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Routledge Research Companion to Landscape Architecture

1st Edition

Edited by Ellen Braae, Henriette Steiner


322 pages | 12 Color Illus. | 79 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Research Companion to Landscape Architecture considers landscape architecture’s increasingly important cultural, aesthetic, and ecological role. The volume reflects topical concerns in theoretical, historical, philosophical, and practice-related research in landscape architecture – research that reflects our relationship with what has traditionally been called ‘nature’. It does so at a time when questions about the use of global resources and understanding the links between human and non-human worlds are more crucial than ever. 

The twenty-five chapters of this edited collection bring together significant positions in current landscape architecture research under five broad themes – History, Sites and Heritage, City and Nature, Ethics and Sustainability, Knowledge and Practice – supplemented with a discussion of landscape architecture education. Prominent as well as up-and-coming contributors from landscape architecture and adjacent fields including Tom Avermaete, Peter Carl, Gareth Doherty, Ottmar Ette, Matthew Gandy, Christophe Girot, Anne Whiston Spirn, Ian H. Thompson and Jane Wolff seek to widen, fuel, and frame critical discussion in this growing area.

A significant contribution to landscape architecture research, this book will be beneficial not only to students and academics in landscape architecture, but also to scholars in related fields such as history, architecture, and social studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editors

PART I: Landscape in the Rear-view Mirror: Historicizing the Field

    1. Culture, Nature: A Punkt in Space
    2. Peter Carl

    3. Renaissance Gardens: Topicality and the Scene of Nature
    4. Clare Lapraik Guest

    5. The Birth of Landscape from the Spirit of Theory: Alexander von Humboldt’s Artistic and Scientific American Travel Journals
    6. Ottmar Ette

    7. Flight from Modernity: Historicizing the Aerial Promise in Landscape Architecture
    8. Jeanne Haffner

    9. Beyond Innocence: The Norms and Forms of Colonial Urban Landscapes Tom Avermaete
    10. PART II: The Art of Archiving Landscapes: Tools for Capturing Moving Relationships

    11. Scenes from an Anthropocenic Archive
    12. Christina Capetillo

    13. Transareal Excursions into Landscape of Fragility and Endurance: A Contemporary Interpretation of Alexander von Humboldt’s Mobile Science
    14. Gini Lee and Lisa Diedrich

    15. Smart Nature? Views from the Cyborg Tree
    16. Natalie Marie Gulsrud

    17. "Cloudism": Towards a New Culture of Making Landscapes
    18. Christophe Girot

    19. The Marnas Digital Archive: Exploring Practice, Theory, and Place in Space and Time
    20. Anne Whiston Spirn

      PART III: Urban Stories from a Green Planet: Green Stories from and Urban Planet

    21. The Vertical and the Horizontal: Combining Ethnographic an Geographic Methods in Understanding Landscape
    22. Gareth Doherty

    23. Toward a Somatology of Landscape: Anthropological Multinaturalism and the ‘Natural’ World
    24. Tao DuFour

    25. Designing Landscapes of Entanglement
    26. Martin Prominski

    27. Enlarging the Urban Orchestra: Re-thinking Current Approaches to Landscape Architecture
    28. Matthew Gandy—interview by Henriette Steiner

    29. City, Nature, Infrastructure: A Brief Lexicon
    30. Jane Wolff

      PART IV: Designing with the Past in the Future: Politics, Heritage and Sustainability

    31. Urgent Interventions Needed at the Territorial Scale—Now More Than Ever
    32. Kelly Shannon

    33. Landscape Architecture and Social Sustainability in an Age of Uncertainty: The Need for an Ethical Debate
    34. Shelley Egoz

    35. Coupling Environmental and Sociocultural Sustainability for Better Design: A Case Study of Emirati Neighbourhoods and Landscape
    36. Sneha Mandhan and Alan Berger

    37. Planning with Heritage: A Critical Debate Across Landscape Architecture Practice and Heritage Theory
    38. Svava Riesto and Anne Tietjen

    39. The Case to Save Socialist Space: Soviet Residential Landscapes Under Threat of Extinction
    40. Christina E. Crawford

      PART V: Philosophy of Landscape Architecture: Knowledge, Practice and Education

    41. Imaginaries in Landscape Architecture
    42. Ian H. Thompson

    43. Whose City Is It?: Public Space as Agent of Change in Marginalized Settlements in Buenos Aires
    44. Flavio Janches

    45. Khôrographos: Space-Scripting
    46. Michael Tawa

    47. Towards New Research Methodologies in Design: Shifting Inquiry Away from the Unequivocal Towards the Ambiguous
    48. Kathryn Moore

    49. Conversation on Education

Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner with Samantha Martin-McAuliffe, Anne Bordeleau, Torben Dam, Lilli Lička, Alan Tate, Tom Nielsen, Inge Bobbink, David Grahame Shane, Catharina Dyrssen, Maggie Roe, Tao DuFour, Gini Lee, Anders Busse Nielsen, and Catherine Dee


About the Editors

Ellen Braae has been Professor of Landscape Architecture Theory and Method at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, since 2009 where she heads the research group ‘Landscape Architecture and Urbanism’. She has been Visiting Professor at AHO, Norway (2010) and TU Delft, the Netherlands (2018). Her research bridges design and humanities with focus on transformation of post-industrial and welfare landscapes. This crossover is partly reflected in her recent book Beauty Redeemed. Recycling Post-Industrial Landscapes (2015), partly in her positions as Chairman of the Danish Art Council | Architecture (2018-2021) and member of the National Independent Research Council for Culture and Communication (2011-2015).

Henriette Steiner is Associate Professor at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research investigates the cultural role and meaning of architecture, cities and landscapes. She is author of the book The Emergence of a Modern City: Golden Age Copenhagen 1800-1850 (2014) and has co-edited six academic volumes, including Architecture and Control (2018). She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2008 and afterwards held a position as Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in Switzerland for five years.

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