What do we envision when we talk about landscape urbanism? Who are the designers, the makers, the thinkers engaged in the project of the city? What does landscape urbanism bring to the conversation on cities we live in and those that we image for the future?
The time has come to state, definitively, that landscape urbanism has in fact emerged. Described for so long as an “emerging” practice, landscape urbanism—with all of its ambiguity and complexity—represents a significant 21st century design and planning ethos.
Understanding urbanism goes beyond theory and words: the collective visualization of our world—through imagery, visual representation, and built projects—is even more important in influencing how we understand and think about urbanism and landscape.
In practice, landscape and urbanism have been held apart by professional boundaries. An examination of the work by early urban theorists Geddes, Mumford, and MacKaye reveals the historical and theoretical underpinnings for bringing the two disciplines together.
The Dutch government commissioned West 8 to create a project along the Roggenplaat, one of several artificial islands used to construct a storm surge barrier. The firm shaped the island’s sand deposits into plateaus bold enough to impress passing drivers. So, where is it?
What, exactly, is landscape urbanism? Why is it so hard to understand and define the term? In a walk through the city, I puzzle over what we mean when we talk about our work. Is it really so complicated? Yes.
"Isn’t our major strength as communicators to be able to capture complexity and interpret it to the wider public in a way that is authentic? If we can’t achieve that with landscape urbanism...
Through the exploitation of industrial, social, or ecological resources, cities shrink, production centers fade, and environmental resources are tapped leaving land desperate for repurposing.
Landscape architecture is not a practice that can be adequately described as either this or that. As such, its contributions have either not been recognized or have been misinterpreted and maligned.
The beauty of a website is the ability foster unpredictable conversations and connections, in a flexible medium, free from a physical location. If you are here, reading, visiting the site as one who lives in or around cities, as a citizen of the world: what do you think a website for and about landscape urbanism should be?
As designers, we are charged with determining the use and structure of space. Mumford suggests that too many decisions stifle urban growth and flow. How do you reconcile the conflicting needs of what is fixed and what is flexible in your designs and thinking? And how do you integrate the element of time and inevitable, and even unpredictable, change into your proposals?