James Corner


(Chicago) – Commissioned to redevelop Chicago’s Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner stands at the forefront of today’s landscape urbanism movement. 

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present an evening with James Corner Thursday, Oct. 2 at the University of Chicago. Corner will share his vision for livable cities, which hinges on public spaces that offer a high-quality experience. The architect’s plans to renew the public spaces of Navy Pier and other world-class projects will come into play as Corner presents The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space. 

Corner’s presentation at 6 p.m., Oct. 2 in the Performance Hall at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., University of Chicago, marks the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s fourth annual Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas. A cocktail reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the Gidwitz Lobby prior to the presentation. 

This event is in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Architects Chicago chapter. Admission to the presentation and cocktail reception is $20 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members/University of Chicago alumni, faculty and staff/AIA Chicago members/ASLA Illinois Chapter members; $25 non-members; and $5 students. Tickets are available online at flwright.org.

Corner combines landscape architecture, urban design, landscape ecology and engineering to create innovative solutions for modern day cities, landscapes and social places. The British-born architect’s award-winning and visionary designs, such as the High Line in Manhattan, once an elevated rail line, and FreshKills Park, a former landfill in Staten Island, have transformed city districts and post-industrial sites into vibrant urban destinations.

James Corner’s new book, The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990-2010(Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) will be available to purchase at the event. A book signing will take place following the lecture. 

Launched in 2011, Thinking into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideasengages leading international, national and Chicago voices in architecture, design and contemporary culture. Taking Wright’s forward-thinking philosophy as expressed in the Frederick C. Robie House, the program explores current ideas and issues in architecture, design and society that stimulate debate about our world today.

Designed in 1908 and completed in 1910, the Frederick C. Robie House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s most innovative Prairie style home and an iconic work of the 20th century.

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