“I would argue that the demolition trend is not unique to modernist landscapes and comes from devaluing our “outdoor classrooms” and not truly understanding the potential of “what’s out there” in our own backyards. Passionate advocacy stopped the bulldozers for us but it is by no means a cure-all; landscapes of all stature whether they are 50 or 5000 years old will continue to face eradication without education and most critically, curated visitation.” –Suzanne Clary
“…How do we teach people how to SEE and how to VALUE all heritage — from Historic Sites associated with a person or event (such as the Jay Property)to Modernist landscapes and structures by the two “Pauls” (Rudolph and Friedberg).
If the American soap opera Dallas can be revived after 34 years (with the original actors in the roles of J.R., Sue Ellen and Bobby Ewing) certainly the landscapes and structures of this period can be revisited and renewed with their character defining features in tact, newly transformed.” –Charles A. Birnbaum
“I think one of the big issues in Landscape Architecture is that there is a need for more consistent care. Landscapes are like children, they need to be nurtured and guided in their development.” –Susannah C. Drake
“There is something to be said about continuity of stewardship and maintaining design intent and here Battery Park stands as a pioneering example in the public realm.” –Charles A. Birnbaum
“I agree with Charles Birnbaum and Suzannah Drake that the key to the preservation of all landscapes in cities, Victorian or Modernist, designed or natural, formal or wild, is ongoing maintenance. In NYC, in addition to the what the City can provide, there are more than a dozen significant non-profit partnership groups that annually raise more than $160 million to restore, preserve, maintain and program some of our most important parks. Combined with an unprecedented level of public investment in the capital restoration of many parks, that has left most of the NYC park system in relatively good shape.” –Adrian Benepe