Charles Birnbaum on the Future of Landscape Architecture

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March 15, 2013
Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, makes the case that historical preservationists are finally waking up to the glories of modernist landscape architecture. Read Full Article
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  Architect Lawrence Halprin wrote of his Portland Open Space Sequence that he wanted the eight blocks of parks and plazas to contain "nodes for quiet contemplation, action, and inaction, hard and soft, yin and yang."

    Architect Lawrence Halprin wrote of his Portland Open Space Sequence that he wanted the eight blocks of parks and plazas to contain "nodes for quiet contemplation, action, and inaction, hard and soft, yin and yang."

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  A sketch done by Halprin references the "Sierra at 11,000 feet" and muses that the rock could inspire a possible "wall for Portland fountain."

    A sketch done by Halprin references the "Sierra at 11,000 feet" and muses that the rock could inspire a possible "wall for Portland fountain."

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  Halprin in the mid-1960s.

    Halprin in the mid-1960s.

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  The clean, rational Tucson Convention Center makes use of arid land plants and is the only civic space by Garrett Eckbo in the state of Arizona.

    The clean, rational Tucson Convention Center makes use of arid land plants and is the only civic space by Garrett Eckbo in the state of Arizona.

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  Peavey Plaza was designed by M. Paul Friedberg and sits adjacent to the Nicollet Mall, a main drag in Minneapolis.

    Peavey Plaza was designed by M. Paul Friedberg and sits adjacent to the Nicollet Mall, a main drag in Minneapolis.

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  Acquired by the city of Seattle in 1962, the site of Gas Works Park was used to produce gas and crude oil. Richard Haag’s 1975 design recast the industrial site as a grand park, replete with a play barn and picnic zones.

    Acquired by the city of Seattle in 1962, the site of Gas Works Park was used to produce gas and crude oil. Richard Haag’s 1975 design recast the industrial site as a grand park, replete with a play barn and picnic zones.

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