James Corner
American landscape architect
James Corner
James Corner is a Landscape Architect and theorist with numerous works to his credit which explore the contemporary meaning of architectural landscaping, with a focus on "developing innovative approaches toward landscape architectural design and urbanism. " His designs of note include Fresh Kills Park on Staten Island and the High Line in Manhattan, both in New York City.
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Sexy infrastructure and other notable developments in 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
Judging by the heaps of praise for projects, including Governors Island in New York City, Chicago's Navy Pier, the Lower Rainier Vista at the University of Washington in Seattle, and plans for Dallas' hugely ambitious 10,000-acre nature district, infrastructure is sexy. Moreover, these projects are evidence that landscape architects continue to grow as a leading force in shaping our cities, dealing with complex environmental issues and the locus of exceptional design. Governors Island. Photo courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation. At Governors Island, the New York City and Rotterdam-based landscape architecture firm West 8 has created a hot, hip destination that also reflects the city's ambition; a large-scale civic experience that also provides moments of solitude. Chicago Navy Pier. Photo © Shahar Coston-Hardy, courtesy James Corner Field Operations. In Chicago, the Navy Pier celebrated its centennial with a renovation by James Corner Field Operations, the lead des ...
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Personal bests and medals galore in a busy month for Berkhamsted Swimming Club
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
It has been a competition-filled month for Berkhamsted Swimming Club – with some excellent results showing just how far the club has come since its inception two years ago. Beginning with the Tape Trophy gala at Furzefield, a mixed although mainly novice squad competed at a Peanuts trial gala run by Potters Bar. Swimmers of the night were Elliss MacNab and Tom Holmes-Higgin who showed the others how things should be done. MacNab romped home in the 10 years fly, chopping over two seconds from her PB, before she led an all-conquering relay team including Molly Light, Martha Irons and Clemmie Holmes to both medley and freestyle relay victory. Tamsin Moren claimed the 9 years breaststroke, before Light and Ollie Benton made a clean sweep of the 10 years back. Finn Ferguson, Evie Watson, Alec Clarke, Roisin Clarke and Sophie Eastham all swam PBs, as did MacNab and James Boylan in the fly. Moren and Conall Clarke went PB in the breast. An intensely exciting final squadron relay saw th ...
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Swimming round-up: All the action from Tring, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
Dacorum’s big three clubs have all been busy in the pool over the past fortnight, with medals, county titles and personal bests galore. > Tring SC It was a close fought match at the last round of the Herts Major League at Stevenage as Tring eventually took top spot by just one point over Royston. At halfway only 10 points separated the top-five clubs, but Tring’s team spirit was obvious as every team member made a difference to the final result, which was only sealed by a thrilling win in the final event – the eight-leg squadron relay. In total Tring took 20 first and second place positions; a fitting testimony to the season’s hard work and commitment to training. Tring set the pace, with outstanding performances and PBs from club captain Katy Colwell in both the 100m back and also 100m fly, while boys’ captain Michael Renkel achieved a storming PB in the 100m free. The girls’ team goes from strength to strength – three new club records were broken, one by the unstoppable ...
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2013's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In surveying the year in landscape architecture, "aptness," a word favored by the great Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley seems, well, appropriate. For Kiley aptness meant reading a landscape and understanding what existed at a particular site before one intervenes. This raises issues of understanding a designed landscape's evolution, balancing stewardship objectives, and communicating how we measure success. Tanner Fountain, designed by Peter Walker. Photo courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation. With this in mind, let's start with the people who help evaluate the built environment and shape debate - critics. In a 2011 column, I called for architecture criticism to transcend its fascination with objects and to understand and recognize the interconnectedness of landscapes and buildings, and the holistic planning innate to landscape architecture. Increasingly, this is happening. The Los Angeles Times' Christopher Hawthorne, the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman, the ...
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The Standard Model of Urbanism and How to Argue Over It: Part One of a Review of Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents
Huffington Post - about 3 years
For about the same half-century during which physicists have been developing their "standard models" of both elementary particles and cosmology, urban designers, architects, planners, historians and others (I'll call them all "urbanists") have been developing their standard model of how cities work and how they should be built. Ever since the radical urban plans of the modernists came under attack half a century ago by the likes of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and Robert Venturi, urbanists have come to agree that conventional suburban development is bad, and cities are good when uses are mixed and people can walk around and bump into each other, when people of all demographics have access to urban benefits, when resources are used sustainably, and when public spaces are plentiful and protected. The fact that sentiments along these lines are common currency across the urbanist spectrum has not stopped bands of urbanists with different strategies and emphasizing different parts of the ...
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24 Ways to Have the Best 24 Hours Ever in Los Angeles (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Los Angeles! It is big, weird, crowded and often daunting, particularly if you are only here for a short stay. Still, you don't need a ton of time, or even a car (no, seriously) to get the hang of America's second city. With just 24 hours and a sense of adventure, you can have one of the best days ever, not only in Los Angeles, but anywhere. #1 It all begins at the beach. It's kind of a thing, here in Southern California. Doesn't matter how, doesn't matter where, just go. (The closest one to LAX is Dockweiler State Beach, four miles from the terminals.) #2 Get relaxed, then take on the town. This is Union Station, LA's historic (and quite handsome) rail hub. Comfortable FlyAway express buses connect the airport and the station 24 hours a day for $7. #3 Cross the street to see the oldest blocks in Los Angeles. On this stretch of Main Street - officially referred to as El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument - you can catch a glimpse of a very different kind ...
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High Line To Get Bowl-Shaped Garden In Newest Section (IMAGES)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mathew Katz CHELSEA — A circular garden filled with trees and plants is coming to the newest section of the High Line. New designs for the much-anticipated third section of the elevated park feature a large, bowl-shaped space covered in greenery on the Spur, a section of the High Line sticking out over West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The Spur will include seating for visitors, and it will surround them with woodland grasses, perennials and ferns, along with Snakebark maple and black tupelo trees, according to renderings by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. "In contrast to the surrounding urban development, the bowl structure provides a lush and otherworldly environment inspired by the dense layers of a woodland habitat, immersing visitors in nature," the Friends of the High Line wrote on their website. The Spur is part of a third and final section of the High Line that loops around the West Side Rail Yards — soon to be the Hudson Yards developme ...
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Arresting Beauty - Finding the Sacred Off Screens
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In the chaos of a digital life it seems harder and harder to find the sacred, those singular epiphanies when a body of work or reflection of society in art stops us in our tracks. Moments where the screen disappears, the chaos of childrearing and exhaustive schedules and noise cease to exist because what stands in front of us is arresting, beautiful and singular. I stumbled upon three new artists that nourished and I wish I were telling you that I were in Dubuque, or some far flung corner of Vermont when I had these experiences because they surely exist there; but rather, they were in the epicenters of chaos New York City and the heart of Harvard Square, a melting pot onto its own. Perhaps it was that juxtaposition that made them so powerful, stacked back to back. Last week in New York City I finally had a chance to walk the High Line. For years I have been reading my children The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, a darling book about a boy who plants a garden on an old rail line a ...
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Review: Nature sinks its roots into Santa Monica's new parks
LATimes - over 3 years
In Santa Monica, landscape architect James Corner of High Line fame creates an urban refuge that plays it a bit too safe. Who knew James Corner, the landscape architect best known for his work on the acclaimed High Line elevated park in Manhattan, had such a picturesque streak?
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St. James Corner offering some delectable Irish fare
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
With our new Australian brother-in-law, we did what any comfort-conscious hosts would do.
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Chika Okeke-Agulu: El Anatsui at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Last week I visited the artist El Anatsui at the papermaking studio of The Judith K. and David J. Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He had come to the United States from Nigeria to install his work at The High Line, the Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner-designed park in New York City. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with installation of his work postponed, Anatsui spent a week at the Brodsky Center experimenting with papermaking under the guidance of master papermaker, Anne Q. McKeown. There is a reason I had to go to Brunswick, apart from catching up with Anatsui on the state of the art world and reminiscing about our days at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka: Major stylistic turns in his work have frequently followed a short studio residency overseas that allowed him to experiment with a new medium or technique. At the 1980 Cummington Community of Arts residency in Cummington, Mass., he found the chain ...
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Sun and celebration as Britain's Olympic summer reaches end
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
The smiles may slip, the memories dim, but the lasting legacy should be a renewed sense of togetherness Sorry to start on a downer, but unless you are very young or have exceptional genes, you will never see the like of it again. For almost two months, Britain has shown the world a competence and confidence, a charm and warmth that few of us believed we possessed. The epicentre was the Olympic Park, plonked in a habitually unloved corner of east London, but the vibes radiated out relentlessly over the summer, leaving few parts of the country untouched. Millions of visitors will have experienced the intoxicating atmosphere of the Olympics and the Paralympics first-hand. In years to come, it might seem like we dreamed it or were temporarily inducted into a benign cult. We once went to a place where everyone was smiling and laughing, we'll tell our couldn't-care-less grandchildren. Where there was no crime or even litter. Where the universally accepted greeting for strangers was the hi ...
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Area Yard Sales for May 5 and May 6
Hauppauge Patch - almost 5 years
  Commack 84 Annandale Road, Commack. (in Country Woods off Indian Head Road) May 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everything from kitchen goods to an outdoor patio set. 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. (Commack Public Library) Friends of Commack Library Yard Sale & Bike Consignment. May 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 24 Violet Lane, Commack. (right off Jericho Turnpike) May 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Motorized scooter and jeep, vacuum cleaners, furniture, printers, clothes, toys and much more. 83 Schuyler Drive, Commack. (off Commack Road) May 5th and May 6th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Designer clothing, handbags, wallets, luggage , shoes, accessories, jackets & coats, formal dresses and more.   Hauppauge 9 Glenwood Drive, Hauppauge. (right off Veterans Highway by the Northern State, turn right on Autumn Drive and make your first right on Glenwood) May 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Camping equipment, fishing equipment, small pond boat, big items, small items. 4 draw fi ...
