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Both a landscape designer and a public artist, Ken Smith produces designs that range in scale from small public installations to vast parks. He is known for inventive and imaginative gardens and landscapes, some of which use little or no natural plant material. His projects include public, commercial, and private work: urban parks, streetscapes, plazas, gardens, public art commissions, memorials, museums and institutions, urban development and multiuse projects, restoration of modern-era landscapes, waterfront planning and design, and residential projects.

Among Smiths best-known projects are the MoMA Roof Garden, consisting of white gravel, recycled black rubber, crushed glass, sculptural stones, and artificial boxwood plants in a camouflage pattern; the Elevated Acre, a one-acre urban plaza with a sloping topography of planted dunes and an elevated view of New York Harbor; and Orange County Great Park, California, a redevelopment of a Marine Corps air station to include a 2.5-mile canyon, 20-acre lake, cultural terrace, botanical gardens, great lawn, performing arts venue, veterans memorial, aircraft museum, sports park, nature preserve, and wildlife corridor.

About the Author

Ken Smith is the principal of Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, with offices in New York and Irvine, California. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is currently a visiting design critic, and Iowa State University.

John Beardsley is a senior lecturer in the department of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and director of garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. He has written extensively on public and environmental art, including the books Earthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape and Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists.

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John Beardsley

Village of Yorkville Park

Toronto, Ontario

Glowing Topiary Garden

New York, New York

Hotel Eden

New York, New York

Lever House

New York, New York

Four Vertical Gardens

New York, New York

Sagaponack Residence

Sagaponack, New York

P.S. 19

Queens, New York

55 Water Street

New York, New York

MoMA Roof Garden

New York, New York

7 World Trade Center Triangle Park

New York, New York

40 Central Park South

New York, New York

Cooper-Hewitt Triennial WallFlowers

New York, New York

Santa Fe Railyard Park

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Orange County Great Park

Irvine, California

Lola Bryant Community Garden

Brooklyn, New York

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