The founding director of the Conway School, long time landscape architect and community planner Walter Cudnohufsky, has written a book with Mollie Babize that summarizes a design philosophy and process developed over a six-decade career in professional practice and education. A celebration of the book’s release will be held at the new campus of the Conway School, 88 Village Hill in Northampton, on Saturday, April 6th, at 10:00 am.
Highly illustrated, the 320-page book outlines a design process that is both logical and creative, one that is accessible to anyone who desires to work in concert with nature’s patterns. Sue Reed, author of Climate-Wise Landscaping and Energy-wise Landscape Design, says “Written in language both poetic and pithy, Cultivating the Designer’s Mind invites us to see landscape design as a process that everyone can master.”
The work has received high praise from practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, and education. Bruce Stedman, Executive Director of the Conway School, writes “Together, Walt Cudnofhusky and Mollie Babize provide clear and direct advice on working with clients, truly understanding the site and the project, and capturing those flashes of insight that yield a great design.”
Architect Bruce Coldham says the book “speaks inclusively and importantly to the disciplines of architecture and engineering through its focus on underserved site planning.” In the words of architect Robert Swain, “Walt Cudnohufsky speaks to the diligence and joy of the design process. This book presents his graphic and artistic sensibilities—principles of design that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary—infused with a deep love of nature and its abundant gifts.”
The authors will also be signing books at an event at 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 27th, at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, and May 8th at Boswells Books Shelburne Falls at 6:30 pm. The book is available for purchase at both events, or directly from Walter Cudnohufsky Associates, 455 Bug Hill Road (P.O. Box 489), Ashfield, MA 01330. For more information contact email@example.com.
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Endorsements for Cultivating a Designer’s Mind
by Walter Cudnohufsky with Mollie Babize
Cultivating the Designer’s Mind will help all of us in landscape design and planning to achieve greater success. Together, Walt Cudnofhusky and Mollie Babize provide clear and direct advice on working with clients, truly understanding the site and the project, and capturing those flashes of insight that yield a great design. Walt was my teacher at Conway School in 1978, and everything in this remarkable combination of memoir, instruction guide, and design primer reminds me how much of my life and career I owe to him. Anyone interested in the process of creating vital and sustaining landscapes will find great wisdom in this work.
Bruce J. Stedman
Executive Director, The Conway School
In this book, Walt draws on a rich trove of experience in designing landscapes and teaching others to design them. He provides an insightful and comprehensive approach to planning and designing landscapes that are sensitive both to the land and to the people who occupy that land. I especially appreciate his emphasis on the importance of listening—listening carefully to what the land can tell us, and to what clients say and/ or feel—then synthesizing these in artful and creative landscapes.
Dean Emeritus, University of Georgia College of Environment and Design
Honorary Associate/Fellow, Dept. of Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin—Madison
More than any design professional in my life experience, Walt Cudnohufsky speaks to the diligence and joy of the design process. This book presents his graphic and artistic sensibilities––principles of design that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary––infused with a deep love of nature and its abundant gifts. My career has been deeply informed by Walt’s talents and teaching and I’ll be the first to enjoy and benefit from this new book.
Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design, Seattle
Written in language both poetic and pithy, “Cultivating the Designer’s Mind” invites us to see landscape design as a process that everyone can master. Authors Walter Cudnohufsky and Mollie Babize start with the premise that effective design simply requires both creativity and analysis, both intuition and logic. They then make their case by methodically guiding the reader through every step. Illustrated by explanatory diagrams, bolstered by detailed case studies, and accented throughout by iconic Cudnohufsky watercolor paintings, this book is a must read for everyone who aspires to shape or influence our physical world.
Author, “Climate-Wise Landscaping” and
“Energy-Wise Landscape Design”
In the world of landscape architecture, Walt Cudnohufsky has been a tremendous influence – both as an educator and practitioner. My personal experience with him has been project-based, but even as landscape architect he was an educator – it’s in his DNA. This splendid book – which is as much a joy to read as it is to look at –codifies the way he has consistently brought insight and surprise to his work. Savor it . . . the combination of writing and visuals is like a great meal paired with the perfect wines.
Founder and CEO, South Mountain Company, Inc., author of Companies We Keep, Martha’s Vineyard
As an architect, I have appreciated Walt Cudnohufsky’s willingness to extend landscape design thinking into/inside the building. Indeed I expected that of him in our many collaborations and always found his contributions valuable. When the roles were reversed, as they sometimes were, he had a firm basis for integrating whatever I might contribute. This book continues that exchange, as it speaks inclusively and importantly to the disciplines of architecture and engineering through its focus on underserved site planning."
Principal, Coldham and Hartman, Architects