Office Park: Reclaiming the Corporate Landscapes of Amazon.com proposes a systematic reappropriation of corporate space into the public realm. Viewing the corporate office complex as the contemporary exemplar of private spatial overreach, the project takes as its test case Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
The project reclaims portions of Amazon’s urban campus using the biological materials of landscape architecture, with a recognition that these materials have come to define the public realm in the United States over the past two centuries. The intervention proposes using these living materials in an exaggerated form, adopting an overplanted, forest aesthetic.
These dense landscapes are designed specifically to serve urban human ecological needs—nature, fresh air, and, as Ash Amin has written, “civic becoming.” By undermining typical lines of view and circulation, these landscapes can also host acts of freedom, democracy, and subversion. These landscapes create public places that challenge marketability and support marginalized populations who, more than most, depend upon the public realm for their quality of life.