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As cities around the globe continue to expand ever outward, rather than upward,
landscape has come to supplant architecture as an essential organizing element
for the contemporary city. The burgeoning practices of landscape urbanism reflect
this shift, in which the organization of horizontal surfaces and infrastructure
across territory replace the dense spatial concentration and architectural fabric
of the traditional city. In this new formulation, landscape comes to encompass
much more than parks or gardens: it engages freeways, toxic industrial sites, and
the needs of exploding exurban populations. With The Landscape Urbanism Reader,
editor Charles Waldheim-who coined the very term "landscape urbanism"-gathers
an international cast of the field's top practitioners and theorists, capturing the
origins, contemporary milieu, and aspirations of this dynamic and revolutionary
body of knowledge.

With essays by; Christophe Girot Grahame Shane


Alan Berger Clare Lyster Kelly Shannon
Pierre Belanger Elizabeth Mossop Jacqueline Tatom
James Corner linda Pollak Charles Waldheim
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book collects the work of many colleagues and collaborators from a "lIlge
of institutions internationally. The authors, and the network of institutions and
assistants supporting their work, are each deserving of acknowledgment; without
their generous contributions this book would not be possible. Equally essential
has been the patient commitment to the project by Princeton Architectural Press,
particularly the editorial vision of Kevin Lippert and Clare Jacobson, the extra-
ordinary care, editorial insight, and patient hard work of Scott Tennent, as well
as the advice of Nancy Levinson. The book is also the product of the hard work,
patience, and shared commitment of many other individuals whose names do
not appear apart from these acknowledgments. The notes that follow are an
attempt to acknowledge those who contributed to it in less obvious, yet equally
significant,ways.
The landscape urbanism project and this publication owe a debt of ~ e
to Rick Solomon, the late director of the Graham Foundation, for his early and
consistent support for the topic, its relevance, and value. The Graham Foundation,
in addition to providing funding for this publication, supported the initiative by
co-sponsoring an eponymous conference and exhibition. This book, the confer-
ence, and the exhibition were conceived in parallel to the implementation of an
academic program in landscape urbanism in the School of Architecture at the
Universityofltlinois at Chicago. The Graham Foundation, and Solomon in par-
ticular, offered both financial viability and operational legitimacy to this nascent
initiative, providing time and space for it to find its voice and audiences. Without
Solomon's support for the topic, the emerging discourse surrounding land-
scape urbanism could scarcely expect to have the relevance and audience that
it presently enjoys in North America and Western Europe.
The landscape urbanism initiative, and this publication, would not have been
possible without the vigorous support and advocacy of the School of Architecture
and Colltge of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Two directors of the School, Ken Schroeder and Katerina Riiedi Ray, were par-
ticularly responsible for initiating and nurturing these activities. Ken Schroeder
first proposed an application to the Graham Foundation for such an initiative,
and invested in me an authority over its stewardship incommensurate with my
experience. Katerina Ruedi Ray was a vocal and visible advocate of the initiative,
and made a space for discussions of landscape and urbanism in a context oth-
erwisepredisposed to questions of architectural essentialism. In addition to the
institutional support of the School, the Landscape Urbanism Program benefit-
ed enormously from the contributions of a number of committed and support-
ive colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among them, Stuart Cohen,
I~ob Bruegmann, Peter lindsay Schaudt, Richard Blender, Bruno Ast, and Roberta The discussions surrounding the conference, exhibition, ~lI1d llcadcmic
Feldman each helped to articulate the precise role that discussions of contem- program were in and of themselves significant in providing an outlct for the
porary landscape might play in the SchooL Likewise, I am equally indebted to emerging discourse, and I am particularly mindful of my indebtedness 10 IIllllly
my colleagues at the University of lllinois at Urbana-Champaign, especially Terry individuals who have offered time and attention to the topic at various momcnts
Harkness for his advice and consent. over the past several years. Among them, Kenneth Frampton, Dan Hoffman,
For the intellectual impetus of the program, I also relied on the counsel and Grahame Shane, Alan Berger, Jane Wolff, Richard Sommer, Hashim Sarkis,
advice of numerous colleagues in North America and Europe. Among them, jacqueline Talom, Alex Krieger, Richard Marshall, Elizabeth Mossop, Rodolphe
James Corner was characteristically generous with his time and insights. Corner's c1-Khoury, Detlef Mertins, Robert Levit, Peter Beard, Kelly Shannon, Marcel
research into contemporary landscape and its increasing relevance for questions Smets, Sebastien Marat, Christophe Girot, Kristine Synnes, Paola Vigano, and
of the city has been central to the formulation of landscape urbanism over the Stefan Tischer have each offered insights on the topic.
past many years. Equally present was the body of literature concerning the role My understanding of the topic has benefited greatly from opportunities to
of landscape at the regional scale, particularly the work of Ian McHarg. Also sig- offer studios and seminars on the topic of landscape urbanism as a visitor at a
nificant, although admired at a distance, were the published texts of various variety of institutions internationally. For those opportunities, and for discus-
authors and critics cited herein on the topic of contemporary urbanism, most sions attendant to the work in those contexts, I remain indebted to Alex Krieger,
particularly the work of Kenneth Frampton, Peter Rowe, and Rem Koolhaas. Niall Kirkwood, and Peter Rowe at the Harvard Design School; Rodolphe el-
The academic program in Landscape Urbanism inaugurated a visiting critic Khoury and Larry Wayne Richards at the University of Toronto; Christophe
position, named in honor of the Danish emigre and Chicago landscape design- Girot and jacqueline Parish at the ETH, Zurich; as well as Kari Jormakka and
er Jens Jensen. [ remain uniquely indebted to the Jensen critics who contributed Bernhard Langer at the TU, Vienna. Equally, my work has depended upon the
to the program. including james Corner, l~rence Harkness, George Hargreaves, support and advice of my current colleagues and friends at the University of
and Kathryn Gustafson. for sharing their teaching methods, critical insights, and Toronto including George Baird, Larry Richards, An Te Liu, Rob Wright, Pierre
time. I am equally indebted to a number of colleagues and friends who joined Belanger, Rodolphe eI-Khoury, Robert Levit, Brigitte Shim, Mary Lou lobsinger,
me in teaching design studios and theory seminars on topics of landscape and and Andy Payne. I would also like to acknowledge the contributions of count-
urbanism at the University of J11inois at Chicago including Clare Lyster, Sarah less students that have shared Ihe development of this topic with me in lectures,
Dunn, and Igor Marjanovi,<, among others. design studios and seminars in a variety of institutional contexts over the past
The original Landscape Urbanism conference, April 25-27, 1997 at the several years. For their tireless hard work and unflagging interest in the topic, I am
Graham Foundation in Chicago, provided the first occasion to publicly frame truly thankful. Finally, this work and the environment in which it has been pos-
the topic before a live audience. That event, and the discussion that followed, sible would have been inconceivable absent the ongoing support of my family.
benefited from presentations by Ian McHarg, James Corner, Mohsen Mostafavi, Thanks to Siena and Calc for reminding me that everything really is possible.
linda Pollak, Brigitte Shim, Adriaan Geuze, Joan Roig, Grant jones, and Kathy
Poole, among others. The eponymous exhibition traveled from the Graham -Charles Waldheim
Foundation to the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York before
embarking on a U.S tour during 1997 and 1998. That show, and the audiences
it formed, were dependent upon the work of James Corner; Field Operations,
Julia Czerniak and Timothy Swischuk, Alex Wall, Adriaan Geuze I West 8,
Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, Alfons Soldavilla I 1I0rens-Soldevilla,
Joan Roig and Emic Batlle; Batlle-Roig, Marcia Codinachs and Merd Nadal;
Codinachs-Nadal, Patrik Schumacher and Kevin Rhowbottom, Eric Owen Moss,
Michael Van Valkenburgh, Linda Pollak and Sandro Marpillero; Marpillero-
Pollak, William Conway and Marcy Schulte I Conway-Schuhe, Brigitte Shim and
Howard Sutcliffe I Shim-Sutcliffe, Georgia Daskalakis and Omar Perez; Oas:20,
Jason Young, Brian Rex, Paul Kariouk, and Shawn Rickenbacker, among others.
"lnterdisciplinarity is nOI the calm of an easy security; it
begins effecfively... when the solidarity of the old disciplines
breaks down-perhaps even violently, via the jolts of fash-
ion-in the interests of a new object and a new language ....
-Roland Barthes

Across a range of disciplines, landscape has become a lens through


which the contemporary city is represented and a medium through which it is
constructed lAG. II. These sentiments are evident in the emergent notion of
"landscape urbanism."
Today, in the context of global capital, post-Fordist models of flexible pro-
duction, and informal labor relations, urbanization continues to decrease the
density of North American settlement. The archittural objts left in the wake
of this process are often absorbed by tourism and culture, offering many build-
ings an alternative post-industrial narrative as part of leisurely destination
environments. Many cities in orth America formerly known for their
autochthonous architectural culture are presently engaged in rebranding them-
selves for larger economies of tourism, recreation, and destination entertain-
ment, packaging architectural objts and fragments of the traditional urban
fabric as optional excursions into themed environments. The architecture of the
city becomes commodified as a cultural product, ironically rendering many cities
less and less distinguishable from one another. In place of regional and histori-
cal distinctions, many industrial cities have long since lost most of their inhab-
itants to their decentralized suburban surroundings. In place of traditional,
dense urban form. most North Americans spend their time in built environ-
ments characterized by decreased density, easy accommodation of the automo-
bile, and public realms chllracterized by extensive vegelation. In this horizontal
field of urbanization, landscape has a newfound relevance, offering a multiva-
lent and manifold medium for the making of urban form, and in particular
in the context of complex natural environments, post-industrial sites, and
public infrastructure.
Tile Landscape Urbmrism l~ellder gathers essays from fourteen authors across
a range of disciplines internationally, to articulate the origins and aspirations
nG.l "le""o<yfo,tneNew Econo".,..." And,u 8,.n,;,ShiIP Philip', Eind"oven,1l\eNetnofiond., 1999-2000 of this burgeoning field of cultural production. It, and the "new language" it

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puts fonh, ntlempt to describe the rapidly changing context for landscape in social, :lIId culluml shifts surrounding de-industrilililat;on. Prllltit..., of l.ln<!'I(.,l\>C
discussions of the contemporary city. The emerging discourse it documeniS urb'llIisl11 emerge as a useful framework in these contexts, lIlost llPllroprlately
speaks to the relative inadequacy of the traditional disciplinary, professional, adopted for siles experiencing theabandonlllent, toxicity, and SOC;alll.lthologies
and critical categories to account for the renewed interest in landscape found in left in the wake of industry as it decamped for more fa\'orable locations.
the work of many architects, landscape architects, and urbanists over th~ past Grahame Shane extends this line of inquiry relating the decentralil3tion of
sev~ral years. This collection assembles a variety of essays looking back to the very industry to contemporary ;nt~rests in landscape urbanism. In his essay, Shane
recent past and, through the shock offashion, to th~ advantag~ of a n~w object, surveys the growing body of literature attendant to landscape urbanism, while
a new language. tracing the institutions and individuals implicated in its discourse, especially as
The formulation of a "referenc~ manifesto" at once proclaims an ~mergent they relate to the disciplinary formalions and discourses of urban design. Richard
moment of cultural production and traces its etymology, genealogy, and critical Weller's ~ssay, "An Art of Instrumenlality," surveys contemporary landscape prac-
commitments. The phrase produces an interesting double-bind, demanding that tice in relation to de-industrialization, infrastructure, and the rapidly expand-
this volume describe emergent conditions before they fully clarify themselves ing commodification of the traditional urban realm. From this vantage point he
while simultaneously documenting their various sources and referents. These cites Corner and the work of others in conceptualizing landscape urbanism as a
dual aspirations place the book in a curious critical position, necessitating new practice providing newfound relationships between landscape architecture and
modes of description, new forms of scholarship, new models of discourse. The other professional and disciplinary modes of urbanization, including civil engi-
anthology form this publication adopts, an often undervalued format, affords neering, real estate development, and the design professions.
space for a range of divergent voices while at the same time focusing those crit- With "Vision in Motion: Representing Landscape in Time," Christophe Girot
ical energies on a collective object of study. It presupposes a varied and in som~ seiz~s upon the temporality, subjectivity, and c~ntralityofvisual images in th~
cases incongruous set of contributors, from a spectrum of disciplinary and schol- landscape m~dium to argue for new modes of r~prescntalion,particularly time-
arly backgrounds. Some are established scholars, others emerging voices. All have based media in apprehending the subjects of land.seape urbanism. Girot's theo-
found the discourse surrounding landscape urbanism to be significant to their retical reflections derive from his own teaching and research on the role of video
own work, and have devoted considerable time and energy to the articulation of in capturing the subjeclS of urban landscape, particularly over time. Julia
its potentials in this collection. The essays collected here, and the projects and Czerniak uses the framework of landscape urbanism to inform her reading of
propositions they point to, provide clear evidence of landscape's invocation the topic of"site" across di.seiplinary, professional, and generational boundari~s.
as a medium through which the contemporary city might be apprehended and Her essay"Looking Back at Landscape Urbanism: Speculations on Site," whIle
intervened upon. implying lhatthe landscape urbanist moment has passed, prompts readers to
In his essay "Terra Fluxus," James Corner describes the intellectual and prac- consider the complex conceptual apparatus that is the site for a design project,
tical underpinnings of th~ landscape urbanist agenda, framing the recent referencing the available literature of recent notions of site and proposing a
renewal of interest in land.seape within the historical di.seiplinary formations of renewed relevance for qu~slions of sile in relation to urbanization and land-
architecture, urban design, and planning. Corner's proposal puts forth four inter- .seape practice. Linda Pollak continues this interest in the essential or fundamen-
practical themes from which to organize the emerging landscape urbanist prac- tal prec~pts of urban landscape work with her essay "Construcled Ground:
tice: ecological and urban processes ov~r time, the staging of horizontal surfaces, Questions of Scale," which ~xamines Henri Lefebvre's analysis of nested scales of
the operational or working method, and the imaginary. He argues that only space to inform h~r reading of several contemporary urban landscapes relative
through the imaginative reordering of the design di.seiplines and their objects of to their social and scalar dimensions.
study might we have some potential traction on the formation of the contem- With her essay "Place as Resistance: Landscape Urbanism in Europe," Kelly
porary city. Following Corner, myessay"land.seape as Urbanism"focuses on the Shannon chronicles the rise of landscape urbanism in European landscape
discourses surrounding land.seape and urbanism over the past quarter-century, practice, particularly as a mechanism for resisting the commodification of urban
constructing a lineage for the emergent practice beginning with the restructur_ form. Based on Kenneth Frampton's interest in landscape as a medium of resist-
ing of the in<lustrial economy in the West, the rise of postl11odcrnism, and the ance to placeless urbani1.ation, Shannon's essay traces the evolution of Kenneth
ongoing transformation of the industrial city through flexible production and Frampton's interests in a regionalism of resistanc~, first through architeclOnic
consumption, global capilal, and decentralization. Here, landscape urbanist ten- form, and more recently through the landscape medium. The essay cites numer~
dencies emerge within lh~ discourse of architects in response to the economic, ous contemporary European ~xamples of landscape design offering a specific

