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Thomas Balsley Uncommon Ground

Thomas Balsley 

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A renowned American landscape architect whose New York City based studio is responsible for some of the most notable and awarded spaces throughout the U.S. and Far East, Thomas Balsley Uncommon Ground is a collection of selected projects that display the sweeping range of his work over the past twenty-five years. Public and private parks, plazas, campuses, and waterfronts attest to the extraordinary level of design excellence that has defined his international reputation and that of his firm, Thomas Balsley Associates.

Working within the margins of the city grids on scraps of land and post-industrial waterfronts, his unique fusion of nature, culture, and process have produced vibrant public spaces, urban miracles both large and small, provocative and sublime, and have established him as a leader and champion of the sustainable and livable urban environment. Balsley Park on Manhattan’s 57th Street has been named in his honor, a testament to his substantial work in metropolises around the world. Along with popular and cultural acclaim, Balsley has also recently been selected to become the thirteenth recipient of the coveted ASLA Design Medal, in recognition of exceptional design work at a sustained and professional level.

Specifications

SKU:
90487
Size: 
9.84" x 11.42" portrait
Pages: 
300
Binding: 
Hard Bound
Publication date: 
Fall 2015
ISBN: 
978-1-943532-07-0
Rights world: 
Forthcoming

Essays by James Corner, Ian Volner, and Jane Gillette 

About the author: 

Thomas Balsley is a renowned American landscape architect whose NYC-based studio is responsible for some of the most notable and richly awarded spaces throughout the U.S. and Far East. This volume of selected works displays the sweeping range of that work over the past 25 years; consisting of public and private parks, plazas, campuses, and waterfronts and attests to the extraordinary level of design excellence that has defined his international reputation and that of his studio.

Working in the margins of the city grid, scraps of land and post-industrial waterfronts, his unique fusion of nature, culture and process have produced vibrant public spaces, urban miracles both large and small, provocative and sublime, and has established himself as a leader in his field and champion of the sustainable and livable urban environment. His award-winning and iconic designs can be found in Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Cleveland’s Perk Park, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, Tokyo’s Gate City and World Trade Centers in Osaka and Guiyang, China.

Tom has recently been selected to become the 13th recipient of the coveted ASLA Design Medal in recognition of his body of exception design work at a sustained level.

Essay by: James Corner, founder of James Corner Field Operations is a landscape architect and urban designer based in New York City as well as being a professor of landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Essay by: Ian Volner has contributed articles on architecture, design, and urbanism to Harper’sThe Wall Street JournalArchitectural Digest, and The New Yorker online, among other publications. He is a contributing editor at Architect and Surface magazines.

Essay by: Jane Gillette studied English literature (B.A., Vassar College, Ph.D., Yale University) and has acted as writer and editor for Historic Preservation Magazine and Landscape Architecture Magazine and as managing editor of Spacemaker Press. She first wrote about Thomas Balsley in 2000. Jane is married to Peter Walker, who has contributed to her knowledge and interest in landscape architecture. She now writes short fiction.