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Landscape Architecture Industry Professionals Come to Campus If you didn’t think that the redesign of a waterfront could cost billions of dollars, think again. ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST AMBITIOUS urban renewal projects – the redesign of Sydney’s Barangaroo Waterfront precinct – is projected to be a $6 billion effort, an effort that has included the design firm of PWP Landscape Architecture Inc., based in Berkeley, Calif. One of the firm’s leaders, David Walker, came to Colorado State University to speak to faculty, staff, students, and community members on April 17 to close out CSU’s annual Landscape Architecture series, LA Days, which ran from April 13-17, 2015. Walker gave a professional perspective on the Barangaroo project as well as some of his firm’s other high-profile designs including the World Trade Center Memorial and tower rebuilding efforts in New York City. PWP Landscape Architecture Inc. has worked closely with the landholders of the Barangaroo site and the New South Wales state government to help design Barangaroo Point and the harbour foreshore walk. Barangaroo is one of the world’s foremost waterfront renewal projects with an emphasis on sustainability that showcases Sydney as Australia’s gateway to the world. The 22-hectare, $6 billion Barangaroo precinct will help redefine the western edge of Sydney Harbour and be a lasting legacy for future generations. As a global reference point of design excellence and sustainability, Barangaroo will raise Sydney’s international acclaim and be a globally celebrated destination. “Our annual LA Days Lecture series has always been and continues to be one of the most effective educational tools for our landscape architecture students and the CSU community,” said landscape architecture Assistant Professor Kelly Curl, who is the faculty adviser for the CSU Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “I am always very proud of our students’ dedication and commitment in the planning and fundraising efforts for this event. Each year, success is seen when students are enthralled by and learn so much from the guest lecturers’ world-renowned and awardwinning landscape architectural projects.”

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David Walker was joined at LA Days by other industry leaders who were featured during the series.

Julia Czerniak, noted landscape theory author and associate dean of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture (April 13) Andrea Cochran, principle/founder of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, winner of the 2014 Smithsonian CooperHewitt National Design award in Landscape Architecture and the 2014 American Society of Landscape Architect’s Design Medal (April 14) Ying Yu-Hung, managing principal at SWA, a designer and planner with the innate ability to integrate form with function and the vision to protect our exhaustible resources with sustainable development (April 15) Claire Fellman, a landscape architect and the director of Snøhetta’s office in New York. Designer of New York City’s redesign of Time Square, Snøhetta is an integrated design practice of architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture, and graphic and brand design (April 16)

The LA Days lectures were held in the evenings and were open to the public. The series has run for 22 years and has featured other prominent speakers including Peter Walker and Laurie Olin. For more information visit the website at

Food for Thought 2014-2015  
Food for Thought 2014-2015