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James Corner

James Corner

Principal, Field Operations

James Corner's Field Operations says it practices landscape architecture, but its real plan is to redesign the public realm. Corner, founder and principal, calls his work "a totally new landscape of leisure," built from the industrial-era remnants of long-abandoned railways and city waterfronts. With minimalist clarity, Corner and his team have transformed deserted eyesores into new urban destinations, responsible for the reinventions of New York's Highline, Race Street Pier in Philadelphia, and Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, among others.

With the shift from an industrial economy in cities to a service economy, a lot of land is abandoned and derelict. No one knows what to do with it. The High Line is a great example of making something new.