Barbara Stauffacher SolomonAmerican (San Francisco, California, 1928)
Marina Green, Pier 32, and Golden Gate Park
In crafting her philosophy of green architecture, landscape architect Solomon creates highly representational drawings that combine multiple architectural views within a single abstracted scheme. Presenting the landscape in this manner allows her to examine, in an innovative mannerway, different types of gardens and their relationships to buildings.
A third-generation San Franciscan, Solomon has commented that this city's "collision of the formal grid and the natural topography produce[s] occasions for civic architecture, for green rectangles ascending hilltops and extending onto the water." She views these flat, open rectangles, where orderly and agrarian garden patterns merge, as common ground between landscape and architecture.
The Marina Green is one example of such an urban paradise, born of the collective desire of individuals for whom city living makes owning one's own private Eden impossible. In this way, she says, "the public landscape can provide them with some of that paradise lost."