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October 2, 2014
How do landscape architects view the future of conservation and stewardship, from both a large-scale, civic perspective and a citizen level? Internationally renowned landscape designer Margie Ruddick, winner of Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, joined Hank White, a landscape architect who has garnered countless awards and accolades for his work on projects as diverse as the New York Times Lobby Garden to the reclamation of Staten Island's Waterfront, for conversation and lively debate at Dwell on Design NY.
Modern landscape design by Margie Ruddick

Stewards of Landscape takes place at Dwell on Design New York on October 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Hank White and Margie Ruddick lead the discussion and share their forward-thinking approaches to shaping landscapes—everything from underutilized civic areas, to restorative greenspace, to environmentally sensitive retreats. Ruddick, whose award-winning design for Queens Plaza is shown here, has pioneered a concept of rewilding cities. "The idea is that 'wild' landscapes—landscapes that have a certain amount of healthy disorderliness or mess—are not only good for wildlife habitat and the health of the planet, but for our souls as well," she says.

Originally appeared in "Born to Rewild" with Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick
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"There are so many ways to approach design," Ruddick says. "I think my philosophy might be that you approach each project as you would approach raising a child: not expecting it to be like any other; (mostly) respecting given rules and making up some of your own; making sure that there is substance and rigor but also joy." She designed an indoor garden at the midtown New York Bank of America building (above).

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Ruddick works on a variety of scales, urban, residential, and rural. "Most urban/public projects take a very long time to get built and often are the product of many committee meetings," she says. "On residential projects, you often see things happen in a shorter amount of time and can also experiment with things you would not be able to on a public project. Each enriches the other." The her design for the Shillim Estate in India is shown above.

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Hank White is the principal of HM White Site Architecture and Landscape Urbanism, a firm "founded on the principle that the designed landscape is among the most powerful forms of cultural expression." One of his recent projects is a three-acre design for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. HMWhite introduced interventions to retain stormwater on-site and filter it to underground cisterns for later use. Mimicking a natural riparian ecosystem, the plan added over 90 new plant species to the garden and serves as an invaluable teaching tool for visitors.

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Finding clever ways to introduce landscape design into the city is a focus of the panel. A case study includes HMWhite's lobby garden for the New York Times building.

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For the Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, HMWhite developed a comprehensive project that included a massive roadway improvemement plan for multi-modal transportation (pedestrians, cars, bikes) and landscape restoration.

 

To purchase passes for Dwell on Design New York and see the full roster of speakers, visit dwellondesign.com.

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Modern landscape design by Margie Ruddick

Stewards of Landscape takes place at Dwell on Design New York on October 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Hank White and Margie Ruddick lead the discussion and share their forward-thinking approaches to shaping landscapes—everything from underutilized civic areas, to restorative greenspace, to environmentally sensitive retreats. Ruddick, whose award-winning design for Queens Plaza is shown here, has pioneered a concept of rewilding cities. "The idea is that 'wild' landscapes—landscapes that have a certain amount of healthy disorderliness or mess—are not only good for wildlife habitat and the health of the planet, but for our souls as well," she says.

Register for next year's Dwell on Design New York and discover program highlights at dwellondesign.com.

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