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Creator
Boone, Kofi
Size
2.4 linear feet (1 archival box, 1 flat box, 1 flat folder, 3 tubes); 3 websites
Call number
MC 00618

The Kofi Boone Papers contains architectural drawings, studies, correspondence, files, and media clippings for projects that span Boone's student and professional careers. Boone's documented projects include: master plans completed during graduate school at the University of Michigan; urban design guidelines, planning analyses and public park designs completed at the multidisciplinary firm JJR Inc.; and participatory designs and place-based storytelling efforts completed out of the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture. Most graduate school and JJR projects are located in the Detroit area, and most NC State projects are located in North Carolina. The collection also includes web content: The Cultural Landscape Foundation blog, The Landscape Architecture Podcast, and a website featuring Kofi Boone's "Black Landscapes Matter" article.

Kofi Boone is an African American landscape architect and a professor in the NC State University Department of Landscape Architecture within the College of Design. Boone joined the Department of Landscape Architecture faculty in 2004. Through scholarship, teaching and extension service, Boone works in the landscape context of environmental justice and explores the use of new media as a means of increasing community input in design and planning processes.

Biographical/historical note

Kofi Boone is an African American landscape architect and a professor in the NC State University Department of Landscape Architecture within the College of Design. Boone joined the Department of Landscape Architecture faculty in 2004. Through scholarship, teaching and extension service, Boone works in the landscape context of environmental justice and explores the use of new media as a means of increasing community input in design and planning processes.

A native of Detroit, Boone received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources degree in 1992 and his Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 1995, both from the University of Michigan. After graduating he worked on a wide range of interdisciplinary urban design and planning projects in the Michigan offices of JJR Inc., a firm founded in 1961 as Johnson, Johnson and Roy.

For more information, see https://design.ncsu.edu/people/kmboone/

Scope/content

The Kofi Boone Papers contains architectural drawings, studies, correspondence, files, and media clippings for projects that span Boone's student and professional careers. Boone's documented projects include: master plans completed during graduate school at the University of Michigan; urban design guidelines, planning analyses and public park designs completed at the multidisciplinary firm JJR Inc; and participatory designs and place-based storytelling efforts completed out of the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture. Most graduate school and JJR projects are located in the Detroit area, and most NC State projects are located in North Carolina. The collection also includes web content: The Cultural Landscape Foundation blog, The Landscape Architecture Podcast, and a website featuring Kofi Boone's "Black Landscapes Matter" article.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 3 series: 1. Drawings; 2. Personal and Project Files; 3. Web Content.

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kofi Boone Papers, MC 00618, Special Collections Research Center, NC State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC.

Related material

North Carolina State University, College of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture Records (UA 110.019)

Source of acquisition

Gift of Kofi Boone, February 2017 (Accession no. 2017.0030).

Processing information

Processed by: Lindsey Naylor and Gwynn Thayer; machine-readable finding aid created by: Lindsey Naylor, February 2017. Archived web content processed by Liz Bell, 2020 October.

Please note that some historical materials may contain harmful content and/or descriptions. Learn how we’re addressing it.

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Drawings 1994-2015 (MC 00618 Series 1)
Size: 0.9 linear feet (3 tubes, 1 flat folder.)

This series includes drawings of parks, athletic fields, and playgrounds.

The drawings are listed alphabetically by title.

Broadway Streetscape Improvements, JJR 2003

Inlcudes studies and schematic design drawings for materials, planting and layout plans.

Detroit (Mich.)
Tube 2
Chandler Park Master Plan, University of Michigan 1994

Includes overall site master plan, along with sketches, sections, analysis, studies and site plan for Ujima Marketplace.

Detroit (Mich.)
Tube 1
David Patrick Kelly Memorial Playground, JJR 1998

Includes details, layout plans and conceptual site plans.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat folder 1
Friends Plaza (Messiah Housing Corporation), JJR undated

Includes perspective sketches and rendering.

Detroit (Mich.)
Tube 3
Islandview Village Greenway (Messiah Housing Corporation), JJR undated

Includes perspective sketches and rendering.

Detroit (Mich.)
Tube 3
Kinston Music Park 2011-2012

Includes grading plan, site studies, and rendered sections and perspectives.

Kinston (N.C.)
Tube 1
Mill Creek Corridor, JJR undated

Includes illustrated site analysis.

Dexter (Mich.)
Tube 1
Nichols Arboretum Geddes Entry, University of Michigan 1994

Includes schematic planting plan.

Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Tube 1
Northern High School Athletic Field undated

Includes site layout plan.

Tube 1
Oakman Boulevard, JJR undated

Includes master development plan.

Detroit (Mich.)
Tube 2
Springfield Oaks County Park, University of Michigan 1994

Includes master plan.

Oakland County (Mich.)
Tube 1
Personal and Project Files 1991-2016 (MC 00618 Series 2)
Size: 1.5 linear feet (1 archival box and 1 flatbox.)

This series contains files related to projects including parks, banks, townhomes, and apartment complexes. Also included are correspondence, media clippings, publications, an undergraduate paper from the University of Michigan and files from a design charette at the University of Michigan.

Files in the flat box are arranged alphabetically by project name, and the archival box is arranged chronologically.

Broadway Avenue Streetscape, JJR undated

Includes rendered plan alternatives and perspectives.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
Charles Terrace, JJR 1997

Includes existing and revitalization site plans.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
Federal Reserve Bank, JJR 2002

Includes schematic design drawings and details for site, circulation, materials, grading and landscape plans.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
Middle East Neighborhood Vision undated

Includes partial report on revitalization vision.

