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Leisure & Landscape: Hair gardens

(Added 26 June 2006)

Ken Smith, “Bouffant Topiary,” Hair Gardens, Max Fish Gallery, 1998. Photomontage

Ken Smith here suggests possible topiary tactics for the landless, absurdly style-conscious urban dwellers to get a leg up on their fashionable rivals. Says the landscape architect: “Hair design and garden design have similarities. They are both organic, grow and are manipulated. They have to do with style, fashion and pretense.” – Pruned (Landscape Architecture blog) by Alexander Trevi

Ken Smith (1976 Landscape Architecture) is the principal of Ken Smith Landscape Architecture in New York and a design critic at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he teaches courses in landscape architectural design and design technology. He received his MLA degree from Harvard University GSD.

His projects primarily are in the realm of urban public space, often exploiting existing, reworked, or complex urban sites. Current endeavors include a light rail project in San Francisco and streetscape projects in Harlem. Well known to Candians for the Village of Yorkville Park, Toronto, Smith has recently completed the Rooftop garden at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

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