Working with Farrand/Farrand at Work
Dumbarton Oaks announces a one-day colloquium on Beatrix Farrand on Friday, March 8, 2013. Titled “Working with Farrand/Farrand at Work,” it will foreground the ways that Farrand thought and worked, and the efforts of current designers to work with surviving Farrand landscapes, adapting them to current conditions and purposes. Among the speakers will be Michael Van Valkenburgh on his firm’s work at the Princeton campus; Thaisa Way on Farrand’s relation to emerging ecological practices in the early 20th century; Betsy Anderson on the entrance drive at the Mount and its anticipation of ideas about sustainable design and storm water management; Dennis Bracale on the relationship between Farrand and the Rockefellers at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden; Mary Carroll on Farrand’s work with Lockwood de Forest at the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens; Robin Veder on walking in the Dumbarton Oaks gardens; Patrick Chassé on lost Farrand landscapes; and Judith Tankard on Farrand’s later years and the move from Reef Point to Garland Farm.
The idea of the colloquium is to introduce new and unpublished research, much of it by practitioners who are attentive to history and engaged in research. It is also meant to foster discussion of current stewardship of significant Farrand landscapes, including Dumbarton Oaks.