NEW YEAR HORIZON

2014 National Humanities Medalists (Left to right): Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham/ philosopher, novelist; Annie Dillard/author; Marina van Zuylen/The Clemente Course on the Humanities; Alice Waters/author, food activist; President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; Fedwa Malti-Douglas/scholar; Vicki Lynn Ruiz/historian; Larry McMurtry/novelist; Rebecca Newberger Goldstein/ philosopher, novelist; Everett L. Fly/landscape architect,architect, preservationist; Jhumpa Lahiri/writer novelist
2014 National Humanities Medalists (Left to right): Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham/ philosopher, novelist; Annie Dillard/author; Marina van Zuylen/The Clemente Course on the Humanities; Alice Waters/author, food activist; President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; Fedwa Malti-Douglas/scholar; Vicki Lynn Ruiz/historian; Larry McMurtry/novelist; Rebecca Newberger Goldstein/ philosopher, novelist; Everett L. Fly/landscape architect,architect, preservationist; Jhumpa Lahiri/writer novelist

The experience of meeting and engaging the nine other recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal this fall has been amazing.  Their passions, thoughts, creativity, and respect have stimulated new perspectives on the context of my own work.  The most valuable gift has been the unexpected synergy with different medalists.  None could have imagined that we share so much common ground, including mutual experiences and human relationships.  I look forward to continuing the exchange of ideas, insights, information and opportunities with all of them well into the future.

The discoveries, collaborations and projects of the coming year promise to be exciting and productive.  Some will be in my own back yard.  Of course San Antonio is known for some remarkable grassroots

Bexar County Archives primary records
Bexar County Archives primary records

organizations and community activists.  Innovative partnerships will be part of the calculus for advanced stewardship. Our city is also one of those places that maintains extensive, and remarkable, records that document unique layers of its history and multiple cultures. Resources such as those in the Bexar County Archives will provide opportunities to connect lost heritage to local places in all parts of the county and city.  The research and interpretation will have public, private, commercial and residential applications for sustainable urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture.

NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDAL

I am absolutely humbled to be one of the ten recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Architecture and landscape architecture are not generally considered as traditional humanities disciplines. Over the years I have learned that the ways that people live and organize their society are deeply embedded in the architecture and landscapes they create, whether classical or vernacular. The humanities provide essential content for sustainable and relevant design theory. I look forward to continuing to integrate humanities disciplines into landscape architecture and architecture in as many creative ways as possible.

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