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Center Receives NJASLA Honor Award

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This February, the James Rose Center received a Honor Award, in the category of Historic Preservation, from the New Jersey chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for their project, Rehabilitation of Texwipe/EarthCam. A late and rare James Rose-designed corporate campus (1985), Texwipe’s original owners enjoyed Rose’s design for two decades before the business was sold leaving the site unoccupied for nearly as long. In 2014, while searching for a new location for his company’s headquarters, CEO Brian Cury visited the site on a whim and was immediately drawn to its distinctive form, materials, and features. For the past several years, several members of EarthCam’s team have worked to sensibly rehabilitate both the office and garden, and contacted the Center to assist with these efforts by specifically guiding the repair and reuse of many original site features. For more information on the project, read director Dean Cardasis’s 2018 article for The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

The Center would like to thank EarthCam for being an enthusiastic and dedicated client/collaborator, and would also like to thank the NJASLA for this recognition.

2020 NJASLA Annual Meeting

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The James Rose Center will be participating at the 2020 NJASLA annual meeting in two ways: Dean Cardasis will be delivering an expert section entitled James Rose: A Voice Offstage, and the Center will be hosting an information table with some exciting announcements and upcoming programming! For those already registered make sure to visit us; and if you were on the fence, this is one extra reason to attend! Click the link above or register HERE.

The Heavenly Environment, a Film by James Rose, Now Available Online

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This video was originally published in 1986 by James Rose in conjunction with his book The Heavenly Environment. It has been digitally reproduced by The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design.

In this video, Rose discusses suburban design norms and their inadequacies, alternatives to these norms, and designing gardens based on site characteristics as well as clients’ needs.

James Rose Later Works


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Due to popular demand, the James Rose Center will extend its open days from May 15th through November 18th! Hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Click HERE to schedule an appointment for a guided tour (recommended contribution of $10) or just stop by!

Ridgewood Library Talk

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At 7pm Monday, October 2nd, come to the Ridgewood Public Library and join Professor Dean Cardasis as he shares the story of James Rose, the famed “James Dean” of landscape architecture. Based on his recent book, James Rose: A Voice Offstage, Professor Cardasis’s talk will put Rose’s ideas in the context of his times and present some of Rose’s important alternatives to conventional suburban residential design, with a special focus on Rose’s own home in Ridgewood.  All welcome, no registration required. A tour of the James Rose Center will immediately follow the lecture.


Garden Dialogues 2017: James Rose Center

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CLICK HERE to join us September 23rd for The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Garden Dialogues 2017: The James Rose Center (hurry, sign up today before this event is sold out!)

“TCLF president & CEO, Charles A. Birnbaum, and Dean Cardasis, Director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design, will examine the signature project of James Rose, who along with Garrett Eckbo and Dan Kiley, helped usher the profession of landscape architecture into the modern era.”

The James Rose Center – Open for 2017!

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The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design is now open for the 2017 season! We will continue to be open May 17th until November 5th, 10AM-4PM Tuesdays through Sundays. Special accommodations may be available upon request.

To arrange a tour, please contact us.

James Rose – The First Biography NOW AVAILABLE!

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James-Rose-CoverJames Rose, the first biography of this important landscape architect, explores the work of one of the most radical figures in the history of mid-century modernist American landscape design. James Rose includes new scholarship on many important works, including the Dickenson Garden in Pasadena and the Averett House in Columbus, Georgia, as well as unpublished correspondence. Rose reveals a tenderness toward nature and faith in spiritual harmony that belies his reputation as an alienated social critic. Throughout his career Rose refined his conservation ethic, seeing recycled materials and waste reduction as opportunities to create landscapes for contemplation, self-discovery, and pleasure. At a time when issues of economy and environmentalism are even more pressing, Rose’s writings and projects are both relevant and revelatory.

DEAN CARDASIS, FASLA, is professor of landscape architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Read more here…

James Rose Bench

Re-creation of James Rose Bench Wins National ASLA Award

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The James Rose Bench project reimagines a nearly lost piece of furniture design by groundbreaking modernist landscape architect James Rose. By drawing together threads of historical and material research, combined with innovations in fabrication, an extraordinary design was recovered and transformed, culminating in a production-ready bench.

Read more here…