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Terragrams is a podcast series providing a wide portal into the world of landscape architecture by the professionals who shape it. Running from 2006 to 2012, the podcast dispatched over 30 interviews and in 2020 has been re-edited & re-broadcast. Learn more about Terragrams.

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First published 25th Sep, 2008

Republished 6th Feb, 2021

Kristine Jensen is a Danish landscape architect with her Studio AKJT in Aarhus. At the Aarhus School of Architecture, she received her PhD and Masters of Architecture in Landscape Architecture. She is the winner of the 5th Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize for the Nicolai Kulturcenter project.

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First published 7th May, 2008

Republished 30th Jan, 2021

In this dispatch we are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and are joined by Richard Forman. Richard is Harvard University’s Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies in the Field of Landscape Ecology. Richard discusses the hurdles to creating a healthy urban environment, endangered landscapes, who is making a difference today, and teaching at the GSD.

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First published 3rd May, 2008

Republished 22nd Jan, 2021

Reuben Rainey returns to Terragrams and discusses his latest work on Garden Story: Inspiring Spaces, Healing Places, a 10-part series of half-hour programs for Public Television on how gardens improve our lives and our communities. He also gives us more insight on his nearly 3 decades of teaching at UVA and on the career of Robert Royston.

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First published 19th Mar, 2008

Republished 15th Jan, 2021

In this dispatch, Reuben Rainey talks to Robert Royston (1918-2008), a pioneer of modernism in landscape architecture. After volunteering to fight in World War II, he established a rich collaboration with Garret Eckbo and Edward Williams. During this period, and thereafter, Royston designed an extraordinary large number of suburban parks. His most recent firm has evolved into Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abbey.

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First published 27th Apr, 2007

Republished 8th Jan, 2021

With her studio, Wanted, Meijerink has built 2 gardens for the International Garden Festival of Metis in Quebec and is presently working on a roof deck for a 700 unit tower in Miami as well as a masterplan for a development near Shanghai. At the GSD, Meijerink is researching the benefits of asphalt and in our dispatch discusses her 'asphalt manifesto' and the On Asphalt project.

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First published 1st Mar, 2007

Republished 1st Jan, 2021

Elizabeth Meyer is an Associate Professor and has twice acted as the Director of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia. Here, she discusses her latest book project entitled 'Groundwork', past and present landscape architectural theory, creativity, site interpretation, the ASLA Student Awards, women in the practice, and the MOMA Groundswell Exhibition.

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First published 2nd Dec, 2006

Republished 18th Dec, 2020

Niall Kirkwood is a former Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In this dispatch, Mr. Kirkwood recalls his introduction to the world of landscape architecture, describes the role of the super absorbent polymer in his Sponge City project, and discusses the research of his books and research.

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First published 13th May, 2006

Republished 11th Dec, 2020

Tom Campanella is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina. In this dispatch he discusses resilient cities, the loss of the American Elm tree, the American suburb, and current developments in China.

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First published 11th May, 2006

Republished 4th Dec, 2020

Michael Vergason talks about his practice, the process of drawing, the ASLA, and his experience as a principal at EDAW. He is principal of Michael Vergason Landscape Architects and the 2006 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professorship in Architecture at the University of Virginia.

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First published 23rd Mar, 2006

Republished 27th Nov, 2020

James Corner, landscape architect and urban designer, is the founder and director of Field Operations and a previous chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn Design. Here, Corner discusses his evolution as a landscape architect, his relationship with Ian McHarg as well as his role on the Freshkills Park and the High Line projects in New York.

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First published 15th Mar, 2006

Republished 20th Nov, 2020

Jane Amidon is an Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture as well as the principal of Amidon Design Communication. She is also the editor for the first four Source Books in Landscape Architecture as well as the author of Dan Kiley's monograph and Radical Landscapes. Here she talks about books and her role as a practitioner and professor.

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First published 17th Feb, 2006

Republished 6th Nov, 2020

Elias Torres is a Doctorate in Architecture, the Partner of Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos in Barcelona, and a professor of Architecture at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona. Here he discusses his role as an educator and a designer, the role of landscape in the city and a number of his constructed projects such as the Barcelona Forum.

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First published 14th Feb, 2006

Republished 30th Oct, 2020

Bet was the principal of her own practice as well as a Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In this episode she spoke about Barcelona, her role in public space-making in the region, her growth as a designer, and her collaboration for the project of Barcelona’s Botanical Gardens.

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First published 31st Jan, 2006

Republished 23rd Oct, 2020

In the debut Terragram, Julie Bargmann, the founder of D.I.R.T. Studio, Charlottesvile, Virginia, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and previous Director of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture talks candidly about the evolution of her practice, her role as an artist as well as a teacher and the importance of reclaimed landscapes.

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