The Library of Congress and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced a collaboration to archive the society’s professional award-winning projects, the first time that collections representing the international landscape architectural profession will be archived. by a US federal institution.
While the Library of Congress has archived collections representing the architecture, design, and engineering professions since the 1800s, this collaboration reflects the Library’s recognition of the growing importance of landscape architecture in today’s society. New models will be added to the collection every year.
“This is a step forward in strengthening the link between landscape architecture and the built environment. The chosen winners are a snapshot of the issues we face each year in our society and how landscape architects address them, which also demonstrates the growing relevance of landscape architecture to global communities,” said Torey Carter. -Conneen, CEO of ASLA.
Important National Library collections documenting the history of landscape architecture include papers by Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the founder of American landscape architecture, and a collection of the architectural firm of landscape he founded. Olmsted is known for his work on New York’s Central Park, the grounds of the United States Capitol, and many other landmarks. The library also holds the original records of the American Society of Landscape Architects, dating from 1899-1966. The Historic American Landscapes Survey, launched in 2000, offers drawings and photographs for more than 900 heritage sites. A new research guide, Architecture, Design, and Engineering Collections in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, explores the landscape design work that resides in the files of many architects and photographers.
“The Library is very grateful for this annual gift of award-winning digital designs from the American Society of Landscape Architects, as contemporary coverage of the world of creative landscape will now be an integral part of the inspiring collections we can offer researchers and the general public” , said Helena Zinkham, head of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.
For more than 30 years, the ASLA has awarded prizes to professional members in a number of categories, including general design, urban design, residential design, analysis and planning, communications and research, as well as only one Landmark award, given to distinguished landscape designers. architectural projects carried out between 15 and 50 years ago. Juries representing a cross-section of landscape architecture in practice, research and scholars judge hundreds of submissions in these categories – covering issues such as climate action, racial equity and urban planning.
The addition of ASLA materials to the National Library will not only establish a significant position for landscape architecture, but will also distinguish the work of landscape architects from architects.
“By preserving the most important work of our profession, the Library of Congress will enable the public to understand the tremendous role our professionals play today in improving lives across the country, protecting our environment from climate change to providing racially equitable, nature-based solutions to our aging urban communities,” said ASLA President, ASLA Fellow Eugenia Martin.
The theme of history is very present for the landscape community in 2022 with this collaboration and Olmsted200, the 200and celebrating the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture and ardent advocate of green spaces and open, accessible communities. A calendar of educational events will lead up to the celebration in April, which is also World Landscape Architecture Month, highlighting Olmsted’s influence on the profession today. The partnership with the Library further demonstrates the need to learn and share the story of a profession wholly dedicated to the health and prosperity of the planet and its communities.
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Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.