A summer-long exploration of the connections among design, art and science is in store at the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences in Loveladies. One tenet of architectural design is that form should follow function. Artists and architects are encouraging people to better understand elements of design that can integrate landscaping into their home design while respecting and nurturing the environment.
This is a theme that the LBIF has been promoting throughout its existence, and this year, it is offering a “triple-header” to educate the public on this topic, organizers have announced.
The season begins with the Landscape Architecture Design exhibition (June 29 through July 15), followed by an Architect’s Forum and Preview for the House Tour on July 29, and culminating with the House Tour on Aug. 1.
“The Landscape Architecture Design Exhibition – the Coast” launches with a reception on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception will feature representatives from the participating firms, along with light refreshments.
A lecture series by world-renowned architectural design firms will coincide with the exhibit. The exhibition, lecture series and reception are free and open to the public.
Lecturing will be the firm Field Operations, designer of the High Line in Chelsea, New York City, along with other famous firms yet to be determined. The lectures are scheduled for Sunday, July 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Sunday, July 8, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. with Tatiana Choulika, principal of Field Operations.
The exhibition itself will feature internationally recognized leaders in the field of landscape architecture. They will show their current and past projects that focus on the coastal landscape.
The exhibit will address environmental issues of sustainability, resiliency, eco-preservation, and issues that are critical to this region, Ocean County, and the New Jersey coast.
“This exhibition showcases the significance of art, science and design working together,” said program organizers. “Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary field and one of the most diversified of the design professions. Landscape architects design the built environment of residential homes, neighborhoods, towns and cities, while also protecting and managing the natural environment, from its forests and fields to its rivers and coasts.
“Landscape architecture incorporates aspects of botany, horticulture, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, soil sciences, environmental psychology, geography, ecology and civil engineering. From the individual homeowner to those in charge of major public projects, landscape architects influence decades of economic growth and sustainability by planning and designing the construction of useful and pleasing projects. The exhibition will showcase truly amazing cutting edge projects that have revolutionized environmental spaces.”
The next event is the Architects Forum and House Tour Preview Party on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Just three days prior to the House Tour, the LBIF will host the forum to preview the 2018 homes with architects Jay Madden and Sam Gordon, both of whom have a long history on LBI and whose designed homes are on the tour this year.
A panel discussion will follow with designers, landscapers and builders. At the conclusion of the panel, attendees will have a chance to talk with the professionals.
Rounding out the series is the Annual Seashore Open House Tour on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“The tour is comprised of six wonderful homes that provide examples of creative and beautiful design from inside to outside.The homes are a blend of size, location, landscaping and design,” LBIF planners describe.
The tour includes a home that is the largest house in Barnegat Light, with amazing interior and exterior design. There is also a petite home in Ship Bottom that exemplifies creative use of space. In between are bayside and oceanfronts exemplary in beauty and design.
An illustrated House Tour Guide is a keepsake that will remind visitors of the things they saw and the ideas they gathered.
For more information on events and exhibitions at the LBIF, call the main office at 609-494-1241 or visit the website lbifoundation.org. Stay up to date on classes, events and programming by following the LBIF on Facebook and Instagram.
— Maria Scandale