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aspiring to describe, deline.lte, and design lhe conte1llpur;uy lily, The buok
r~g,onal identily in the face of ongoing urhanililtion. Elililbeth Mossop extends
records the subtle shifts and sharp shocks of a deep, ongolllg, dlS<:lpllnary break
lhe conversation of landscape in relation 10 urban infrastructure with an analy-
down, in favor of a new object, a new language.
sis of the various relationships available between the IWO. Noting examples from
Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia, Mossop assembles a convincing array
of precedents in support of the notion that practices of landscape urbanism are
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most evident in relations between the horizontal ecological field and the net-
Epigraph. Roland &rth('$, ~FTom Work 10 Texl,~ Image Music Tar, Ir.1.n5. Stephen Ilealh (N~
works of infrastructure that urbanize them. Extending the theme of urban infra-
York: IliliandWang, 1977), ISS
structure, Jacqueline Tatom chronicles the history and future of the urban
highway as a locus of landscape practice. Citing a range of historical cases from
the ninet~nth and twentieth centuries, Tatom folds more contemporary inter-
ests in the integration of highways into the fabric of cities, especially as social,
ecological, and ultimately cultural artifacts.
Alan Berger, in his essay"Drosscape," advances a conceptual and analytical
framework for coming to terms with the enormous territories left abandoned in
the wake of de-industrialization. Theorizing these sites as part of a broader
economy of waste, Berger advocates landscape urbanism as an inter-practical
framework for approaching the appropriation of territories left in the wake of
industrial abandonment. With "Landscapes of Exchange: Re-articulating Site,"
Clare Lyster describes the changing scale of economic activity as one basis for a
model of urban form and an explanation for contemporary interest in landscape
urbanism. Following from several historical examples of urban form, Lyster locates
the operational and logistical imperatives of just-in-time production and other
contemporary paradigms for post-industrial commerce as analogs for horizon-
tal landscapes of exchange. Pierre Belanger continues this interest in the surfaces
of contemporary commerce and offers an historical inquiry into the develop-
ment of North America's landscape of paved surfaces. Belanger chronicles the
technical and socia! milestones in the unrelenting onslaught of asphalt across
the continent, from highways and ports to inter-modal transit hubs and foreign
trade lOnes, in the making of a horizonla! network of urbanized surfaces. The
collection concludes with Chris Reed's meditations on the changing conditions
for public works practice in North America. Citing a range of public projects from
the nineteenth and twenlieth centuries, Reed describes the role of landscape
urbanist practices as an analog to the organizational, political, and procedural
conditions through which public projects are conceived and commissioned.
Taken together, these essays describe the positions, praClices, and projec-
tive potentials of landscape urbanism. Equally. they articulate the expanding
international relevance of what can now be understood as the single most
significant shift in the design disciplines' descriptions of the city in the past
quarter century.
Tile Lamlscape Urbanism Remler assembles the fullest account to date of the
origins. affinities, aspirations, and applications of this emerging body of
knowledge. In so doing, it chronicles the shifting attentions of those disciplines

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In the opening years of the twenty-first century, that seeminglyold-fash-
ioned term land!>Cape has curiously come back into vogue (FIG. II. The reappear-
ance of landscape in the larger cultural imagination is due, in part, to the:
remarkable rise of environmentalism and a global ecological awareness, to the
growth of tourism and the associated needs of regions to relain a sense of
unique identity, and to lhe impacts upon rural areas by massive urban growth.
BUI landscape also affords a range of imaginative and metaphorical associa-
tions, especially for many contemporary architects and urbanists. Certainly,
architecture schools have embraced landscape in recent years, even though not
long ago architects could not (or would not) even draw a tree, let alone demon-
strate interest in site and landscape. Today, however, it is not merely an interest
in vegetation, earth.....o rks, and site-planning that we see espoused in various
schools of design and planning, but also a deep concern with landscape's con-
ceptual scope; with its capacity to theorize sites, territories, ecosystems, net-
works, and infrastructures, and to organize large urb;lll fields. In particular,
thematics of organization, dynamic interaction, ecology, and technique point
to a looser, emergent urbanism, more akin to the real complexity of cities and
offering an alternative to the rigid mechanisms of centralist planning.
Leading schools of landscape architecture have traditionally understood the
scope of landscape as a model for urbanism, embracing large-scale organiza-
tionaltechniques alongside those of design, cultural expression, and ecological
formation. Recently, a few landscape architects have shed their professionally
defined limits to expand their skills across complex urbanistic, programmatic,
and infrastructural areas. So it seems that certain elements within each of the
design professions-architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and
planning-arc moving toward a shared form of practice, for which the term
landscape holds central significance, as described through the formulation
ItIIldscape urhtllJism. What is the precise nature of this hybrid practice, and how
are each of the terms latltlscape and urhanism altered?
This new disciplinary collusion was anticipated in the Landscape Urbanism
symposium and exhibition in 1997, originally conceived and organized by
Charles Waldheim, lind has been further articulated through a range of publica-
tions.' It is a proposition of disciplinary con flat ion and unity, albeit a unity that
contains, or holds together, difference-difference in terms of the ideological,
programmatic, and cuhural content of each of those loaded and contested
FIG.1 ' .... Hoc!>Lone._lk.lOO4,..-oIl1afdand"'l.ncsutfac:esbleflli"li"'oone words, "landscape,""urbanism"IFIG. zl.
Clearly, much orthe illlcileclllal intent of this manirestolike proposilion, alld
lhe essuys collected under that formulation here. is the lotal dissolution of lhe
two lerms inlo one word, one phenomenon, one practice. And yet al the same
time each term remains distinct, suggesting their necessary, perhaps inevitable,
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phasing and development sequence
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separateness. Same, yet differenl; mutually exchangeable, yet never quite fully
dissolved. like a new hybrid ever dependent upon both the x and y chromosome,
never quite able 10 shake off the different expressions of its parents.
Such a dialectical synlhesis is significant, for it differs from earlier allempts
to speak of urban sit~ as landscapes, or from attempts to situate landscape in
the city. The more traditional ways in which we speak about landscape and cities
have been conditioned through the nineteenth-century lens of difference and
opposition. In this view, cities are seen to be busy with the technology of high-
density building, transportation infrastructure, and revenue-producing devel-
opment, the undesirable effects of which include congestion, pollution, and
various forms of social stress; whereas landscape, in the form of parks, green-
ways,street trt'eS, esplanades-and gardens, is generally seen to provide both salve
and respite from the deleterious effects of urbanization. A most canonical
instance of this, of course, is Olmsted's Central Park, intended as relief from the The challenge in looking to th~ precedents for insight into our contempo-
relentless urban fabric of Manhattan-even though the catalytic effect that rary conditions is their invocation of a cultural image of"Nature,~ an image to
Central Park nerted on surrounding real estate development links it more which landscape is so firmly allached. Nature, in the above-mentioned exam-
closely with a landscape urbanist model. In this instance, landscape drives the ples, is mostly Tt'pr~nted by a softly undulating pastoral scene, generally con-
process of city formation. sidered virtuous, benevolent, and soothing, a moral as well as practical antidote
Danish emigre and Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen articulated this to the corrosive environmental and social qualities of the modern city. This land-
sentiment when he said, "Cities built for a wholesome life ... not for profit or scape is the city's "other," its essential complement drawn from a nature outside
speculation, with the living grttn as an important part of their complex will be of and excluding building, technology, and infrastructure.
the first interest of the future lown-planner.'" "Complex" is an important term A more complex and contradictory example is the Los Angeles River, which
here, and I shall return to it, suffice it to say that for Jensen, as for Olmsted- runs from the Santa Susana Mountains through downtown LA. The "river" is
and e\'en for I.e Corhusier in his Plan Voisin-this "green complex" comes in the actually a concrete channel built by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in response to
form of parks and green open spaces, accompanied by the belief that such envi- the serious flood threat posed by the springtime snow-melts combined with
ronments will bring civility, health, social equity, and economic development to surface runoff from surrounding developments. The channel is designed to
the city. optimize the efficiency and speed at which the water is discharged. Its advocates
More than aesthelic and representational spaces, however, the more signifi- view "nature" here as a violent and threatening force-and rightly so. On the
canl of lhese traditional urban landscapes possess the capacity to function as other hand, landscape architects, environmentalists, and various community
important ecological vessels and pathways: the hydrological and stormwatersys- groups want to convert the channel into a green corridor, replete with riparian
tern underlying the necklacelike structure of Boston's Back Bay Fens, for exam- habitat, woodlands, birdsong, and fishermcn. For these groups, "nature" has been
ple, or lhe greenway corridors that infiltrate Stullgart and bring mountain air defaced by the engineer's zeal for control. It is, I believe, a well-intentioned but
through lhe city as both coolant and cleanser. These kinds of infrastructural misguided mission, and it underscores the persistent opposition in people's minds.
landscapes will surely continue to be important to the overall health and well- This contest goes bolh ways. The debate is not only concerned with bringing
being of urban populations. These precedents also embody some of the morc landscape into cities but also with the expansion of cities into surrounding
significant potentials of landscape urbanism: the ability to shift scales, to locale landscape-the source of the pastoral ideal, characterized by vast agrarian
urban fabrics in their regional and biotic contexts, and to design relationships fields, wooded hillsides, and natural preserves. In 1955, the mega-mall urbanist
bctween dynamic environmental processes and urban form. Victor Gruen coined the term "cityscape;' which he posited in contradistinction
part of the landscall,e, just as the concrete river ChJIIllel is nut rClogni,. d ,I~ II
landscape element. even though its landscapefill/c"O" is solely hydrologlcJI.
Moreover, we know full well that each of these categories landscape ;and
urbanism-belongs to a certain profession. or institutionalized discipline. Arch
iteets construct buildings and, with engineers and planners. they design cities;
landscape architects build landscapes. in the form of earthwork, planting, .Illd
open-space design. Implicit in the sentiments of many landscape architec,ts is
indignation that the Parc de la Villelle was designed not by a landscape archltect
but by an architect. Similarly, when a landscape architect wins a competition
today thai architects think belongs in their domain. there can be heard some
rather cynical grumbling in that court too. So this antinomic, categorical sepa-
ration between landscape: and urbanism persists today not only because of a per-
ceived difference in material. technical, and imaginative/moralistic dimensions
of these two media, but also because of a hyper-professionalized classification,
FIG.3 '$ID.r1mlll.'bot,S!/'ln.y,~"SI,"h.,2DDS.".lv,... ofn...
......ffonlu' ....nd.velopm.nl.s.n O';CIOpol.. ph,c.ll.ndsc.p. a construction further complicated through competing power relations.
For example. il has been argued by others that landscape tends to be repressed
by architKts and planners, or appropriated only to the extent that it frames and
to "landscape." Gruen's cityscape" refers to the built environment of buildings. enhances the primacy of urban form. Landscape is employed here as a bour-
paved surfaces, and infrastructures. Th~ are further subdivided into techno- geois aesthetic. or naturalized ,eil. Moreover. it is increasingly the case that vast
scapes." "transportation-scapes." suburb-scapes." and even subcityscapcs"-the developer-engineering corporations are constructing today's world with such
peripheral strips and debris that Gruen calls the "scourge of the metropolis." On pace. efficiency, and profit thai all of the traditional design disciplines (and not
the other hand. ~Iandscape." for Gruen, refers to the "environment in which only landscape) are marginalized as mere decorative practices, literally disen-
nature is predominant." He does say that landscape is not the ~natural envi- franchised from the work of spatial formation.
ronment" per se, as in untouched wilderness, but to those regions where human Conversely. of course. many ecologically aligned landscape architects see cities
occupation has shaped the land and its natural processes in an intimate and as gro~~th regard to nature. While the accOl.nplishn~ents of envi-
reciprocal way. He cites agrarian and rural situations as examples, invoking an ronmental restoration and regulation are both urgent and Impressive. the exclu-
image of topographic and Kological harmony, bathed in green vegetation and sion of urban form and process from any ecological analysis remains extremely
dear blue sky. For Gruen, cityscape and landsc.ape were once dearly separated. problematic. Moreover. so-called "sustainable" proposals. wherein urbanism
but today the city has broken its walls to subsume and homogeni:re its sur- becomes dependent upon certain bioregional metabolisms, while assuming the
rounding landscape in an economic and "technological blitzkrieg"_the various place-form of some semi-ruralized environment, are surely naive and counter-
"scapes" now in conflict and with boundless definition! productive. Do the advocates of such plans really believe that natural systems
This image of one thing overtaking another (with competing values attached alone can cope more effectively with the quite formidable problems of waste and
to each, as in either landscape permeating the city or the city sprawling across its pollution than do modern technological plants? And do they really believe thai
hinterland) is reminiscent ofdebates surrounding the design of Parc de la ViiiI'llI'. putting people in touch with this fictional image called nature" will predispose
in which many landscape architects initially decried the lack of "-landscape" in everybody to a more reverent relationship with the earth and with one another
the park's design, seeing only the buildings or follies." More recently, landscape (as if relocating millions from cities to the countryside will actually somehow
architKts have revised this sentiment. suggesting that upon further inspection. improve biodiversity and water and air quality) [FIC.}I?
the still maturing landscape has come to prevail over the buildings. This senti- At the beginning of the twentieth century. only sixteen cities in the world
ment is very telling, for-as with Jensen, Olmsted, Le Corbusier, Gruen, and their had populations larger than a million peoplc. yet at the close of the century m~re
contemporaries, or indeed for the various groups contesting the Los Angeles than five hundred cities had more than a million inhabitants, many boastlllg
River today-it keeps the categories of building/city versus green landscape as more than ten million residents and still expanding. Metropolitan Los Angeles
separate entities; the follies at la Villette are somehow not recognized as being has a current population of approximately thirteen million and is projected to
double in the next twenty-five years. Given the complexity of the rapidly urban-
izing metropolis, to continue to oppose nature against culture, landscape against
city-and not only as negational absolutes but also in the guise of benign, com-
plementary overlaps-is to risk complete failure of the architectural and plan-
ning arts to make any real or significant contribution to future urban formations.
With this preface, we can begin to imagine how the concept of landscape
urbanism suggests a more promising, more radical, and more creative form of
practice than that defined by rigid disciplinary categorizations. Perhaps the very
complaity of the metabolism that drives the contemporary metropolis demands
a conflation of professional and institutionalized distinctions into a new syn-
thetic art, a spatio-material practice able to bridge scale and scope with critical
insight and imaginath'e depth lAG. 41.
By way of providing a schematic outline for such a practice, I can sketch four
provisional themes: processes m'er time, the staging of surfaces, the operational
or working method, and the imaginary. The first of these themes addresses
processes over time. The principle is that the processes of urbanization-capital
acclllllulation, deregulation, globalization, environmental protection, and so
on-are much more significant for the shaping of urban relationships than are
the spalial forms of urbanism in and of lhemselves. The moderniSl notion that
new physical structures would yield new paHerns of socialization has exhausted
its run, failing by virtue of trying to contain the dynamic multiplicity of urban
processes within a fixed, rigid, spatial frame that neither derived from nor redi- political-economic power.'" His point is that the projection of new possibilities
rected any of the processes moving through il. This emphasis on urban process- for future urbanisms mUSI derive less from an understanding of form and more
es is not meant to exclude spatial form but rather seeks to construct a dialectical from an understanding of process-how things work in space alld time.
understanding of how it relates to the processes that flow through, manifest, and In conceptualizing a more organic, fluid urbanism, ecology itself becomes
sustain il. an extremely useful lens through which to analyze and project alternative urban
This suggests shifting allention away from the object qualities of space futures. The lessons of ecology have aimed to show how all life on the planel is
(whether formal or scenic) to the systems that condition the distribution and den- deeply bound into dynamic relationships. Moreover, the complexity of interac-
sity of urban form. Field diagrams or maps describing the play of those forces are tion between elements within ecological systems is such thai linear, mechanistic
particularly useful instruments in furthering an understanding of urban events models prove to be markedly inadequate to describe them. Rather, the discipline
and processes. For example, the geographer Walter Christaller's diagrams of pop_ of ecology suggests that individual agents acting across a broad field of opera-
ulation distribution and city planner Ludwig Hilberseimer's diagrams of region- tion produce incremental and cumulative effects that continually evolve the shape
al selliement pallerns each articulate flows and forces in relation to urban form.' of an environment over time. Thus, dynamic relationships and agencies of
In comparing the formal determinism of modernist urban planning and the process become highlighted in ecological thinking, accounting for a particular
more recent rise of neo-traditional "New Urbanism," the cultural geographer spatial form as merely a provisional state of maller, on its way to becoming
David Harvey has written that both projects fail because of their presumption something else. Consequently, apparently incoherent or complex conditions
that spatial order can control history and process. Harvey argues that "lhe strug- that one might initially mistake as random or chaotic can, in fact, be shown to
gle" for designers and planners lies not with spatial form and aesthetic appear- be highly structured entities that comprise a particular set of geometrical and
ances ~Ione but Wilh the advancement of "more socially JUS1, politically spatial orders. In this sense, cities 3nd infraslructures arc jusl 35 "ecological" as
emanclpatory, and ecologically sane mix(es) of spatio~temporal production forests and rivers.
processes," rather than lhe capitulation to those processes "imPQsed by uncon- Since the publication in 1969 of Ian McHarg's Desigll With Nalr/re, landscape
trolled capital accumulation, backed by class privilege and gross inequalities of architects have been particularly busy developing a range of ecological techniques
for ~hc planning and design of sites. But, for a variety of reasons, some outlined eviden1 III Rem Koolh:.llls's notion that urbanism is str,I1egic lind dircued IOw,ml
earlIer, ecology has been used only in the context of some thing called the~envi the "irrigation of territories with potential... Unlike architecture, whkh (On
ronment," which is generally thought to be of~nature" and exclusive of the city. sumes the potential of a site in order to project, urban infrastructure sow~ the
Even those who have induded the city in the ecological equation have done so seeds of future possibility, staging the ground for both uncertainty and prom
only from the perspective of natural systems (hydrology, air-flow, vegetational ise. This preparation of surfaces for future appropriation differs frum merely
communiti~, and.so on). We have yet to understand cultural, social, political, formal interest in single surface construction. It is much more strategic. empha
and economiC environments as embedded in and symmetrical with the "natu- sizing means over ends and operational logic over compositional design.
r~I" world. The promise of landscape urbanism is the development of a space- For example, the grid has historically proven to be a particularly effectivl'
time. ecology that treats all forces and agents working in the urban field and field operation, extending a framework across a vast surface for nexible and chang-
conSiders them as continuous networks of inter-relationships. ing development over time, such as the real estate and street grid of Manhattan,
One model for such a conflation that comes to mind in this context is Louis or the land survey grid of the Midwestern United States. In these instances, an
Kahn's 1953 diagram for vehicular circulation in Philadelphia. With regards to abstract form:ll operation characterizes the surface, imbuing it with specificity
this project, Kahn wrote: and operational potential. This organization lends legibility and order to the sur-
face while allowing for the autonomy and individuality of each part, and remain-
Expreuways are like rivers. These rivers frame the area to be served.
ing open to alternative permutations over time. This stages the surface with
Riven have Ilarbors. Harbors are the municipal parking lowers; from
orders and infrastructures permilling a vast range of accommodations and is
the Harbon branch a system ofCanals thai S<"rve the intalor; ... from lhe
indicative of an urbanism that eschews formal object-making for the tactical
Canals branch cul-de-sac Docks; the Docks serve as entrance halls to
work of choreography. a choreography of elements and materials in time that
t""'buildings.
extends new networks. new linkages. and new opportunities.
Later, in Kahn's proposal for Market Street East came a whole repertoire of This understanding of surface highlights the trajectories of shifting popula-
"gateways,''''viaducts,'' and "reservoirs," each finding new expression in the urban tions, demographics, and interest groups upon the urban surface; traces of peo-
field as icon~gra.phic figures illuminated in colored light at nighttime allowing ple provisionally stage a site in different ways at different times for various
for both navigation and the regulation of speed. programmatic events, while connecting a variety of such events temporally
. Kahn's.diagrams suggest the need for contemporary techniques of represent- around the larger territory. This attempts to create an environment that is not
Illg the flUid, process-driven characteristics of the city, wherein the full range of so much an object that has been "designed" as it is an ecology of various systems
~gents, a~tors, ~nd forces that work across a given territory might be brought and elements that set in motion a diverse network of inter:lction. Landscape
Illto CO~lslderatlOn, mobilized, and redire<:ted. This work must necessarily view urbanism is here both instigator and accelerator, working across vast surfaces of
the e~tlre metropolis as a living arena of processes and exchanges over time, potential. This approach, at once simple and conventional, affords residents a
allowmg new forces and relationships to prepare the ground for new activities range of programmatic configurations as seasons, needs, and desires change. The
and patterns o.f occ~pancy. !he designation terra firma (firm, not changing; thrust of this work is less toward formal resolution and more toward public
fixed and defimte) gives way In favor of the shifting processes coursing through processes of design and future appropriation. Concerned with a working surface
and across the urban field: tetra fluxus. over time. this is a kind of urbanism that anticipates change. open-endedness.
The second theme of the landscape urbanism project concerns itself with the and negotiation.
phenomenon of the horizontal surface,the ground plane, the "field" of action. This leads in turn to the third theme of landscape urbanism. which is the
These surfaces cons~itute the urban field when considered across a wide range operation or working method. How does one conceptualize urban geographies
of scales, from the Sidewalk to the street to the entire infrastructural matrix of that function across a range of scales and implicate a host of players? Moreover,
urban surfaces. This suggests contemporary interest in surface continuities, where beyond issues of representation, how does one actually operate or put into effect
ro.ofs and grounds become one and the same; and this is certainly of great value the work of the urbanist, given the exigencies of contemporary development?
wI.th regard to connating separations between landscape and building-one There is no shortage of critical utopias, but so few ofthelll have made it past 1he
thInks of the collaborations between Peter Eisenman and Laurie Olin in this drawing board. It is both tragic and ironic that as designers we are all ultimately
regard. However, [ would emphasize a second understanding of surface: surface interested in the density of building but that most who actually accomplish this
understood as urban infrastructure. This understanding of the urban surface is can only do so through the typically unimaginative and uncritical techniques of

0:10 )AllHCOIlN[II
design as a service profession, On the other h:lnd, the visionaries, it would seem, the poetic. In other words, the union of l:wdscape with urh.miSlll prnl1li~e~ new
are as always provocative and interesting, but their utopias continually evade the relational and systemic ....orkings across territories of vast .scale and M,ope, \Itu r
problem of an operative strAtegy. atin the parts in relation 10 the whole, bUI al the same tillle the ~pa.rJtencss ~
There is much more that the praClice of landscape urbanism holds for ques- land~ from urbanism acknowledges a level of material physlCahty, of mtl-
tions of repr~ntation. I believe that landscape urbanism suggests a reconsider- macy a : difference, that is always nested deep within the larger matnx or lid.d.
ation of traditional conceptual, representational, and operative techniques. The In mobilizing the new ologies of our future metropolitan r.egio~s, the Cn!-
possibilities of vast scale shifts acro!>S both time and space, working synoptic maps ically minded landscape urbanist cannot afford to neglect Ihe dla~ecllca~ Ilatu~c
alongside the intimate recordings of local circumstance, comparing cinematic of being and becoming, of differences bolh permanenl and tranSient. '.he Iyn-
and choreographic techniques to spatial notation, entering the algebraic, digital cal play between nectar and Nutra$weet, betw~en birdsong and 13easlle Boys,
space of the computer while messing around with paint, clay, and ink, and engag- belween the springtime flood surge and the drtp of tap water, between mo~~~
ing real estate developers and engineers alongside the highly specialized imagi- heaths and hot asphaltic surfaces, between controlled spaces and .vast ~I
neers and poels of contemporary culture-all th~ aClivities and more seem reserves, and between all mailers and events that occur in local and hlg~ly Situ-
integral to any real and significant practice of synthetic urban projection. But ated moments. is precisely the ever-diversifying source of hum~n. enrtc.hme~;
the techniques to address the sheer scope of issues here are desperately lack+ and creativity. I can think of no greater T/lison d'etre for perSlstll1g With t
ing-and this area alone, it would seem to me, is deserving of our utmost atten- advancement of landscape urbanism than this.
tionand research.
This of course arrives at the fourth theme of landscape urbanism, which is
the imaginary. There is simply no point whatsoever in addressing any of the above
themes for their own sake. The collective imagination, informed and stimulat- ~o::'dSCal'e Urbanism Symposium and Exhibition, April 1991, Graham .Foun~l\iOk~
ed by the experiences of the material world, must continue to be the primary . Chicago. See also. for example, my ess;lys in Stalki'lg Detroil. cd. G~rgJa ~;~:i:'~~'
Charles Waldheim, and Jason Young (Barcelona: Actar, 2ool!; lAl11l ~Ilpe . '.
motivation of any creative endeavor. [n many ways, the failing of twentieth-
A MIl",,,tl for .lte Macltini( LlmdsaJpe, fiJ. Moh.sen Mostaf.lVI and Clf{~ NaJ\c (Lon~on.
century planning can be attributed to the absolute impoverishment of the imag- Architectural Awx:ialion. 2003); and David Grahame Shane, Rm""b",,,n' UrbAmsnI
ination with regard to the optimized rationalization of development practices
and capital accumulation. Public space in the city must surely be more than (Lo$nd::~O~ifr~i~~~~~rr. Johns Hopkins Uni>"trsity Pl"tSS, 1990). On Icn.sen~ work
mere token compensation or vessels for this generic activity called "recreation." 2. : ~e, ~ Robc~ E. Grcse.lms JmKfl: M"ltT of N"ru,.,,/ fUrks "nd Gardens (BaI1UJ'I(Ire:
Public spaces are firstly the containers of collective memory and desire, and sec- ~hns HOPkins~:,;;=~~ P;~~~~\1re UrbAn Crisis, Dmgnosls "nd. Cure {New York:
ondly they are the places for geographic and social imagination to extend new 3. ~i:~~~ ~~~e~huster, 1964f. See also Gruen. Un/en for tile Ur!nUl Envrro,mrent; Survi.",1
relationships and sets of possibility. Materiality, representation, and imagina- of tire Citlcs (New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1973). .
tion arc not separate worlds; political change through practices of place con- 4 ~e Walter ChrislaJler's umml Plllce TIIL'Ory (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: prenllce-7llll, 1%6);
struction owes as much to the representational and symbolic realms as to . and ludwig Hilberseill1e~'s New Regional Pallem (ChlCa.go: P. :h:~;~~I::::~Il, 1990.)
material activities. And so it seems landscape urbanism is first and last an imag+ 5. ~v~d ~I~::r;~::d~~~:~~::;fp~:t~:~';':::ric ~~::~d~~'i'~d~IPhia_, PA, 1951-53.. These
inative project, a speculative thickening of the world of po!>Sibilities. 6. d:~~n; and projt ipcn are in the Louis I. Kahn Collection, ArchItectural Archl'"t$ of
In conclusion, I would return to the paradoxical separateness of landscape
from urbanism in the formulation that occasions this essay. Neither term is fully 1. ~U=..:,:f;':~=~~~ 10 Urba.nism,~ Koolhus and Bruce Mau,S. M, l.. XL
conflated into the other. I do believe that this paradox is not only inescapable (New York: Monaalli, 1995),969.
but ne<:essary 10 maintain. No mailer how ambitious and far-reaching the above
outlined practices may be, at Ihe end of the day there will still always be doors,
windows, gardens, stream corridors, apples, and lalles. There is an inevitable
intimacy with things that characterizes rich urban experience. The failure of e;lT+
lier urban design and regionally scaled enterprises was the oversimplification,
the reduction, of the phenomenal richness of physical life. A good designer must
be able 10 weave the diagram and the strategy in relationship to the tactile and
Over the past decade landscape has emerged as a model for contempo-
rary urbanism, one uniquely capablc of describing the conditions for radically
decentralized urbanization, especially in the context of complex natural envi-
ronments. Over that same deode the landsc.ape discipline has enjoyed a period
of intellectual and cultural rene.....al. \"'hile much of the landscape discipline's
renewed relevance to discussions of the city may be attributed to this renewal or
to increastJ. environmental awareness more generally, landscape has improba-
bly emerged as the most relevant disciplinary locus for discussions historically
housed in architecture, urban design, or planning IfIG. 11.
Many of the conceptual categories and projeClive practices embodied in
landscape urbanism and documented in this publication arise from outside those
disciplines traditionally responsible for describing the city. As such, landscape
urbanism offers an implicit critique of architecture and urban design's inability
to offer coherent, competent, and convincing explanations of contemporary
urban conditions. In this context, the discourse surrounding landscape urban-
ism can be read as a disciplinary realignment in which landscape supplants
architecture's historical role as the basic building block of urban design. Across
a range of disciplines, many authors ha\'e articulated this newfound relevance of
landscape in describing the temporal mutability and horizontal extensivity of
the contemporary city. Among the authors making claims for Ihe potential of
landscape in this regard is architect and educator Stan Allen, Dean of the School
of Architecture at Princeton University;
lnneasingly, lal,dsc:ape is eme~ing as a model for urbanism. undsc:ape
has traditiOl,allybeen defined:.l.S lheart of org,anizing horizontal sur
fa<en .... By paying dose att~ntion to these surfac~oonditions--not only
configuration. but also materiality and pcrformancr-dnignen can
a<etivat~ spac~ and I'roduc~ urban ~lT~ds without the wdghty apparatus
oftraditiol,al space making.'

This efficiency-the ability to produce urban effects traditionally achieved


through the construclion of buildings simply through the organization of hor-
i7.ontal surfaces-recommends the landscape medium for usc in contemporary
urban conditions increasingly characterized by horizontal sprawl and rapid
change. In the context of decentralization and decreasing density, the "weighty
apparatus" of traditional urban design pro\'es costly, slow, and inflex.ible in rela-
tion to the rapidly transforming conditions of contemporary urban culture.

lANostAPEASUAlAlIlSI4 0]1
contr,lvene a lentury of induslrial economy. The: risc of the tlTb,1I1llc\igll r.!l\li
The idea of landscape as a model for urbanism has also been articulated by
p!ine in the 1970s and '80s eXlended interesl in the aggregation of aTl,.hltct:tur,tl
landscape architect James Corner, who argues that only through a synthetic and
elements into ensembles of nostalgic urban consumption. During tlll~ ~ll\1e tllne,
imaginative reordering of categories in the built environment might we escape
the discipline of city planning abdicated ahogether, seeking refuge in the rela
our present predicament in the cul-de-sac of post-industrial modernity, and
tively ineffectual enclaves of policy, procedure, and public therapy.1l
"the bureaucratic and uninspired failings" of the planning profession.' His work
The post modern rappe/lea /'ordrc indicted modernism for devaluing the tra-
critiques much of what landscape architecture has become as a professional con-
ditional urban values of pedestrian scale, street grid continuity, and contextu~11
cern in .recent years-especially its tendency to provide scenographic screening
architectural character. As has been well documenled, the post modern impulse
for environments engineered and instrumentalized by other disciplines.' For
can be equally understood as a desire to communicate with muhiple audiences
Corner, the narrow agenda of ecological advocacy that many landscape archi-
or to commodify architeclUral images for diversifying consumer markets. But
tects profess to is nothing more than a rear-guard defen~ of a supposedly auton-
this dependence upon sympathetically styled and spatially sequenced architec-
omous"nature" conceived to exist a priori, outside of human agency or cultural
tural objects could not be sustained, given the rise of mobile capital, automo-
constructiOll. In this context, current-day environmentalism and pastoral ideas
bile culture, and decentralization. And yet the very indeterminacy and flu}[ of
of landscape appear to Corner, and many others, as naive or irrelevant in the
the contemporary city, the bane of traditional European citymaking, are pre-
face of global urbanization.'
cisely Iho~ qualities explored in emergent works of landscape urbanism. This
Landscape urbanism benefits from the canonical texts of regional environ-
point is perhaps best exemplified in Barcelona's program of public space and
mental planning, from the work of Patrick Geddes and Benton MacKaye 10
building projccls in the 19805 and early '90s, which focused primarily on the
Lewis Mumford to Ian McHarg, yet it also remains distind from that tradition. f
traditional center of the Catalan capital. Today the push in Barcelona to redevel-
~rner acknowled~es the historical imporlance of McHarg's influential DesiglJ
op the airport, logisticl,1 zone, industrial waterfront, metropolitan riverways,
w,,!r N{~tlln! yet, hllllself a sllldel\\ ~1I\d f~lCulty colleague of Mel larg's al the
and water-treatment facilities has less to do with buildings and plazas than with
UlIlverslty of Pennsylvania, rejects the opposition of nature and city implied in
large-scale infrastructural landscapes. These examples, along with recent work
McHarg's regionally scaled environmental planning practice."
in the Netherlands, reveal the role of large-scale landscape as an element of
urban infrastructure. Of course many traditional examples of nineteenth century
TilE ORtGINS Of LANDSCAPE URBANISM can be traced 10 post modern cri-
urban landscape archilecture integrate landscape with infrastructure-Olmsted's
tiques of modernisl architecture and planning.' These critiques, put forth by
Central Park in New York and Back Bay Fens in Boston serve as canonical e}[am-
Charles Jencks and other proponents of poslmodern architectural culture
indicted modernism for its inability to produce a "meaningful" or "livable pUb~
pies. Contrasting this tradition, contemporary I'raclices oflandscal'e urbanism
reject the camouflaging of ecological systems within pastoral images of"nattlTe."
lic realm,' for its failure to come to lerms with the city as an hislorical construc-
Ralher, contemporary landscape urbanism practices recommend the use of
tion of collective consciousness: and for its inability to communicate with
infrastruclural systems and the public landscapes they engender as the very
multiple audiences." In fact, Ihe ~death of modern architeclure," as proclaimed
ordering mechanisms of the urban field itself, shaping and shifting the organi-
by Jencks in 1977, coincided with a crisis of induslrial economy in Ihe United
zation of urban settlement and its inevitably indeterminate economic, political,
States, marking a shift toward the diversification of consumer markets." What
post modern architecture's scenographic approach did not, in fact could 110t, and social fulures.
address were the slructural conditions of industrialized modernity that tended
LANDSCAPE IS A MEDIUM, it has been recalled by Corner, Allen, and others,
toward Ihe decenlralization of urban form. Thisdecentralization continues apace
uniquely capable of responding 10 temporal change, transformation, adapta-
today in North America, remarkably indifferent to the superficial stylistic oscil-
tion, and succession. These qualities recommend landscape as an analog to con-
lations of architectural culture.
temporary processes of urbanization and as a medium uniquely suited to the
In the wake of the social and environmental disaslers of industrialization,
open-ended ness, indeterminacy, and change demanded by contemporary ur~an
posllllOdern architecture retreated to the comforting forms of nostalgia and
conditions. As Allen puts it, "landscape is not only a formal model for urbal11sm
se.e~ningly stable, secure, and more permanent forms of urban arrangement.
today, but perhaps more impoTlantly, a model for process.""
Crtmg European precedents for traditional city form, post modern architects
Tellingly, Ihe first projects to reveal this potential for landscape to operate as
pracliced a kind of preemptive cultural regression, designing individual build-
a model for urban process were produced not in Norlh America but rather in
ings 10 invoke an absent context, as if neighborly architectural character could

LANDSCAPE AS UR8~NISIol 039


over time, especially complex evolving arrangements of urban ;Il.tlVltlC\ 1111\
continued Tschumi's longstanding interest in reconstituting event and Ilmp,ram it)
.
,,,,.m
'II a legitimate 3rchiteClural concern in lieu of the stylistic issuesdomitmtingarcht
;:i: ", tectural discourse in the post modern era, as he stated in his competition entry:

~~-u~ TM 70s witna.sl a ~riod of mle-o-N interest in tM formal constitu-


tion of the city. its Iypologies and ilS morphologies. While de,'doping
d . ifi4ll:: H::::::::Ul, analysn fOCllsed on the hisloryoflhecily,lhis al1ention was largely
1I1l11IIIlHtlll _- 111_
devoid of programmatic justification. No analysis addtessN the issue of

/:a~ the Ktivities that ~ to occur in tM cilY. Nor did any properly address
tM fact that t~ organizalion of functions and events was as much an
..." architecwralconcernasthcclaborationofformsorstytn."

Equally significant v.ras the influence of the second-prize entry submitted by the
= Office of Metropolitan Architecture and Rem Koolhaas [FIGS. z. ll. The unbuilt
scheme explored the juxtaposition of unplanned relationships between various
park programs, Koolhaas's organizational conceit of parallel strips of landscape,
itself having become something of a canonical cliche, radically juxtaposed irrec-
oncilable contenls, invoking the vertical juxtaposition of various programs on
adjacent floors of Manhanan skyscrapers as described in Koolhaas's Delirious
New York."As conceived by KoolhaaslOMA, the infrastructure of the park would
Europe. Among the first projects to orchestrate urban program 3S a landscape be strategically organized 10 support an indeterminate and unknowable range
~ro.cess was t.he. 1982 Com~etition for Pare de la Villette. [n 1982,la Villette of future uses over time:
I~Vlted sUbnll.~slOns fo~ ~n Urban Park for the 21st Century" over a 125-acre [lIt is safe to pr.-.:liCl that during the life of the ~rlr.. the program will
site, o~ce the ~Ite of Panss largest slaughterhouse. The demolition of the Parisian undergo const3"t change and adjustment. The more the park works., the
Ilbllt~Qlf and tt~ replacement with intensively programmed public activities is moreitwillbeina perpetualst3Icofrcvision .... Thc\llldcrlyingprin.
preCIsely the kllld of project increasingly undertaken in post-industrial cities cil'le of programmatic indeterminacy as a basis of the formal concc!Jt
across the ~Iobe. Just as more rent design competitions in North America s h
fra~l~-
allOW! any shift, modification, replacement. or substitutions to occur
as Downsvlcw and Fresh Kills, la ViUelte proposed landscape as the basic wilhout damaging the initial hypothesis."
work for an urban t~nsformation of what had been a part of the wo k' .
left.~erelict s~ifts
by III economies of production and consumption. ;.~:~~~~ Through their deployment of post modern ideas of open-endedness and inde-
pelltlon for la .Vlllette began a trajectory of postmodern urban park, in which terminacy, Tschumi's and Koolhaas's projects for Pare de la Villelle signaled the
I~ndscape was Itself conceived as a complex medium capable of articulatin rela-
role that landscape would come 10 playas a medium through which to articu-
lions between urban infrastructure, public events, and indeterminate ~rban late a post modern urbanism: layered, non-hierarchical, flexible, and strategic.
futures for large p~st-indllstrial sites, rather than simply as healthful exceptions Both schemes offered a nascent form of landscape urbanism, constructing a
to the unhealthy Ctty that surrounded them." horizontal field of infrastructure that might accommodate aU sorts of urban
.47~ entries .from over 70 countries were submitted for la Villelle the vast activities, planned and unplanned, imagined and unimagined, over time.
maJority of whICh retra.c~ familiar profiles for public parks and typo;ogies for
IN TIlE WAKE OF LA VtlLETTE'S INflUENCE. architectural culture has
t~~ recov~ry o.fthe tradltlo~al city, while two submissions clearly signaled a par-
a .lgn.1 shIft still underway III the reconception of contemporary urbanism The become increasingly aware of landscape's role as a viable framework for the con-
wllln.lllg scheme, by the office of Bernard Tschumi, represented a conce' tual temporary city. Across a diverse spectrum of cultural positions landscape has
leap In t,he development of landscape urbanism; it formulated landscape:S the emerged as the most relevant medium through which to construct a meaningful
most SUitable medium through which to order programmatic and social change and viable public realm in North American cities. Consider how the thinking of

UIIOSUH/oSUIlBAlltSM 0011
architectural historian and theorisl Kenneth Frampton hassh-fted'
In the 1.980s, Frampton lamenled the impediments to m~kin~ me~~i~e~~;t:re:;~
between traditional city center and greenfield ~uburh 1)C)'om!. Rnwc\ IX)\I11l1ll
is summarized by Frampton, who identifies two salient poinb: "lrr\1, thaI Jlflur
form given the power of specul;llive capital and the rise of automobi~e culture:
ity should now be accorded to landscape, rather lhan to freestanding built form
Modem building is .n~w $0 univasaJly conditioned by optimi1.ed ttth. and second, that there is a pressing need to transform certain meg,lloJlolit,l1I
llologythat, th.e posslb,lilyofcreating significant url);m form ha.I!>eColl1e types such as shopping malls, parking lots, and office p'lrks into Iandsc;tped
cxt~cmely hllllted. The restrictions jointly imposed by automotive distrj. built forms.""
bUhonandthevolaliJeplayoflandspeculaliOnscl"Vt'tolimitthescopc If landscape urbanism offers strategies for design, is also provides a cuhural
of urban.design 10 such a degrecthat any intervtnlion lendslobt category-a lens through which to Set' and describe the contemporary city,
~eductd.ellherto the manipulation ofeleffiC'nts predelermined by the many of which, absent inten'ention by designers and without the benefit of plan-
ImptratJvC'Sofproduction,ortoakindofsuptrlicial masking which ning, have been found (0 emulate natural systems. Again, the work of Koolhaas
m~trn devt!opment requires for the facilitation of 1l1arketing and the is notable, but not exceptional!' The clearest example of this tendency can be
maU1\enallce of SOCial COlllrol." found in Koolh,las's essay on Atlanta:
Against the forces of "optimized technolo .. F Allanla docs not ha..ethcc1assical symplollls of the city; it is nOldcnsc;
ture of "resistance." During the followingg:, ~an~ton argued for an architec_
il is a sparse, thin carpet ofhabilation, a kind of suprnnalist composition
architecture as an instrument of local resist::e ~~ g~:~;~~u~;~:p~ov:'s:lJfor oflittkfidds. lis Slrongc-sl conlextual givens are \-egelal and infraslruc-
::ir~gs~~~s.haded rSilion that concedes the unique role ofland~capt'
i:
rcum o. market-based urban order. In lhis later formulalion, land-
:;0: tural: forests and rmds.Allanla is nota city; il is a w",/sclI!K."'

