Zachary Tate Porter: Cuts & fills: constructing a discourse on ground (November 11, 2016)

Focusing on the issue of ground or site, Zachary Tate Porter argues that struggles over jurisdiction between architects, engineers, landscape architects, and planners have a physical impact on the built environment He illustrates his argument with discussions of conflicts over the 1902 McMillan plan for the National Mall, the 1908 Hetch Hetchy dam proposal, and the Olmstead and Army Corps of Engineers visions for the Los Angeles River. Porter discusses current opposed design philosophies that propose buildings continuous with the landscape, or architecture as autonomous and detached from its site, from Mies van der Rohe to Tom Wiscombe.



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