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Contemporary Landscape Design Collection

The Contemporary Landscape Design Collection was formed under the direction of the Garden and Landscape Studies department, and is intended as a complement to the existing collection of drawings by Beatrix Farrand in the Rare Book Collection. Drawn from the files kept by contemporary landscape architects and garden designers in their own offices and private archives, the collection includes sketches, drawings, plans, images, and other documentation for a number of selected projects. Each designer in the collection has a dossier containing essential information about his or her history, writings, and projects, as well as a dossier for each project represented in the collection.

At present, this collection is under development and not all archives are available for research. Designers or scholars who wish for more information may contact ICFA to inquire about the status of particular archives.

Designers in the Contemporary Landscape Design Collection

The collection has started to receive materials from the following designers:

  • Stig L. Andersson, Denmark
  • Andy Cao, United States
  • Fernando Chacel, Brazil
  • Mario Schjetnan, Mexico
  • Peter Walker, United States

Entries to the collection

Diana Balmori

Entries to the collection focus on the following projects:

  1. Race Mound for 2012 Olympics, Stanley Island, NY
  2. NTT Plaza, Shinjuku Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan
  3. Proposal for Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London, Great Britain
  4. Green Roof (a series of ongoing design projects in various locations, in cooperation with research laboratories and city councils)
  5. Other writings, studies and proposals

Erik Dhont

Entries to the collection focus on the following projects:

  1. Gaasbeek, Belgium
  2. Dworp, Belgium
  3. Ohain, Belgium
  4. Sculpture Garden, Malibu, CA
  5. Studies of Variations

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Entries to the collection trace the poet-gardener's engagement with garden and landscape ideas, from earlier prints and publications in association with The New Arcadians, to later garden proposals and records of his own garden, Little Sparta, Scotland.

NOTE: All materials for this designer are housed in the Rare Book Collection.

Richard Haag

The designer has given his whole archive to University of Washington, where he taught. Dumbarton Oaks reproduced documents from university collection of the following projects for research purposes:

  1. Gasworks Park, Seattle, WA
  2. Bloedel Reserve, Seattle, WA
  3. Victor Steinbrueck Park, Seattle, WA

Hiroki Hasegawa

Entries to the collection include personal notes and design documents for the following projects produced at Studio on Site.

  1. Portside Park, Yokohama, Japan
  2. Hoshino Resort, Karuizawa, Japan (papers restricted)

Ron Herman

Entries to the collection focus on the following projects:

  1. The Checkerboard Garden, San Francisco, CA
  2. The Garden of Ellison Residence, San Francisco, CA (papers restricted)

Patricia Johanson

Entries to the collection include studies, sketches and drawings done by the artist in relation to the following projects:

  1. House & GardenCommission (drawings of garden proposals)
  2. Fair Park Lagoon, Dallas, TX
  3. Endangered Garden, San Francisco, CA
  4. Ulsan Park, Ulsan, Korea
  5. Sugar House Pedestrian Crossing, Salt Lake City, UT

Lorna Jordan

Entries to the collection include notes, sketches, lectures, writings and detailed design documents of the following projects:

  1. The Pull: Wild Gardens, Paerdegat Basin, New York, NY
  2. Waterworks Garden, Renton, WA
  3. Various proposals

Bernard Lassus

For a detailed profile of the designer, click here. To consult the complete finding aid for the collection, click here. Materials are in French and English. Entries to the collection include studies, lectures, writings, proposals, sketches, and detailed design documents of the following projects:

  1. Colas Gardens: Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons / Le Jardin de Pins / Le Jardin de l'Attente / Le Théâtre de Verdure, Paris, France, 2000–07
  2. Landscape of Rocks: Motorway 837, Crazannes, France, 1993–99
  3. Other Highway Landscapes: Angers-Tours motorway A85, 1996–99 / Alençon-Le Mans-Tours motorway A28, 1998–2000
  4. Le Jardin des Retours: Rochefort-sur-Mer, France, 1982–2006
  5. Design Competitions and Proposals: Jardin de la Anterior, 1975 / Jardin de la Planets, 1980 / Le Jardin des Tuileries, 1990 / Parc Duisburg-Nord, 1991
  6. Earlier Experiments and Studies: Pointes Rouges, 1967 / Les Ambiances, 1970s / Les Habitants-paysagistes, 1980s / Buissons Optiques, 1993

    Toru Mitani

    Entries to the collection include personal notes and design documents of the following projects that the designers produced at Studio on Site.

    1. Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium, Ohita, Japan
    2. Shinagawa Central Garden, Tokyo, Japan
    3. A Rooftop Garden for TV-ASAHI Broadcast Station, Tokyo, Japan

    Yoshio Nakamura

    For a detailed profile of the designer, click here. Materials are in Japanese and English. Entries to the collection include writings by Yoshio Nakamura, design documents and post-built civil group reports of the following projects:

    1. Otagawa River Embankment, Hiroshima, Japan (1976–1997)
    2. The Park of Koga, Koga, Japan (1972–1999)

      The New Arcadians

      For a complete profile of the group, click here. Entries to the collection include publications by members of the group, especially the Allotment File and watercolors by Ian Gardner. Works by Ian Hamilton Finlay and Bernard Lassus, who were affiliated earlier with the group, are cross-referenced. The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library also has a full set of the New Arcadian Journal.

      NOTE: All materials for this group are housed in the Rare Book Collection.

      Athena Tacha

      Entries to the collection include studies, images of artworks and design documents of the following projects:

      1. Stream, Oberlin College, OH
      2. Green Acres, Department of Environmental Protection, Trenton, NJ
      3. Other artworks and studies

      Michael Van Valkenburgh (MVVA, Inc.)

      Entries to the collection include detailed design documents and slides of the following projects:

      1. The Small House and Garden, Martha's Vineyard
      2. Regis Garden at Cowles Conservatory, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, MN
      3. 50 Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France
      4. Black Granite Garden
      5. Allegheny Riverfront Park, Pittsburgh, PA
      6. Garden on Turtle Creek, Dallas, TX
      7. Tahari Courtyards, Millburn, NJ
      8. Wellesley College Master Planning & Alumnae Valley, Wellesley, MA
      9. Teardrop Park, New York, NY

      YU Kongjian

      For a complete profile of the designer, click here. Materials are in Chinese and English. Entries to the collection include YU Kongjian's personal papers, publications by/about his office TurenScape, and design documents of 11 projects:

      1. YU Kongjian personal papers (1990s to the present)
      2. Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China (1999–2001)
      3. Dujiangyan Square, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (1999–2001)
      4. The Rice Paddy Campus, Shenyang, Liaoning, China (2002–2003)
      5. Terraces of Time: Memory and Prophecy-Beijing Olympic Green Plan (competition proposal, 2002–2003)
      6. Floating Garden—Yongning River Park, Huangyan, Zhejiang, China (2002–2004)
      7. The Negative Planning—Taizhou Project, Taizhou, Zhejiang, China (2004)
      8. The Red Ribbon—Tanghe River Park, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China (2005)
      9. The Bubble Park—Tianjing Qiaoyuan Park, Tianjing, China (2005–2006)
      10. Boston Chinatown Park, Boston, USA (2007)
      11. National Landscape Security Pattern (research on behalf of Chinese Ministry of Environment, 2007)
      12. Grand Canal Cultural Heritage Corridor (research on behalf of Chinese Ministry of Cultural Heritage, 2007)

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