Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (July 1 – July 14)

The Dirt has initiated a new bi-weekly feature highlighting news stories from around the Web on landscape architecture. For more LA in the News, check out LAND, ASLA’s newsletter. If you see others you’d like included, please email us at

Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park BenchesThe New York Times, 7/1/13
“That most prosaic of public furnishings, the New York City park bench, has morphed into a blank canvas on which designers, landscape architects and artists have unleashed their fantasies.”

10 Things Adored by Landscape Architect Douglas HoerrChicago Magazine, July 2013 Issue
“What’s his approach? ‘Whatever the landscape, I select plants for their shape and texture more than for their color,’ he says. ‘In my yard, I chose a mix of plant types—tropicals, perennials, flowering vines, and annuals—to create a lush environment.’”

Laurie Olin: The Man, The Myth, The Landscape ArchitectPlanetizen, 7/9/13
“This is a big week for landscape architects. Laurie Olin, one of our profession’s most respected practitioners, educators and leaders will soon be standing on stage next to celebrities such as George Lucas, Herb Alpert and Elaine May, being presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, it is the highest honor given to artists by the US Government.”

The Death and Life of PlanningThe Architect’s Newspaper, 7/10/13
“On the other hand, landscape architects—who are trained to think about large unused building sites and the nature of public use—began to ‘plan’ important projects all over the country. The creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor’s Island in New York, The Great Park in Orange County, California, and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s new Central Park are important landmarks in this recent design approach to public infrastructure planning.”

Topos Landscape Award 2013 goes to Peter LatzTopos, 7/10/13
“German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013. This is the first time that Topos has honoured a landscape architect for his life’s work.”

These articles were compiled by Phil Stamper, ASLA Public Relations and Communications Coordinator

Image credit: Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord, Peter Latz, Latz + Partner; image: © Christa Panick

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