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The Landscapists - multi-component item

The Landscapists - multi-component item

Wall, Edward Duncan (2020) The Landscapists - multi-component item. Wiley.

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Abstract

Who defines the landscapes around us? What practices are employed as contemporary landscapes are produced? This issue argues that landscapes are made and remade through interrelations between people and the worlds around them – from geographers investigating the lives of urban wastelands to landscape architects projecting future cities, and from migrants navigating border systems to artists working with local residents. In contrast to tendencies to emphasise the physical forms of landscapes, with their potential to be redesigned and represented in drawings, this issue brings to the forefront the social constructedness of landscapes by focusing on a range of critical practices and daily actions. As conventional frames of landscape are challenged, other ways of measuring, mapping, imagining, designing, building and occupying them are revealed. For centuries, artists and designers have represented landscapes of power in paintings and have transformed them through their design proposals. But in recent years a number of researchers, designers, artists and activists have explored an expanded field of landscape, investigating populations fleeing conflict zones, reimagining cities facing ecological challenges, questioning territorial claims, and critiquing processes of urbanisation. This issue focuses on some of these individuals whose work and lives encompass a diverse range of practices, brought together through their critical redefinition of landscape relations.

Title of output: The Landscapists – multi-component item
Summary of related components (in date order) detailed below:
[1] Edited journal [Q1] https://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26311/
[2] Introduction to edited journal https://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26309/
[3] Article in edited journal https://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26310/
[4] Related short article for professional journal
[5] Exhibition of works at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London
[6] Related events and dissemination:
a. Launch event at Tate Modern, London [sold-out event with 250 confirmed attendees / event postponed to November 2020, due to COVID-19]
b. Launch event at Architecture Centre, New York City [event postponed to November 2020, due to COVID-19]
c. Launch event at RISD [Rhode Island School of Design], Providence [event postponed to November 2020, due to COVID-19]
d. Online open international lecture series [32 daily events], with 32 design practitioners, across 13 countries and 4 continents; over 1000 attendees

Originality
This special issue sets out that landscapes are made and remade through interrelations between people and the worlds around them – from geographers investigating the lives of urban wastelands to landscape architects projecting future cities, and from migrants navigating border systems to artists working with local residents. In contrast to tendencies in architectural design to emphasise the physical forms of landscapes, the author originally brings to the forefront the social constructedness of landscapes by focusing on a range of critical practices and daily actions.

Rigour
The author brings together an international interdisciplinary group of leading artists, designers, architects, landscape architects and social scientists – from practice and research – to frame a new discourse around landscape. Involving researchers and practitioners across diverse disciplines, institutions and continents the discourse has achieved a strong intellectual coherence. Developing the discourse through multiple events and publications has furthered the integrity of the outputs.

Significance
The author has written an article for the journal of the Landscape Institute (over 6000 readership), to be published in July 2020, about the discourse developed in the special issue of Architectural Design (AD). An exhibition of the works is scheduled for January 2021 at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. The author has also organised a series of related events to disseminate and further the discourse, including: Launch event at Tate Modern, London [sold-out event with 250 confirmed attendees; Launch event at Architecture Centre, New York City; Launch event at RISD [Rhode Island School of Design], Providence; Online open international lecture series [32 daily events], with over 32 design practitioners, across 13 countries and 4 continents; over 1000 attendees.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: landscapists, landscape theory, landscape architecture, urbanism, cities, architecture, ecologies, architectural design
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Architecture & Landscape
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design
Last Modified: 29 May 2020 17:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28223

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