Adriaan Geuze is a Dutch landscape architect born in 1960. He graduated from the Agricultural University of Wageningen (WUR) in the Netherlands. In 1987, he founded his landscaping and urban planning firm, West 8, which he currently manages with three associates, Edzo Bindels, Martin Bievenga and Jerry van Eyck. In 1990, the firm was awarded the Rome Prize, thereby gaining international visibility. Adriaan Geuze taught at Delft University (1995 – 1998) and since 1994 is a professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1992 he created the Surrealistic Landscape Architecture Foundation (SLA) and in 2005 was appointed curator of the 2nd Rotterdam International Biennal of Architecture. Through projects such as Borneo-Sporenburg in Amsterdam (1993), Stratford City in London (2003) or Central Waterfront in Toronto (2006), the West 8 firm works the contemporary landscape with an innovative and optimistic attitude that expresses both the vulnerability and euphoria of mass culture.
West 8’s approach develops the relationship between contemporary culture, urban identity, public space and engineering to create architecture that is both narrative and poetic. They design urban space utilizing strong building typologies that integrate a capacity to adapt to the surrounding environment and public space.
© Adriaan Gueuze / West 8
this video :
Adriaan Geuze speech video
Thursday, 1st October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Markeroog IJmeer, Markermeer, NL, 2006
2. Markeroog IJmeer, Markermeer, NL, 2006
© West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture