Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Monday, May 31, 2010
'Golden Jubilee' Tomato
Hot Jalapeno pepper
You can also plant Greek Oregano, Parsley 'Italian Flat Leaf', Tomato 'Roma' ( small, oblong tomatoes with a thick meaty flesh), Basil 'Dark Opal', Red Leaf Lettuce and Onion 'Spartan Banner' ...
Remember it is all about the soil - so prepare the soil beautifully before you plant.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
(from Fast Company website)
My graduate degree is in land planning, specifically, 'urban and regional planning'. A misnomer in my case since I was already, back decades ago, a devotee of E.F. Schumacher and his 'small is beautiful' ideas.
The officials in Burma did not appreciate his report.
Undeterred, Schumacher went on to extol the value of self sufficiency. He said fuel and food were the two basic necessities for survival and sustainability and urged all communities and regions to be as self-sufficient as far as possible — otherwise they become economically and politically vulnerable.
He also became involved in sustainable agriculture. He spent much time in his organic garden, was President of the UK Soil Association and was an advocate of tree-planting and forest farming schemes wherever he went.
My devotion to Schumacher's ideas years ago did not fit in planning classes which emphasized transit, zoning and floor/area ratios.
( a Duany project in Fort Myers)
But now Andres Duany, the father and planning icon of the 'New Urbanism', is on the same page as me! At a recent conference he advocated that planners create a small-town America that more closely resembles pre-1850 America than pre-1950.
YAY!!! I have been waiting for this....
Duany is looking beyond 'making the best of suburban America's bad situation' (which he has been doing for all these years with his firm) and is going headlong into agrarian urbanism.
(biz fizz photo from NEF site - see below)
Finally. Thank You, Andres Duany.
Agrarian urbanism is different from "urban agriculture" where we retrofit cities to grow food.
It is differnt from "agricultural urbanism" where an intentional community has a corresponding farm.
"Agrarian urbanism," Duany says, "is a society involved with the growing of food." AMEN.
This is not the official 'HUD-DOT-EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities' - which never once mentions growing food in its livability principles! It is not the intentional communities featuring golf course living, equestrian living, or the 'fly-in' lifestyle.... It is communities built for, as Duany says, 'locavores' or people who eat and produce their own food.
Duany says these comunnuties would be committed to "hand-tended agriculture" in whatever form that takes. It would be part of the homeowners' association agreement. Instead of a strip mall in the town square, there's a "market square" comprised of green markets, restaurants, cooking schools, an agricultural university, and so on.
what?! no shoes?
Here is what an article in Fast company said about Duany's presentation:
"Duany conceded growing food is hard work, which is why his agrarian communities would still end up hiring Hispanic laborers to do the dirty work. But "you don't pretend they don't exist," he said in a particular utopian moment. "The people who grow the food must be known to the kids. And they're the ones who actually know what they're doing -- they know how to build buildings and they know how to grow food."
This brings up prickly social issues galore, I realize that. But the fact is - we need to get back to Mother Earth. Rooftop farming does not solve the issue - farming homesteads and villages do.
See the article from the New York Times 2 days ago on City Slickers Take to the Crops (click on the title for article). We are all heading toward Buddhist Economics.....
New Economics Foundation website.
(this post is for my friend, Lynn)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A Great Lecture For those in the New York tri-state Area!
Wednesday May 26 - 6:30 pm
A Great Morgan Library Presentation
- cosponsored by The Olana Partnership, Central Park Conservancy, and Foundation for Landscape Studies.Great Romantic Landscapes: Central Park and Frederic Church's Olana
This panel of expert historians and historic landscape stewards will explore the relationship between two of America's greatest nineteenth-century Romantic landscapes: Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's Central Park, and Olana, Frederic Church's villa and landscape garden.
Speakers include Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy historian and photographer and author of Central Park: An American Masterpiece; Katherine H. Kerin, Olana Landscape Curator; Evelyn D. Trebilcock, Olana Curator. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, President, Foundation for Landscape Studies, will moderate.
Tickets: $15 for Non-Members; $10 for Morgan, Olana Partnership, and Central Park Conservancy Members
The exhibition Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design will be open at 5:30 PM especially for program attendees.
for tickets go to this website : http://www.themorgan.org/public/program.asp?id=308
Monday, May 24, 2010
What makes designing for the theater special is that for about two hours a number of people will congregate for an event in a finite theater space and see designs that ideally reinforce a well conceived text...a visually poetic expression of the text, or opera, musical.... you know, the narrative.
When you talked in class about going to a site and 'feeling the space', it made me think of how Louis Kahn would famously ask his students, "what does the building WANT to be"? It's really one and the same.
(Louis Kahn building)
(Black Magic Coleus)
It all felt connected.