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2015 HALS Challenge: Documenting Modernist Landscapes

HAER drawing of Skyline Park
For the 6th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document modernist landscapes unique to your region of the country. During the mid-20th century, landscape architects responded to the regional environment using design as an agent of social change, creating human scale space, modern forms, and sculptural compositions, which were intended to be experienced rather than simply viewed. The designs of renowned modernist landscape architects like Church, Eckbo, Kiley, Halprin, and Rose face developmental threats despite growing national awareness.The lesser known works of many other regional designers must be documented to encourage their preservation. Robert E. Marvin, fondly referred to as the father of Southern landscape architecture, designed landscapes that celebrated the unique regionalism of the South Carolina low country, and Guy Greene, a pioneer in desert landscape architecture in Tucson, founded the University of Arizona’s landscape architecture program. Which modernist landscape architect shaped your region? Many modern landscapes remain in all 50 states, but they may be unnoticed, their significance unappreciated. People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document these rapidly vanishing and often overlooked resources. Preservation Through Documentation!

31 July 2015: Submission deadline

For further information contact:

Chris Stevens