What the landscape says to the building

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Linda Jewell, FASLA, professor emerita of landscape architecture and urban design at UC Berkeley, delivers “A Voice for the Landscape: Conversations between Structures and Landscapes” as the first annual Lewis Clarke Lecture on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in Burns Auditorium, Kamphoefner Hall, College of Design. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Drawing upon examples from her firm’s built work, student design-build projects and her research on American outdoor theaters, Jewell will discuss how time spent in a landscape site can facilitate a reciprocating dialogue between a landscape and a new structure – whether a single bench or a complex of massive buildings.

“Since World War II, most institutions and entrepreneurs building new structures have approached the landscape as little more than real estate,” Jewell writes. “Yet, most previous generations designed structures and landscapes in tandem to create memorable places. While it is tempting to attribute this change solely to commercial demands, new code requirements and earthmoving equipment, modern architecture also played a role by too often treating the landscape as an undifferentiated pastoral or wild background to iconic structures.”

Professor Jewell's lecture will be followed by a reception. Come early at 5:00 p.m. for a show and tell of selected works by Lewis Clarke and other landscape architects provided by the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center in the Allred Gallery located adjacent to Burns Auditorium, Kamphoefner Hall, College of Design, on the ground floor.