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 Yorkevent 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.
“…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.”
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.
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.
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.