The tendency to view the contemporary city through the lens of landscape is
scape rather ,I han ob)e,cl formalism 'lffords the greater (albeit still slim r '
of constructrng llleanrngful relations within the detritus of market p:~u:~r:~: most evident in projects and texts which appropriatc 1hc terms, conceptual cat-
egories, and operating methodologies of field ecology: that is, the study of species
~e dystopia ofthc ~Iopolis is alradyan irre.-cnible historical (, . as they relate to their natural environments!' This reveals one of the implicit
" has long Si~ce inslalled a new way of life, nOI 10 say a new naIUre~: advantages of landscape urbanism: the conflation, integration, and fluid exchange
I WO~ld submllthal instC<ld we,need 10 conceive ofa remedial landscape between (natural) environmental and (engineered) infrastructural systems.
lhat IS capable of playing a crilrCal and compcnsatory role in rdation to While this newfound relevance for landscape in conceptions of urbanism
fheon go,n g,dcS1 ructiveconllllodilicationof1heman.madeworld_" first manifested itself in 1he work of architects, it has been quickly corroboraled

:1(> invo~e Frampton and Koolhaas together is perhaps curious, for Fram ton's
from within the profession of landscape architecture itself. Though still largely
marginalized by the dominant culture of mainstream landscape architecture, it
~;~:~~~hl~l cUIt.ural resistance to globalization could not be further ~field is increasingly seen as a viable aspect of the profession's future in much of the
ila!. Indeed a:,~r::~t::a:~~:g:~se~~:i~h the very mechanis.ms of cap- ~I~bal academy and for a varielY of progresshe professional practices. This is pos.~ible
the working of global brands is b p ~ .a neo-av.ant gardlst posllton from in part given the critical reassessment that landscape architecture is presently
politics, by the mid '90s, Koolhaa: :~; :anllhar. D~s~lte their divergent cultural enjoying, in many ways analogous to the transformations within architectural
ly convergent positions, concurrin~ On t~a~lia;~Jtlha~ la~~~:le to hCC~tPy cU;ious_ cuhure with the rise of postmodernis111. [n fact, it is perfectly reasonable to under-
~rchiteClure's role as the medium mOSl capable of orderin c~a~:ma ~upp anted stand the recent renaissance of landscape discourse as the impact of postmod-

:;~r::::~~aa~put it .in 1998: ~Architecture is no long:r the pri::ar;:I~~:~; ern thought on the field.
As the discipline of landscape architecture is examining its own historical
plane, increasi~'g;;~:~~~;~:~:;;~~;r~et::n~Yo;~~~~nh:;~:~~~J vegetal and theoretical underpinnings, the general public is increasingly conscious of
environmental issues, and thus more aware of landscape as a cuhural category.
A.rguablya third signific3m cultural position, a realpQlitikofla' -. f:

:l~:~~~a~:;e~;pp:::I:tR~:~ l:r~J~~~~f:~v;t~~;~;;l;':S~PS in ;'llal1l1in;.s:;o;:::e:~~~


Simultaneously many landscape architecture practices in North America have
become proficient in professional activi1ies that were once the domain of urban

c~_ncl~ion~ are n~t


dissimilar; he advocates a cr;:i:;;:;e f:~e;::t~:~:~nR;i:'~ planners. This has allowed landscape architects to fill a professional void, as
planning has largely opted out of responsibility for proposing physical designs.
P llles III t e making of a meaningful public realm in the exurban "middle"
Landscape architects have also been increasingly involved in work for both

042 (HULESWAlOHW'1
FIGS. S.6 MnMfl 6euzelWnt 8lallltscaf>e .In:hllKts: Eaost x-t. 19921lHT\
Sct>e4pe<>p<ll1Kt.I992,delalll_']

tendency. Many landscape archilects have laken up lhis work (or brownfield
siles in North America as the body of lechnical knowledge, modes of practice,
and availability of funding have increased in recent years. Projecls by Hargreaves
Associates, Corner/Field Operations, and Julie Bargmann's DIRT Studio are rep-
resentative here, among others. Another key strategy o( landscape urbanism is
the integration of transportation infrastructure into public space. This is exem-
plified by Barcelona's program of public space and peripheral road improve-
ments, including projects such as Trinitat Cloverleaf Park by Enric Batlle and
Joan Roig, among others [FIG. 41. While this genre of work-the use of landscape
in the stitching of infrastructure into urban fabrics-has well-established prece~
dents, the Barcelona peripheral roadwork is distinct. It offers public parks con-

:::~~i;~~CS~;i~::~~ :~~ ~e:a~ments of various in(rastrucluraJ systems such ceived and constructed simultaneously with the public conveyance of the
highway, subtly inflecting its design away from an optimized arlifact of civil
Richard Weller des;ribes lh~ 1:7::~:epn;;f~:i:r~,:t~:wJi~nradodsc,ape architect
... loun re cvance:
engineering toward a more complex synthesis of requirements, in which neither
civil engineering nor landscape dominate.
f'ostmodcrll JandSCilP'<' archiln:lun: has done a boom trade in cleaning One of the more outspoken proponents of landscape as urbanism is Adriaan
u~ afin modn-n inrrasuudu~ as 5OCietio:s-in l~ lint work!:11 kul_ Geuze, principal o(West 8 Landscape Archilects, based in Rotterdam. Wesl8 has
5fllft from primary industry 10 po5t indusfriaJ,inforrnationsocie!ini. In worked on projeclS at various scales, articulating multiple roles for landscape in
common rand5Ca~ pra<:ficc, work is more often Illan not conducted in the shaping o( contemporary urbanism." Several of these have imaginalively
the s~adow ~f lh~ ~nfrastrtJCtural objt, which is given priority over lhe reordered relationships between ecology and infrastructure, deemphasizing the
::;:'0 whICh II 1$ to. ~ inscorlM. Ho~, as any landsupe architt middle scale of decorative or architectural work and favoring instead the large-
~he bndsapc '~f is a nvdium through which all ecological scale infraslructural diagram and the small-scale malerial condilion.
lranS;l"flonsmuslp;us:JI1SI"einfrastruclu~orthefullJre... Wesl 8's Shell Project, for instance, organizes dark and light mussel shells and
;~:e.e:cac~ 0,f lal1ds~ape.as a rcmcdiating practice_a salve for lhe wounds of the corresponding flocks of similarly shaded dark and light birds natural1y adapt-
In uSlna age-Is eVIdent in the work of man ed to feed from them IFIGS. S.6J. These surfaces form parallel strips of shoulders
archit~IS. Projects by Peler U!z at Duisburg Nord S;eec;::;~~r:r!I~ndscape along the highway connecting lhe constructed islands oflhe EaSI Scheidt storm-
and Richard Haag at Gas Works Park in Seaule, are useful iIIust~lli:nse~~l;h~~ tide barrier. This project organizes an ecology of natural selection and renders
it for public perception via the automobile. By contrasl, historical precedents for

o.~ (HARlS WAlOH(lN


FIGS.7.8 A<!'.... nc;.,.,'eIWnI8Land$upeA'chi'e<;I$,SChiphoIAmSle'damAl'pon
Land5cape. 19':1l-':I6, "I!'e<> ta'e collap j<lnL bird'" 1....... ~c~'(IIOlIOOl_l

urban parkways typically reproduce a pastoral image of "nature" without inter- flGS.':I-11
Ad'iunGeu,eIWnl8 landscap',,",cMec's
vening in their ecological surroundings in any substantial way. Likewise, West SChouwbu'l!'lein Rone,dam. 1995, laye'$ lunl.
8's ambitious scheme for the Schiphol Amsterdam Airport Landscape abandons Borr>eo.n Spo<e<>bu..........S1e'dam lb,bOr
~',199S-96,_"'lptOi,..,"'I ...,
the professional tradition of specifically detailed planting plans, deploying ........ llos'Ams'mlam,l':1'lo'.pIanl...-1
instead a general botanical strat<"gyof sunflowers, clover, and beehives [FIGS. 7 1.
This work, by avoiding intricate compositional designs and precise planting
arrangements, allows the project to respond to future programmatic and polit-
ical changes in Schiphol's planning, positioning hll1dscape as a strategic partner
ill the complex process of airport planning rather than (as is usually the case)
simply an unfortunate victim of il. Anolher example of landscape urbanism as
a professional framework is West 8's redevelopment plan for Borneo and
Sporenburg in Amsterdam Harbor. The planning and design of this large-scale
redevelopment is conceived as an enormous landscape urbanism project, orches-
trated by West 8, into which the work of numerous other architects and design-
ers is inserted. The project suggests the potential diversity of landscape urbaniSI
strategies through the insertion of numerous small landscaped courts and yards,
and the commissioning of numerous designers for individual housing unilS.
Taken together, the range of West 8's rfi:ent production illustrates the potential
for landscape architecture to supplant architecture, urban design, and urban
planning as design disciplines responsible for reordering post-industrial urban
SileS]FIGS. ...nl.

SEVERAL RECENT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN competitions for the reuse of


enormously scaled industrial sites in North American cities have used landscape as
their primary medium. Downsview Park, located on the site of an ullderutilized
military airbase in Toronto, and Fresh Kills, on the site of the world's largest
landfill on Staten Island, New York, are representative of these trends and olTer
the mOSI fully formed examples oflandscape urbanism practices to date applied

LANDS(AHASU~BANISIol [)47
FlG.12NievwOOS.Amstenlom,ploon.,.......

to the detritus of the industrial city."While significant distinctions exist between


these two commissions, as do questions regarding their eventual realization, the
body of work produced for Downsview and Fresh Kills represents an emerging
consensus that designers of the built environment, across disciplines, would do
well to examine landscape:ls the medium through which to conceive the reno-
vation of the post-industri:ll city. !:lmes Corner's projects for Downsview (with
Stan Allen) IFIGS. 13, 141 and Fresh Kills IFiGS. 15.161 are exemplary in this regard,
illustrating mature works of landscape urbanism through their accumulation
and orchestration of absolutely diverse and potentially incongruous contents.
Typical of this work, and by now standard fare for projects of this type, are
detailed diagrams of phasing, animal habitats, succession planting, and hydro-
logical systems, as well as programmatic and planning regimes. While these dia-
grams initially overwhelm with information, they present an understanding of
the enormous complexities confronting any work at this scale. Particularly com-
pelling is the complex interweaving of natural ecologies with the social, cultur-
al, and infrastructural layers of the contemporary city.
fIGS.Il.14
While both Koolhaas/OMA (in partnership with designer Bruce Mau) and Jan'oH Come< and Slan AllonIField
~~.tlowM""Pa'k
Tschumi submitted entries as finalists at Downsview, they found their historical c...." Toron.O'lOOO
fortunes reversed, more or less precisely. The imageable and media friendly Mau planNtra ,_~mo6eIIUfll

and KoolhaaslOMA scheme "Tree City" was awarded first prize and the com-
mission; while the more sublime, layered, and intellectually challenging scheme
of the office of Bernard Tschumi will doubtless enjoy greater influence within
architectural culture, particularly as the information age transforms our under-
standings and limits of the ~natural." Tschumi's "The Digital and the Coyote"
project for Downsview presented an electronic analog to his longstanding inter-
est in urban event, with richly detailed diagrams of succession planting and the
seeding of ambient urbanity in the midst ofseemingly desolate prairies. Tschumi's
position at Downsview is symmetrical with his original thesis for la Villette. Both

llNOSUPEASURUNISM 009
projecls were based on a fundamental indictment of lht 1lI11C'IC'cnlh u:nlury
O]mSledian model, offering in ilS place an understanding of land\{.IIlC: 1.llnn,1l
ed with a pervasive and ubiquitous urbanism. As Tschumi put il III hi .. proji'l.'
statement for Dowllsview:

Neither themt park or wildlife pr~vc. Downsview don nOl sn-k to


remw using 1M convcntions of lndillo1l31 p...k compositions such as
those of Vaux or Olmsted. The combination of advarKed military th
nologicswilhwatercoUfsesandnows3nddownstrcarns$uggCS!SanOlh_
crfluid,liquid,digitalsensibilily.AirSlrips,informationcenlcrs,public
performance s~c~ internet and worldwide web access ",II point to '"
m:letinitionofrKei\'I ide",s "'b<mt puk$., n"'ture, and recr<'atton, in '"
, 2IstcenlurY$Cttingwhereeverythingis~urban"rveninthemiddleof

...--~' .' thewilderncss,"

The Downsview and Fresh Kills projects are notable for the presence of land-
scape architects on interdisciplinary teams of consultants, whereas the 101 Villette
competition named a single lead architect to orchestrate the entire project.
Striking and consistent in this regard are the central involvement of ecologists
as well as information or communication designers on virtually all teams. This
is clearly distinCl from the overarching role of architects in previous regimes of
urban design and planning, where these concerns were either absent altogether
(ecology) or simply subsumed within the professional practice of the architect
(information design).
While it remains unclear if either of the winning schemes by Mall and
KoolhaasiOMA for Downsview and Corner and Allen/Field Operations for Fresh
Kills will be fully realized, we must see this as a challenge of political imagination
and cultural leadership rather than as a failure of the competition procf."Sses or
~FIGS.15.IS the projects they premiated. These projects and the work of their competitors,
J;omesCome</F..ldOpe"" ......, taken collectively, point to transformations currel1\ly underway which are pro-
F,eshll'"$undIiIiCompt""O''I,
_V..... ZOOI foundly changing the disciplinary and professional assumptions behind the
silfdat:~IU"l$'<eplatol_1I design of the built environment. Particularly evident is the fact that projects of
this scale and significance demand professional expertise at the intersections of
ecology and engineering, social policy and political process. The synthesis of this
range of knowledge and its embodiment in public design processes recommend
landscape urbanism as a disciplinary framework for reconceiving the contem-
porary urban field.

