Monday, June 15, 2009

Q&A with Shelby Farms Architect

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Last week (this week?) was the NYT magazine's architecture issue and there is a nice Q&A with James Corner of Field Operations.

Field Operations is the firm working on Shelby Farms Park, and there's a little mention of the project.

Here's a small excerpt from the interview:

"MISCONCEPTION ABOUT PROFESSION:
That landscape architects play a minor role in a project, dealing only with plants.
DESIGN THEORY:
The site is an inspiration. My work on the High Line park came from the High Line itself. The place had its own presence and sense of melancholy. We didn’t want to kill that.
...
PET PEEVE ABOUT PUBLIC SPACES:
Sameness. What makes cities great is their difference and variety. For me the best public spaces are eccentric, unique and of their time, and they don’t tend toward bland populism."

I love that last bit. I just think it's so true.

Thanks, Leonard, for pointing this out to me!

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