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1st Edition

Parametric Design for Landscape Architects
Computational Techniques and Workflows

ISBN 9780367195304
Published September 6, 2021 by Routledge
218 Pages 153 Color & 80 B/W Illustrations

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Parametric Design for Landscape Architects provides a sequence of tutorial-based workflows for the creation and utilization of algorithmic tools calibrated toward the field of landscape architecture. Contemporary practice and projective theory in landscape architecture require the processing and design of data associated with complex systems to adequately represent composite, emergent scenarios.

Aligning to both traditional and nascent processes of analysis and digital modeling, this book unpacks and decodes the characterization of algorithmic-based automation, leveraging software that is widely accessible in both academia and professional practice. Curated throughout are workflows that apply to a multiplex of computation programs that widely support the design, analysis, and production of landscapes, primarily concentrated on digital modeling tools Grasshopper and Rhinoceros. It is a much-needed, visually accessible resource to aid in more efficient understanding and creation of tools that automate and re-examine traditional calculations, analyses, drawing standards, form-finding strategies, fabrication preparations, and speculative assessments/simulation.

This primer provides professionals and students with multifaceted skill-sets that, when applied in practice, expand and expedite conventional and speculative design workflows applicable to spatial design, and more specifically landscape architecture. The book includes over 200 full-colour drawings, images, and tables to illustrate and support examples throughout.

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Andrew Madl is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He positions landscape as a device for retooling the spatial conditions that accompany infrastructural, political, ecological, economical, and social systems at the territorial scale. His approach is grounded in exposing and leveraging implicit systemic intersections that can define spatial discourse. Andrew’s research focuses on computation and simulation as aligned to the speculative design and representation of landscapes of indeterminate futures. He holds an MLA post-professional degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BLA from the Pennsylvania State University.


"Madl grounds computational practices in the landscape – sites with urgent ecological and social implications, but which have been overlooked in the parametric focus on architectural space. This book challenges that hegemony with sequences and workflows that will provoke exploratory theoretical and technical design processes in landscape-based projects."

Ron Henderson, Professor and Director, Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program, Illinois Institute of Technology

"Landscape architecture has been slow to embrace parametric tools. We have lacked instructional materials tied to landscape-specific design processes, and parametricism has been understood as a style, rather than a method. Building from using parametric software to facilitate traditional landscape design tasks into more ambitious tutorials that use those same tools to understand landscape as dynamic and ever-changing, Andrew Madl addresses both these issues at once."

Rob Holmes, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, Auburn University