KERB 20 | Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape Architecture

KERB 20 | Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape ArchitectureKerb 20 is the latest issue of the Journal of Landscape Architecture that originated at RMIT in 1989 and was launched last Friday in Melbourne, Australia. Kerb 20 Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape Architecture examines ways in which speculative narrative discourse can be applied to landscape architecture. Through exploring Fabricated foundations, Fossilisation of information, and Contemporary unfoldings, we can navigate new horizons for the narratives of landscape architecture that propel beyond responsive tracings, and position new navigations; forms of resistance to the existing knowledge. It is through this view in landscape architecture that exploration is facilitated of both new possibilities and of their implications.

The journal is unique in being compiled and edited each year by a small group of students, who select a range of articles pertinent to the dedicated theme of each edition. Kerb seeks to set the agenda for designers and landscape architects, establishing a platform for new ideas and contemporary design theory. Kerb Journal is now featured on university reading lists around the world.
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First Look: ‘Dirt’ edited by Megan Born, Helene Furján, Lily Jencks with Phillip M. Crosby

Dirt

I just got my hands on ‘Dirt’, a new book from PennDesign that is collection on interesting and thought-provocating essays, conversations and images. The books introduction begins with ‘Dirt comes from a position at the intersection of landscape and architecture and presents a selection of work that shares dirty attitudes….’. The book is layered in five chapters Story Lines (Narratives of all kinds), Fertile Minds (brillant projects that do not follow straight lines), Process Work (Elegant and useful things born from the complex), Active Agents (systems & organisation frameworks), Rich Ground (various projects rising from the dirt). The essay material is from various landscape architects, theorists and writers from around the world.

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BOOK REVIEW | SUNBURNT | Editors SueAnne Ware & Julian Raxworthy

Australia is a large country with many diverse landscapes ranging from dry forests through deserts to tropical rainforests. The landscape architecture profession in Australia is just as diverse as the landscape.

Julian Raxworthy and SueAnne Ware have recently edited ‘Sunburnt’, a discourse about the different ways of approaching contemporary landscape design in Australia. Thankfully, they have side-stepped the temptation to produce a coffee table book and have created a book that reflects on each project, thus giving the reader a true understanding of the landscape design, its influences and surroundings.

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Ecological Urbanism Book Launch Reception at Harvard GSD

Ecological Urbanism book launch will be on the night of May 3  at Back Yard 6:30pm – 8:30pm

While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of the book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological Urbanism approaches the city without any one set of instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in scale and disciplinary approach. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policy makers, environmental scientists, and public health specialists, with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future.

With contributions by Homi Bhabha, Stefano Boeri, Chuck Hoberman, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter, Bruno Latour, Nina-Marie Lister, Mohsen Mostafavi, Matthias Schuler, Sissel Tolaas, Charles Waldheim, among others

For more information visit: Ecological Urbanism on Lars Muller Publishers site

Landscape Architecture Magazine gets new Editor-in-Chief

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the selection of veteran journalist Bradford McKee as the new Editor-in-Chief for Landscape Architecture magazine, the landscape architecture profession’s national magazine of record celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

“He will be a tremendous asset to the magazine and ASLA.”

“Brad McKee brings an intense passion for design, enthusiasm and understanding for the design process, as well as a keen editorial eye through nearly two decades of design journalism experience,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “He will be a tremendous asset to the magazine and ASLA.”

For the past 10 years, Brad has worked as a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in such publications as I.D., Architect, Slate, Metropolitan Home, Interiors, AARP Bulletin, The Architect’s Newspaper, Harper’s Bazaar, Cookie, Men’s Journal, Regardie’s, Washington Monthly, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He also launched and maintained a daily, web-based bulletin, Architect Newswire, on behalf of Architect magazine.

[SOURCE: BusinessWire]

Editors Note: Will it be more of the same? or will the new Editor in Chief change the publication? It will be interesting to see the direction that Landscape Architecture Magazine takes as traditional publishing  is a having a hard time during the Global Financial Crisis as advertising sales are down and loosing some readership to websites and social networking sites.

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