James Corner, Field Operations
December 9, 2009
Field Operations, based in New York City, is a landscape architecture and urban design practice, comprising 35 professionals, many with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, and communication art. Field Operations’ mandate is to create “intelligent, high-quality design solutions for cities, landscapes, and public spaces.” The practice works collaboratively with some of the world’s leading architects, planners, engineers, ecologists, and artists, including Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Renzo Piano, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Tomato, and Olafur Eliasson.
The work of James Corner and Field Operations has been recognized by the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Design; the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation; the Architectural League of New York; and other professional design awards and prizes. The firm’s work has been published and exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale; the Lisbon Triennale; ArchiLAB, Paris; the Royal College of Art, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In this excerpt from his lecture, Corner presents Fresh Kills Park and the High Line.