Landscape Architecture Magazine has given its annual Williams Medal to AN West Editor Mimi Zeiger for her article “Fresno v. Eckbo.” Featured in LAM‘s December 2014 issue, Zeiger’s piece centers on a redevelopment proposal for the Garrett Eckbo–designed Fulton Mall in downtown Fresno, California. The city government plans to run streets through the pedestrian-friendly landscape in an effort to revitalize this now struggling, once well-known city center. Zeiger’s article draws attention to how the plan would jeopardize the preservation of the historically designed area.
Zeiger’s piece is one of two articles chosen by a LAM committee that met the criteria of a subject taken into larger context in a compelling manner that provokes positive change, as stated in the American Society of Landscape Architect’s website. Annually awarded to two articles, one that has run in LAM and the other outside of LAM, the Bradford WIllliams award has recognized 34 individuals since 1979, making Zeiger the 35th awardee, leaving the 36th spot to someone yet to be announced.