Stok-Pile

Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Design: Stoss Landscape Urbanism.
Key Personnel: Chris Reed, Design Director.
Site: Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. USA.
Area: 0.18 acres.
Client: Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, Harvard University.
Photographs: Stoss Landscape Urbanism.

This installation occupies a temporary site in Radcliffe Yard, scheduled to be turned over for construction lay-down space within two years.

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Stock-Pile is a storage pile or heap of material; a reserve supply of something essential; a gradually accumulated reserve of something, esp. something vital or indispensable [1].

The essential elements of landscape construction— stone, aggregate, sand, soil – diverse and rich in color, shape, and texture —are arranged in simple piles on a north-south grid. Two are planted with ancient ferns. All start stacked impossibly steep, poised to subside—each of its own accord, in keeping with its inherent physical and structural characteristics.

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The installation was completed in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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[1] Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged.