Sticks and Stones”*the 30th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference Glocester, Rhode Island Saturday, April 25, 8:30am – 6pm


$40 includes all activities plus morning coffee, lunch, closing reception

This year*s statewide preservation conference, *Sticks and

Stones,* examines historic rural landscapes and the long-term impact of changes on the land. The event gets underway at St. Eugene*s Church in historic Chepachet Village with a keynote speech on the geology and cultural history of New England*s stone walls. The speech is followed by 10 workshops, 6 films, and 11 bus and walking tours of historic places around Rhode Island*s northwest corner, including farms and forests, mid-century modern residences, and village centers from Harrisville to North Scituate. Presented by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, the annual conference is a great opportunity to explore the historic Northwest Corner and network with professionals in the field.


For more information (and to register), visit or call (401)732-1009. Pre-registration is open until April 11; on-site registration will be available on April 25.

SAVE THE DATE! Beach SAMP Stakeholder Meeting

 DATE: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
TIME: 6-8 pm
LOCATION: URI Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Auditorium
TOPIC: Coastal Engineering Solutions
PRESENTER:  Christopher P. Jones,  P.E.  Mr. Jones is a registered professional engineer specializing in coastal hazard identification, hazard mitigation and coastal engineering. He has over 30 years experience as a practicing engineer and has worked throughout the United States and abroad on studies and projects related to flood hazard mapping and map revisions, flood loss estimation modeling, post-disaster damage investigations, flood-resistant design and construction, building codes and standards, coastal setback studies, beach management plans, and beach nourishment. Please RSVP if you plan on attending to

Nuff said at Kennedy Plaza

Originally posted on Architecture Here and There:

New bicycle racks at Kennedy Plaza, in Providence. (Photo by David Brussat) New bicycle stands at Kennedy Plaza, in Providence. (Photo by David Brussat)

Above are the bicycle stands chosen for and installed at the “new” Kennedy Plaza, in Providence. Below are the bicycle stands approved (but not yet funded) for the city of Charleston. Which design represents the more advanced aesthetic?

1422934020999 Bicycle stand chosen by Charleston; click to enlarge. (Bevan & Liberatos)

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Designing With Natural Stone

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presents Designing With Natural Stone
A Continuing Education Program for Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Contractors, and Anyone Involved in Hardscapes

Thursday, February 26, 2015

For more information click the following link: NatStone

Legacy in Blue: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Saturday, January 31

Lecture 2 – 3 pm

Reception 3-4 pm

Free Pre-registration requested

All are invited to listen in to the story of how the historic Blue Garden in Newport, R.I., was returned to its former state of glory thanks to the efforts of those dedicated to the cultural legacy of landscape art.

Among the many notable gardens created by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and the Olmsted firm, the Blue Garden – designed for Arthur Curtiss and Harriet Parsons James for their Newport estate, Beacon Hill House – remains a unique expression of landscape art. This classic Italianate garden “room” was celebrated in its heyday, from its opening in 1913 through the 1930s, for its unusual horticultural palette-a monochromatic concentration of blues and purples “with a touch of white,” all nestled like a “secret garden” behind dense evergreen plantings amid the rugged boulders on this Rhode Island peninsula.

Seemingly forever lost, this unique garden room has been rescued from under its mantle of weeds by a dedicated and philanthropic preservationist, Dorrance Hamilton. At her behest, a wide-ranging team of landscape professionals, led by Doug Reed of the landscape architectural firm Reed Hilderbrand in Cambridge, thoroughly studied the history of this garden’s origins, evaluated the remaining integrity of its features, and has overseen the reconstruction and reinterpretation of this extraordinary space.

Come share this remarkable story with two of the team members, landscape historian and Olmsted specialist Arleyn Levee of Belmont and landscape designer Sarah Vance of Brookline, now the director of the Blue Garden, as they describe the intricate process of this rescue. From a detailed review of documents, plans and photographs extracted from the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Mass., as well as from archives across the country and from a careful analysis of the landscape conditions and architectural artifacts still remaining on the Newport site, the team fashioned a renewal strategy respectful of best preservation practices and consistent with contemporary standards of environmental responsibility.

Today, the  Blue Garden exists as a testament to this multi-disciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of our cultural legacy of extraordinary landscapes.

Tower Hill will offer a trip and tour to the Blue Garden on July 23. For more information call 508-869-6111 or visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, Mass.

Admission to Tower Hill is $12 for adults and $9 for seniors.