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James Corner: Field Operations

January 8, 2006 - 7:00pm to February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

An exhibit of the work of renowned landscape architect and urban designer James Corner’s firm, Field Operations, is on display in the Banvard Gallery in Knowlton Hall until February 17. A reception will be held in Banvard Gallery immediately preceding the lecture on February 15.

The Field Operations gallery exhibit features digital renderings of two recent winning proposals—the "Lifescape" master plan for an ecologically diverse, culturally activated park landscape to be implemented over decades at the closed Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York, and the High Line park, an elevated public space that re-envisions the role of abandoned urban infrastructure as an armature for new kinds of nature and social interaction. The show also includes design development drawings for several other current Field Operations projects.

A registered landscape architect and urban designer, Corner is Founder and Director of Field Operations. He is also Chair and Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design.

His work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation (2000): the Architectural League of New York Design Award (2000): Fellow of the Urban Design Institute (2000): First Prize in the City of New York’s international competition for Fresh Kills Landfill to Landscape project (2001): First Prize in the Greenport Waterfront Competition (1997): Third Prize in the Toolonlahti Parks, Helsinki, Competition (1997): Honorable Mention in the Van Alen Institute’s Governors Island Competition (1996): and First Prize in the Warrington Town Park Competition (1989).

Corner’s design work is complemented by a body of writing on landscape architectural design and urbanism. He is author of Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (Yale, 1996), with Alex MacLean, which received the AIA International Book of the Year Award for 1997. He is also the editor of Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture (Princeton, 1999), which focuses on the revitalization of landscape architecture as a creative cultural practice.

He has lectured and exhibited work internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York: the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco: the Art Center, Pasadena: the National Museum, Washington: the Architectural Association, London: Max Protetch Gallery, New York: and ArchiLAB, Paris.

He holds a BA in architecture and landscape architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University, England) and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. Prior to teaching and founding Field Operations, he worked for Wallace, Roberts, and Todd on the New Jersey Hudson River Waterfront Redevelopment, for Richard Rogers and Partners on the redevelopment of the Royal Docks in London, and for Gillespie and Partners on the design of the International Garden Festival Park in Liverpool.

Information on Field Operations can be found at http://www.fieldoperations.net/home.htm.

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations

James Corner: Field Operations