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Charles Jencks Landscape, Edinburgh : Architecture

Landform Ueda by Charles Jencks, SNGMA, Scotland

Charles Jencks Landform

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Date built: 1825-28
Architect: William Burn
Originally built as John Watson’s Hospital

Address: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

14 Oct 2019
Landform Designer Charles Jencks Dies

Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer, is mourning the loss of its co-founder and Director Charles Jencks:

Landform designer Charles Jencks

New photos added 7 Aug 2010:

Charles Jencks landscape at SNGMA Edinburgh

Charles Jencks earthworks at SNGMA Edinburgh

Landform SNGMA Edinburgh by Charles Jencks
photos © Adrian Welch

ueda – eskers on the lawn:
Landform Edinburgh SNGMA, Scotland, by Charles Jencks
aerial image © webbaviation

Landform Scotland information from Terry Farrell & Partners, Edinburgh

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Landform images © Richard Bryant

Landform – or Earthworks, or Ueda – won the Gulbenkian Prize in May 2004

This Edinburgh project by world-renowned Architecture critic and theoretician, Charles Jencks, (Charles lives in the Scottish Borders & London) and Terry Farrell & Partners has been followed on the site at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from initial images by coevolution to site shots and announcement of grand opening: now the grass is maturing I’ve taken some photographs in sharp sunlight – the images are as shot, no added contrast:-

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Charles Jencks: Landform – summer images © Adrian Welch

the formal context to the grand classical building is eroded, lost…fractalised

Charles Jencks

Landform, Edinburgh – image © Adrian Welch
the starting point, the fractal whirl – here made of pebbles

Landform is apparently influenced by Seurat’s famous La Grande Jatte painting from Paris showing families relaxing amidst greenery and water in the heart of the city.

Landform by Charles Jencks has proved to be very popular with many, especially children. However, Landform is occasionally closed due to the grass surface which takes some wear and tear, esp. in Winter.

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Charles Jencks: Landform – winter images © Adrian Welch

Prior to Charles Jencks’ Landform the SNGMA was fronted by a rather staid plane of grass which only really sparkled in Summer when housing a marquee. Jenck’s interest in fractal patterns within landscape was probably developed at Maggie Keswick-Jencks’ (his wife) Borders home.

Charles Jencks – Landform: render
Edinburgh Landform
rendering : coevolution

Charles Jencks

Terry Farrell

Gulbenkian Foundation ‘Museum of the Year’ Prize: Winner – Charles Jencks: Landform, May 2004

Landform Ueda Images by Adrian Welch as above are available for a fee: three images appeared in the German manufacturer Stihl’s Annual Report 2004

News excerpts re Charles Jencks’ Landform:

Scottish Earthworks Design – Complete
SNGMA lawn, Belford Rd
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Ueda: images by Adrian Welch from Apr 2002

Charles Jencks re Ueda
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Charles Jencks: Landform – image © Adrian Welch

The Landform Ueda earth sculpture project, which consists of a 7m high auditorium of grassed steps with interlocking paths looking down on three crescent-shaped pools, was intended by creator Charles Jencks to be used for picnics and to display other sculpture. 06.08.02

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art:
Landform SNGMA
image © Adrian Welch

Charles Jencks – Presentation, Edinburgh
Honorary Doctorate by Edinburgh University
To coincide with the publication in May of the new Charles Jencks book, The Iconic Building – incl. commentary on the Scottish Parliament.

Maggies Centres, UK
Charles Jencks sits on the selection committee with Maggies Centres founder Laura Lee: a key architect selected by Charles Jencks was a friend of the late Maggie Keswick-Jencks, Frank Gehry.

Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks was born in 1939 and although American has a house in London and Dumfriesshire, Scotland; the latter was the home of his wife, the late Maggie Keswick-Jencks, who sadly died of cancer. Maggie came from a notable Scottish family with links to the founding of Hong Kong.

Charles became famous for his bubble diagram of architecture and for his explanation of what Postmodernism really means within the field of architecture. Charles Jencks took ‘Postmodern’ from literarture into architecture. Later in his career he became well known for helping lead the Maggies Centres procurement and for his innovative garden design, especially his use of grassy spiral mounds. Jencks studied English Literature at Harvard and Architectural History in London

Charles Jencks – Books
The Language of Post-Modern Architecture
Towards a Symbolic Architecture
The Architecture of a Jumping Universe

Prospect Debate on Iconic Architecture
Charles Jencks was a speaker in Glasgow, Scotland, alongside Miles Glendinning and Austin Williams. 21.04.05

Other famous Edinburgh Schools include the Royal High School


Grassy spiral mounds are to be found at the Scottish home of Charles Jencks near Dumfries (private), here in Edinburgh and in Inverness at the Maggies Centre there.

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