Constructing Landscape Film Series
The GSA’s National Design Director for Landscape Architecture, Christian Gabriel, sat down with 16 notable Landscape Architects to discuss numerous critical considerations surrounding the field of Landscape Architecture and site development in general and the federal government project portfolio more specifically. The primary aim of the conversations with this informal industry advisory group was to educate the agency’s design and construction staff, thus enabling the agency to deliver higher achieving projects across the broad geographic and typological spectrum of projects that the GSA plans, designs, builds, and manages on behalf of the American public.
In partnership with the GSA’s Design Excellence program, these conversations were subsequently developed into a series of five short films that highlight common themes, provide visual accompaniment to ideas, and deliver powerful lessons that can be incorporated into the current and future thinking regarding site development projects.
The following film series, titled Constructing Landscape , is now available for viewing below. The individual five-minute shorts are edited interviews with 18 landscape architects. The films are titled Material and Perspective to help distinguish the world-view and concerns of Landscape Architect’s, Designing with Time to address the very unique temporal issues associated with landscape materiality, Ecological Infrastructures to address natural systems and the concerns of scale, Site as Security to address the deployment of security features within our public landscapes, and finally Preservation and Design Evolution to address both the process of landscape evaluation and the re-purposing of sites.