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Garden and Landscape Studies

The Garden and Landscape Studies program was established in 1972 to support advanced scholarship in garden history and landscape architecture, encompassing the study of culturally and artistically significant landscapes around the world from ancient times to the present. The program seeks to deepen the understanding of landscape and gardens as a field of knowledge and research and as a practice carried out by landscape architects, landscape artists, and gardeners. The program provides support for research and organizes public programs and scholarly events, publications, and art installations.

Call for Papers: "Military Landscapes" - deadline September 30, 2017

Awards for students - "How Designers Think"  - application deadline: September 30, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - Sep 20, 2017

The Power of Place: Preserving the Legacies of African American Settlements

Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies public event, jointly sponsored with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Nov 03, 2017 - Nov 03, 2017

How Designers Think

Garden and Landscape Studies colloquium, Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies

Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies

Bringing scholars and practitioners together, the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies explores how urban environments got to be the way they are and how best to manage them today.

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D.C. Water Atlas

A digital atlas of waterways big and small in Washington, D.C., from the eighteenth century to the present. The online atlas provides a clear sense of the relationship in scale between a city block and the course of an entire river, and facilitates visualizing changes over time in layers or phases.

Middle East Garden Traditions

This web-based research tool offers selected catalogues, glossaries, and bibliographies on Umayyad, Abbasid, Andalusian, Ottoman, Mughal, North African, and Safavid gardens from the eighth century to the present.

Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection.