Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation

New York, NY

Friday November 18, 2011 (8:00am-4:30pm)

In recent years there has been an accelerating attitudinal shift: a departure away from the modernist’s tabula rasa exemplified at varying scales by icons such as Philip Johnson’s Beck House in Dallas and the Lincoln Center Campus in New York. Today designers are returning to modernist sites with new motivations, attempting to balance the complex values of natural and cultural systems.

To investigate this significant evolution of professional practice, three groups of thematic presentations have been assembled that will collectively explore landscape transformations at residential, urban and metropolitan scales. The conference follows and continues dialogue initiated at the sold-out first conference convened in Chicago in 2008.

LACES Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available.


See also New York ASLA Dinner in New York, NY on November 17.

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Friday November 18, 2011 (6:30-8:30pm)

Reception  Sold Out
Please join TCLF’s Board of Directors, our conference speakers, and our sponsors, Charles Luck Stone Centers, for an evening reception at the studio of James Corner Field Operations in celebration of the Second Wave of Modernism II conference. The Field Operations' 10th Floor office provides stunning views of the Hudson River and surrounding skyline and is located only blocks from the newly completed second phase of the High Line.

Saturday November 19, 2011 (Morning)

The High LineSold Out
Design Team: James Corner Field Operations; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Piet Oudolf
Seventy-five years after it was initially opened to freight trains as part of the massive “West Side Improvement’ infrastructure project, this historic elevated rail structure has been resurrected as a public park that has quickly become one of the major visitor destinations in the city. Designers from James Corner Field Operations will lead a 90-minute tour of the rich landscape experience of meandering concrete pathways and native-focused plantings.

East River Boat TourSold Out
This 4-hour tour showcases three recent award-winning parks along the East River and Red Hook waterfronts of New York City: Erie Basin Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Queens West Stage 2. Attendees will disembark at each of the parks, where the New York Landscape Architects responsible for the planning and design of each park will provide in-depth, personal knowledge of the behind-the-scenes design and construction processes.

9/11 Memorial, Former World Trade Center Complex Sold Out
Design Team: Michael Arad; PWP Landscape Architecture
The 90-minute tour will begin on an upper floor of 7 World Trade Center with an introduction to the memorial design process and continue at ground level, where participants will gain an intimate perspective into the well-considered construction details and complex coordination required to develop the multi-layered and culturally sensitive project.

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