The Baltimore City Public Art Commission approved FGLA’s public art concept for an interactive Periscope tower and plaza at the intersection of Central Avenue and Pratt Street. This work is the percent-for-art commission part of the Central Avenue streetscape project. The Periscope’s angled mirrors will make it possible for people walking by to see elevated views of the neighborhood. Its color, form, and integrated plaza are inspired by local waterways, including City Springs, Harford Run, and the Patapsco River. The 25’ tall Periscope will be constructed of cast-in-place concrete, colored plexiglass supported by a welded frame, and surrounded by a plaza of....
Our winning competition proposal for the Bastrop Arts and Culture Walk will move forward into a park design master plan. Our concept design weaves together the cultural and natural history of the Bastrop community. Now, the work will be further developed into a park master plan in collaboration with Burditt Land Consultants. Our task is to...
Falon Mihalic had the honor of interviewing one of the most revered landscape architects, Pater Walker, about the work of James Burnett and the role of Landscape Architecture today. The article is published in the current issue of Cite 99: Synthetic Nature by the Rice Design Alliance.
Falon Land Studio LLC has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The innovative public art and garden design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
A year ago, I read E.O. Wilson's Biophilia cover to cover for the first time. I previously read excerpts in both undergrad and graduate school, but not the book in its entirety. It's a very quick read. Perhaps its brevity is a testament to its power because the theories in this slim book were a major influence on science, anthropology, and landscape studies. The theory of Biophilia is that humans are genetically predisposed to have an affinity for living things and that we have a deep evolutionary need to be connected to the natural world. With this premise as my starting point, I dived deeper into researching our experience of the natural world based on specific areas of interest in biophilic phenomenology, plant ecology, and nature memoir. It has been a fulfilling year to go deep into researching these topics and the connection to my work as a landscape architect and public artist. Connecting people to the natural world is ultimately what my work is about. I created this readling list to share with others who may also want to explore these topics in depth.
I carry my sketchbook with me everywhere. It helps me quickly jot down visual ideas about design and I find that I learn and remember better from something I've drawn myself instead of from a photo. Lately, I have been sketching small courtyards around Houston and taking notes on how the spaces are organized and how the container plants or small in-ground plants grow within the space. These quick drawings help me learn what works and what could be done better in small urban gardens at homes, businesses, and restaurants. The best courtyard gardens feel intimate, like secret gardens, and also inviting. The trick is to use the vertical surfaces in a smart and efficient way so that the space is private and quiet. Here is a selection of recent courtyard drawings from my sketchbook:
Houston is a great city for growing vines. We have courtyard walls and residential fences that are spilling over with Bougainvillea, Creeping Fig, and Passion Flower. Every spring, the walls of Jasmine perfume entire neighborhoods with their sweet white star-shaped flowers. Vines are very useful for bringing lush texture to small spaces and spaces with tight corners and vertical surfaces. Some of the most commonly used vines here include Confederate Jasmine, Creeping Fig, and Bougainvillea. There are dozens of other species that are easy to care for and bring unique flowers and textures to the garden. Here are some of my favorites for their colorful flowers, all in the red-pink-purple tones, with links to more information and photos of the flowers: