George W. Bush, along with all other living presidents—Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama—will come together today to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
Located within the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the library hosts a sustainable, native Texas landscape designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA). The building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects to complement the American Georgian aesthetic of the surrounding campus.
According to a recent Associated Press release, a sustainable, eco-friendly landscape is realized through green roofs in three areas and a cistern that gathers rainwater and provides half of the site’s irrigation. In a large part, this is due to Laura Bush and her high standards for sustainability.
Laura Bush visited the green roof on ASLA’s headquarters in July 2008. This served as a very informative meeting for the First Lady and her guests, who were all very impressed with ASLA’s work promoting the benefits of green roofs in comparison to conventional roofing systems. As she was no stranger to MVVA, Laura Bush enjoyed their work in creating ASLA’s green roof, and later hired the firm to design the center.
Read more about the project here.
ASLA is glad to have played a part in raising awareness of how landscape architects could meet the ambitious sustainability objectives of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. As the library is dedicated this morning, ASLA offers its sincere good wishes to all of those in attendance.
About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.