Who Protects Your Historic Landscape?

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is looking for nominations for its ongoing Landslide program, an annual list of “threatened and at-risk landscapes.” This year, Landslide’s theme will focus on the “visionary patrons and/or organizations and the sites they helped create,” with the goal of honoring their accomplishments yet also inspiring new philanthropists to take action. Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF Founder and President, said: “In 2012 we spotlight patrons and the places they helped create because patronage is intrinsic to the creation and stewardship of great designed landscapes.”

The Landslide program, which began in 2003, has highlighted more than 150 significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, and working landscapes. These are the “places that embody our shared landscape heritage.” For details on the landscapes that made it into last year’s compendium of sites, check out The Landscapes I Love. Also inspiring is to see the many landscapes TCLF have helped save with their public awareness and advocacy work. Unfortunately, for all landscape architects and their patrons, the list of “at-risk” landscapes is still far too long.

Submit your nominations by May 31.

In other news, the U.S. pavilion in the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale is focusing on the theme “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good.” For the pavilion, which is expected to be seen by more than 170,000 visitors in fall 2012, the U.S. team is seeking projects actually initiated by landscape architects or a local non-profit or community group that are publicly accessible, participatory, and help solve a challenging urban problem. It has to be a real project. Submit your ideas by February 6.

Image credit: Weequahic Park, Newark, New Jersey / The Landscapes I Love, 2011 Landslide®

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