1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Urban Landscape Research

Edited By Kate Bishop, Linda Corkery Copyright 2023
    470 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Landscape architecture is one of the key professions dedicated to making cities hospitable and healthy places to live, work and play, while respecting and enhancing the natural environments and landscapes we inhabit. This edited collection presents current writing about the pivotal roles that landscape architects play in addressing some of the most pressing problems facing the planet, its environments and its populations through their research, analysis and speculative practice.

    The book has assembled current writings on recent research structured around five major themes: governance, power and partnership; infrastructure, systems and performance; environment, resilience and climate change; people, place and design; and culture, heritage and identity. As a collection, the chapters demonstrate the diversity of themes and topics that are expanding the scholarly body of knowledge for the discipline and its relevance to the practice of landscape architecture.

    The contributors to this book are academic researchers and practitioners from the discipline of landscape architecture. The chapters draw on their research, teaching and experience as well as analysis of project examples. Fifty-two contributors from the United Stsates, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Malaysia, Spain, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada discuss a diverse range of contemporary themes in urban landscape architecture. Collectively, the contributors demonstrate the breadth of experience, shared concerns and distinct issues that challenge urban landscape architecture and cities in the 21st century.

    Landscape Architecture: Playing a Vital Role in a Time of Climate Crisis, Global Urbanization and Social Upheaval

    Linda Corkery and Kate Bishop

    Section 1: Governance, Power and Partnerships

    1. Integrated and Long-Term Approaches to Urban Landscape Development: the Option of Combined Governance and Management

    Thomas Randrup and Märit Jansson

    2. Transforming the Abandoned Urban Landscape

    Jill Desimini

    3. Reimagining Landscape: Landscape-led Governance to Support Future Transformation and Change

    Marina Cervera Alonso de Medina, Kathryn Moore and Peter Larkham

    4. Bicycle Infrastructure Design and Street politics: From Bourke Street’s Flagship Project to COVID-19 Pop-Ups

    Mike Harris

    5. Achieving Tree-lined Streetscapes in Western Sydney: Intentions Versus Reality

    Christina Silk

    Section 2: Infrastructure, Systems and Performance

    6. Air Quality, Heat and Health: The Role of Green Infrastructure

    Louise McKenzie, Paul Osmond and Andrea Mechelli

    7. The Parametric Paradigm: The Implementation of the Digital Design Technology

    Nadia Amoroso, Christine Pedersen and Afshin Ashari

    8. Technology and its Role in the Public Realm

    Nancy Marshall

    9. Above and Beyond: Aerial Technologies, Atmosphere and Landscape

    Paul Cureton, Rupert Griffiths and Nick Dunn

    10. Reclaiming Australian Peri-Urban Territories for Landscape Architecture: A Rationale for Change?

    Sara Padgett-Kjaersgaard

    11. Aesthetics and Performance of Stormwater Infrastructure

    Yuanqiu Feng and Joan Iverson Nassauer

    12. Landscape Lifecycles: Renewed Principles for Waste in Urban Landscape Design

    Catherine De Almeida

    Section 3: Environment, Resilience and Climate Change

    13. Applied Urban Resilience Framework: Operationalizing Resilience in Urbanized Landscapes through Spatial Design

    João Cortesão and Claudiu Forgaci

    14. Three Forms of Resilience Learned from the Safe-to-Flood Landscape of the Upper Mekong Delta

    Elisa Palazzo, Bruno Pelucca, Sylvie Tram Nguyen and Shirleyana Shirleyana

    15. Rethinking Green Infrastructure Planning: Making Green Space Work in Times of Financial, Social and Ecological Uncertainty

    Ian Mell

    16. Research Questions for Dynamic Landscapes in a Rapidly Changing Tropical City

    Yun Hye Hwang and Shawn Lum

    17. Urban Energy Infrastructure Transitions: The Participation of Local Citizens in the Development of Smart Local Energy Systems and Sustainable Heating

    Fionnguala Sherry-Brennan, Chad Walker and Patrick Devine-Wright

    18. Changing Landscapes, Changing Mindsets: Building Capacity Toward Action in the Climate-adaptive Design Studio

    Joshua Cerra and Libby Zemaitis

    19. A Multidimensional Sustainability Framework for Landscape Architecture: Are Diverse Outcomes Being Realized in Design Practice?

    Joshua Zeunert

    Section 4: People, Place and Design

    20. The Alnarp Method: An Interdisciplinary Based Design of Holistic Healing Gardens Derived from Research and Development in Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden

    Patrik Grahn, Anna Bengtsson and Jonathan Stoltz

    21. Townscape Analysis: A Comprehensive Methodology for Landscape and Urban Design

    Beverly Sandalack

    22. Urban Agriculture: Nourishing Cities

    Linda Corkery

    23. Did Children’s Relationship with Urban Public Space Change in the Years of COVID-19?

    Kate Bishop

    24. The Role of Ojudes in the Socio-cultural Well-being of Children in Ilorin City, Nigeria

    Aishat Tayo Abubakar, Mohd Hisyam bin Rasidi and Ismail Said

    Section 5: Culture, Heritage and Identity

    25.Dealing with Difficult Memories: Treatments for the Wounds of Urban Landscapes

    Jacky Bowring

    26. Revisiting Post-War Green Open Spaces as ‘Welfare Landscapes’

    Ellen Braae

    27. Conflict and Peace: The Physical and Social effects on the Landscape of Colombia’s Informal Settlements

    Jaime Hernández-García and Beau Beza 

    28. A Line Through a City: Using Transects to Uncover Patterns, Experiences and Histories of Everyday Landscapes

    Cory Parker and Patsy Eubanks Owens

    Landscape Architecture Remaining Inspired, Engaged and Grounded in the Face of Global Challenges

    Kate Bishop and Linda Corkery


    Kate Bishop is Associate Professor and Discipline Director of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Kate’s background in environment-behavior research underpins her teaching and research and her particular area of interest: children, youth and environments. She specializes in the research and design of environments for children with special needs, child and youth-friendly urban planning and design, and participatory methodologies with children and young people. Kate worked in private industry and government before becoming an academic.

    Linda Corkery is Professor Emerita, Landscape Architecture, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her academic and professional career, Linda has focused on the planning and design of public landscapes and their social dimensions, provision of greenspace in high-density cities, and planning and design for inclusive public spaces. Her research and publications consider public open space and parklands as essential green infrastructure features supporting urban ecologies, as well as human health and well-being. Linda is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and a founding director of the Landscape Foundation of Australia.