FS003 Historic Landscape Cemeteries in the 21st Century and Contemporary Design Challenges

Jack Goodnoe, ASLA
Land Planning and Design Associates Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI 
United States
Jack Goodnoe, ASLA, President, Land Planning and Design Associates Inc., has designed cemeteries throughout the United States, Canada and Central America. He is a recognized leader and innovator in the design of contemporary cemeteries. His cemetery designs accommodate the need for higher density burial, cultural expressions, and environmental responsibility while preserving and incorporating the principles of historic cemetery landscapes as permanent, restorative open space.
Ricardo Austrich, ASLA
Halvorson Design Partnership
Boston, MA 
United States
Ricardo Austrich, ASLA, an Associate at Halvorson Design Partnership has over 20 years of professional experience with a focus on planting design and historic cemetery work. He received a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell and MLA from UVA. He is on the Faculty at the Boston Architectural College. Mr. Austrich received a landscape architecture Fulbright in Santiago, Chile. He also served as Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
David Barnett
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA 
United States
Dave Barnett, President & CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery, has served the Cemetery for 19 years, beginning as Director of Horticulture, and rising through Vice President of Operations & Horticulture to his present position. Dave has a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture from UConn, and a M.S. in Environmental Horticulture and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. He recently served as President of the American Public Gardens Association and is currently President of the Horticultural Club of Boston.
Fri, 11/15: 7:30 AM  - 5:00 PM 
Field Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: NE Lobby Departure Area, Exhibit Level 
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Boston is home to two of the most significant historic landscape cemeteries in the U.S., Mount Auburn and Forest Hills. Find out how these notable landscapes are adapting as active commemorative places in the 21st century while concurrently offering valuable lessons for contemporary cemetery design.

Learning Objective

1) Learn about the design principles of the Historic Landscape Cemetery and how they anticipated the development of landscape architecture in the U.S.
2) Learn how these landscapes and American cemeteries in general are adapting to reflect 21st century values.
3) Discover creative ways to accommodate commemoration and burial in these landscapes that honor historic character while supporting business goals.
4) Gain insight into the issues and approaches of sustainability, green burials, and ethnic traditions.



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