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Category Archives: United States

Dan Kiley: genius distilled

Regular readers will know of my great admiration for the American landscape designer Dan Kiley (1912-2004). I came across an unusual, unrealised garden plan of his, while conducting research for … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

The most popular sites in the world

Google has just produced a ‘heatmap‘ of the places people most like to visit. It’s a fascinating if not entirely reliable snapshot of the world’s most popular sites, based on … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Architecture enhancing nature

Joseph Allen Stein was a twentieth century American architect who spent much of his professional life in India. I have written before about his work at the India Habitat Centre, … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 5 Comments

Celebrating Dan Kiley

As regular readers will know, I am a great fan of the work of the US designer Dan Kiley. His spare, modern parks and gardens arguably made him the finest … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 10 Comments

Sculpture in the garden

The splendid website ThinkinGardens hosted a discussion a while ago on sculpture in the garden. One commenter argued that a garden setting can enhance a sculpture, but that she had … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Unexpected Joys of Quarrying

One of the pleasures of landscape history is the often surprising places where information can be found. Trainspotters’ model drawings,  last wills and testaments, records from a convent, romantic novels, … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 6 Comments

Wildlife and gardens

Having lived on three continents, I am increasingly struck by the similarities and connections between gardens in seemingly very disparate countries. What confirms my location is not the plants or … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · 18 Comments

American modernism in Delhi

The US architect Joseph Allen Stein (1912 – 2001) spent the last forty years of his professional life in India. A man driven by humanitarian and environmental passions, he worked … Continue reading

August 28, 2011 · 15 Comments

More tell-tale signs

A recent post looked at the vagaries of park signage in Paris. Since then, I have been keeping an eye out for good examples. And last week, on a trip … Continue reading

March 23, 2011 · 7 Comments

Springtime in Paris

Next week I’m off to Philadelphia for a few days.  I’ll be speaking at a symposium at the UPenn School of Design, called Foreign Trends on American Soil. It promises … Continue reading

March 8, 2011 · 16 Comments

Dan Kiley and New York Fashion Week

Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center was designed in the 1960s by master landscape architect Dan Kiley. Much diminished through neglect and misuse, the park is about to host New … Continue reading

September 8, 2010 · 4 Comments

Dan Kiley in Brussels

I recently wrote a piece for the Historic Gardens Review on a courtyard garden designed by American master landscape architect Dan Kiley in Brussels. In 1989 AG Group (a financial … Continue reading

September 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

Dan Kiley at La Défense

This week I went to see Dan Kiley‘s landcape design at La Défense, the business district to the west of Paris. Kiley is one of my favourite landscape architects. I … Continue reading

July 1, 2010 · 9 Comments

Round, like a Circle in a Spiral

Is it an earthwork, a seascape, an icon of landscape design, a pilgrimage destination, perhaps even a joke at the art world’s expense? In a recent article for the Historic … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · 1 Comment

In the US Ambassador’s garden…

To mark Memorial Day, we spent this morning in the garden of the US Ambassador’s Residence in Paris. There were performances by two platoons of the US Marines: the Drum … Continue reading

June 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

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