December 18, 2004

Night on Earth

Today's continuation of the series about landscape architecture invites you to venture over and check out three of the top firms in landscape architecture: Margie Ruddick Landscape, Olin Partnership, and Field Operations. Part of what I like so much about landscape architecture as opposed to the (plain) architecture is that landscape architecture is not tainted with the crazy need to prove its value via wild avant-garde designs that make buildings unnecessarily expensive or plain old eyesores. (Which is not to say that all crazy architecture is bad; however, most of it is; I do like the pickle building -- Londoners apparently call it the Gherkin, because its shaped like a pickle planted in the ground and has a vaguely greenish hue at night -- in London, though I obviously haven't seen it in person).

If you don't feel like exploring for yourself, here's an image from a project that I like at each firm:

Field Operations: Bridesburg Redevelopment Plan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Margie Ruddick: Queens Plaza, Long Island City, New York

Olin Partnership: Vila Olimpica, Barcelona, Spain

Posted by eatingbark at December 18, 2004 03:32 PM

So, are you going to study this professionally at some point? If so, where?

Posted by: ryan at December 18, 2004 03:54 PM

That was fast. Yup, I'm applying to the 3-year, first professional degree MLA programs at Univ. of Georgia, NC State (Raleigh), UVa (Charlottesville), VA Tech (most of the school is in Blacksburg, but the program I'm applying to is in Alexandria/DC), and probably Penn (Philly).

Posted by: rob at December 18, 2004 04:02 PM

I'd love it if you went to Penn. With any luck, I'll be spending about five to six of the next eight years there. It's only a stone's throw from NYC in any case.

Posted by: ryan at December 18, 2004 10:12 PM

Where is Bridesburg?

Posted by: your mama at December 19, 2004 03:05 PM

I'd love it if I went to Penn too, but its highly unlikely. If I don't stay in Georgia, I'd almost certainly go to VA Tech (the reason I would prefer Tech to Penn is that Tech's out-of-state tuition is extremely cheap, particularly considering its location).

Blacksburg is near Bristol, which is in both Tennessee and Virginia. Nowhere, in other words.

Posted by: rob at December 19, 2004 04:10 PM

Ridiculously cool, and I don't understand jack crap bout it all, and it makes me really friggin' jealous. I need to live like 6 lives or something to do a different career in each.

Posted by: JosiahQ at December 19, 2004 08:12 PM

I know where Blacksburg is, I'm asking about Bridesburg - see the first picture - the "Bridesburg redevelopment plan" - where in Philadelphia?

Posted by: your mama at December 19, 2004 09:01 PM

When I was in london two years ago, the londoners affectionately referred to the building seen in the picture below as "the testicle on the Thames."

Oh, those sardonic English.

Posted by: avunculrmom at December 20, 2004 11:23 AM

Just kidding Mother. Here's BRIDESburg, not BLACKSburg.

Posted by: rob at December 20, 2004 07:09 PM

You didn't tell me you were applying at these places .. Virginia ? Pennsylvania ?

Posted by: goober at December 21, 2004 07:23 PM

Hey, I found your blog by Googling for landscape architecture and blogs. I'm also applying for the 3-year MLA this year and I'm wondering how you selected your schools? I only applied to one school. :X

Posted by: Chris at January 19, 2005 12:13 PM
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