Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2011 - Architecture - 184 pages
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Infrastructure is a much discussed topic within the field of landscape architecture. It regards the entire urban and rural space as a network that calls for an integrated planning and urban design approach. Natural and man-made infrastructures are viewed as forming a single, overarching whole. The book examines this robust and ecologically sustainable approach with essays by well-known experts in the field. It also documents 14 international case studies by SWA landscape architects and urban designers, among them the technologically innovative roof domes for Renzo Piano’s California Academy of Science in San Francisco, the restoration of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, and several master plans for ecological corridors in China and Korea. Other projects develop smart re-use concepts for railroad tracks that no longer serve their original purpose, such as Kyung-Chun railway in Seoul or Katy Trail in Dallas. All projects are described extensively with technical diagrams and plans. The publication offers ideas for reinventing, repurposing, and repositioning infrastructure as a viable medium for addressing issues of ecology, transit, urbanism, and habitat.


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Ying-Yu Hung is a principal of SWA Los Angeles, co-founder of Infrastructure Research Initiative, and a Studio Professor at the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on interactions between complex urban systems, which argues that the potential of landscape can be maximized if examined within the context of infrastructure and urbanism.
Hung was the recipient of multiple awards including the 2009 ASLA National Honor Award for Zobon City Sculpture Garden, and 2008 ASLA National Honor Award on Chongming Island North Lake Region – both in Shanghai, China.
Ying-Yu Hung received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 1994 from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Gerdo Aquino is the new president of SWA and adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Southern California. He is a landscape architect and urban designer interested in issues of urbanism, landscape infrastructure, transit and historic ecologies. Gerdo Aquino received his Master of Landscape Architecture in 1996 from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his undergraduate from the University of Florida.

Charles Waldheim is the John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and principal of Urban Agency, a multi-disciplinary consultancy in design and contemporary urbanism. His teaching and research examine the relationships between landscape and contemporary urbanism. Waldheim coined the term "landscape urbanism" to describe the recent emergence of landscape as a medium of urban order for the contemporary city. Waldheim has authored numerous articles and chapters on the topic, and edited The Landscape Urbanism Reader (2006).

Julia Czerniak is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and the inaugural Director of UPSTATE. She is also a registered landscape architect and founder of CLEAR, an interdisciplinary design practice. Czerniak’s design work focuses on urban landscapes in the Rust-Belt cities of the United States, and it has been recognized with numerous awards. Czerniak is editor of Large Parks (2007) and Case: Downsview Park Toronto (2001), that focus on contemporary design approaches to public parks and the relationship between landscape and cities. Other writings include essays in Landscape Alchemy: The Work of Hargreaves Associates (2009); Fertilizers: Olin Eisenman (2006); Landscape Urbanism (2006); and Assemblage 34 (1998).

Adriaan Geuze, landscape architect and urban designer is founder of West 8 urban design and landscape architecture, a team of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and industrial designers with offices in Rotterdam, Brussels, Toronto, and New York. After winning the prestigious Prix-de-Rome, Geuze established a leading international reputation with his unique approach to planning and designing the public environment, relating contemporary culture, urban identity, architecture, public space, and environmental engineering. Geuze has authored numerous books and essays, including Mosaics (2007), Polders! (2005), Colonizing the Void (1996), In Holland stat een huis (1995), and Accelerating Darwin (1993).

Matthew Skjonsberg, architect and urban designer, is a practitioner with strong roots in design theory and research, and works closely with Adriaan Geuze. He has obtained degrees from Taliesin and ETH-Zurich, and has an active career in research and education, including recent lectures at the Berlage Institute, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and University of Texas at Austin. He has authored a number of essays in the field of urban planning and his work has been published in various contexts, including Explorations in Architecture: Teaching, Design, Research (Reto Geiser, ed. 2008), and Cities of Change: Addis Ababa (Marc Angélil, ed. 2009).

Alexander Robinson, a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is an Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California and an independent practitioner. He has worked on many large scale landscape infrastructure projects, including a two year master plan for the Los Angeles River. As an associate in the Los Angeles office of SWA, his focus was on advancing landscape practice through expertise and frameworks fostered in his book, Living Systems: Innovative Technologies and Materials in Landscape Architecture (2007) – a hybrid theoretical and practical exploration of the new potentials of landscape architecture materiality. Recent research is devoted to urban heat island infrastructure and is exhibited at the Shanghai World Expo and Xi’an 2011 Horticultural Exhibit.

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