Notes
l. Stan Allen, "Mal Urbanism: The Thick 2-D," in Hashim Sarkis, 1" CASE: I.e CorbuJier'$
\?nia HOJpirllf. (Munich: Prnlcl2001). 124.
2. See James Comer. "Tern F1uxus,~ in this collection. See also James Corner, cd., Rowring
L.and~Q~ (New York: Princeton Archittunl Press. (999),

050 CHlRLSWlLDHEIN
3. .x'l.' Corner's introduction to Ht'Covcri"S l.mulsmfJ<!, 1-26. 24, Rem Koulh.l,'~. -Atlanl~," S, Ai, L. XL (New Yurk: MUlialelli, 1'1'i'J). K\~
4. One marker of a g<'"ncratiollal divid<'" bctweell advocacy alld imtrurnentahation ha.! 25. Among the sourc..s of this Illat.-rial ofintcre.!tlo ,lrchitclU amll,lIhl'll.allC l11d"tl'\l~ I.
Ixxn the rcc,,"t emergence of complex and culturally derived under.ltand ing of natural field l'Cologi.lt Richard T. T. Formall. See Wenche 1:.0ralll.!lad. J,lIl1e~ D. 01... ,,1, ~l\d
systems. An example of this can be found in the shift from pictorial to operatiollalill Richard 1'. T. Forman, Lamlscap" Erologr Prjrrcrples '" I.md$/lf'i" Arrl"'ut,,'.. "".11 Will
lalldscape discourse that has b11 the subject of much recent work. Sec: (or example Jama U$l' P/lJ,,";ng (Cambridge. Mass. and Washington. D.c': IlJrVMtl Ulllve~lly ~mt hland
CorneT, -Eidetic Operations alld Nn.- I.:.trtdscapcs; in Ruovffil1g Landsca~, 153-69. Abo Press. 1996).
useful on this topic is Julia Derni.ak. -Challenging the Pictorial: Recent I.:.tndscape 26. Richard ''/tiler, -I.:.tndsape Ar<:hiteclure and the City Now; unl,ubllSheJ nl<lnu~<.rll'
Practice; in Assemb"'~ l4 (I)e(ember 1997): 110-20. ba.s<'d on "Toward an An of Infrastruaure in the Theory and Practice of Contl"llll1'orary
5.Ian McHarg. Du'gn wifh Nature (Garden City. NI"w York: Natural History Press.. 1969). Landscape Architecture; kq'note address.. MESH ConfCffnce. Royal Melbourne InSlllute
For an oVCTVkw of Mum(ord's work. see Mart. Lucca.rdli. Lewis Mumford and'M of Technology. Melbourne. Australia. July 9. 2001.
EcoIogiall RLgwn: Thc PoI,'iaofPlal1ni"g{Nl"wYork: Guilford Press, 1997). 27. On the wort. of Adriaan GeuzdWest 8 sec. -West 8 landscape Architects," in H..,
6. Sn: Corner, -Tern Auxus; in this collection. ulfldschllpm.. ulfldscQpe; Four Intr;mll,ic>,ul! LandscQJIl" ~gners (Ant"''Crpm:
7. E<ltly critiques of modernist architCCfure and urban planning f1Ingcd from the: populi.lt deSingel. 1995). liS-53. and luc:a Molinari. cd. \\~ 8 (M~bn: Skira, 2~).. .
Jane Jacobs, lRDth and Life ofGreal IImericQI1 Ci,ics (New York: Vintage Boob, 1961). to 28. Oo....nsvkw and Fresh Kills ha\'C bn the subject of exten~"'.. documentatIon. Includmg
the prof~ional Robert Venluri. Q,mplcdty and Q,,,trndicrwn in IIrrhilture (New York: essays in PrIlxis. no. 4. Landscap<'S (2002). For additiooal information sec' Julia Czerniak
Museum of Modern Art. 1966). cd. CASE: ~","syiew PDrl; TDmll'C> (CambridgefMunich: Ha...."'rdJPrcstel. 2001). aod
8. Kevin lynch. A Theory of Good Cily f()rm (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT I'ress., 1981). Also Charles Waldheim, "Park=City? The Oowosview Park Competition," in La"dJCQ~
see lynch's earlier empirical resean:h in Image af lhe Cily (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Arclrilawre Mllgazirre vol. 91, no.3 (Mar<:h 2001): 8O-lIS. 98-99.
l'ress.I%O). 29. Bernard Tschumi, ~Oownsview Park: lbe Digital and the CorOle," in Czerniak. ed., CASE:
9. The most significant of the.le critiques waS Aldo Rossi. Sec Rossi, Tire Arclrilture of tire Downsv'ewl'arklOrc>"t<l,82-89.
City (Cambridge. Mass.: MIT l'rl'ss, 1982).
10, RobcrtVelltllriand Denise s<:onllrowll's work is illdicativeo(these intereSls.S<:eVentu ri,
Scoll:JlrOwn, and Steven lzenollr,/,carniug From La, Vega,: Tire Fc>rgOIlCIl Symba/is,u of
Ard"tea"rall'c>rm (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1977).
II. Charles J,,"cks., The Lang"age of I'IJSI-M",leru Archilecture (New York: Rizzoli, 1977),
On furdism and its relation to po.!tmOOcrn arl:hitectllre, sec Patrik Schumacher and
Christian Rogn<,r, "After Ford," in Georgia Dask.alakis., Charks Waldheim, and Jason
Young, cds. Stlliking ~troil (Barcelona: ACfAR. 2001),48-56.
12. I-Iarvard University's Urban Des.ign Program began illl960,andthedis.ciplinegrewin
popularity with increasl enrollments, increasnl numbers of dcgr~ conferred and the
.ddition of new degree pmgramsduring the 1970sand '80s.
13. Allen. "Mat Urbanism: The Thick 2-0,-125.
14. For ronternporanms critical commentary on la Villette. see Anthony VidleT. -Trick.
Track; La CAM Vult:: /..Q ViIlm.. (london: Architeetuf1ll Association. 1985). and Jacques
Docrrida.-Point de FoIieMaintenantl'ar<:hitCCfure."M Fiks 12 {SumrJlCT 1986):65-75.
IS. Bernard Tschumi. La Villc1:te Competition Entry. -The I.:.t Villette Competition; Pril1rt'lD"
/DurIWIYOI.2,-Onl.:.tndscape"(1985}:2llO-I0.
16. ~m Koolhaas., ~lirwU5 Nt:W t"ri; A RefrDllrti"l! Manifoto far Manlumllrl (N\"W York:
OxfordUlliversityPress.1978).
17. Rem KDolhaas, "Congestion without Malter; S. AI, L. XL (Nn.- York: Monacelli, 1999).921.
18. Kenneth Frampton, -Towards a Critical Regionaliim: Six Points for an Arl:hitcctur.. of
Resistance; in Hal FOiter,ed. TlteA,.,;-lIeSlhetic(Seaule:Bayl'ress. (983).17.
19. Kenneth Frampton. "T(>W~rd an Urban I.:.tndscape," Col,,,,,bill Documents {New York:
Columbia University, 1995).89,92.
20, Rem Koolhaa~, "liT Student Center Competition Address," Illinois Institute of
TechnolollY' College of Arl:hitccture, Chicago, March 5, 1999
21. Peter Rowe. Mati"g a Middle Lm"lsca{IC (Cambridge. Mass.: MIT Press. 1991).
22. Kcnneth Frampton. "Toward all Urbaol.:.tndscape,"8}-93.
23. Among these sec. for example, I.:.trs lerup, "Stirn and Dross: Relhinkiog the Metropolis,"
Afler Ihe City (Cambridge. Ma~: MIT Press.. 2000). 47-61

lANOSUP{ASURUNISIl OS]
Traditional urban histories make a distinction between the Neolithu..
agrarian revolution that produced compact cities around the world and lhe
modern, industrial revolution that allowed cities to break beyond their former
bounds [FIG. 1[.' More recently historians like Spiro Kostof, in his books lhe
The City Shaped and The City AS$embled followed cues offered by Kevin lynch
in Good City Form, to develop an argument for a third 1:ity form, one thaI lynch
called "organic," moving beyond his teacher Frank lloyd Wright and the car-
based. agrarian-industrial model of Broadacre City from the mid-1930s.'
Sebastien Marat, in his Suburbflllism and the Art of Memory, gives this complex
of ideas an ironic twist, reintroducing a sense of layering, history, and poetry
into the suburban landscape.'
[n this brief essay I trace the re1:ent trajecloryofthe idea oflandS1:ape urban-
ism and the e"panded field of urban design as the successor to this elusive third
term in the emerging essay collections, such as this volume, Landscape Urbanism:
A Malfllal for the Machinic LaPldscape, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Ciro
Najle, or SIll/king Detroif, edited by Gcorgia Daskalakis, Charles Waldheim, and
Jason Young.' Collected in the lauer, the essay "After Ford," by Patrik Schumacher
and Christian Rogner, of the Design Research Laboratory at the Archite<:tural
A.NCIf::N"f Association (AA) in london, provides a most convincing explanation for the
'7-'9 (..'If.
relation between modern urbanism and Fordist economic imperatives, as well
as the surreal spectacle of decay and abandonment found today in many North
American industrial cities. In Nco-Marxian terms, Schumacher and Rogner bril-
liantly describe the interior logic of Fordist mass production and the conse-
quences for the traditional, closed form ofthecity. They map three phases in the
evolution of Fordism as a technical and spatial system, matching each phase to
a logical and organizational structure.'
The development of the industrial city begins with the invention of the
mass-production line through the application of Frederick Winslow Taylor's
principles of scientific management to industrial production. I.e Corbusier pub-
lished Albert Kahn's 1909 Ford Highland Park Plant as an icon of modernism
and an exemplar of this industrial form in the landmark publication Towartls a
New Architecture, published in 1927.' According to Schumacher and Rogner, the
traditional industrial city's desiruction began in what they term Phase 2, when the
"assembly line concept is applied to the overall urban complex," creating a minia-
ture"cily as machine.'" Here Ford dispersed the production line flows and assem-
FIG 1 Ced'icPr,ce.I"'UUSO~&ram'
bly points in single-story sheds designed by Kahn across enormous suburban

