Landscape Urbanism & New Urbanism: it shouldn’t be so divisive (via The power of the network)

I thought it worthwhile to repost this is an lucid commentary on Landscape Urbanism and New Urbanism in respect to the post by Duany on CNU’s inclusiveness and previous post by Waldheim, Tim Stonor sets out the problems created by this divisiveness in professional territories and that both are tending to create localized silo’s that further disrupt the fabric of the city at its human scale making it more difficult to integrate the continuos urban movement economy and as he lays out in the post on Spacial Layout – giving over the design to traffic engineers and politicians…..

Summary Despite the efforts of each party to highlight its differences, there is a significant overlap between Landscape Urbanism and New Urbanism, both positive and negative. Positive: a concern about urban harmony. Negative: a tendency to fragment (call it sprawl). Urbanists of both colours would do better to recognise this common ground and realise that fragmented urbanism risks the social, economic and environmental health of cities. Some tho … Read More

via The power of the network

BIG Wins the Stockholmsporten Master Plan

From bustler: BIG continues their winning  spree this time entering and (in my opinion) mastering the controversial territory of ‘Landscape Urbanism’ in a way that is fresh and intersects with both infrastructural and cultural  aspects of the sites environment as well as being a true interdisciplinary project with collaboration from all parties in the final product: I particularly like the way technical daring and technological innovation ( the sphere) combine with dramatic sculptural land-art and are shown off by digital representation, physical models and diagrams explain the intentions – no doubt contributing to their being selected as the winner:

Competition-winning design for the Stockholmsporten master plan by BIG in collaboration with Grontmij and Spacescape

Competition-winning design for the Stockholmsporten master plan by BIG in collaboration with Grontmij and Spacescape

“The Energy Valley is a cross-over between urbanism, landscape, architecture, art and infrastructure into a new neighborhood of Stockholm. Harnessing the momentum of the massive investment in tunnels and highways and putting the excess excavation to use as a man-made valley, we create an interdisciplinary hybrid of logistic, economic, environmental and social infrastructure.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.The planned Hjulsta Intersection 15 km north of Stockholm where two European highways, the E18 and E4 Bypasses, converge into a three level intersection, amounts to the largest infrastructure project in Sweden, required due to the growth and development of the capital.


Constructed Ground : Landscape Urbanism – Pollack & Lefebvre via LAND Reader

In the The Landscape Urbanism Reader (2007), editor and protagonist Charles Waldheim gathers together a set of essays that  formed the basis of a seminal movement in Landscape Architecture and has been the subject of much debate and contention with, amongst others, New Urbanism’ s Andres Duany (See The battle of the “- ism’s” & the “-ology’s”), The essay by Linda Pollack “Constructed Ground:of Scale” is one of the most practical  and using a diagram from Henri Lefebvre’s “The Production of Space’ (1991) published in French in the 1970’s,  sets out a way of considering the the city in its complexity as  “space of differences”

Linda Pollack, quoting Lefebvre’s  idea that it is an illusion to believe that we can see reality as it really is and further  his use of a diagram which introduces a Transitional Space (T)  between that of Private (P) and Global(G) which each is  in turn nested within each other. Thus when viewing the city it makes possible the realization that all scales are linked to each other and that we must take cognizance of this when we design even the smallest part and likewise that we must consider the local when we are planning the whole – they are intimately connected “holons” to use Ken Wilber’s term in his “‘A Brief History of Everything’ (2000)

West8 – Video of Borneo-Sporenburg – example for V&A Cape Town?

This film of Landscape Architects West8′  shows their development in Amsterdam Docks: – could this be a future scenario for new equitable waterfront development in Cape Towns harbor now that the PIC ( Public Investment Corporation) is a major shareholder in the V&A Waterfront? Would it not be marvelous if we had housing like this right in the docks – not  for the rich but for everyday working people?

Film in opdracht van ‘West8 – Urban Design and Landscape Architecture’

Two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, were to be exploited for water-related activities, as well as 2500 low-rise dwelling units, with a density of 100 units per hectare. For a new interpretation of the traditional Dutch canal house, West 8 suggested new types of three-storey, ground-accessed houses deviating from the usual terraced house in being strongly oriented to the private realm by incorporating patios and roof gardens. By repeating this type in a great variety of dwelling modes and with maximum architectural variation, an animated street elevation emerges with a focus on the individual. At a larger scale, a delicately balanced relationship exists between the repetition of the individual dwellings, the roofscape and the great scale of the docks. Three immense sculptural blocks take their place as landmarks in the vast expanse of houses.

This short video reposted from LAND Reader