Click HERE to read an article written by architectural historian Meredith Arms Bzdack, PhD about the historic preservation of the James Rose Center. In 2019, Meredith and her colleagues at Mills + Schnoering Architects led an interdisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, engineers and cost estimators in assembling the Center’s first Preservation Plan.
Our recently historic-register listed James Rose Center will open for tours Tuesday, June 16th and will remain open through October, Tuesday through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Although walk-ins are welcome, visitors may contact the assistant director, Kevin Hofmann, (email@example.com) in advance of their tour to schedule a specific time. In an effort to adhere to social distancing guidelines, visitor group sizes may be limited and visitors will be required to wear masks at all times.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, MAY 22, 2020 –The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research + Design and EarthCam received an Honor Award in the category of Historical Preservation/Restoration for the Rehabilitation of the EarthCam headquarters landscape, formerly owned by Texwipe. Given to only a handful of projects each year, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) describe Honor Awards as representing the highest level of achievement distinguished by “superior professional accomplishment.”
James Rose’s original design for Texwipe’s corporate campus, completed in 1985 for Florence and Edward Paley, sat dormant for more than a decade when EarthCam’s founder and CEO, Brian Cury, discovered the decaying site on Memorial Day weekend in 2013. Although it was in disrepair, Cury, a trained filmmaker, immediately recognized its significance as a work of modern art. “I knew right away it was special,” he noted. “I knew that instantly when I walked onto the property.” Long considered one of the maverick designer’s “lost” gardens, this late corporate project features vegetation, geometry, and materials characteristic of Rose’s palate. Sculptural broad-leaved evergreens; wooden, obtuse-angled retaining walls; swales lined with river stones; and meandering bluestone paths guide one through an always-changing, contemplative environment formed not by landscape “effects,” but by choreographing an experience of moving pictures and sensations within the site itself. The James Rose Center provided EarthCam with historical documentation and on-site consultation throughout the rehabilitation process focusing specifically on the repair of essential infrastructure, precise reconstruction of bluestone paths, rebuilding of wooden landscape elements, and restoration of the site’s ecology. EarthCam used their custom webcam technology and artificial-intelligence based timelapse editing to create a three minute video that captured the entire restoration. Davis Brody Bond, in collaboration with Spacesmith and Vanessa DeLeon Associates managed the redesign of the site’s architecture helping once again restore views between office space and the garden, and thus the integral fusion of in- and outdoors characteristic of Rose’s work.
Considering Rose’s intuitive design process in which he sculpted sites in situ rather than relying on conventional forms of design documentation, EarthCam’s unique skillset was applied to the documentation of both as-built and rehabilitated conditions of the site. Aerial drone photography was used to locate the exact positions of the irregular bluestone paths so they could be palletized and subsequently re-positioned after the completion of repairs to subterranean infrastructure. A global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services, EarthCam has similarly documented some of the world’s most significant construction and landscape projects, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Statue of Liberty, restorations to the Washington Monument, Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan and China Basin Park at Mission Rock, San Francisco. EarthCam’s solar-powered Solstice Cam technology is also being used to document the restoration of the James Rose Center itself.
ABOUT THE JAMES ROSE CENTER
The James Rose Center is a non-profit landscape research and study foundation headquartered in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The mission of the center is to contribute to a more sustainable suburban condition through preservation, research, and design. It provides and sponsors authoritative lectures, tours, classes, symposia, professional historical documentation, modern landscape preservation, consultation and research, student and professional awards, programs and student internships.
EarthCam is the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video, time-lapse construction cameras and reality capture solutions for corporate and government clients. EarthCam leads the industry with the highest resolution imagery available, including the world’s first outdoor gigapixel panorama camera system. This patented technology delivers superior multi-billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving important projects and events. EarthCam has documented over a trillion dollars of construction projects worldwide. The company is headquartered on a 10-acre campus in Northern New Jersey and maintains 13 additional offices internationally.
Learn more about EarthCam’s innovative solutions at www.earthcam.net.
The James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research + Design is located at 506 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. Beginning May 15th, it is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm. $10 per person or charitable contribution. To schedule a special visit or event email Assistant Director Kevin Hofmann firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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