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Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks

Born (Baltimore, 1939) is an American architect. Critic, historian and theorist of architecture and landscape. His works arappresentano the history of modernism and postmodernism that landscape architecture was the main theorist.  

Of Scottish descent, he studied British literature at Harvard University, later earning a master's degree in architecture at the Graduate School of Design in 1965. He also holds a PhD in history of architecture at University College London.
Jencks was a student of historians of architecture Sigfried Giedion and Reyner Banham.

During the 1960s he moved to Scotland, where he continued to live and work.
It is also the driving force behind the design of Maggie Centre, Edinburgh, designed by Richard Murphy and completed in 1995, which saw some of the best design, architects such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers, pledged to build shelters for people with cancer.

From 2003 to 2010, as landscape designer, Charles Jencks has developed the project entitled "living Cell". Completed for the Foundation "Jupiter Artland", a sculpture park of private property in Edinburgh. The project includes eight different green areas surrounding lakes and 4 a Causeway connecting developed in the outdoor park.

CELLS in the life of Charles Jencks the theme is the life of the cell, cells, as the basic unit of life, and the way in which a cell divides into two phases called mitosis (presented in a stream of red sandstone). The curvature of concrete seats are redesigned cell models and surrounded by rocks. The concentric circles redesign the process of cell division. From above, the layout design is clearly visible to represent the Division of membranes and nuclei, a celebration cell morphology that is the basis of life.