The Art of Landscape

“When you design landscapes, remember that it’s a journey. Nothing is fixed. Everything is going to evolve over time.” Kathryn Gustafson is an internationally acclaimed landscape architect who is renowned for creating very artistic, sculpture-like landscape forms that enable people to engage in their surroundings, interact with others, perceive how a landscape feel – and why it does so – and how their body becomes an integral part of that landscape. She creates sensually pleasing and captivating urban landscape forms via combining complex elements like light, sound, heat, wind, water etc. Among her well-known projects: Morbras Meeting Point in Paris, Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the landscape design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Kathryn Gustafson is a partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman in London and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) in Seattle offices, and she brought over her 35 years of distinguished experience to reSITE 2017: In/visible City conference. Here, she talks about the art (of landscape) and its inherent beauty that educate our emotions, arouse our senses as well as thoughts, and that make us feel alive within our surrounding environment. For us, this is how her practice creates human-centered design; by insistently pursuing of the human spirit in vivid landforms.

reSITE is an international nonprofit platform based in Prague. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics. We act as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership.

We encourage an exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive and resilient. We protect and promote public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities.

Why? To stimulate action for sustainable urban design and therefore better cities. We stand for public space.


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