With one foot in academia and one foot in practice, David Hill of HILLworks is afforded a unique opportunity to advance disciplinary research not only through project development but also through teaching and academic investigation. Current research streams of HILLworks include:
p l a n t . p e r f o r m a n c e
Plants contribute tremendously to the perception and experience of the landscape. Far beyond the conventional "softening" of "foundation planting," plants are structural, spatial, active, dynamic, revelatory, functional, performative. HILLworks believes that plants have the capacity to motivate design.

LAND 6270.Plant Spatiality
LAND 6370.Plant Ephemerality
LAND 7170.Plant Functionality
courses taught by David Hill within the graduate landscape architecture program at Auburn University

the Phenology Project
LandscapePerformanceLAB
In early 2010, David Hill received a $10,000 CADC seed grant to initiate the Landscape Performance LAB and kickstart the phenology project, which advances the exploration of plant phenology from the perspective of a designer by documenting the spatial and textural qualities of a select palette of plants through an entire year.

"Potency of Planted Form:
Exposing the Phenology of a Place
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paper presented by David Hill at the ISOMUL/CELA Annual Conference, 2010

"Phenology Project Update
by the LandscapePerformanceLAB
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interactive presentation by David Hill at the CELA Annual Conference, 2011

Related Projects
see 274 Bragg Avenue and the Previous Experience section
m a t e r i a l . h a r v e s t i n g +
r e u s e . s t r a t e g i e s
An army of articles and projects attest to the quantifiable benefits that emerge from employing reclaimed materials in new construction. Embodied energies have been calculated, landfill volumes have been measured, carbon footprints have been computed. These ecological benefits are quite convincing, but HILLworks is interested in not only the quantifiable embodied energies, but also in the embodied histories. Materials that were originally constructed by particular craftsmen on a particular site in a particular moment have the potential to be carefully extracted, adapted, and reappropriated to reveal the traces and handiwork of a former people and a former time.

LAND 6250.Materials + Detailing
LAND 7180.Regenerative Technologies
courses taught by David Hill within the graduate landscape architecture program at Auburn University

"Urban Outfitters' Headquarters"
by Julie Bargmann + David Hill
published in Topos 67: Materials + Details, 2009


"Beyond Demolition Drawings"
paper presented at the CELA Annual Conference, 2011

"The 'Projects' Project: Testing Performative
Landscapes for the Moton Housing 'Projects'
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interactive presentation at the CELA Annual Conference, 2011

Related Projects
see Zilber School of Public Health, 274 Bragg Avenue, Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue, JD Howell Store, Sign Chairs and the Previous Experience section



H I L L w o r k s
landscape + architecture
274 bragg avenue
auburn, alabama 36830
tel 334.524.3824
www.hillworks.us