My alma mater always gives The Thomas Jefferson Medal of Honor in Architecture to the most amazing designers in the world (and they always do it on my birthday, since TJ and I share a birthday), and this year it is one of my favorite architects/artists of all time, Maya Lin. And I cannot go. I’m extremely bitter about missing it. But way to go UVA and Maya Lin. I’m so sorry to miss this!
This image is of Lin’s Storm King Wavefield. Awhile back, The New York Times featured photographs by Librado Romero, where he documented this landscape at different times of day through the seasons. They still have the slideshow up on their site – I recommend checking it out.
Fall is a great time to start planting and making plans for your yard, and the American Society of Landscape Architects site is a great place to find inspiring images. I love to look through all of the awards, whether they are large ecological projects, small residential projects, or student work. Click here to find them. In the meantime, here is an image from a winning project from Rumsey Farber in Southampton:
Oh this picture that flickr member lakbdesigns/fergusandme submitted to our Fresh New Spaces Group makes me feel exhilarated – LOVE the yellow and turquoise together, the POM POMS and the fun mix of vintage furniture, the lanterns, the flowers, the stone patio – Love Love Love!
As I perused The Green Issue of Preservation Magazine the other night, one of my favorite features was about George Reis, the supervisor of sustainable landscaping at NYU. He created a garden on campus that features only species indigenous to New York City. You’d be hard-pressed to find a lot of these native plants in the city today, and Mr. Reis is using them as part of his grander plan to maximize the use of the small green spaces at NYU. To learn more, check out this video on YouTube:
Risking sounding like a broken record, I’ll remind you all that Preservation is a great magazine. When you join The National Trust for Historic Preservation, your $20 fee to join includes a subscription. To join or to make a donation, click here. They will put your donation to good use!
Also, if you want to benefit from all of Mr. Reis’s plant research, there is a list of the plants used and where to buy them here.
Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard today when I saw this post over on the fabulous Modern Kiddo. I don’t even have kids but I read that blog because Alex and Dottie are so clever and hilarious – it always gives me a dash of happy. Those darn safety standards and insurance companies have made so many modern playgrounds SO BORING. For any of you old enough to remember the days when there was no such thing as a bike/ski/skateboarding helmet, reading their post will bring back fond (?) memories of burning your bum on a sun-drenched metal slide.
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