Arbuckle Simpson Nature Festival
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
I still have that soft bound promotional copy. I also found a hard back copy to read to my children. Dr. Seuss is the greatest author to read to your children because the words are so fun to roll off your tongue. However, the Lorax, where the grickle-grass grows is my favorite Dr. Seuss.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here is a little article about a region in Spain I found interesting.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I have been watching the progress of Hargreaves Native American project in Oklahoma City. American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has a site update link that gives a little closer look at the site. What is incredible is the picture below of the more than fifty producing oil and gas wells previously on the site.
I am interested in the connections with the living. The memorial. The celebration. The morning. Community. Place. Cemeteries are interesting.
Among their core beliefs was an ideal spiritual state that 'transcends' the physical and empirical and is only realized through the individuals intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions. This is one of those deep topics that I haven't studied out to well. However, I have an appreciation for some of the work that followed, like that of Louis Sullivan in the Getty Tomb. The Web of American Transcendentalism.
This is an interesting explanation
Moving along to what spurred this whole post. Look at The Igualada Levee and The Hanging Cemetery of Babylon posted by Pruned.
Then look at Box Cemetery close to where I live. I haven't made up my mind if I'm going to be buried in a Getty or a Box.
As usual, random thoughts.
So, I was very surprised to see $3 Billion proposed by for National Parks. I am glad to see the National Park Centennial Initiative kicked off. The National Parks system is a national treasure of Landscape Architecture, preservation, conservation and public enjoyment. I hope that the next century can see more preservation and more access by the common man. It is still amazingly cheap to visit a national park and I hope that it continues.
Friday, March 9, 2007
I entered the site on the southwest corner from the neighbor's property (which I thought was city property.) I walked north along the west edge of the property until I got to the main creek bed that runs across the north edge of the property. I followed the creek bed east until I could see 36th street and then I followed the east edge of the property headed south about halfway to the down the property line to the access-road gate.
I had been on the property one other time and didn't think much of it. However, I have a very serious change of heart after this visit. I think it has the "capability" to be a magnificent park, and at this point I will leave it at that.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The Dirt highlights Leave No Child Inside. (You never know where links are going to take you, check out The Orion Society.)
Don't forget how you get strangers interacting and talking to each other--babies, kids and dogs.
Kids also help us recover and reground after traumatic experiences. Life comes into focus with kids.
However a feature of granaries, industrial equipment, water towers is very relevant to the urban landscape of Oklahoma. Because it is so flat, large scale industrial and city structures are very much a part of our urban landscape. I have run across Bernd and Hilla Becher's work previously and appreciate it.
Look at what Seattle did with Gas Works Park, New York with Fresh Kills and Germany with Landschaft Park. Oklahoma City has some industrial sites that they could capitalize on.
I'm going to have to get out there and take some pictures and do a follow up on this train of thought.
The farm and agrarian beauty was embraced in part of this movement. Oklahoma has some landscapes that I think we can identify with as beautiful. Just up from my house is a country road embraced and covered with pecans, cottonwood and black walnuts. As you walk through this enveloping canopy of branches and leaves the view opens up to a large pasture. Cattle graze and copse of elm, plum and persimmon provide homes for bluebirds and rabbits. Stands of cottonwood and willow line the stream beds. This could easily be a picture designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown.
I'm not sure that Oklahomans recognize the beauty that is before them. Embrace the farm and the agrarian community. Support it by shopping at your local farmers market. Buy local products. I shop at Crest Foods and I enjoy their local food selections. The Oklahoma Food Coop is another source of local foods.
Our landscape is shaped by a web of human activity. Our aesthetic values is shaped by a web of cultural influences.
I was looking into changing my power over to wind power this morning and pulled up OG and E's "sold-out" note. That is good. That means there is a market that is interested in buying wind power.
Following the links on the site I found a colorful and interactive Oklahoma Wind Resource Map by OSU. To go along with that map is an interactive map covering wind, wildlife, untilled landscapes and protected areas. Both of these maps were by way of the OWPI or Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative website. "The OWPI investigates and promotes wind energy resources in our state."
If your interested in a community wind resource check out OWPI's Community Wind: a Guide book for Oklahoma.
It is difficult to sort out the energy sources and what is best for me and my family. I know that I am going to buy a new car in the next few years. I know eventually I will buy a new house. I ask myself frequently what am I doing now. What can I do now? What can I personally change to make difference? Are you thinking about alternative sources? Better sources? Sources that as OSN would put it address economy, ecology and equity.
I think "Clean" is a loaded word. What good is an energy source that doesn't pollute the Sky's but it pollutes the rivers? Or is destructive to habitat? What good is an energy source that reduces the quality of living of a community and lines the pockets of the few?
Complex problems usually require complex solutions.
OSN Conference coming up.
Mission Statement: The Oklahoma Sustainability Network (OSN) serves to connect and educate the people of Oklahoma concerning the many aspects of sustainability. OSN is a catalyst and a resource for the improvement of Oklahoma's economy, ecology, and equity.
OSN's 6th Annual Conference
The 6th Annual OSN Conference, Ideas to Action: Envisioning the Next 100 Years in Oklahoma, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2007 at the National Weather Center in Norman.Keynote speakers include:
- Doug McKenzie-Mohr, author of Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing, who will also be leading an afternoon workshop on social marketing
- Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, who will speak about redirecting farming away from corporate agriculture back to its traditional role in society
Monday, March 5, 2007
Todd Stewart a local photographer and University professor has a great portfolio.
These two photos are from Landsessions:
I'm sure I have mentioned James Richer's blog, landsessions great landscape blog from across the pond. The two pictures are grabs from his blog, and the top one is of Miro Rivera Architects, Lake Austin, Texas.
Check out Andrew Houser's HD:Photos
It is not just the landscape a designer should be concerned with. It is the people and the experience of the landscape that is as important.
Daniel Hinkley is one of my hero's. I visited Heronswood on numerous occasions while living in
Heronswood was bought by Burpee or some other conglomerate and moved the nursery back East.
While visiting home this summer the plant salesperson's at various nurseries had been crushed by the loss of Heronswood. I am sure that it is sacrilegious to even link to the new site.
I was just looking at Mr. Hinkley's lecture schedule to see when he was coming to
Is a garden only as good as its maintenance crew? What good is a garden that only the designer has the ability or know-how to maintain?
I don't necessarily believe we should strive towards zero maintenance gardens. Part of the joy of a garden is the actual care we give to the garden.
In my mind there is a balance. I want perennials and annuals, but I also want structure and longevity. I'm not afraid of the evolution of a garden or design, but my planting design should work now, 10 years, 30 years and 100 years, with normal garden modifications.
I think peoples attitudes change with time, so why not design a garden that can be reworked in 40 years? However, at the end of 40 years, there should be a magnificent framework of trees and shrubs and plantings to work with.
James Corner leaves some of his designs open ended. However, he designs the environmental aspects to mature and anticipate future changes.
I think we can recognize bad planting designs. They are very evident within a few years of planting. It is the great designs that still work and can be modified gracefully as they age and mature.
I run across this blog: http://www.badlandscaping.com/ check it out.