Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism


Courtesy Mery Bingen

Get Involved

The public can help preserve El Monte simply by recognizing the place, understanding its far-reaching historic significance, and acknowledging that its landscape architecture (as designed by Sasaki and implemented by Randolph) is a major part of what makes El Monte apartment buildings a unique and valuable place within the urban fabric of the city of San Juan and the Caribbean. A comprehensive history of the landscape will help establish a thorough understanding of the original design intentions and insure that future interventions are sympathetic to the original plan.

El Monte apartments’ neighborhood association (Condominio El Monte Norte), the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and the Historic Preservation Office are creating a partnership to pursue further research about the site and its designers. The consortium is being led by the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, in conjunction with the School of Architecture and the local DOCOMOMO Chapter. Individuals interested in offering assistance in the documentation and preservation of these landscapes can do so by forwarding information on similar resources or information regarding other local designs by these two landscape architects. For more information contact the following people:

Marisabel Rodríguez, ASLA
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Ivonne María Marcial
DOCOMOMO Puerto Rico

El Monte Norte
Administration Office


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List of Marvels

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Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust