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Acclaimed Landscape Architect/Urbanist James Corner to Give University Lecture
James Corner, founding partner and CEO of James Corner Field Operations—named one of the “10 Most Influential Designers” by TIME and one of the “Top 50 Innovators” by Fast Company—will speak for the University Lectures on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.
His appearance is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture. The event is free and open to the public. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available. The SU Bookstore will have available for purchase at the chapel two of Corner’s books—“The High Line” (Phaidon, 2015) and “The Landscape Imagination” (Princeton, 2014)—which Corner will sign at the conclusion of his lecture.
Corner has devoted the past 30 years to advancing the field of landscape architecture and urbanism through his leadership on high-visibility, complex urban projects at Field Operations, as well as through teaching, public speaking and writing. His work is renowned for innovative and bold contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, with a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm in cities, informed and inspired by the ecologies of place, people and nature.
Among his notable design projects are Manhattan’s highly acclaimed High Line; London’s South Park Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Santa Monica’s Tongva Park; Chicago’s Navy Pier; Cleveland’s Public Square; Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier; Hong Kong’s Salisbury Gardens and Tsim Tsa Tsui Promenade; and Shenzhen’s new city of Qianhai, a new coastal city for three million people.
He is currently leading the design for San Francisco’s Presidio Parklands—a 14-acre new park connecting the Main Post of the Presidio to Crissy Field and the Bay—and the $700 million, two-mile-long Seattle waterfront redevelopment project.
Corner’s work has been recognized with the National Design Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and the AA&D Black Pencil Award. His work has been published broadly and exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the National Building Museum, the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Venice Biennale.
He is an emeritus professor of landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and serves on the board of the Urban Design Forum.
Corner is the final fall speaker for the University Lectures. The spring semester lineup will be announced in early December.
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