James Corner is founder of James Corner Field Operations, a landscape architecture & urban design studio. He is also professor and chair (2000-2012) of landscape and urbanism at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Design. JCFO's major projects include the High Line (New York City) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (London). James' work has been recognised with the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award (2010) and the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design (2005), among others. Alison B. Hirsch (MLA, PhD) is an urban theorist and historian as well as landscape designer. She is author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin and Public Performance in Urban Renewal America (Univ. of Minnesota Press, March 2014). Alison has taught landscape architecture theory and design at Harvard University.