Charles Waldheim and Sonja Dümpelmann
Adriaan Geuze, West 8
"Counteracting Stress Scape"
Mary Margaret Jones, Hargreaves Associates
"Two Decades of Airport Transformations"
Lecture date: 2004-11-23
In 1987 Adriaan Geuze founded Rotterdam-based WEST 8 landscape architects, specializing in designs for public spaces and contemporary industrial landscapes.
Geuze was appointed curator of the second International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam for 2005. In January 2004 West 8 won a competition for the design of a public space on the Bodensee. They are also part of a team involved in the design of the Rotterdam Central Station area. NB: Slightly wavy picture quality.
Lecture date: 1998-04-29
In 1987 Adriaan Geuze founded Rotterdam-based WEST 8 landscape architects, specialising in designs for public spaces and contemporary industrial landscapes. With the rapid increase in the volume of urban and industrial development across the Netherlands over the past decades, WEST 8 landscape architects have realised many of their designs through urban development plans.
Adriaan Geuze discusses recent projects including the landscaping of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
TCLF's latest conference, Leading with Landscape IV: Transforming North Carolina's Research Triangle, was held on April 13, 2018, at the James B. Hunt, Jr., Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Topics explored include the regionally unique coupling of human and natural systems, how the area’s campus landscapes are serving as “incubators” for innovative planning and design solutions, new projects that are re-evaluating the region’s monuments and memorials, two revered public landscapes—Moore Square and Dix Park—and much more. To learn more about the conference: https://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/raleigh2018/index.html
Panelist - Panel I: The Research Triangle’s Emerging Urban Public Realm: Campus Landscapes Lead by Example as Incubators and Laboratories for Fresh Ideas and Approaches
Adriaan Geuze, RLA, OALA, ASLA, Founding Partner & Design Director, West 8 urban design & landscape architecture
Compelling and visionary designers and others examine Toronto’s international leadership in landscape architecture-based development. Provocative, headline-making speakers at this May 2015 conference in Toronto highlighted exceptional design and sustainability in world-class waterfront projects, the city’s extensive ravine system and it legacy of parks. To learn more about the conference: http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/toronto2015/index.html
Urban metropolises like Toronto, Houston, Detroit and Los Angeles are defined by a landscape dominated by the automobile and have long struggled with a lack of identity and a generic public realm. Toronto's Central Waterfront, which extends 3.5 km along Lake Ontario and is in close proximity to the city's central business district, is one of the city's most valuable assets. Despite decades of planning and patchwork development projects, the city and its waterfront lacked a coherent vision for linking the pieces into a greater whole.
West 8’s vision supported by DTAH and led by Waterfront Toronto, sought to transform this urban leftover by using a powerful design language. Drawing from the iconic and idyllic Canadian lakefronts, with valley systems and resplendent natural environments, the design team was able to create a new identity for Toronto's Central Waterfront. Instead of focusing on condominium-based development, the award-winning masterplan prioritized connectivity between the vitality of the city and the lake, and it emphasized a continuous, publicly accessible waterfront. Inspired by the legacy of urban leaders like Jane Jacobs and Ken Greenberg, the design expresses a vision for the Central Waterfront that brings a sustainable, ecologically productive “green foot” to the rich culture of the metropolis. The realization of the masterplan, now well underway, has established a language for the waterfront that captures the spirit of Toronto and its people: it is public, it is diverse, and it offers a multiplicity of experiences and program.
After an introduction by Chris Genik, Adriaan Geuze of West 8 Architecture presents a sample of his firm’s work and discusses the development of each project. The Schiphol Airport project uses birch trees, clovers, and bulb flowers to create green spaces that unify the fragmented site. The bank headquarters project in Utrecht creates a forest around an existing building that also includes a public park and a pedestrian bridge. Conversely, Geuze designed a light weight all metal floor for the Central Square in Rotterdam that is meant to be a void in the city.