Landscape Architecture: Marcel Wilson

Landscape Architecture: Marcel Wilson

By Jaime Gillin / Photos by Katie Shapiro
Landscape architect and urban designer Marcel Wilson describes his practice as “combining things that are made with things that are alive.” Hence the superhuman name of his firm, Bionic, which he defines as “merging organism and machine.”

After eight years leading large public projects at Hargreaves Associates, Wilson broke off to start his own firm in 2007, at age 36. He works on projects at every scale at his studio in San Francisco, from the smallest (a five-foot-wide public stairway in Malibu that threads down to the beach) to the largest (a proposed urban plan for the neglected waterfront in Hunter’s Point and Candlestick Point, San Francisco). "I find it all fascinating," says Wilson. "There’s no scale limit to urbanism."

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