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Surfacedesign on Modern Landscapes: California and Beyond

Surfacedesign elaborates on its approach to landscape architecture and modernism: a fusing of place and materials, beauty, ecology and culture. $12 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Book Signing, Kid-Friendly Activity, Landscape + Outdoor Living, Presentation, Talk


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Roderick Wylie and James A. Lord of Surfacedesign describe their design philosophy and commitment to solutions that challenge conventional approaches to landscape. Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways. The approach emphasizes and celebrates the context and imaginative potential of each project. The studio’s process is rooted in asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users, a process that has led to engaging and inspiring landscapes that are rugged, contemporary and crafted.

Roderick Wyllie, FASLA, is an award-winning landscape architect and founding principal of Surfacedesign, Inc. Roderick has led a variety of complex projects, including the Uber Campus in Mission Bay, San Francisco’s Bayfront Park, The Land’s End Visitor Center, The Barnacles at Pier 9 and Expedia Global Headquarters in Seattle. His horticultural knowledge and passion for material authenticity reinforce craftsmanship and attention to detail.

James A Lord, FASLA, is founding partner of Surfacedesign, Inc. James’ innovative design approach and stewardship of the firm’s design practice has established Surfacedesign as an international leader in urban design and sustainability. He leads projects in New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. James received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BARCH from the University of Southern California.

A signing of the monograph SURFACEDESIGN: Materials Landscapes (Monacelli Press, 2019) will immediately follow this presentation.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
A book signing will follow this event.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Photo by Marion Brenner. Photo by Matthew Millman. Photo by Marion Brenner. Photo by Paul Rivera. Photo by Marion Brenner. Photo by Millicent Harvey.


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