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Critical Territories

Critical Territories

1985 руб.
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'Critical Territories' traces these 'material interventions' in a twofold manner: In the field of academia, the Landscape Urbanism Master program at the Architectural Association acts as the laboratory for developing new techniques in the making of a renewed discipline. In praxis, the Landscape Urbanism collective GroundLab is able to test the methodology in real-world projects. Advocating spatial production as a continuum between academia and practice, the book aims at exalting the similarities along its various segments by producing a series of associations between the processes, its representational techniques and the material specificity that is generated, both within the projects and the book itself. These associations act as the lenses by which the projects are read and identified in regards to its specific demands and cultural contexts, yet continuing to belong to a larger body of knowledge that is constantly evolving and being retrofitted through an uninterrupted line connecting academia and praxis. Whilst drawing upon the legacy of landscape design to address the dynamics of contemporary urbanism, it integrates knowledge and techniques from environmental engineering, urban strategy and landscape ecology, and employs the science of complexity and emergence, the tools of digital design and the thought of political ecology. Through these means the discipline projects new material interventions that operate within an urbanism conceived as social, material, ecological and continually modulated by the spatial and temporal forces in which it is networked. Conditions of sprawl, post-industrialisation, rapid urbanisation and 'natural' disasters pose significant challenges to normative design practices, requiring an approach that operates beyond the quick fix or the local solution. In this context Landscape Urbanism has emerged in North America and Europe as a new design discipline responding to the specific demands and potentials of these conditions. Here 'Landscape' is not understood as a scenographic art, beautifying, greening or naturalising the city, but as a model of connective, scalar and temporal operations through which the urban is conceived and engaged with: the urban is diagrammed as a landscape; a complex and processual ecology. With this model the urban can be connected to local, regional and global scales and understood in terms of its future orientation and performative potential, as opposed to the nostalgic and socially divisive strategies of the 'new' urbanist enclave