Tag Archives: By J. Lerner

Collage Material

For new master plan, MNLA embraced Smith College’s ethos of participation.

By Jonathan Lerner

Photo of river with small waterfall.
Paradise Pond, a beloved Smith landmark, was formed by a dam on the Mill River. A proposal to renaturalize the river strikes some alumnae as too radical. Photo courtesy MNLA.

In 1871, Sophia Smith devoted an inherited fortune to realizing her dream, a women’s college to equal those for men. Today the institution bearing her name enrolls some 2,100 female undergraduates (and a few hundred grad students, including some men). Smith College is in Northampton, Massachusetts, a town of about 30,000 where idealistic visions flow luxuriant. Continue reading Collage Material

In Their Elements

Stimson takes on the challenges of success by staying true to its New England roots.

By Jonathan Lerner

Stephen Stimson, FASLA, and Lauren Stimson, ASLA, built a new house and utility building on property Steve’s family has long farmed. Photo by Ngoc Doan.

Outside the kitchen door of the Massachusetts farm where Stephen (Steve) Stimson, FASLA, and his wife and partner, Lauren Stimson, ASLA, live with their two kids is a water feature created by Steve in the agrarian spirit of thrift. Continue reading In Their Elements

The River and the Real World

Cornell students bring visions for climate adaptation down to the Hudson shore.

By Jonathan Lerner 

The Ossining waterfront. Image courtesy Liz Fabis, Student ASLA.

The Hudson River is tidal, gaining a mean elevation of only two feet for 150-plus miles inland from the Atlantic. It is flanked, almost without interruption, by bluffs and cliffs. Most communities along it have only a slender strip of land at river level. Continue reading The River and the Real World

Fair Play

As part of an ongoing effort to make content more accessible, LAM will be making select stories available to readers in Spanish. For a full list of translated articles, please click here.

Milwaukee measures equity in remaking neighborhood parks.

By Jonathan Lerner

Milwaukee’s city-sponsored recreation program was established in 1911 for the purpose of benevolent social engineering. Its goal was the civic integration of burgeoning, and mostly poor, European immigrant populations. Continue reading Fair Play

The Thin Green Line

Parks along New York City’s vulnerable waterfront, like the one recently completed at Hunter’s Point South, are both amenity and armor.

By Jonathan Lerner

The seven glowing domes of the artist Nobuho Nagasawa’s Luminescence depict the phases of the moon. Photo Lloyd/SWA, courtesy SWA/Balsey and Weiss/Manfredi.

Even as the tides lapping at its edges rise, New York City is turning eagerly toward the water to relieve both a congested transit system and a shortfall in housing stock. Continue reading The Thin Green Line

Editorial Discretion

Wagner Hodgson’s assignment for a lakeside estate in Vermont required subtle deletions, essential corrections, and thematic consistency.

By Jonathan Lerner / Photography by Jim Westphalen

The North Bay guesthouse overlooks the pond in front and the bay to its rear.

The property is a stubby peninsula jutting west into Lake Champlain. The lake is nearly two miles wide here. Beyond it, in New York, the tiered peaks of the Adirondacks appear flattened and monochromatic, blurring as they recede into the distance. Continue reading Editorial Discretion

Escape Hatches

Solitary moments with nature as a response to urban loneliness.

By Jonathan Lerner 

Where loneliness in the crowd is pervasive, the designers propose “spiritual infrastructure for the city.” Image courtesy Gandong Cai, Associate ASLA, and Mingjie Cai, Student ASLA.

As one might expect, the winners of Bubble Design Competitions’ Eliminate Loneliness challenge mostly offered ways to bring people together. Second prize went to a concept for umbrellas that hook together. Continue reading Escape Hatches