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Promise--and perils--await as landscape architect James Corner, co-designer of New York's High Line, prepares to take on Navy Pier
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
There is great promise—and peril--in Navy Pier’s selection of the landscape architect who co-designed New York’s elegant High Line to revamp the public spaces of the lakefront icon. The promise is that the pier can become, like Millennium Park, a public space that is treasured as well as popular. The peril is that an extremely tight budget and pier officials’ historic tendency to favor pragmatics over aesthetics could undercut a thoughtful conceptual plan by the landscape architect James Corner (left) and his skillfully-chosen team of designers. It will be fascinating--or excruciating--to see how this drama plays out. At stake is the future image and vitality of Illinois’ biggest tourist attraction as well as Chicago’s reputation as a city that stimulates great design. Corner and his team, who were selected Thursday, were the right choice among five groups vying for the prized commission, which has a relatively modest budget of $85 million. He hopes, he said in a telephone inte ...
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Pier board unanimously selects Corner team for revamp of lakefront icon's public spaces
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
Navy Pier's governing board on Thursday approved a recommendation to hire a team led by the co-designer of New York's celebrated High Line to reshape the pier's public spaces. In a unanimous vote, with Lake Michigan's waters sparking just outside a meeting room, board members praised the landscape architect James Corner, saying they were impressed by his practical approach to the proposed $85 million revamp. "They dreamed big, but they were able to do it in a way we could pay for it," said Sarah Garvey, chairwoman of Navy Pier, Inc. Board members stressed they were picking a designer, not a completed design, and that they will work with Corner in the next few months, possibly incorporating ideas from the other four design teams who competed for the commission. James Reilly, the pier's trustee, said he hoped many of the changes to the pier's public spaces would be built in time for its centennial in 2016. The revamp of the pier's public spaces, which stretch from a park on its wes ...
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A Moving Archive - Metropolis Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
“If everything is digital and interactive, without physicality to it, then you might as well just browse books online,” says Hwang, a former senior associate at James Corner Field Operations. “The library functions as a collective commons for the
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A master planner's vision for Lake Ontario Park - Globe and Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Company founder James Corner spoke with Siri Agrell about Doug Ford's waterfront vision, how to create “early wins” and the intersection of politics and public space. How has your business changed since the High Line? For the longest time, public space
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Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Colchester - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Blocked by Lloyd James. Corner taken by Jimmy Ryan from the right by-line, clearance by Anthony Wordsworth. The ball is swung over by Jimmy Ryan, save by Mark Cousins. 8:44 Effort from deep inside the box by Andy Barcham hits the post
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Corner
    FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 44
    Corner's practice, Field Operations, was initially formed in collaboration with architect Stan Allen, but the partners chose to focus on their individual practices in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The firm is at the forefront of the landscape urbanism movement, an interdisciplinary approach that, in theory, amalgamates a wide range of disciplines including landscape architecture, urban design, landscape ecology, and engineering, among other subjects. Corner argues that it is an approach that focuses on on process rather than a style and that it marks a productive attitude toward indeterminacy, open-endedness, inter-mixing, and cross-disciplinarity. Corner's designs bring back the open spaces of the natural wild with a rough, natural, and ecologically sound approach; this could be compared to the works of Frederick Law Olmsted, except more unbridled.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 39
    A new aspect of Corner's approach, one that was responsible for his receiving the Chrysler Design Institute Award in 2000, is his plan of working with graphic artists, photographers, and other artists from various fields.
    More Details Hide Details An example of this is the project Corner and photographer Alex MacLean completed when they published their Taking Measures Across the American Landscape which is a journey to explore the types of landscapes in the United States through essays and map drawings by Corner and aerial photos taken by McLean.
    He was elected Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department in 2000.
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  • 1998
    Age 37
    He has also served as a visiting professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1998 and at the KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden in 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 36
    The following year, in 1997, he was the first recipient of the Jens Jensen Professorship in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture and in 2000 he was the second landscape architect, after Achva Benzinberg Stein, to be chosen for the Daimler-Chrysler Award, which recognizes and promotes innovative design.
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  • 1996
    Age 35
    James Corner was the first landscape architect to receive many of the awards that he has won. In 1996, Corner received the G. Holmes Perkins Award for "distinguished and innovative teachings and methods of instruction in design".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 27
    Corner began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 where he taught courses in media and theory, as well as design studios.
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  • 1986
    Age 25
    He then received a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He was employed by Wallace, Roberts and Todd on the New Jersey Hudson River Waterfront Development; for Richard Rogers and Partners on the redevelopment of the Royal Docks in London; and for William Gillespie and Partners on the design and implementation of the International Garden Festival Park in Liverpool.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Age 0
    Born in 1961.
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