Landscape architecture is by nature, ephemeral. As designers we plan for this, designing for the moment of installation as well as for the changes that will occur as living things reach maturity. At times, however, we don’t get to experience the latter, as the sobering June 5 article by Blair Kamin in the Chicago Tribune on changes to the Trump Tower plaza landscape we designed illustrates.

I deeply appreciated the opportunity to create a meaningful space that touched the emotions of so many.

That’s one reason this weekend’s landscape architecture event sponsored by The Cultural Landscape Foundation feels timely. Chicago has a remarkable heritage of historic designed landscapes and the events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday highlight many of them, including my favorite, Dan Kiley’s inspired design for the Art Institute of Chicago’s South Garden.

Find more information on scheduled tours here.

Photo Credit: Charles Birnbaum

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