Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory

Landscape as Urbanism A General Theory It has become conventional to think of urbanism and landscape as opposing one another or to think of landscape as merely providing temporary relief from urban life as shaped by buildings and infrastru

  • Title: Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory
  • Author: Charles Waldheim
  • ISBN: 9780691167909
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It has become conventional to think of urbanism and landscape as opposing one another or to think of landscape as merely providing temporary relief from urban life as shaped by buildings and infrastructure But, driven in part by environmental concerns, landscape has recently emerged as a model and medium for the city, with some theorists arguing that landscape architectsIt has become conventional to think of urbanism and landscape as opposing one another or to think of landscape as merely providing temporary relief from urban life as shaped by buildings and infrastructure But, driven in part by environmental concerns, landscape has recently emerged as a model and medium for the city, with some theorists arguing that landscape architects are the urbanists of our age In Landscape as Urbanism, one of the field s pioneers presents a powerful case for rethinking the city through landscape.Charles Waldheim traces the roots of landscape as a form of urbanism from its origins in the Renaissance through the twentieth century Growing out of progressive architectural culture and populist environmentalism, the concept was further informed by the nineteenth century invention of landscape architecture as a new art charged with reconciling the design of the industrial city with its ecological and social conditions In the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, as urban planning shifted from design to social science, and as urban design committed to neotraditional models of town planning, landscape urbanism emerged to fill a void at the heart of the contemporary urban project.Generously illustrated, Landscape as Urbanism examines works from around the world by designers ranging from Ludwig Hilberseimer, Andrea Branzi, and Frank Lloyd Wright to James Corner, Adriaan Geuze, and Michael Van Valkenburgh The result is the definitive account of an emerging field that is likely to influence the design of cities for decades to come.

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    1. The first thing I noticed was the book's overuse of academic terminology that made much of it a chore to read. However, the book worked very well as an introduction to the history, theory and future of landscape urbanism - even if I was a left unconvinced by a fair few of Waldheim's conclusions.

    2. I don't find joy in Waldheim's writing style. I put the book down, vowing to return to glean the insights held within, but I simply did not have the energy to return to the text.

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