Subterranean Undulation

A collection of landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, and planning tidbits to inspire exploration and discussion.
'City as an Egg' diagram - Cedric Price 
A "traditional, dense, ‘hard-boiled egg’ city fixed in concentric rings of development… the ‘fried egg’ city, where railways stretched the city’s perimeter in accelerated linear space-time corridors out into the landscape, resulting in a star shape… and the postmodern ‘scrambled egg city,’ where everything is distributed evenly in small granules or pavilions across the landscape in a continuous network.” (64)
From the Landscape Urbanism Reader; by David Grahame Shane, entitled ‘The Emergence of Landscape Urbanism’.

'City as an Egg' diagram - Cedric Price

"traditional, dense, ‘hard-boiled egg’ city fixed in concentric rings of development… the ‘fried egg’ city, where railways stretched the city’s perimeter in accelerated linear space-time corridors out into the landscape, resulting in a star shape… and the postmodern ‘scrambled egg city,’ where everything is distributed evenly in small granules or pavilions across the landscape in a continuous network.” (64)

From the Landscape Urbanism Reader; by David Grahame Shane, entitled ‘The Emergence of Landscape Urbanism’.

What if the constraints and limitations of architecture became the catalyst for design invention?

—Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, from the book Opportunistic Architecture


Project: Race Street Pier
Design Team: James Corner Field Operations
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; along Delaware River Waterfront
Trees: Large Swamp White Oaks
Project Completion: 2011

The Race Street Pier is a redevelopment of Pier 11, originally constructed in 1896. It runs parallel to the Ben Franklin Bridge and juts five hundred feet out towards the water. The pier is one of the first completed stages of the redevelopment of the Central Delaware Waterfront which is on schedule to be completed in 2035.

Project: Race Street Pier

Design Team: James Corner Field Operations

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; along Delaware River Waterfront

Trees: Large Swamp White Oaks

Project Completion: 2011

The Race Street Pier is a redevelopment of Pier 11, originally constructed in 1896. It runs parallel to the Ben Franklin Bridge and juts five hundred feet out towards the water. The pier is one of the first completed stages of the redevelopment of the Central Delaware Waterfront which is on schedule to be completed in 2035.


Spotlight on: James Corner - Field Operations
Disciplines: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design
Location: Offices in Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY
Known For: High Line - New York; Fresh Kills Park - Staten Island
Education: Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania, 1986
Why He’s Important: Forefront of Landscape Urbanism movement
Awards: G. Holmes Perkins Award for ‘distinguished and innovative teachings and methods of instruction in design’ - 1996; Jens Jensen Professorship in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism - 1997; Daimler-Chrysler Award - 2000; Architectural League of New York Design Award - 2000; American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Architecture - 2004; New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design - 2005; Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award - 2010
Website: http://www.fieldoperations.net/

Spotlight on: James Corner - Field Operations

Disciplines: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design

Location: Offices in Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY

Known For: High Line - New York; Fresh Kills Park - Staten Island

Education: Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania, 1986

Why He’s Important: Forefront of Landscape Urbanism movement

Awards: G. Holmes Perkins Award for ‘distinguished and innovative teachings and methods of instruction in design’ - 1996; Jens Jensen Professorship in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism - 1997; Daimler-Chrysler Award - 2000; Architectural League of New York Design Award - 2000; American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Architecture - 2004; New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design - 2005; Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award - 2010

Website: http://www.fieldoperations.net/

To be young and aware is to know you are being lied to; to know that a bright green future is possible; to know that we can reimagine the world, rebuild our cities, redesign our lives, retool our factories, distribute innovation and creativity and all live in a world that is not only better than the alternative, but much better than the world we have now.

— Alex Steffen, former executive director of Worldchanging

Not because it is so assertive architecturally but because you are so unsure of how to interact with it that you are more aware of everything about it.

—Le Corbusier; on La Tourette monastery

Project: Ann Demeulemeester Shop
Design Team: Mass Studies
Location: Seoul, Korea
Vertical Garden: Pachysandra terminalis
Project Completion: 2007

Project: Ann Demeulemeester Shop

Design Team: Mass Studies

Location: Seoul, Korea

Vertical Garden: Pachysandra terminalis

Project Completion: 2007