I just finished Paul Walker and Partner's Book: Landscape Architecture: Defining the Craft, and loved it. If I had the time I would highlight every project and gush to you everything that I love about all of them. My time is short however, and I can only give you a few insights and a few pictures. Hopefully you are as inspired as I.
One North Wacker Drive
Favorite: The nature of the site prevented the planting of the trees very deeply so the root balls were left above ground and covered in ornamental groundcover. It creates a modern and natural shape that is appealing in the stark city walls.
Favorite: This landscape is so suited for the client. The playing fields and extensive grounds, foster the creativity of the animators, and the space is well utilized while acknowledging the company's potential to grow. The grass amphitheater is the ideal meeting place for the company, as well as a good place for the individual to retire and sketch.
Favorite: This project corresponds to one of JJR's projects in the last post. They are both in the Dallas art district. The garden functions as an outdoor art gallery, housing several sculptures. Trees and shrubs create the walls and backdrops for the artwork.
Favorite: The firm released another book on this project. The most stunning feature of the plaza are the trees. They are planted and supported by steel pillars under the surface of the hardscape. This is an amazing way to integrate the natural into the man-made.
World Trade Center Memorial: "Reflecting Absence"
New York, New York
Favorite: I'm not sure what to say about this, other that it is appropriate and tastefully done. It demands a certain amount of reverence, and silence filled with the soothing sounds of the waterfall. Modern without overwhelming the bounds of traditional art. Simple, yet meaningful.
Peter Walker and Partners, Landscape Architecture, Defining the Craft
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