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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. It is now being re-edited and re-broadcast. Learn more about Terragrams.

Dispatch 5: James Corner

First published 23rd Mar, 2006

Republished 27th Nov, 2020

James Corner, landscape architect and urban designer, is the founder and director of Field Operations in New York City and a previous chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign. He is also the author of Taking Measures across the American Landscape with photographer Alex McLean and the editor of Recovering Landscape - Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture.

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.

Introducing James Corner & Field Operations

Ch. 1


Post-Industrial Landscapes & Types

Ch. 4


The High Line is notoriously line-like

Collaborating with Architects

Ch. 5


The Size & Shape of Practice

Ch. 7


Taking (Precise) Measures

Ch. 8


Map from Taking Measures Across The American Landscape

Penn & Penn Graduates

Ch. 10


Future Directions

Ch. 11


A (then) future project