056 'UHAN(SIIAH(
prolK'rty, creating the world's largest industrial complex. I~th Hitler and Stalin as potential commons. Waldheim sa"'" landscape urb~\llislll, llke 1,lllli.....lp .11...111
admired this system of rapid industrialization, leading Kahn to build five hun- tecture, as an interstitial design discipline, operating in the sp;lle~ h('tw\,('11
dred plants in Russia between 1929 and 1932. Finally the effects of Fordism and buildings, infrastructural systems, and natural ecologies. In thcscc\)f\tclt~, I.unl
the ~city machine" model of organization dissolved the industrial city itself into scape urbanism became a useful lens through which to view t~oSC."UIl\l,'Cn,M
the landscape.' Schumacher and Rogner mark Phase 3 with Ford's dispers"l of residual fermi" vaguc$ once inhabited by conceptual and 1:011(1 artIsts like l~o~)Crl
production patterns-first regionally, then nationally, then globally. This disper- Smilhson or advocated as marginal spaces worthy of attenlion by the archllCli
sal created a more open, decenlralized, self-organizing, and postmodern -matrix" Ignasi de Sol~-Morales Rubio." .
paUern, still operating today. The Landscape Urbanism exhibition contained an internatIonal survey of
The problems of this post modern organization in Ihe landscape became public urban spaces, but one project that stood out in particular was James
obvious in the 1990s with the proliferation of sprawling cities, gated enclaves, Corner's premialed but sadly unbuilt project for Greenpor~ Harborfront, Long
residential communities, megamalJs, and theme parks. As Schumacher and Island (1997). His office, Field Operations, proposed creatmg a sen~e of u~~an
Rogner write, the extension of this dispersed system -fueled the rapid decom- activity around the annual raising and lowering of the town's an~lent.salllll~
pression of urban industrial cities and the decentralization of both mass pro- ship Sulla Maris up and down a newly created slip, wilh a hisl.onc chlldre~ s
duction and mass consumption.... carousel housed in an adjacent band shell. Corner envisioned thiS staged, tWice
The question facing American postindustrial cities in the wake of Fordism is annual event as an attractor for people and the media, who would flock to the
what to do about the abandoned factories, acres of vacant workers' housing, and town in its off season, inhabiting Ihe newly created commons on the harbor
redundant commercial strips. How should once mighty cities shrink and recede front to watch the ship's spectacular movements. In the winter, the ship would
back into the landscape? The British architect Cedric Price proposed a mobile become a monumental, sculptural presence lit at night in the center of the small
university in train carriages on abandoned railway tracks to revive a similar -rust port's commons; in Ihe summer it would return to its accustomed quayside,
belt" area in his Potteries Think Belt project (1964-65). David Green of .....here its masts would tower above the rooftops."
Archigram, in his Rockplug (1%9) and L.A.W.U.N. (1970) projects, imagined the Corner's project illustrates his concept of a -performative" urbani.s~ .based
complete dissolution of the "machine city" into a series of mobile housing units on preparing the setting for programmed and unprogrammed ac.tlvltles O~l
with automated service robots and buried networks set in an idyllic landscape. common land. Three other projects included in the exhibition, each uSing DetrOIt
The term garden suburb took on a new, ironic, and electronic meaning: a territo- as their subject, paired .....ith commentary by a landscape architecl, provide fur-
ry inhabited by sophisticated urban nomads in inflatable capsules, needing access ther insights into this emerging stralegy." Waldheim proposed the mosl com-
to global systems." Following this lead, the Urban Street Farmer Group in London prehensive of landscape urbanism praelicrs in "Decamping Detroit," a~vocat~ng
in the early 1970s envisioned" huge recycling process conducted on " slreet.by- a four-stage decommissioning of land frol11 the city's legal control: Dlslocatl~n
street basis, creating urban agriculture. [n 1987 Richard Register, in his &:ocity (disconnection of services), then Erasure (demolition and jumpstartlllg the natIve
Berkeley projeel, provided a considered ecological framework for such urban landscape ecology by dropping appropriate seeds from the air), follo.....ed by
shrinkage, wilh many low-tech ecological lessons applicable to the dissolution of Absorption (ecological reconstitution of part of the Zone as woods, mars~es. and
former industrial citics into the 1.1ndscape.'1 In Ihiscontext, "landscape urbanism" streams), and finally Infiltration (the recolonization of the landscape ~Ith ~et
has recently emerged as a rubric to describe the design strategies resulting in the eropic vilJagelike enclaves).' As Corner writes in his commentary, thiS pro!ect
wake of traditional urban forms. Lynch, in his Good Cil)' Porm, used the term ~prompts you 10 reflect on the reversal of the traditional appr~ach to colOlllza-
"ecological~ to describe his third, hybrid city morphology. He cited earlier classic tion, from building to unbuilding, removal, and erasure."" ThIS reversal of nor-
ecologicaltcxts, such as E. P. Odum's 1963 book EcQlogy, to further describe his mal processes opens the .....ay for a new hybrid urbanism, with dense clusters ~f
emerging sense of the urban landscape as a system of flows and feedback loops." activity and the reconstilUtion of the natural ecology, starting a more ecologi-
Charles Waldheim further aniculated this ecological understanding in the cally balanced, inner-city urban form in the "'oid.
organization of a March 1997 conference and exhibition titled Landscape In the context of post-Fordist decentralization and the abandonment of
Urbanism. Waldheim coined the term "landscape urbanism~ to describe the industrial cily centers, Corner proposes "landscraping" as a solution to the ~is
practices of many designers for whom landscape had replaced architectural appearance of the city documented in SW/king Detroit. Corner sees the creatIon
form as the primary medium of citymaking. This understanding of decentral- of the voids of inner-city Detroit as a result of Ford's (and Chrysler's and General
ized post-industrial urban form highlighted the leftover void spaces of the city Motors's) organi7.3tional and territorial evolution as industrial corporations. He

THE EMERGENCE OF L~NOSC~PE URe~NISM OS9


conceives of the resu!lant voids as ~cOllstructions" produced by an induslrial Citil's ill 1:I'olraimr, each published nearly a half-celltlll'Y pnor 10 I h)\klll~,~{'Il\Cll
logic and as rescn'cs of"indeterminacy"_places of potential action. This "logis- that the Industrial Revolution altered this delicate ecological and ,lWM"lll IMI
tical and performalive" future aelion, as in the past, will emerge from social ance of village around a commons." They dreamt of merglllH the Indu\tllllli It)'
codes and com'enlions thaI regulate the relationships between urban stakehold- with the old landscape tradition of small-scale, complementary town ,111<1 \.111111
ers or actors in industrial societies." These codes become embedded in "infra- try developments (a merger best represented by Howard's "Three M,lgnch
structural regimes~ that Corner argues, like Schumacher and Rogner, are best Diagram"). Howard proposed that the State would ensure an even dl~lnhutllln
depicted as diagrams of organization. The~ diagrams show "the mechanisms of facilities in small New Towns constructed beyond a no-build Green I\ell
necessary for something to be enacted (including erasure)..... The disappearance Corner's predecessor at Ihe University of Pennsylvania, Ian McHarg contll1ucd
of the cify into the landscape thus becomes a part of its larger evolution over this argument in Design with Nalllre. He added the layering capacity of C01llptil
time that can be designed, just as John Soane in the 1820s imagined his new er graphics to help in isolating the "no build" voids based on aesthetic, ecologi
Bank of England in London as a future ruin. Corner looks forward to "moving cal,and agricultural values."
from both modernist and New Urbanist models of ordering lhe city (bOlh of Corner also draws on a landscape ecology tradition that defines lhe land-
which believe that formal models alone will remedy lhe problems of the city, scape very broadly as a mosaic of "the total spatial and visual entity of human
stylistic differences not wilhstanding), to more open-ended, strategic models..... living space" that inlegrates the environment, living systems, and the man-made,"
Corner traces this performative approach back to the work of Rem Koolhaas Carl Troll, who coined the phrase lalldscape ecology in 1939 in Germany, wrote,
and Bernard Tschumi, who in turn drew on the time-centered work of Cedric ~Aerial photo research is to a great extent landscape ecology.... It is the consid-
Price and Archigram. Corner saw Tschumi's Pare de la Vilelte project (1982) as eration of the geographical landscape and the ecological cause-effect network in
a "prepared ground" for Paris, with pavilions and e,;ceptional park regulations the landscape,"'" Landscape ecology grew up as an adjunct of land planning in
allowing walking on the grass, football, bicycling. kite-flying, picnicking, and even Germany and Holland after the Second World War, reaching America only in
equestrian events, Koolhaas (with Xaveer de Geyter) protected the beautiful the 1980s, when Corner was a student al Penn. In America during the 199Os,
landscape territory of Melun-Seurat by "linear voids" of nondevelopment in his European land management principles merged with post-Darwinian research
New Town Competition entry (1987), Another Dutch precedent for Corner is on island biogeography and diversity to create a systematic methodology for
West 8,led by landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, whose \Vest Market S<juare in studying ecological flows, local biospheres, and plant and species migrations
Binnerotte, Rotterdam (1994-95), provides a working example of this strategy," conditioned by shifting climatic and environmental factors (including human
The municipality of Binnerolte owns, maintHins, and programs lhe space, which settlements), Computer modeling, geographic information systems, and satel-
is also free Ht times to be occupied by local people of all ages, under the surveil- lite photography formed a plIrt of this research into Ihe plltches of order and
lance of cameras and local police, patterns of"disturbances" (hurricanes, droughts, floods, fires, ice ages) that help
For Corner these spaces are "prepared grounds," flexible and open, like the create the heterogeneity of the American landscape.-
British commons or Indian maidan, allowing the ~ad hoc emergence" of~per in Taki"g Measures Acron the Amerialll lAm/scape, Corner and pilot-pho-
formatin' social patterns and group alliances that eventually colonize these sur- tographer Ale,; S. Maclean, track from an aerial perspective the impact of the
faces in provisional yet deeply significant ways."" A historic British commons enormous productive industrial economy engendered by Fordism, as well as the
like Hampstead Heath in London, with its ~asonal, traveling carnivals, sporting landscape created by this pallern of production and consumption in suburban
events and dubs, disorganized fireworks displays on Guy Fawkes Day, and tra- sprawl." As landscape ecologists, Corner and Maclean try to show an entire
dition of heahhy walks, bicycling races, nude sunbathing, and swimming-not national agricuhural and industrial ecology at work. Corner's multila)'ered draw-
to mention youth gang fights and gay cruising-operates in this way within the ings document both the man-made industrialagricultural "machine city" and
dense surrounding urban fabric of the inner city. The Boston Commons and New natural ecological systems at a sublime scale, creating vast patches of control
York's Central Park perform a similar, much more policed, heterotopic function. and order in the American landscape, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha,
Corner points to the Anglo-Saxon performative tradition described at length Corner's colleHgues at the University of Pennsylvania, perform a similar survey
by W. G. Hoskins in the classic 1955 work Tile Makhlg ofti,e Ellglish Lalldscape," and systematic analysis of the Mississippi's flow pattern over the centuries and
Here the creation of the urban grew out of a constant battle with the landscape, the recent efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers to control them in their 2001
with generations building layers of traces in the countryside over centuries. Both book Mississippi Floods: Desigllillg a Siriftillg lAndscape.... Here the temporal and
Ebenezer Howard in his Garden Cities of TOlllorrow and Patrick Geddes in his performative natute of the human battle with the enormous forces of the river

