Please help us raise $35,000 to publish a new book by the renowned landscape architect David Kamp, FASLA. Kamp’s international career has been guided by a commitment to designing landscapes that promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Kamp’s firm, Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, is based on the philosophy that dirt works: nature can provide critical balance in our lives.
Tracing the first stirrings of his interest in landscape to his childhood in rural North Carolina, Kamp writes about his architectural studies at the University of Virginia and the galvanizing experience of his first project, working on the landscape design for Australia’s new Parliament House in Canberra.
In the mid-nineties Kamp volunteered to design The Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden for the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in East Harlem, the first garden created specifically for AIDS patients. The experience proved life-altering, and in the years that followed, he designed dozens of landscapes for a wide range of health care settings.
In time, Kamp took these ideas further into the public realm, where he applied them to landscapes for schools, parks, and brownfields. In these projects, he has sought to heal unhealthy sites, revitalize communities, and integrate broad social, economic, and ecological objectives.
All donations of $250 or more received by October 15th will be acknowledged in the book.