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”.
Urban Regeneration proposes a land management strategy for vacant urban land that accumulates parcels and turns them to forest, aiming to redefine the meaning and function of vacancy in a city.
Columbus Circle returns a historic monument to public access and appreciation in New York City: a design conceived to secure a safe and attractive addition to the public realm of New York City at one of the principal entrances to Central Park.
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?