The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has released its 2020 edition of Landslide, an annual in-depth report produced by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that profiles—and raises awareness of—a geographically diverse number of at-risk American parks, gardens, horticultural features, working landscapes, and “and other places that collectively embody our shared landscape heritage.” Like with prior Landslide reports, the sites that comprise Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead respond to a specific topical theme. This year, to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment, each of the dozen threatened landscapes (two containing multiple sites) were created, designed, tended to, and championed by women including a multitude of female landscape architects and designers, many of them pioneering in the field and some unsung and overlooked. As TCLF points out, women represent a majority of undergrad and graduate students at landscape architecture programs. That plurality, however, doesn’t translate to the profession itself. Women, as of 2018, make up 35.5 percent of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) members. Even fewer are principals at landscape architecture firms, ASLA Fellows, or, most significantly, BIPOC.
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