Is Landscape . . . ? surveys multiple and myriad definitions of landscape. Rather than seeking a singular or essential understanding of the term, the collection postulates that landscape might be better read in relation to its cognate terms across expanded disciplinary and professional fields. The publication pursues the potential of multiple provisional working definitions of landscape to both disturb and develop received understandings of landscape architecture. These definitions distinguish between landscape as representational medium, academic discipline, and professional identity. Beginning with an inquiry into the origins of the term itself, Is Landscape . . . .? features essays by a dozen leading voices shaping the contemporary reading of landscape as architecture and beyond.
Foreword Mostafavi, Mohsen Introduction Doherty and Waldheim Is Landscape Literature? Doherty, Gareth Is Landscape Painting? Di Palma, Vittoria Is Landscape Photography? Kelsey, Robin Is Landscape Ecology? Lister, Nina-Marie Is Landscape Gardening? Weilacher, Udo Is Landscape Planning? Steiner, Frederick Is Landscape Urbanism? Waldheim, Charles Is Landscape Infrastructure? Bélanger, Pierre Is Landscape Technology? Kirkwood, Niall Is Landscape History? Hunt, John Dixon Is Landscape Theory? DeLue, Rachael Z. Is Landscape Philosophy? Moore, Kathryn Is Landscape Life? Ward Thompson, Catharine Is Landscape a Discipline? Berrizbeitia, Anita Is Landscape a Profession? Spirn, Anne Whiston Is Landscape Architecture? Eckbo Is Landscape Architecture? Leatherbarrow, David
"A series of rhetorical questions asked by well- known authors describe the relationship between landscape architecture and its closely related disciplines and other cultural fields." – Peter Zöch, Topos
"As richly illustrated and annotated volume, Is Landscape…? is of significant value to students and researchers who wish to dig deeper, and for those leading topical seminars on any of the covered subjects." – Sarah Cowles, Landscape Architecture Magazine
"Is Landscape…? Presents both a documentation and projection of Gareth Doherty and Charles Waldheim’s proseminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that explores questions of landscape identity." - Karl Kullman, JAE Online