2008 ANLA Management Clinic (3)

ANLA Management clinic logoOff to the Clinic tomorrow, and as I sit here writing this I am wondering if there are any madcap adventures in store for this year.

Muggets anyone?

Highlights include a meeting of the Whispering Crane Institute, and the Giant Duck Institute. This annual meeting of some of the Worlds brightest Landscape Design minds always draws a large crowd . . . . in the hotel reception/bar area.wci-chop-2.jpg

LOL . . . I don’t even know what they call that large open glass area(reception/bar area?) between the East and West wings of the Galt House. I really don’t-it must have some sort of name.

Another event will be yours truly becoming completely exasperated at some “future trends” event where some one mentions color or tropicals, or pondless ponds as a hot NEW trend . . . this usually sets me off into some sort of tizzy, where I cause a minor scene, mumbling about how no one is paying attention-look for it to happen.

Did I mention Muggets?

Anyway it’s here, another year, another Febuary, another ANLA Management Clinic . . . . good times.

Did I mention I have seen only 2 standing ovations for speakers at any Landscape Conference? Last year; Mr. Sustainability himself William McDonough received a standing “O” for his keynote on sustainability and his vision on the Cradle to Grave community.

The other standing “O” was for A.E. Bye* at a APLD function(scroll down) (notice Apld) during the clinic. His talk was spellbinding, mesmerizing, fascinating and highly motivating . . . drawing lake lines with an old pick-up, waxing poetically about the curvature/highlight shadows created by old trees, bulldozing berms just right, and creating greatness through simplicity.

The most powerful talk I have ever heard in this industry, about the subject I love the most . . . landscape design.

See you this weekend.

p.s. I just Googled ANLA, Management Clinic and . . . . 3 0f the top 10 hits bring you here . . . . awesome stuff. Yes, I will be Blogging from the Clinic.

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Addendum:

“To be creative, you have to be left alone. You can’t go collaborating with people — you don’t have Leonardo collaborating with Van Gogh!” -A.E. Bye

“New England is my favorite place,” he said. “In this part of the world you have more richness of landscape. If you go out to Indiana and Ohio, they don’t have these beautiful outcroppings or a lot of trees. There’s a lot of character to this landscape.” -A..E. Bye

A.E. Bye Dead at Age 82

Arthur Edwin Bye, Jr, died Nov. 25, 2001, in Doylestown, PA, after a short illness. He had lived in Ridgefield since 1958 and was one of Connecticut’s most prominent landscape architects, having received a gold medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1993.

Bye graduated from the School of Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University and taught landscape architecture at Cooper Union in New York City for 40 years. He also taught at
Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Among his many projects, Bye designed the landscape for two Frank Lloyd Wright houses, as well as the
Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., the George Soros residence on Long Island, and the Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. He wrote two books, Art into Landscape, Landscape into Art (1981), and Moods in the Landscape (1999). A collection of essays by various authors, Abstracting the Landscape,
the Artistry of Landscape Architect A.E. Bye, was published in 1991.

Although he had projects in many states, Bye particularly loved New England. “In this part of the world you have more richness of landscape…. There’s a lot of character to this landscape.” A central aspect of Bye’s work was to allow the essential character of a landscape to speak for itself.

Memorial donations may be made to The Arthur E. Bye Lectureship in
Landscape Architecture, Penn State University, 7 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.

Excerpted from The Ridgefield Press,
Ridgefield, Conn., November 29, 2001.

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