I’m happy to report that my essay entitled ‘Land- ‘scape’ / Land- ‘space’: Pedantic, Semantic or just Anagrammatic’ in the magazine ‘Atlantis’ Issue 22.4 published by Polis, Platform for Urbanism in the Netherlands. The title is somewhat of a play on words surrounding the concepts of landscape and urbanism, in keeping with the theme of the issue on the ‘urban landscape’ echoing a number of other voices taking a range of different approaches to the theme. As mentioned by the editors, the issue looks at the “area of tension by asking a variety of practitioners, scholars and students what according to them ‘landscape’ means in relation to the contemporary city.” (p.2)
The charged terms of landscape and urbanism is at the root of much of what we do as landscape architects, and the continuation of the dialogue is neither self-indulgent academic posturing or co-opting of terms for hollow, market driven means. The editors mission for the series, and this issues, is ‘to contribute to the challenge of the urbanist to synthesize worldviews, ideas and theories by exposing different and sometimes opposing perspectives on urbanism.” (p.2)
I hope, at least in a somewhat tongue in cheek, yet totally serious way, to have aided in the debate. The entire issue with worth checking out, so Read the entire issue here, or click here to download a PDF of the individual article (3.2 MB file)
Big thanks to Edwin Hans for his assistance on getting the essay published!