SCENARIO 01: Landscape Urbanism
  • Fall 2011
  • Edited by Sarah Kathleen Peck and Eliza Shaw Valk

Introduction: Indeterminacy & Multiplicity

by Sarah Kathleen Peck and Eliza Shaw Valk

What do we envision when we talk about landscape urbanism? Who are the designers, the makers, the thinkers engaged in the project of the city? What does landscape urbanism bring to the conversation?

Landscape Urbanism: Definitions & Trajectory

by Christopher Gray

Long described as an “emerging” practice, landscape urbanism—with all of its ambiguity and complexity—has in fact already emerged and represents a significant 21st century design and planning ethos.

The Re-Representation of Urbanism

by Gerdo Aquino

Understanding urbanism goes beyond theory and words: the collective visualization of our world—through imagery, visual representation, and built projects—is even more important in influencing how we understand and think about urbanism and landscape.

Grounding Landscape Urbanism

by Shanti Fjord Levy

In practice, landscape and urbanism have been held apart by professional boundaries. An examination of the work by early urban theorists Geddes, Mumford, and MacKaye reveals the historical and theoretical underpinnings for bringing the two disciplines together.

Infrastructure Adrift: West 8’s Shells

by Laura Tepper

The Dutch government commissioned West 8 to create a project along the Roggenplaat, one of several artificial islands used to construct a storm surge barrier. The firm shaped the island’s sand deposits into plateaus bold enough to impress passing drivers. So, where is it?

Visualizing Information

by Lauren Manning

Data visualization tells us stories about how, what, and why things are happening. Information that is clearly presented shapes how we behave and directs future decisions. At the same time, information can be overwhelming and confusing.

The Lines of Thought

by Eliza Shaw Valk

The acts of drawing and design record the traces of thought-process. Each project provides an opportunity to push perimeters. We try, experiment, and investigate—that’s our task: to take what we know and extend the lines of thought into new arenas.