We are very excited to announce the release of Professor Gottfried's new book, "Eerie Railway Tourist: 1854-1886, Transporting Visual Culture" from Lehigh University Press. The book explores how the Erie Railway, in developing a series of sophisticated travel guides, made significant contributions to nineteenth-century visual culture and shaped the social life of Americans. In the words of Professor Gottfried, "This book is dedicated to the Cornell University students who enrolled in the course 'The American Landscape'. Your good work helped to round out my view of the subject one square mile at a time."
Julian Raxwrothy delivered a lecture in the department on October 26th. The lecture concentrated on the landscape medium of gardens, with emphasis on ways he believes plant growth patterns need to be understood within landscape architecture. He explores this topic in depth in his new book from MIT Press, Overgrown. The entire lecture is available for streaming here. Read more
Michael R. Van Valkenburgh '73 and his wife, Caroline, endowed the annual memorial lecture in honor of the late Marvin I. Adleman, professor emeritus of landscape architecture. A landscape architect will be invited to campus to meet with students and give a public lecture about his or her work.
Professor Josh Cerra and his students' work in the Climate Adaptive Design Studio will be featured at the Waterfront Resilience Summit and High Water Festival, an event that will highlight the past, present and future of the Rondout Creek and Hudson River waterfronts. The event will be held on Friday, October 19th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Kingston’s Rondout Landing and will showcase the progress that the City has made towards revitalization of the waterfront, while adapting to projected flooding and inundation caused by sea level rise and extreme storms related to a changing climate. The festival is free and open to the public. Read more about the event in the Kingston Daily Freeman. Read more
The guide provides methodological approaches and research for students interested in integrating environmental justice prerogatives with landscape architecture projects and design processes. As the ASLA Environmental Justice Professional Practice Network Student Representatives, Tess Ruswick Cornell MLA '18, Kari Speigelhalter Cornell MLA '18, and Patricia Noto RISD MLA '18 have assembled this research-based guide with interviews, project profiles, historical analysis, and a current practical approach. The students will accept the award and present the document at the national ASLA Conference in Philadelphia on October 19-22. The current version of the guide can be read here. Read more
Professor Martin Hogue advised Nicole Rivera-Ramos on her award winning project focused on agricultural production and localized self-sufficiency in Puerto Rico post hurricane Maria. Martin Hogue worked with Rivera-Ramos at the SUNY ESF prior to his move to Cornell this Fall. The project, "finds opportunities in the current condition of the forests in the aftermath of hurricane Maria and proposes an integration of food crops with the reforestation efforts in the forests edges, pastures and grasslands." More on this innovative project can be found here. Read more
Discovered in Cornell’s Arnot Forest in March, evidence of the invasive emerald ash borer has been found in downtown Ithaca. Within the next several years, it will change the landscape of campus. Read more
Landscape Architecuture 2018 Alumni Reunion
May 29, 2018
2018 Reunion gathering on Friday, June 8th from 1:00-3:00pm. Please join us in the department for light refreshments and mingle with faculty and staff.
Building on emerging interests in the resilience of cities, this volume considers river cities and city rivers to explore how histories have shaped the present and how they might inform our visions of the future. Cities have been built alongside rivers throughout history. These rivers can shape a city’s success or cause its destruction. At the same time, city-building reshapes rivers and their landscapes. Cities have harnessed, modified, and engineered rivers, altering ecologies and creating new landscapes in the process of urbanization. Rivers are as informed by the development of cities as urban landscapes as the cities are shaped by their relationship to the river. In the river city, the city river is a dynamic contributor to the urban landscape with its flow of urban economies, geographies, and cultures. Yet we have rarely given these urban landscapes their due. This collection of essays asks how river landscapes are shaped by and shape urban settlements, and in turn how their histories inform ideas of urban resilience and adaptability.
The volume features an article by Assistant Professor Brian Davis and Amelia Jensen, MLA '16 and can be purchased here from Harvard University Press. Read more
Two Cornell teams are finalists in the Reimagine the Canals competition, a $2.5 million New York state contest that aspires to return the 200-year-old Erie Canal into an economic catalyst and tourism hotspot. Read more
Landscape architecture student Kari Spiegelhalter (M.L.A. '19), along with planning students Anna Callahan (M.R.P. ’18), Thomas Pera (M.R.P. ’18), Hannah Plummer (M.R.P. ’18) have won the American Planning Association's student design competition, as part of the APA National Planning Conference in New Orleans. The design, 'NOLA Shares' focused on Iberville neighborhood in New Orleans, and the project aims to strengthen social and economic bonds between the long-time residents of the Iberville community and the new population to the area. For more on this interdisciplinary team and their success, visit this article. Read more