Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates: reconstructing urban landscapes

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Instilling a poetics of place is a goal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), the famous landscape design firm that has created successful public spaces in some of the country’s most challenging urban sites. In these locations, nature offers not so much an escape from city living as a teasing dialogue with built structures. The whole experience is aimed, as critic Paul Goldberger notes, to ?make you see everything, city and nature alike, with a striking intensity.”

Richly illustrated and handsomely designed, this is the first publication to explore a wide range of MVVA’s projects, focusing on the firm’s trend toward sites requiring complex technological solutions. Leading critics and historians look at twelve projects, dating from 1992 to the present, and each posing a challenge?such as contamination, isolation, and lengthy public approval proceedings. They explore the process through which the firm researches such issues and how solutions are embedded in the final aesthetics and spatial structure of the sites.

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table_of_contents Foreword / Paul Goldberger -- MVVA in context / Anita Berrizbeitia -- Mill Race Park: at the threshold / Jane Amidon -- Allegheny Riverfront Park: material, event, sensation / Jane Amidon -- Herman Miller Factory : suburban sublime / Elissa Rosenberg -- Tahari Courtyards: material connections / Linda Pollak -- Alumnae Valley, Wellesley College: redefining the campus landscape / Peter Fergusson -- Teardrop Park: elective affinities / Erik de Jong -- A landscape-based approach to the design of three plazas: Bailey Plaza, Cornell University, Boston Children's Museum, Union Square Park's North End, New York / Rachel Gleeson -- Brooklyn Bridge Park: the complex edge / Ethan Carr -- Metaphor remediation: a new ecology for the city: The High Line competition, Toronto Port Lands competition / Andrew Blum.
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