When people talk about modern urban design, attention turns to public parks.
Landscape and urban designer Diana Balmori will argue that the real issue is not creating parks, or greening cities, or planting trees. She will illustrate with her work that landscape’s role in cities today is creating new relationships between water, earth, air and the city. Her designs reflect scientific and poetic concepts—scientific in showing self-sustainable ecologies where humans play the role of builders, poetic in inviting people into close relationships with an ever-changing nature. Rather than seeing divisions between art, nature and the city, Balmori’s work shows how ecology connects them to each other and to us.
This influential and bold designer talks at 92Y with Peter Reed, the senior deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Modern Art. Balmori will show slides of her surprising work (including New York’s largest “green roof” – atop Silvercup Studios in Queens) and explain her vision of design improving our lives and the life of the nature around us. You’ll discover new meanings in the word “landscape.” In the meantime, check out her responses to our Culture Klatsch questionnaire here. You can also submit questions for Diana Balmori.
Diana Balmori is principal of Balmori Associates, a landscape and urban design firm based in New York. She works across the globe and has been named one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader. She is the author of several books, including A Landscape Manifesto published by Yale University Press and Groundwork, with Joel Sanders, published by Monacelli Press.
A video of her, talking about her books, drawing and more on Stacked Up TV.
What do you think of when you think of “landscape”?
The photo above (credit: Iwan Baan) showcases The Garden that Climbs Stairs in Bilbao, Spain, designed by Diana Balmori.
Balmori also created one of New York City’s largest green roof atop Silvercup Studios.
What do you think of when you think of “landscape”? Let us know in the comments on the 92Y Blog.
In a 2009 profile of Diana Balmori in OnEarth, A Survival Guide for the Plant. Susan Dominus writes that Balmori “wants us to think of cities as living things, organically connected to the natural world.”
Presented in conjunction with the Royal Society of the Arts.
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