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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 8: Niall Kirkwood

First published 2nd Dec, 2006

Republished 18th Dec, 2020

Niall Kirkwood is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and the Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2003 to 2009. 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 in Rotterdam, discusses some of the research that he has yet to publish, and runs through the research of his books: The Art of Landscape Detail, Manufactured Sites - Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape, and Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture.

Introducing Niall & his Introduction to Landscape Architecture

Ch. 1


Architecture in Landscape Architecture

Ch. 2


Weathering & Public Space

Ch. 5


Reclaimed Landscapes & Form vs Planning

Ch. 6


Academic Practice & Competitions

Ch. 8