Constructed Ground

Constructed Ground from Cory Silva on Vimeo.

This is based on an essay on landscape urbanism by Linda Pollak. The ideas and theories explained in the video are from Pollak and Lefebvre.
Film by Oscar Gomez, Jared Schmidt, Derek Sergison, Cory Silva.

WSJ joins the LU vs NU debate with The Rise of the “Landscape Urbanists”

Christopher Shea recently posted The Rise of the “Landscape Urbanists” on his Wall Street Journal blog

And that’s the rub—the bit about cars and “spacious suburbs.” Architects who believe that a fresh commitment to urban living offers the best path to a sustainable future are deeply disconcerted by this quasi-green rhetoric, and by the way it’s catching on at trendy architecture schools. They call it a “a misguided surrender to suburban sprawl.”

Read more at WSJ

LU vs NU – more fuel to the fire

The Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism debate has been burning along for the last few months with LAND Reader – LU vs NU synopsis back in November. Leon Neyfakh of the Boston Globe has recently published Green Building that adds more fuel to the LU vs NU fire.

Its an interesting article worth the read but one line(amongst many) that stayed with me was “We criticized it and called out all the contradictions, and we laughed and we made fun of him,” Duany recalled about showing a lecture delivered by Charles Waldheim. Is Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism about theory and how to make great places for people or more about ego?

Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism

The voices are getting more heated and louder in the public debate of Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism with recent pieces inMetropolis by Andres Duany – ‘Duany vs Harvard GSD’‘ and a response from Alex Krieger – ‘Krieger to Duany’. The debate occurs in the 50th year of Urban Design and 30th year of New Urbanism seems to gives landscape architects a new sense of place and that the profession at last have a debate that will raise the profession to new level.

Landscape Urbanism and New Urbanism articles and opinion pieces over the last few months have provided great reading material for us to think about cities and communities. Whether your on the Landscape Urbanism or New Urbanism side we all know this debate will rage on but with Urbanisation occurring a phenomenal rate in Asia and Africa the biggest question is will these theories be placed into real practice (beyond the token projects)  so they can be truly evaluated or will the debate continue on until the protagonists are long gone.

I thought that it was time to write about this debate after reading one of the best articles on the debate this year by Charles A. Birnbaum: City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal? written for the Huffington Post. Also Jason King on his blog – landscape+urbanism has given a great synopsis and response in ‘GSD as Epicenter’ from  the landscape urbanism perspective. Jason’s landscape+urbanism blog is the best source of information, insight and debate about  landscape urbanism.

Below is a list of recent articles that will provide some great Sunday reading to get you all fired up for Monday at the office. Remember to follow us  @landreader to get the latest landscape headlines like the ones below.

City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal? Charles A. Birnbaum – Huffington Post 14 November 2010

Krieger to Duany – Alex Krieger – Metropolis Magazine 8 November 2010

Duany vs Harvard GSD – Andres Duany – Metropolis Magazine 3 November 2010

The definition of landscape urbanism – Tom Turner – Gardenvisit Blog 5 November 2010

All Carrot, No Stick (Senate Bill S.1619) – Karrie Jacobs – Metropolis Magazine 20 October 2010

Landscape Urbanism: Sprawl in a Pretty Green Dress? – Michael Mehaffy 11 October 2010

Systems, Not Icons: The unstoppable rise of landscape urbanism – John Gendall – Architect 6 October 2010

New Urbanism for the Apocalypse – Greg Lindsay – Fast Company May 24 2010

The Man Who Reinvented the City (interview w/ Duany) – Kevin Redmon – The Atlantic May 18 2010

And for something a little visual America’s suburban sprawl elevated to aerial art – Matthew Knight CNN (includes Christoph Gielen’s aerial photos) November 8 2010

These are only some from the past year there are many more from pre-2010 and not on the web including Topos #71 – Landscape Urbanism and also books including Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD). If I have missed any important articles on the web send me an email damian@landreader.com

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TOPOS #71 Landscape Urbanism released

Topos has just published #71 Landscape Urbanism and includes articles from all leading edge experts in the design area such as Charles Waldheim, James Corner, Mohsen Mostafavi, Adriaan Geuze, Yu Kongjian and many others.

Topos is always a high quality landscape architecture journal that is published by Callwey.

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