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terra firma landscape architecture
163.a Court Street Portsmouth, NH
terra firma landscape architecture
Interests: The design process of terra firma landscape architecture unifies client vision, site capabilities and architectural intention, thereby creating connections that become a form of personal expression. Terra firma designs unique, meaningful, custom landscapes that are built by skilled contractors dedicated to a quality project. This is an act of collaboration that results in a rewarding landscape experience for years.
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Recently, The New York Times published an article by Gabriel Popkin, addressing the lack of knowledge modern, educated people have for the plants that surround them every day. Read the article here to discover how to cure yourself from a condition he coins as 'Tree Blindness'. New York Times :... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Out in the Landscape
The StoneBale recently won an Honorable Mention in the 6th Annual "Nature" Art Exhibition by Light Space & Time online art gallery. The StoneBale was chosen from 814 entries from around the world. The Honorable Mention award was in the 3 Dimensional Art Category. See the StoneBale featured alongside the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Out in the Landscape
The arch mentioned in the Portsmouth Herald is based on design elements from the historic doorways and furniture pediments of Portsmouth. As such, it creates a strong sense of threshold, directing people to not just the Music Hall, but the African Burial Ground and other cultural entities too. Beyond the historic references, the arch also has muscular detailing similar to the new Memorial Bridge, like prominent nuts and bolts, and will serve a valuable way-finding function for city visitors. Visit the Portsmouth Herald article here: Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Out in the Landscape
photo: Deb Cram The StoneBale is a response to a client request for a site sculpture that could define a particular field. It is also an extension of an idea I proposed in my 1984 Master Thesis from UGA in 1984. While at UGA I traveled to Japan to study... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
The recent landscape installation at 3S Artspace has made a handsome building environment significantly more lush and inviting. The courtyard space and sculpted bench was designed by Terrence Parker and the bench was built by Salmon Falls Woodworking. A private donor contributed funds for the bench construction. The bench uses remnant stone blocks from the abutments of the original Memorial Bridge to anchor the serpentine seating surface which is composed of durable white oak planks. This horizontal form is complimented by the narrow upright deciduous hedge of Hornbeam trees that serve to screen the view of the adjacent parking lot. The hedge and bench are intended to extend the theater experience for the 3S patrons and offer an exceptional view from the restaurant and gallery. For more about 3S Art Space go to: Piscataqua Landscape installed the plant materials around the building designed by McHenry Architecture. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
NPR recently broadcasted a TED radio hour by Dr. Stuart Brown: 'How Does Play Shape Our Development?' Dr. Brown was researching the childhood of murderers, when he came to the conclusion that play isn't only for fun, it molds the development of children. Visit this link for the TED radio hour on NPR: Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
The smell of rain is actually an earthy scent that is released from the ground when water lands. MIT researchers discovered that rain will only release the scent if the water is the correct size, speed, and hits the correct surface. Visit the New York Times to watch the video. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
Last month, the New York Times published an article debating the benefits and the problems with an energy source that is growing in popularity: biofuels. Read the article here: Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
The New York Times recently published an article about the change in Los Angeles, from a city that ravishes water resources from outside sources to a newly emerging leader in sustainable water management. Read the article at the New York Times website, and read about what they are calling 'an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
Image This YouTube link is Part 2 of the Being Video. It contains the narrated story of how it was found, sculpted, and cast over a 28 year period. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
In a New York Times Op-Ed article published in December, Steven Bingler and Martin C. Pedersen brought up the need for architecture to listen to the needs and aesthetics of the general public before pushing art and bold statements that are meant for only the elite and those with educated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
Image Click on the above youtube link for The Being video. The story of The Being: Canoeing out to a small island off the coast of Connecticut with friends in 1986, a small nub of wood protruding from the sand at the water’s edge caught my eye. Inspired and curious,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
A new concept has been released for an almost entirely privately-funded public park and performance space on a crumbling pier on New York's West Side. The New York Times published an article about the concept, sponsored by Barry Diller and his wife (the single largest private contributors to the High... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
The New York Times published an article recently about the renewed Harvard Art Museum. The article gives examples of how art has been the steady stronghold throughout budget cuts and economic downturns not only at Harvard, but at other highly regarded universities, such as Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Visit the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS Each year American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter holds a People's Choice Awards program. The winners are selected from all of the submissions to the Design Awards program and are voted on through the AIANH website. 2015 commercial category winner: Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton. Project:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
The New York Times published an article in December that brought an interesting point: trees in the city sometimes have a greater chance of survival because of their isolation. Read the article at Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
In the January-February issue of New Hampshire Home, Terrence was interviewed for a featured article, What's good design? Terrence is quoted as saying “I craft spaces that harmonize with plant materials and forms that catch the light. I structure the landscape for use,” he says. “I’m the guy who blends... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
Image The above YouTube link is for a PechaKucha talk I gave on November 5, 2014 to a full house at the Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth, NH. PechaKucha is Japanese for 'Chit chat' and the format is to show 20 slides and speak for 20 seconds per slide with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
The New York Times published a comprehensive article before Christmas regarding the regrowth and growing concerns about environmental action in South American countries. This growing concern, and restoration of vital rain forests in countries such as Costa Rica is having an extremely positive affect on climate change. Visit to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
In the New York Times a few weeks ago, Henry Fountain reported on a global warming solution that is gaining popularity in the Netherlands. While it remains controversial, geoscientists are pushing for research to develop geoengineered solutions to climate change. These solutions are not meant to serve as a replacement... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Out in the Landscape
Earlier in the year a client requested I develop ideas for sculpture on a very large tract land composed of rolling fields that is cut for hay, rolled hay. The undulations of this land create a quintessential beauty that defines the local community. This meadow is seen as a cultural... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Out in the Landscape
"I haven't seen anything like this since I left England. I feel like I am back in the English Countryside." As the winter season approaches, one of terra firma's on-going projects is progressing steadily and as evidenced by the above quote, has meet the approval of an English guest of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Out in the Landscape
Terra firma landscape architecture has moved into a new office in Portsmouth. We are now at 163A Court Street. Come by and see our new space, now located closer to Downtown. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Out in the Landscape
From The New York Times: Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest Small but prolific predators, salamanders affect the ecosystem of a forest and collectively could help stave off climate disaster. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Out in the Landscape