Lecture :: Larger Landscapes

Larger Landscapes
Ken Smith, Landscape Architect
Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 6 pm
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury St, 2nd Floor

Ken Smith, Landscape Architect, will present Larger Landscapes as part of the Fall 2013 Student Lecture Series on December 4, 2013, at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall. The lecture will focus on two larger scale projects: East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers in Lower Manhattan, and Croton Reservoir water treatment plant in the Bronx.

Ken Smith is one of the best-known of a generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape. His practice, Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, was established in 1992 and is based in New York City with a southern California office in Irvine.

He is committed to creating landscapes, especially parks and other public spaces, as a way of improving the quality of urban life. Much of his work pushes beyond traditional landscape typologies-plaza, street, and garden-to landscapes that draw on diverse cultural traditions and influences of the contemporary urban landscape.

Smith's approach is directed at projects of varying scales and types: temporary installations, private residential gardens, public spaces, parks, and commercial projects. With a particular emphasis on projects that explore the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form, the Workshop specializes in the investigation of new expressions in landscape design.

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