“America is in the blossom years of landscape architecture,” Adriaan Geuze has said. The cofounder of West 8 talks about his firm’s contribution to that flowering: an 87-acre master plan for parks and public spaces on Governors Island, a military site for more than 200 years in New York Harbor. West 8 took a multidisciplinary approach to addressing a host of complex design issues, including public access, ecology, historic preservation, and infrastructure. Their plan, currently under construction, builds on a fledgling but wildly successful arts and culture program that already has visitors claiming this place as their own. In 2011, Geuze and West 8, which is based in Rotterdam with offices in Belgium and New York, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Fonds BKVB, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
This lecture will be webcast on channel.walkerart.org.