EventsThe City, Public Space and new Ecologies

The City, Public Space and new Ecologies

James Corner

James Corner Field Operations, New York

Event from
17 May
Photo from James Corner



Cities all over the world have undergone massive growth and change over the past 50 years. Today, more people than ever live in cities, generating new demands on the public space, on ecosystems and on the need for infrastructural improvements.

In his lecture, the British landscape architect James Corner presented new trends in the fields of urban landscape design, public space and environmental protection. In addition, he presented projects implemented by his firm, James Corner Field Operations, such as the High Line Park, an abandoned freight train track in New York, Shenzhen’s new Qienhai district and the new waterfront in Seattle.

James Corner

James Corner is CEO of James Corner Field Operations, a landscape architecture and urban design practice operating worldwide, with offices in New York City, San Francisco, London and Shenzhen. His work won the National Design Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in architecture, the Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence Award and the AA&D Black Pencil Award. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, at the Royal Academy of Art in London and at the Venice Biennale. He is the author of several books, including The High Line (Phaidon, 2015), The Landscape Imagination (Princeton, 2014) and Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (Yale, 1996). 


The most significant public urban planning projects by James Corner in­clude London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Santa ­Monica’s Tongva Park, Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Cleveland Public Square, Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier and Hong Kong’s Salisbury Gardens.

In May 2018, James Corner was the first landscape architect to be award­ed an honorary doctorate by the TUM’s Department of Architecture.

Project from James Corner –
High Line New York; Photo: Iwan Baan
Project form James Corner – High Line New York
TONGVA PARK Santa Monica; Photo: Tim Street
Project from James Corner – TONGVA PARK Santa Monica
Navy Pier 62 South Dock Wave Wall; Photo: Iwan Baan