2018 Year in Review

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2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review
Nov 21, 2018
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With you as our champion, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) marked its twentieth year with an exceptional record of accomplishments. Advocacy and education continue to be the primary ways we fulfill our mission of “connecting people to places.” Looking to 2019, we will be advancing with even more ambitious projects, programs, events, and other initiatives to increase the understanding of and support for landscape architecture and its practitioners, as well as our shared landscape legacy.

Here are highlights from the ‘2018 Year in Review’ that your generosity made possible:

  • ORGANIZED – A sold-out conference: Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming North Carolina’s Research Triangle; and What’s Out There Weekends in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Texas, which drew thousands of attendees; twenty Garden Dialogues across the country, in honor of TCLF’s twentieth anniversary;
  • ADVOCATED Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy focused on threatened sites associated with civil rights, the labor movement, women’s suffrage, and other themes. We continue to advocate for several “at-risk” sites, including Olmsted’s Jackson Park in Chicago; Russell Page’s viewing garden at the Frick Collection, New York City; Paul Friedberg’s Modernist Pershing Park in Washington, D.C.; and Clermont Lee’s parterre garden at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. Meanwhile, Mount Vernon in Virginia, Fort Negley in Nashville, Tennessee, Princeton Battlefield in New Jersey, Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington, Carousel Park in Santa Monica, California, and 140 Broadway in New York City were all moved to the “saved” column;
  • EXPANDED – TCLF’s What's Out There (WOT) database of North America’s cultural landscapes surpassed 2,100 sites. TCLF unveiled new WOT guidebooks and online guides to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Texas, and released the WOT Cultural Landscapes Guide to Richmond—produced in partnership with the National Park Service;
  • INCREASED ­­– A video oral history with Joe Karr, the first of three practitioners to be featured who worked for the Office of Dan Kiley, and our fifteenth subject in the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Oral History series, was completed;
  • CONTINUED – Three traveling photographic exhibitions (one each about Lawrence Halprin, Oehme, van Sweden, and Dan Kiley) were hosted at myriad cultural institutions throughout the United States, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kansas State University, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas, and the Boston Architectural College;
  • PUBLISHED – Shaping the Postwar Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project was published by the University of Virginia Press, and What’s Out There guidebooks to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Texas, were also published.
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Landing page for Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy

Here are some details from the 2018 Year in Review:

Landslide, our annual thematic report about threatened and at-risk landscapes, continues to be one of our most high-profile and effective initiatives. Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy included a broad range of sites associated with civil rights, the labor movement, women’s suffrage, and other themes.

TCLF has three monographic Landslide exhibitions traveling concurrently: In 2018 The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin spent most of the year in Texas, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center then at NorthPark Center in Dallas, before traveling to the Boston Architectural College. The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden was hosted at Kansas State University. The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley was hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and will be shown at the University of California, Berkeley, and in Palm Springs, California, in conjunction with Modernism Week.

Several individual Landslide sites also continue to be priorities: Advocacy efforts for several “at-risk” sites continued, including Olmsted’s Jackson Park in Chicago, Illinois; Russell Page’s viewing garden at the Frick Collection, New York City; Paul Friedberg’s Modernist Pershing Park in Washington, D.C.; Clermont Lee’s parterre garden at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia (TCLF and Gordon Low descendants have commissioned design concepts that would retain the garden); and the Haas and Sherover Promenades in Jerusalem, Israel, designed by Lawrence Halprin and Shlomo Aronson, respectively. Meanwhile, Mount Vernon in Virginia, Fort Negley in Nashville, Tennessee, Princeton Battlefield in New Jersey, Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington, Carousel Park in Santa Monica, California, and 140 Broadway in New York City were all moved to the “saved” column.

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Landing page for What’s Out There Cultural Landscape Guide to Richmond produced in collaboration with the National Park Service

What’s Out There the searchable online database of designed landscapes, has grown to include more than 2,100 entries, 11,000 images, and 1,100 designer profiles, making it the nation’s most comprehensive guide of its kind. TCLF held What’s Out There Weekends in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Texas, and, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), released on line Cultural Landscapes Guides to Richmond, Virginia (another for Baltimore, Maryland, will be completed by year’s end).  

Pioneers Oral Histories launched the first part of an oral history with three pioneers who worked in the office of Dan Kiley, this one featuring Joe Karr. 

.Joe Karr discusses what it meant to work for the Office of Dan Kiley in Wings Point, VT

Garden Dialogues, now in its seventh year, explores how great gardens are created. To honor TCLF’s twentieth anniversary, twenty Dialogues featuring exceptional, mostly private commissions by members of TCLF’s Board of Directors and Stewardship Council were held in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and elsewhere. The Dialogues were made possible by the continued support of Bartlett Tree Experts and Cottages & Gardens Media.

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Garden Dialogue, Bridgehampton, NY - Photo by Charles A. Birnbaum, 2018

Symposia, Conferences, and Technical Assistance: TCLF organized a sold-out conference: Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Technical assistance was provided by TCLF’s president for Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas; Rancho San Carlos, Montecito, California; Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia; Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Florida; and Playland Park, a National Historic Landmark in Rye, New York,

Publications: Shaping the Postwar Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project was published by the University of Virginia Press in October; a final manuscript for the next volume in our Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series, Central Park's Adventure-Style Playgrounds: Renewal of a Midcentury Legacy was approved for publication, and What’s Out There guidebooks were published for Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and San Antonio, Texas.

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Covers of the two What's Out There guidebooks published in 2018

Online Growth: TCLF’s website has seen unprecedented growth over the past year: Total unique visitors and page views each grew by more than 15%; and our YouTube channel viewership showed a nearly 25% increase over 2017.

Media Coverage: included major media outlets Time Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, Providence Journal, Savannah Morning News, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, and such specialty media outlets as Apollo, Architect’s Newspaper, The Art Newspaper, Crain’s Chicago, Curbed (national and in Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, and New York), Dezeen, Houston Business Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Planetizen, Politico, Rivard Report, and more.

Fellowships: The Sally Boasberg Founder's Fellowship supported its seventh Fellow, Brendan Ayer, and TCLF hosted a Cultural Landscape Fellow: Suehyun “Sue” Choi, who worked in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thank You. This past year would not have been possible without the support of many individuals, organizations, and others, including our Season of Events Sponsors ABC Stone, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Victor Stanley, and our Annual Sponsor, the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

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Memorial service at the lynching site of Jesse Lee Bond (included in Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy) in Memphis, TN - Photo by Thomas Haley - courtesy Jessica Orians, 2018