Topos 67 deals with good design, and the broad affiliated subject of materials and details. These days “right materials” increasingly involve eco-friendly, non-polluting production and short, energy-minimised transport. Topos presents different designs and projects involving such materials from all over the world – whether in Tenerife, Milwaukee, Melbourne, New York, Chile or Denmark.
The issue also presents the work and philosophy of Mcgregor + Coxall, an award-winning Sydney-based landscape architecture office that is a proponent of the new wave of environmentally focused landscape architecture framed within a modernist design approach.
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Los Angeles Times reports
“The timing could hardly be better for “The Infrastructural City” a new collection of essays on Los Angeles edited by Kazys Varnelis, director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University.”
[SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - What's the future of 'The Infrastructural City' of L.A.]
Topos has just published Topos 63 – Transformation – and includes an article by reknowned landscape architect Ken Smith and his Orange County Great Park
A new park on the site of a former air base in Southern California aims to strike a balance between the needs of humans and the natural world. Through an innovative “Preview Park”, visitors can engage with the development of the park whose implementation will be phased over a timeframe of decades.
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SOURCE – Topos - The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design – Current issue.
The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press.
The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom. Concrete Dragon also traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape. Historian Jonathan Spence has called The Concrete Dragon “a fascinating and timely book that sets the scene for any further discussion of China’s explosive urban growth across the last twenty years.” British urbanist Sir Peter Hall writes, “Anyone interested in contemporary cities, anyone interested in contemporary China, has to read it.”
Thomas J. Campanella is associate professor of urban planning and design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at MIT and Nanjing University in China, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous books include Cities from the Sky (2001) and Republic of Shade (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
SOURCE: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Barren landscapes of concrete and broken glass first inspired landscape architecture professor Carl Smith’s interest in sustainable residential design. “Pit houses” – cheap housing marooned in a sea of cement, built in the late 19th century for coalmine workers – helped him to appreciate the hedges, trees and plots of land that graced his own suburban neighborhood in Sheffield, England.
“Even as a small boy I could see that the design of housing has a pretty direct impact on people’s lives,” Carl Smith said. “We’ve got to provide a healthy environment where people can live and bring up their kids.”
Smith has made a major contribution towards that goal with the recent publication of his book, Residential Landscape Sustainability: A Checklist Tool (Blackwell Publishing, 2008). Coauthored with Andy Clayden and Nigel Dunnett, the book draws on extensive research to summarize a complex topic, and promises to be the go-to guide for landscape architects, architects and planners who want to design sustainable housing. The book’s clear prose, numerous charts and photographs make it an accessible text for students as well.
Source: University of Arkansas – Daily Headlines.
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