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We seek to explore solutions to the ubiquitous small-lot, detached single-family, residential condition in the hope that we may better understand how to transform suburbia.

Category Award / Competition Result
Type International, Award, Open, Single-Stage , Onymous
Genre Landscape
Country Ridgewood, United States
RegDeadline 9 April 2010 GoogleCal iCal
16 April 2010 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility All
Target Field 2-acre or less residentially-zoned single-family properties

For most, James Rose is remembered as one of three Harvard Students who rebelled against their Beaux Arts training in the 1930s, helping to usher landscape architecture—kicking and screaming—into the modern era. Yet somewhere after Harvard and well into the real world, Rose lost any faith he may have had in the modern planning and design professions he had helped to inspire. By the mid 1950s he had retreated from public practice and spent most of the later part of his career designing private gardens that were in direct contrast to the environmental excesses and cultural banality of the contemporary post-WWII suburbanization he saw all around him.
These built critiques were made with found objects, recycled, left-over materials, native plants and whatever he could scavenge from the sites themselves. He called them “space-sculptures-with-shelters,” and they reflected the creative, spatial and artistic nature of the garden in ways that were greener, more economical and less wasteful of resources. In doing so, Rose incorporated a conservation ethic into a modern design aesthetic, skillfully choreographing outdoor spatial experiences that inspire us to better perceive our relationship to the environment. Today, in the age of sustainability, it is equally, if not more, important to consider contemporary green technologies within the context of the aesthetics of human landscape experience.

Shane Coen (Principal, Coen + Partners, Minneapolis, New York)
Patrick m. Condon (Professor, James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments, University of British Columbia)
Gary R. Hilderbrand (FASLA, FAAR, Principal, Reed Hilderbrand Associates Inc. Watertown, Massachusetts)
Elizabeth K. meyer (FASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia)
Dean Cardasis (FASLA, Director, James Rose Center; Professor, Rutgers University; Principal, Cave Hill Landscape Architects)

Up to 12 outstanding projects: $100 to prepare display boards, identifying the designers and suitable for exhibition

Entry Fee

A 250-word or less description and Existing Conditions Plan and Site Design Plan and 8 to 15 images

Submission Address
The James Rose Center
506 E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Attention: Design Competition

Jury convenes: April 30, 2010
Selected outstanding projects announced: May 3, 2010
Display Boards due for Exhibition: May 17, 2010
Opening Reception at Rose Center: May 22, 2010
Exhibition, James Rose Center: May 22 to July 25, 2010

The James Rose Center

Official Website