides of Washington, DC together through art, landscape architecture, and a shared commitment to equitable development. As the project nears final design and the construction process is … Read more