Interview with Benjamin H Bratton by The Guardian

The Guardian has published an Interview with Benjamin H Bratton, director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics, Calit2 and University of California, San Diego as part of their Activate New York event to be held in late April. Bratton gives interesting insights into design, technology and urbanism including

……..Only if we assume that architects and designers are responsible for the architecture and design of cities. They are and they aren’t. Cities as almost living things unto themselves, which we can certainly effect in particular ways, but which evolve according patterns in migratory networks, logistical networks, financial networks, informational networks, and so on.

Read the full interview at The Guardian: Interview with Benjamin H Bratton

Alsop: Landscape architects see themselves as social engineers

Recently in an Will Alsop commented in interview with the Wall Street Journal

“…Current notions about public space have been institutionalized, often by landscape architects, who in my experience often don’t know the names of trees, but see themselves as social engineers. Horrible concept.”

Seems that he hasn’t change his views since the Alsop vs Schwartz debate in 2008.

Read the full interview by Andrew McKie at Wall Street Journal – Building a Brighter Future

Guy Horton interviews author Witold Rybczynski about ‘Makeshift Metropolis’

Guy Horton, architecture critic at the Huffington Post recently interviewed Witold Rybczynski author of Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities (amazon affiliate link) and Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. Guy and Witold discuss his interest in architectural writing including his 15 books and his architecture critic column at Slate.

During the interview they discuss new cities in Middle East and China along with architectural profession, however the main focus is his new book  Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities which is about American cities.

When Witold is asked about his book  - Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance he gives the following statement that would make any landscape architect smile.

I think that landscape architects, by training and temperament (they are realistic about nature, they take the long view, they understand ecology and human behaviour, etc), can make very good planners, better than city planners, and much better than architects.

An interesting interview and gives some great insight about cities.

Read the full interview at Huffington Post: Witold Rybczynski’s Compelling Makeshift World by Guy Horton

Article found via a tweet from @talklandscape on twitter

Interview: Topotek 1 by VernissageTV

VernissageTV met with the Topotek 1 principals Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Martin Rein-Cano in this excerpt from a longer interview gives a great synopsis of Topotek 1′s approach and the tradition of landscape architecture as an art tradition.

Topotek 1 are not the typical landscape architects. Topotek 1′s mission is to expand the possibilities of landscape architecture. On the occasion of the inauguration of their latest projects and their work on the competition for the redesign of the Flughafen Tempelhof site. In this interview at the offices of Topotek 1 in Berlin, Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler talk about the beginnings of their career, how they met, their specific approach to lanscape architecture, their inspiration, how they select and develop projects, the stages of the design process in general, and their project Theresienhöhe railway cover in Munich, which they developed together with the German artist Rosemarie Trockel.

The complete interview in two parts (25 min.) is available at Vernissage TV. See also VernissageTV’s coverage of the inauguration of the Heerenschuerli Sports Facility they designed in Zürich / Switzerland.

VIDEO CREDIT: Heinrich Schmidt Founder of VernissageTV Topotek 1: Studio Visit. Interview with Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Berlin / Germany, October 8, 2010.

Matthew Urbanski Interview about BBP by PLACES

PLACES has published a recent interview with Matthew Urbanski of MVVA about the design & construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The interview goes into detail about the materials used and some of the design elements. An interesting interview that gives good insight to the design and construction process.

Read more at the SOURCE: PLACES -Building Brooklyn Bridge Park: An Interview with Matthew Urbanski via Planetizen

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