Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world

An expert review of the Inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture uncovers some of the misconceptions about landscape architects.

Source: www.architectureanddesign.com.au

Especially interesting is ht focus on plants, ecology an the value of landscapes in empirical terms  in  Penny Hall’s contribution.

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Dredge Design

Large scale engineering of natural processes, both mechanical and biological


1_30000 Dredge Anth + 2008 islands Jamaica Bay / Drudge Design Collaborative

To dredge simply means to scoop up sediment, often underwater, and move it to another location. While this process is often associated with moving contaminated soils to a place where they can be safely capped, today, dredging is also increasingly about harnessing natural processes to create new landforms and ecological systems. New “dredge landscapes,” man-made systems, offer opportunities for ecological restoration, said Brett Milligan, ASLA, Dredge Research Collaborative, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver.

Sediment is dynamic and dramatically differs from place to place. Studying the natural flow of sediment in rivers and deltas, we can begin to understand how the movement of sediment can be “choreographed” to achieve ecological goals. However, given sediment flow happens within complex ecosystems impacted by human activities, like the deepening of channels for large ships, using dredge to create new landscapes is a highly…

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Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models

Thinking with topological tools brings landscape to the fore and highlights how it is the base for all improvements made in terms of the built environment,. Adapting to the new tools and learning to use them and manipulate digital terrain models brings landscape architects into the world of engineering and is a real design tool as illustrated here by Girot


fig1_biennials-ch-postcard2-gotthard-ethz Postcard from “Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View,” 2014 Architecture Biennale, Venice, showing a multi-layered perspective / Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

We need to find a word that brings us back to common ground. In a lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Christope Girot, professor and chair of landscape architecture in the architecture department at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich, Switzerland, suggests that “topology” may be the word, for it speaks to the logic and intelligence of a landscape. Girot acknowledges his unique way of viewing: “I believe in the landscape as a body.” He means this in a very literal sense, emphasizing landscape’s physical qualities.

One of the first slides Girot flashes before the audience shows topology’s etymological roots: Topos (place) and logos (reason). Topology, he claims, is about sensing and conceiving landscape. Rather abstractly, topology, then, can define a way in which…

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