Extraction sustains our society. We rely on energy to power the technology in our lives, but are disconnected from the landscapes that must be exploited in order to yield that energy. We dig and blast materials to build and repair the physical infrastructure of our cities, but rarely think about the places from which they come.
This new landscape architecture publication explicitly takes on the challenge of interdisciplinary discourse: each issue will be curated through the lenses of multiple disciplines, plus landscape architecture. The inaugural issue, LA+ WILD, explores the resurgent role of the concept of “wildness”.
In the context of decreasing physical density, decentralization and sprawl, landscape has been found by many as a medium affording a unique traction on the problematics of the contemporary city.
The City of San Francisco and a developer have proposed a 700-acre development for Candlestick Point / Hunters Point Shipyard, the last large expansion of the city.
Scenario Journal04: Building the Urban Forest
The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasing property values to mitigating climate change. Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism, but there is little agreement about how our urban forests are to be designed, planned and managed.
Featured ProjectSands Bethworks: Reinventing A Bethlehem Steel Mill
While the US industrial revolution of the 1800s slowly recedes into the depths of national consciousness, the collective memory of rustbelt towns refuse to fade. What’s to become of the massive physical remnants of US industrialization?