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Shannon Nichol Lecture : Ordinary Landmarks

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Ordinary Landmarks: Designing public spaces to reintroduce locally regular landscapes into communities

The modern mobility of humans and building supplies, computer-aided design and detailing, the sweeping scale of the vehicular age, and an industrialized nursery industry are among the factors contributing to the odd uniformity and over-scaled feeling in much of our built environment.

Landscape architecture has not been immune to the pressures in recent decades to “go big” or “world class” in order to register an effective visual impact within this challenging, grandly scaled setting. Citing several projects designed by GGN over the last 20 years – including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus — Shannon Nichol will encourage “going small and going slow” to create a different type of landmark experience for both residents and visitors.

GGN’s work incorporates often-forgotten local ecologies and daily vernacular into prominent urban sites. GGN’s design process, which continues to heavily utilize hand-drawing as a design tool, will be shown, providing insight into a design firm working to retain complexity, idiosyncrasy, and natural nuance in the designed landscape. The importance of native plants, in resurfacing and repairing the unique, multi-thousand-year evolution of plants and animals in each place, will be discussed.

A handful of GGN’s new monograph, GGN: Landscapes 1999–2018, will be available for purchase and autograph. There will be a small reception following the lecture for mingling and networking.


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