Friday, January 29, 2010

Moroccan courtyards and gardens

Last night I attended a lecture and book-signing at the Horticultural Society of New York by Achva Benzinberg Stein, Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at City College of New York, focused on her 2007 book, Morocco: Courtyards and Gardens (The Monicelli Press). Both the lecture and book, through the analysis of Moroccan courtyards and gardens, provide compelling insights into how public spaces are organized and created as response to physical/environmental, cultural/historical, and practical/social dimensions. The Moroccan example also demonstrates how functional and beautiful public spaces can be created, in resource sustainable ways, in a variety of challenging climates and environments. Finally, Benzinberg Stein helps us see, and rethink, the design of public spaces and "gardens" that are more hardscape than planting (for very practical, but aesthetically rewarding, reasons).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ASLA's sustainable landscapes online showcase

The American Society of Landscape Architects has added a new addition to its website called Designing Our Future, a showcase of ten sustainable landscapes.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

AVEs are dead

This study from the Institute for Public Relations Research and Education has been in the works for a while. And well worth waiting for.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My reading 2010

One of my 2010 resolutions (don't ask about the others) is to read / explore the ecological / geographical histories of the places I know and care about. So I've now read William Conon's history of early New England, Changes in the Land, and Jack Temple Kirby's Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscpaes of the South (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).

And now I'm reading Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods.

I'll post later what all this comes to mean.