Baltimore (Md.)
Flat box 1
Morningside Commons II, JJR late 1990s

Includes bound community master plan and urban design framework.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
St. Aubin Marina, JJR 2001

Includes site studies, concept plans and elevations.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
Stadium District Urban Design Guidelines, JJR undated

Includes bound analysis, urban design guidelines, and master plan.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
This Is Detroit?, The Globe and Mail 1997

Includes article from Toronto newspaper about Detroit revitalization efforts.

Flat box 1
Water Works Park II 2001-2002

Includes final construction documents.

Detroit (Mich.)
Flat box 1
Undergraduate paper, University of Michigan 1991

Includes paper titled "Synthesis: 1987- Children's Behavior at Zoo Exhibits/ 1991- Needs of an American Afrikan Outdoor Environment/ Presentation of victories, shortcomings and critical self-analysis of the research in light of contemporary literature and methodologies."

Box 2, Folder 1
Detroit Design Charrette, University of Michigan 1998

Includes faxed materials and logistics about the charrette "Lower Cass: Corridor, Neighborhood, District?"

Box 2, Folder 2
Correspondence 1993-1998

Includes correspondence related to conferences, cultural landscapes and social justice.

Box 2, Folder 2
City developers urge bureaucratic reform, The Detroit News 1997

Includes press clipping from The Detroit News about the Lower Woodward Avenue hub.

Box 2, Folder 3
An identity for Randallstown, The Baltimore Sun 2003

Includes press clipping from The Baltimore Sun about an Urban Design Assistance Team.

Box 2, Folder 3
Olde Towne Urban Design Strategy, JJR 1999
Box 2, Folder 4
Delphi City, JJR 1999

Includes schematic site plan.

Flint (Mich.)
Box 2, Folder 4
Livernois-McNichols Pilot Study: Wayne County Ways of Life, JJR 2001

Includes bound summary report.

Detroit (Mich.)
Box 2, Folder 4
Islandview Village, JJR 2000-2001

Includes promotional booklet and greenway project files and correspondence.

Detroit (Mich.)
Box 2, Folder 5
City of Pontiac Updated Downtown Development Plan, JJR 2001

Includes draft analyses for and updates to the planning and urban design guidelines for the City of Pontiac.

Pontiac (Mich.)
Box 2, Folder 6
Federal Reserve Bank, JJR undated

Includes site alternatives, section studies and precedent images.

Detroit (Mich.)
Box 2, Folder 7
Samples of work for consideration in RPT review (1 of 2) 2010

Includes professional statement and a collection of published research.

Box 2, Folder 8
Samples of work for consideration in RPT review (2 of 2) 2010

Includes a collection of in-process work and research.

Box 2, Folder 9
Chavis Park Cellphone Diaries Handbook 2010

Includes handbook for project to collect place-based narratives through cellphone videos and images.

Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 10
Social Justice as It Pertains to Safety on the American Tobacco Trail undated

Includes bound report.

Access to physical material and digital files not available online may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room after staff review.

Access to physical material and digital files not available online may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room after staff review.

Some materials may not have been digitized or made available online.

Durham (N.C.)
The Chavis Conversion, Landscape Architecture Magazine 2015

Includes article about the community master plan process for Chavis Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Box 2, Folder 11
Case studies of community engagement and social justice through the design process, National Organization of Minority Architects 2016

Includes magazine report about a case study session.

National Organization of Minority Architects (U.S.)
Box 2, Folder 11
Web Content 2020 (MC 00618 Series 3)
Size: 3 websites

This series is comprised of The Cultural Landscape Foundation blog, The Landscape Architecture Podcast, and a website featuring Kofi Boone's "Black Landscapes Matter" article. The content was captured by the NC State University Libraries since June 2020 using the Internet Archive’s Archive-It web archiving service, with prior captures by the Internet Archive dating to April 2019, which may be less complete and were performed at undetermined intervals.

The websites are listed alphabetically by title.

Online access is provided through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation blog (https://tclf.org/race-and-cultural-landscapes-conversation-kofi-boone) 2020 (https://tclf.org/race-and-cultural-landscapes-conversation-kofi-boone)
Size: 1 website

This is The Cultural Landscape Foundation blog featuring Kofi Boone. The NC State University Libraries has scheduled this website to be captured one time since June 8, 2020. The Internet Archive has also captured this website, beginning in April 2019, and those captures may be less complete and were performed at undetermined intervals.

Online access is provided through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Kofi Boone: Black Landscapes Matter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwCQcA4RtKk) 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwCQcA4RtKk)
Size: 1 website

This is The Landscape Architecture Podcast featuring a converstation with Kofi Boone. The NC State University Libraries has scheduled this website to be captured one time since June 8, 2020.

Online access is provided through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

World Landscape Architecture blog (https://worldlandscapearchitect.com/black-landscapes-matter-by-kofi-boone/) 2020 (https://worldlandscapearchitect.com/black-landscapes-matter-by-kofi-boone/)
Size: 1 website

This website features Kofi Boone's "Black Landscapes Matter" article. The NC State University Libraries has scheduled this website to be captured one time since June 8, 2020.

Online access is provided through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Please note that some historical materials may contain harmful content and/or descriptions. Learn how we’re addressing it.

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kofi Boone Papers, MC 00618, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.