landscape architecture

Shannon Nicoll from the award-winning firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol spoke on some of the challenges that she has faced as a landscape architect. She noted the importance of learning the historical context of a place before allowing the design process to begin, so that projects are significant in time as well as space. One such example is her work on Lurie Garden, part of Millennium Park in Chicago's historic Grant Park. The Shoulder Hedge, a 15-foot high topiary, encloses the Garden on two sides and creates the illusion of solid “shoulders”, representing Carl Sandburg’s famous description of Chicago as the “City of the Big Shoulders”.

October 15, 2009