In the past Liverpool and New York have been bound by intimate transatlantic relations. As global ports they were defined by a landscape of migration, transport, infrastructure and commerce. Their spatial relations can also be read, such as Paxton’s Birkenhead Park that inspired Olmsted’s design for Central Park. Now different conditions define their existence. Both cities have embraced landscape as a medium for reinvention often in the shadow of their complex histories. The Liverpool New York collaboration is a series of design conversations and projects led by the masters and post-graduate Landscape team at Kingston University. Over the following months they will be working with academics, institutions and practitioners in these cities to interrogate and reveal the unique conditions of these connected cities.
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