Blog Posts Tagged with Landscape architecture

  • White House security: It takes more than a fence

    23 January 2015
    Over the past year, there have been repeated security breaches at the White House involving intruders jumping over the perimeter fence. Three years ago, a man opened fire from a car on Constitution Avenue, breaking the outer pane of a window in the private quarters of the president and his...
  • From the CFA Archive: Photos of Washington, D.C. by F. L. Olmsted, Jr.

    30 December 2014
    We recently found in the CFA library a folder containing 44 black-and-white photographs dating from 1900 to 1930 that are attributed to landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870–1957). The photos depict areas of central Washington—among them the Mall, the Washington Monument Grounds, the Tidal Basin—that were redeveloped following Olmsted’s...
  • Let’s get past the Mall turf war

    1 August 2014
    There has been much discussion about the location of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the National Park Service’s plans to impose stricter regulations on the use of the Mall. The Mall is a unique space that serves many users and interests—from the Smithsonian’s seasonal programming to Independence Day celebrations, from...
  • Broad Branch improvements would harm Rock Creek Park

    3 January 2014
    The Dec. 26 Metro article “ Broad Branch Road is neither broad, sturdy ” noted several issues regarding the proposed D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) rehabilitation of Broad Branch Road, including substantial tree loss and the desire to provide safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. While the U.S. Commission...
  • CFA endorses Gehry concept for Eisenhower Memorial

    22 September 2011
    In September 2011, the Commission of Fine Arts approved a concept design for the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial, expressing great enthusiasm for the development of the design and for the artistic quality of the tapestry mockups as displayed on the memorial site. The stone-clad columns would frame the...