Exhibition (IBA) Emscher Park, Duisburg, Germany.
Plaza with cherry trees adjacent to cowper stoves and blast furnace
Peter Latz is a German Landscape Architect, based in Kranzberg, Germany and the focus of his work is renewing destroyed or contaminated sites. By expressing the history, ecology and character of the land, he aims to transform these sites, giving people a fresh understanding of the landscape. He talks about the landscape as being a series of “information layers” that can be revealed and expressed through design and the importance of “keeping visible the spirit of the existing site.” One of his office’s most famous works is that of Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park in Germany, undertaken between 1990-2002.
James Corner and Field Operations
James Corner is a landscape architect and urban designer, and founder and director of the company Field Operations based in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He is also Professor at the University Of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Design. His landscape architecture practice, research and teaching interests have involved developing innovative approaches on a diverse number of projects, many of which involve designing new public uses for unused industrial landscapes, old landfills, and derelict brownfield sites. One of his most recent of these projects is Fresh Kills Park, Staten Island, New York.