Lecture :: A Landscape Manifesto


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Lecture :: A Landscape Manifesto
Diana Balmori
Principal, Balmori Associates
Wednesday March 6, 2013 at 6 pm
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury Street

Diana Balmori, Principal, Balmori Associates, will present A Landscape Manifesto as part of the Spring 2013 Student Lecture Series on March 6, 2013 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.

Diana Balmori has been the principle landscape designer on many highly innovative projects, including the Master Plan for the Abandiobarra District in Bilbao, Spain, where her landscape designs run alongside the Nervion River and adjacent to the building of the Guggenheim Bilbao. She realized the extraordinary concept of Robert Smithson for a floating island around New York City, and is in early development for the building of a Public Administration Town in Korea.

In addition to her prolific work as Principal Designer for Balmori Associates, Dr. Balmori has written extensively on cities, environment, and the history of design. She links her practice with foundations and academic institutions. Her most recent book is entitled A Landscape Manifesto.

Dr. Balmori's interest in landscape and urban design grew out of her interest in public space; the way it is used and designed, and its role and effect on the larger environment. Her design style is recognized by the way it creates a fluid interface between landscape and structure in the development of urban public spaces.

The work explores how form can respond to a new understanding of nature - not simply as visual imitation - but contingent on an understanding of process. Diana Balmori has established a signature and functional aesthetic by applying inventive design thinking to a careful study of the social aspects of ecological, hydrological and temporal dimensions of projects.