The UGA College of Environment and Design welcomes spring, the perfect time of year for a little iconoclasm in the garden. The new season allows us to throw fate to the wind and explore new ways of seeing, new ways of design, and new experiences in the built environment. It is also a chance for students of design to learn about the unique elements of modernism and the mid-century response to convention.
James Rose, who practiced landscape design during much of the middle of the last century, was expelled from Harvard in 1937 for refusing to design in the Beaux-Arts style. He is the subject of a new book by Dean Cardasis—published in 2017 by the Library of American Landscape History and the UGA Press— who will lecture on Rose on March 7th in Room 123 of the Jackson Street Building at 5 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by the Eleanor Ferguson Vincent fund at the College of Environment and Design and is free and open to the public. The lecture accompanies an exhibit about Rose and his work in the Circle Gallery, also in the Jackson Street Building.
Along with two other design rebels of the era, Dan Kiley and Garrett Eckbo, James Rose wrote a series of essays that would become a manifesto for developing modernist landscape architecture. Using models and on-site inspiration, Rose paved a new path in landscape design, both for the creators and the users of his spaces. Fences and panels made from found materials and evoking Zen gardens and zendos encouraged the visitor to explore the inside/outside experience; rooms literally bring the garden indoors and vice versa. He authored four important books of the landscape design canon: Creative Gardens, Gardens Make Me Laugh, Modern American Gardens, and The Heavenly Environment. Students in the College of Environment and Design will construct an installation in the Circle Gallery that explores Rose’s vision.
Dean Cardasis is a landscape architect, professor at Rutgers University, and director of the James Rose Center in Ridgewood, N.J. An opening reception at the Circle Gallery will accompany the lecture.