David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David's place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Informed by research and community outreach, David's work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciﬁc landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.
David's place-based projects have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Artlab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. David was also a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University where he answered the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”
David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and worked at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
2011, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture
1998, Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Dual Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Magna Cum Laude
2017 - Present, Associate Fellow of the Harvard Forest, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2017, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Berkshire Environmental Endowment Grant with Hoosic River Revival, North Adams, MA
2017, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2017, Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant with curator Penelope Taylor, Somerville, MA.
2016-2017, Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research at Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2016, Studios at MASS MoCA Artist Residency, North Adams, MA
2015, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Grant, North Adams, MA
2015, Teton ArtLab Artist Residency, Jackson, WY
2014, Trifecta Editions Hibernaculum Artist Residency, Ticonderoga, NY
Select Exhibitions and Installations
2018, Site Visit, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Gallery Installation
2017, Forest; Interdisciplinary Science-Communication, Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Solo Exhibition
2017, Hemlock Hospice, Prospect Hill Tract, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Public Art Installation
2017, The Open Pass, All Day Every Day, Los Angeles, CA, Group Exhibition
2016, Parts Unknown Flag Show, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2016, Juror's Choice, Uforge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2016, Fun-A-Day Boston 2016, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Campwood, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY, Public Art Installation
2015, Greater Yellowstone, Daly Projects, Jackson, WY, Solo Installation
2015, Trifecta Year Two, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Snack Stand, L.C. Bates Natural History Museum, Hinkley, ME, Trail Installation
2015, Flagging Forests, DeCordova Corporate Art Lender Program, Cambridge, MA, Solo Installation
2015, Hibernaculum, Innovation and Design Building, Boston, MA, Solo Installation
2015, Fun-A-Day Boston 2015, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2015, Bless this Mesh, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition
2014, Trifecta: Year One, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition
2014, Wild West at BDGA, Bodega, Boston, MA, Solo Installation
2014, Fun-A-Day Boston 2014, Voltage Art and Coffee, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition
2014, Animals, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2013, You Are Here: Maps and Art, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, Group Exhibition
2013, Fun-A-Day Boston 2013, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition
2011, Sketchy One Liners, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Solo Exhibition
2010, Maps..., Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition
Borden, D. B. 2017. Envisioning New England Landscape Futures. The Site Magazine, Vol: 37: 123-131.
Borden, D. B. 2014. Graphic Adaptation. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 2(5): 150-158.
Select Talks and Workshops
2018, Hemlock Hospice: Ecology, Art, and Design, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2018, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, New Directions in the American Landscape Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
2017, Sci-Arts Communication Workshop, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
2016, Ecological Reflections: Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Conference, Denver, CO
2016, Contemporary Sci-Arts, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2016, Sci-Comm Data-Viz, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2016, Re-Imagining Trails, with Clarisse Hart and Maya Apfelbaum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2015, Hybrid Vigor: Art X Design X Ecology, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
2015, Designer Gone Rogue, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2015, Hybrid Vigor: Art, Design and Landscape, American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter, Savannah, GA
2015, Art X Ecology, Teton Artlab, Jackson, WY
2014, Community Engagement by Design, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA
2014, A Landscape a Day, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA
2013, Designer by Design, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA
Select Professional Experience
Landscape Architect, Ground Inc, September 2013 to January 2014
Worked as landscape architect at Ground, Inc, a boutique landscape architecture office known for their artful designs. Project work included small and medium scale institutional and private development projects. Contributions included design, 3D modeling, rendering, creation of construction documents and client presentations.
Landscape Architect, Sasaki Associates, July 2011 to August 2013
Worked as landscape architect within the Urban Studio at Sasaki Associates, a multi-disciplinary design firm in Watertown, MA. Contributed to public, private and institutional projects including a new U.S. Embassy compound in Chad, campus site work at Regis College (Weston Ma), the Smale Riverfront Park (Cincinnati, OH), Watertown Riverfront Park (Watertown, MA) and a 5 mile long multi-modal path system in Pittsburgh, PA.
Chief Kaiju Officer, Studio Kaiju, June 2000 to July 2008
Founding member and principal manager of Studio Kaiju, an independent creative media group. Directed growth strategy and creative development of the Kaiju Big Battel (sic) intellectual property and brand. Produced over 40 live multi-media performance events in major media markets at venues such as Roxy Boston (MA), Roseland Ballroom (NY) and Hollywood Avalon (CA). Co-produced and co-wrote three nationally distributed DVD’s, Teribi Sento, Shocking Truth, and More Better Fighto. Edited and co-wrote Kaiju Big Battel: A practical guide to giant city-crushing monsters, a nationally distributed book published by Hyperion Books. Co-produced and co-wrote Kaiju Big Battel television programs including Kaiju DVD Special on MTV Networks and Kaiju segments of G4 TV’s Action Blast. Produced variety of Kaiju related commercial projects for a range of clients including Hasbro Toys, Coca-Cola Company, Frito Lay, MTV and Vice Records. Directed Kaiju promotions and public relations resulting in national press coverage including CNN, MTV News, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Spin Magazine Managed Kaiju merchandising including distribution to over 500 stores.