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Mill River Park and Greenway (Stamford, Connecticut)

Three primary goals: create a park that meets the recreational and civic needs of a diverse population, provide a natural habitat for native flora and fauna to flourish, and offer a vision that is economically viable, maintainable, and implementable in phases over time.

OLIN led a team of ecologists and civil engineers, collaborating with experts to create a comprehensive and ambitious framework for a park and greenway. The end result: a dynamic park that is viable, active and alluring, a continuous programmed edge along the banks of Mill River, and a “green zipper” that brings together neighboring communities with downtown Stamford.

By Olin


An Eichler home got an update thanks to Klopf Architecture, Arterra Landscape Architects and Flegel’s Construction. Come take a peek at the beautiful and open home, here.

All photos: Mariko Reed


Vedahaugane lookout

A 90 meters long concrete path leading the visitor away from the road and into the landscape. A double curve shape follows the terrain and leads towards a beautiful untouched valley dominated by high mountains and eternal snow. Jotunheimenmountains are in the distant.

The last third of the path hosts a wooden bench to enable people to relax and enjoy the magnificent panorama. The wheelchair friendly walkway is “floating” a few cm above the ground, supported by round columns to minimize the impact on the landscape and reduce the actual footprint of the construction. At the same time the intervention gets a light and reversible expression.

by LJB


The Percival Gallagher Papers in the IMA Archives documents the personal and professional life of landscape architect Percival Gallagher (1874-1934), primarily through thousands of photographic prints and negatives. Unfortunately, 646 of the collection images are contained on nitrate negatives–a highly flammable format that archivists hope to avoid. But when that isn’t possible, archivists have set procedures for handling and preserving this unstable material, and an archival freezer is the safest place to store them.

The GIF above shows how the IMA Archives staff wrapped the 22 Gallagher negative boxes, following procedures and using materials outlined in the National Park Service Conserve-O-Gram from April 2009.

And before all of these steps were taken, we digitized all of the collection photography, including the nitrate negatives, and these amazing images will be available through the IMA Digital Archives Portal very soon!
Olmsted—His Essential Theory

Frederick Law Olmsted

 Ten Design Principles

1) Respect “the genius of a place.”

2) Subordinate details to the whole.

3) The art is to conceal art.

4) Aim for the unconscious.

5) Avoid fashion for fashion’s sake.

6) Formal training isn’t required.

7) Words matter.

8) Stand for something.

9) Utility trumps ornament.

10) Never too much, hardly enough.