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Fronteira Gardens
Photo by Antonio Sachetti in Castel-Branco, C., Fronteira Gardens (2010).
2016 Symposium “Landscape and the Academy” Call for Proposals

Garden and Landscape Studies invites proposals for presentations at the 2016 symposium “Landscape and the Academy.”  Universities are custodians of some of the world's most significant designed landscapes. How and why have they come to be responsible for so many different kinds of landscapes? And what role do these landscapes play today in academic life, pedagogy, and cultural politics? To be considered for inclusion, send a c.v. and a one paragraph to one page abstract to by September 15, 2015.



Garden and Landscape Studies has received a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new program in urban landscape studies, which will bring scholars and designers together to explore the history and future of urban landscapes.


Contemporary Sound Installation by Hugh Livingston

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to present two sound sculptures in the Lover’s Lane Pool and gardens, titled The Pool of ‘Bamboo Counterpoint’ and String Quartet and 22 Intermissions (Please Be Seated).

The program in Garden and Landscape Studies 

was established in 1969 to support advanced scholarship in garden history, landscape architecture, and 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 both as a field of knowledge and research and as a practice carried out by landscape architects, landscape artists, and gardeners. The activities of the program include residential fellowships, short-term pre-doctoral residencies, one-month post-doctoral stipends, project grants for field research, public lectures and symposia, summer internships for landscape architecture students, and a new series of temporary installations of contemporary art. An active publications program produces symposium proceedings, studies in contemporary landscape design, and occasional monographs. Staff and fellows have access to a research library, including an extensive Rare Book Collection, as well as a Contemporary Landscape Design Collection, and to the incomparable gardens of Dumbarton Oaks.

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