IH((MUG[Il((llfLAMllSU'lUIlUM'SM lIIil
earns pride of place. The engineers even had prisoners of war in the I940s con- The recent discourse surrounding landscllpe urb,mi\m doe\ nut yet IWt\llltll
struct a gigantic concrete scale model of the vast river basin so that they could address the issue of urb:11l morphologies or the emergent!' 01 \cll!clllellt p,ll
measure the flows of water and efficacy of their proposed levees, canals, and terns over time. It concentrates on their disappearance and erasure. I he pluh
dams. Alan Berger. a graduate of Penn, u.ses similar graphic and analytic tech- lem of this approach is its amnesia and blindness to preexistingstrutture\,uIll,ln
niques to reveal the vast, overlooked landscape patterns created by mining, ecologies, and morphological patterns. A common ground is usclc.~\ wllhnut
agric~ltural. industrial. and hydraulic operations in his book Reclaiming ,he people to activate it and to surround it, to make it their common~. IhlU\lIllt,
Amencan \Vest.J.I however transient or distant, is an essential pari of this paHern of relauomhll),
All of landscape urbanism's triumphs SO far have been in such marginal and whether connecting to a village green or a suburban mall. With this logIC the
"unbuilt" locations. These include Victoria Marshall and Steven Tupu's premi- 1987 International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Berlin sponsored the recolonilJ
ated design for ecological mudflats, dunes. canals. and ramps into the water in tion of vacant inner-city lots with high-density, low-rise infill blocks, in antici
the Van Alen East River Competition (1998), which would have simultaneously pation of the construction of Potsdamer Platz and the demolition of the IJerlin
s:'lved the garbage.disposal problem of New York and reconstituted the Brooklyn Wall. Adaptive reuse, as in the conversion of dockland warehouses or multisto-
SIde of the East Ihver as an ecology to be enjoyed as productive parkland!' In ry faclOries to lofts and ap<lTlments, is another successful strategy that has pro-
the Downside Park, Toronto Competition (2000). Corner, with Stan Allen, his vided housing and workplaces to activate inner-city areas. Even in Detroit. Henry
partner in the firm Field Operations, competed against Tschumi, Koolhaas and Ford's grandson is rebuilding the Ford River Rouge Plant as a model hybrid
Bruce Mau (who lVon), and two other teams. providing a showcase for their "green"facility."
"emergent ecologies" approach." This was further elaborated upon in Field Landscape urbanists are just beginning to battle with the thorny issue of how
Operations' winning design for the Freshkills Landfill Competition at Staten dense urban forms emerge from landscape and how urban c<:ologies support
Island (2001). Corner and Allen analyzed the human, natural, and technological performance spaces. The linear organization of the village main strcctleading to
systems' interaClion with characteristic aerial precision. They presented the proj- a common space, with its row-house typology and long thin land subdivisions.
ect as a series of overlaid. CAD-based activity maps and diagrams that stacked is one of the oldest global urban pallerns, studied by the pioneer urban mor-
up as in an architect's layered axonometric section. These layered drawings phologist Michael R. G. Conzen in the 19305." Urban morphologists look for
clearly showed the simultaneous, differentiated activities and support systems the emergence of such characteristic linkages between activity and spatial pat-
planned to occupy the site over time, creating a diagram of the comple1( settings terns in human selliements. Such linkages, when repeated over time, form
for activities within the reconstituted ecology of the manmade landfill.'" Mathur islands of local order structuring the larger patterns of global, ecological, and
and da Cunha's entry in the same competition used a similar approach but economic flows.'" The paltern of the town sqUiltC and approach street is anoth-
emphasized the shifting and changing ecological systems of the sill' over time, er, more formal example of an urban morphology, focusing on a single center,
seeking suitable places for human seltlements including residences. setting up the central agora or forum as in a Greek or Roman city grid (and
In a recent conference on landscape urbanism held at the University of echoed in the Iypology of the courtyard hnusc). The Islamic city, with its irreg-
Pennsylvania in April 2002. Dean Gary Hack questioned the interstitial and ular cui-dc-sac structure, accommodating the topography. emerged as a varia-
small-scale strategies of the participants. Hack identified a key problem for tion on this classical model, with the mosque, bazaar, school, and baths replacing
landscape urbanists as they face the challenge of adapting to complex urban Ihe forum and temples at the center.... Medieval European cities, also with cul-
morphologies beyond that of an Anglo-Saxon village and its commons. Subur- de-sacs but based on a row-house typology, formed another morphological
banites are willing to pay a premium to visit staged urban spectacles, which can variation of the classical city, with market halls and cathedrals on the city square.
take the form of the Palio annual horse race in Siena, a parade on Disne)'\\lorJd's In n,e Making oftile Americall Landscape, edited by Michael P. Conzen of the
Main Street. or a weekend in a city-theme<! Las Vegas casino like the Venetian, University of Chicago, contributors illustrate how the morphology of the city
with its simulation of the Grand Canal as a mall on the third noor above the shifted from a dense single center to a "machine city..... This bipolar structure was
gaming halJ. The desire for the city as compressed hustle and bustle in small based on railways creating a regional division between the dense center and the
spaces remains strong. Mohsen Mostafavi, the chairman of the Architectural suburban villa edge, involving the separation of consumption from production,
Association in London, delivered the keynote speech, showing the Barcelona- industry from farmland. rich from poor, and so on. In the second phase, the
style. large-scale infrastruclural work of the first three years of the AA Landscape ~lllachine city" of the modernists (best e1(emplified by the morphology of Le
Urbanism program." Corbusier's 1933 Ville Radieuse, with its slab blocks and towers set in parkland)
replaced the old,dense Industrial City. With the advent of the automobile, a third of the Industri,ll ReVOlution is here linked to a pre.modCI'II, de~'p l'wIOMI~'11 \l'll
morphology emerged in a multicentered pattern and isolated pavilion building sitivity to light, to w:ltershed, to ground covcr, to tllpogr,lphy, eVl'1I IOpulut!Y,
typologies, a pattern that was further extended by airports on the regional periph- merging the cosmic with the industrial in a vast, sublimc, 1ll,lchink OHler, l\uI'lW'
ery. loel Garreau identified this in 1991 as the postmodern "Edge City" mor- Office Architects (FOA), for instance, turn the concept of the grcen IIll)1 IIlIll ,I
phology of malis, office parks, industrial parks, and residential enclaves." dynamic, flowing, baroque parkland setting in their Osaka OCC,Ul Lilll'r Tellllin,ll
In Europe, Cedric Price jokingly described these three city morphologies in Project. Pier and park, two previously separate urban morphologics, IIrc hyhl u.l
terms ofbreakfust dishes. There was the traditional, dense, "hard-boiled egg" city ized so as to become inseparable, Juan Abalos and Inaki Herreros, with tllcil' hiM
fixed in concentric rings of development within its shell or walls. Theil there was "garden windows" (several stories high and cut into suburban, Illoderni~t hlulks),
the "fried egg" city, where railways stretched the city's perimeter in accelerated or Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, with their flowing pedestrian p:lths :1Il([
linear space-time corridors out into the landscape, resulting in a star shape. Finally ramps, create radical new hybrid morphologies-part landscape, part city, with
there was the post modern "scrambled egg city," where everything is distributed few precedents."
evenly in small granules or pavilions across the landscape in a continuous net- The emerging practices surrounding landscape urbanism offer many lessons
work. Koolhaas and younger Dutch firms like MVRDV continue this tradition for urban designers wanting to link structures to specific flows of populations,
of urban, morphological analysis with a light, analogical touch. The organizing activities, construction materials, and time, The greatest strength of these prac-
group of the 200 I International Conference of Young Planners meeting in Utrecht, titioners lies in a determination not to accept the readymade formulas of urban
for instance, used Price's metaphors to study the impact of media and commu- design, whether"New Urbanist" or "generic" urbanist Illegaforms a la Koolhaas.
nications on the city." Franz Oswald, from the ETH Zurich Urban Design pro- Landscape urbanists want to continue the search for a new basis of a performa-
gram, also examines the "scrambled egg" network analogy in the Synoikos and tive urbanism that emerges from the bottom up, geared to the technological and
NelCity projects, both of which study the distrihution of urban morphologies in ecological realities of the postindustrial world. This implies an opportunity to
central Switzerland as layers in a cultural, commercial, industrial, and informa- open urban design out beyond the current rigid and polarized situation to a world
tional matrix within the extreme Alpine topography and its watersheds." where the past building systems and landscape can be included as systems with-
Schumacher, at the AA's Design Research Laboratory, has also extended his work in urban design. Designers recognize and play with these morphologies that are
from Stalking Detroit into an investigation of the role of personal choice in a traces of human habitation, creating layers of meaning for current production
dynamic, typological, and morphological matrix forming temporary housing L1ndscape urbanists, equipped with a sense of shifting and changing urban mor-
structures in the city," His colleagues in the landscape urbanism program have phologies, create new and unforeseen recombinations and hybridizations, liber-
also shifted to a more urban orientation, studying Venice and its lagoon." ating the urban design discipline from the current, hopeless, binary opposition
This rationalist, morphological, and landscape tradition seems to be centered of past and present, (Own and country, in and out.
in Venice. Here Bernardo Seechi and Paola Vigano continue the typological analy-
sis begun in the 1930s, but now applied to the voids of the postmodern city-
region, the "Reverse City," Vigano's La Cittd E/emelltllre (The Elementary City, Noles
1999) is exemplary of this larger European landscape urbanism movement. For I. I am grateful to my colleagues at Columbia University, Professors Brian McGrath and
Vigano, large landscape infrastructures form the basis for later urbanization." Victoria Marshall, to Chairman Moh~en Moslafavi at the Architectural Association, and
to Ciro Najl<' of the Landscape Urbanism Program thac, a~ well a~ 10 Charles Waldheim
Le Corbusier's work at the Agora in Chandigarh is exemplary in its monumen-
forill1roducingmetothi~collCepl.lal.rothankBi\lSaundersandAnlonioScarponifor
tal manipulation of the terrain, orientation to the regional landscape, and attempt their comments on an earlier, longer version of this artide publishedelectronicallyinthe
to form an urban space. Xaveer de Geyter Architects' After Sprawl, with its fifty- Harvard Design Magazine, Fall 2003.
by-fifty-kilometer"Atlases" of European cities made by various university groups, 2. See Spiro Kostof, in the The Cily Shaped (London and New York: Thames and Hud~on,
gives an easily accessible cross section of a wider landscape urbanism and mor- (991), and The City Assembled (London and New York: l'hallles and Hudson, t992). Also
Kevin Lynch, Goml City Form (Cambridge and London: MIT Press, 1981), 73-98
phological network linked to Venice,"
3. See Sebastien Marot, SlIburbanism mId lite ATI of Memory (London: The Architcctuml
The recent publication of Lmldscape Urbanism: A Mamwl for the Machinic Associatioll,2(03). MarOI baseshi~complexsynlhe~isand hybrid discip1inc on Fr:lIlCeS
Landscape shows the further evolution of landscape urbanism practices since Yales, The Art of Memory (London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1966), Colin Rowe, Colltlg"
Waldheim's founding of the landscape urbanism program in the School of City (Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: MIT Press, (978) and the land ~rtisl
Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1997. The instrumentality RobcrtSmithson.

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4. Mohscil Mo~t,lf.lvi ~l1d Ciru NJjle, cds., LIUII/JCI'I'" Urblmism: A Mmmal for rite MilCl"",c 'rile l!rologyofl.mrdSi'lIpcs 1111I1 rh'grous (Cambridge, Fnlll~nd: (:,lIuhrllltlt' lInlvl'r~IIY
1.IIIlI/Srolp' (l.omton: Architectural ASSiKiatioll. 20(3), and Georgi~ Daskalakis, Charks I'rcss,tm).
Waldhcim, J~wn YOUllg, cds., SI"lki"g !klmil (Barcelona: Actar Editorial. 2(01). 29. James Corner and fl1c~ S. MacLc:lll, '/i,killg Meas"res Acron ,lit A"""",,,, I muh, ,11't (Nr w
5. I'Jtrik Schumacher and Christian Rogner, ~Af{er rord:' in Daskalakis, Waldheim, and Havcn,Cr:YaleUniversilyl'ress,1996}.
Young,eds., Stalkil1g Delroir, 48-S6. 30. Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, Mississippi I'/o",ll; Di'j'X""'ii I' .~llI/lmill ",,,1,, ,11'r
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(New York: BruillC'r, 1968), 8()-.37; for Archigram s A Cuilk 10 Archig,"m J96/-7~ r.lunich: Harvard Dnign School and Presld, 2001), and Sian Alkn, "Infraslruclural
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Press, (995), 118-23. 35. Mohsm Mostafavi and Ciro Najk, "Urbanism;as l.:andsupt?,~in M Files 42 (London:
14. S hltp.Jlwww.va~kn.orsfo:hibilSlgrtt11OrI.htm. and Guy Dcboni, The Sociely ofrhc ArchilC'dUraJ Associalion, 2000), 44-47.
Sptk, trans. D. NicholsonSmith (NcwYork: Zone Boob, 1995). 36. S hllp-Jlwww.mcOOnoughpa-lInC.rs.comiprojtc:tsJp_ford_rougt.hunl.
15. Dasblakis, Waldhrim, and Young, tds.. St"aing Drlroit.ln ~Projtcting Dttroil," 37. Stt Tnry R. SIalC'T "Starting AS"in: Rcc:olJcctions of an Urban Morphologist,~in S1atC'r,
Dasblakis and Omar P<Tn of tht Das 20 Archil<"Clure Studio pf"O\SC' building two td., The Buill Form ofWcslC'ln Citid (LtKestC'T and NtwYorlc Lticestn Unh'C'TSity Press,
long. low, ramptd, enormous glass lingers Kross Woodward A'-nIoe, the main axis of 1990),22-36, and hllp:Jlwww.bbam.ac..uk!gtography/umrg..
Dttroit-lingtrs lhal would rdItcIlhe ruins of the baroque Grand CircUS, marking 1M 38. S Anne: Vema Moudon, ~Gctting to Know the Built landscapt: Typomorphology,- in
C'dgtofIMoidcore(7'9-99}.~nYoungJcadl;agroupofauociatcsinastricsofsitC' Karm A. Franck and Lynda H, Sdmcckloth, tds., Ordtring Sptu Typo in Architectural
specific inltrVmlions., all expressing "Lint Fruslration" with tM lifH'$ of dtmarcation in Design (Ntw York; Van Noslrand Reinhold, \994), 289-311.
the' city, including IhC' Eighl Mile linC'. Tht")' stress IhC' importancC' of the mtdia image of 39. SIC'phano Bianco, UrblJn Form ill the' Iwmic \\or/d {New Yorlc Tharnc:s and Hudson,
the innC'Tcilya.ndproposta MtdiaProdtKIioonCmlC'rfor OntsilC'(l30-14J). 20(0),153.
16. Corntr, "l.:andscraping." in Daskalakis, Waldheim, and roung, cds., S!<Ilking Derroil, 122-25. 40. Michael P. Conzm, td., Tht" Makillg of tht Ammon l..Ilndsalpe (BosIon: Unwin Hyman,
17. Ibid., 122 1990).
18. Ibid. 41. Joel Garrcau, Edgt Cily (NtwYorlc Doubltday, 1991).
19. Ibid ~2.lnlC'TnalioonaISociC'tyofCityandRegional Planncrs, 2ool,"Honcy, I Shrank lhe Space,-
20. Ibid., 12]. Congress notC' al hllp:Jf..'WW.isocarp.org/2oollktynottslindtx.htm.
2\. S Bart Lootsma a.nd Ingt Bmlgtum ,tds., lu/riaan GcIlU: Wm8: l..IllliIsh"psarrniltffllllr 4]. Stt hllp:llwww.orl.arch.C.Ihz.chlFB_SlaC.dttbaulhomC..html.
{Rollerdam:UilgtVC'rijOlO,I995),44-45 44. Palrik Schumacher, ~Aulllpoesisof a Residential Community,~ in I+RAMlVj and BIC'II Sltel,
22. Corner, "landscraping," 124 tds., NtgotiMt My &undaryl: ManCustomiwlion ,,"d Rcspollsivt EtwironmC'lIts (London:
23. W. G. Hoskins, The Making ofrhC' English l..Il"dsmpt (New York.: Payson & Clarke, Lid., Archit<"Ciural Association, 2oo2), 12-15. S aho hnp:Jlwww.arch-JS$OC.org.uklaadrl.
1955). ~5. Stt hnp:llwww.a:ascbool.ac.ukllu
24. EbcneU"r l!ow;lrd, (inn/", Ciriel of Tomorrow (London: S. Sonnenschein & Co., Ltd., 46. For Bernardo Se<:chi, sec Prima lC'ziOlIC d; "r",,";S/iea (Rome, Bari: Editori latena, 2000).
19(2), and I'atrick Geddes, CiliN ill EmilltiOlI (London: Williams & NorS"tc, (915). For Paola Vigano, see fA Cirrll Elt"IIICttlart (Milan: Skira, 1999) and Vigano, cd., TerrirotiC's
25. Ian McHarg, !ksig" wilh Nm"re (Garden Ciry, NY: Publishtd for Ihe American Museum of a New fo,f",leruily (Naples: El<"Cla, 2ool). Stt also Stephano Munarin and Maria Chiara
of Natural Hislory, the Natoral History Press, 1%9). Tooi, 1"l'IlccC'diCittll: EsploraziOlli,Uur' Icrriloriaabi",ro:l'areave"et(Milan: Franco
26. See lames Corner, "Eidetic Operations and New I.andscapes," in Corner, ed., Roveri"g Angeli,200l).
umdsrt/pe: Sst,y, i,r COllfempomry uUIl/se"pe Archiruture (New York: Princelon 47. Xavccr de Geyter Architects, A!icr Sprawl (Rol1erdam: Nai PublisherslDeSingel, 2002).
Architoxhlrall'ress, (999), 153-69, and Corner's CQorscs at hllp:/Iwww.llpenn.edofgsfal 48. See Alejandro "...aeraPolo, "Onlalldscape~ (132-34); lilaki Abalos and Juan Herrcros,
!andscapcfin(!c~.hlm, "JnurllcyThrough the PiClllrcS<l"e (a NllIcoook)" (52-57}: and Jesse ReiserandN:l1li'ko
27. Quotation from Monica G. Turner, Rober! H. Gardner, and Robert V. O'Neill, LmulscilIJC Umcmoto, "In Collversation wilh RUR: On Materiall.ogics in ArchitC<:turc, l.andscape
Ecology itl 1"heorymll/ Pmoiu: Pmtem mid Process (New York: Springer, 2(01), to. and Urbanism~ (102-10): in MostafJvi and Najle,eds., Lmrdscape Ur/",,,ism: A M"",ud
28. See ibid., 10, alld Rich:ud T. T. Formall and Michel Godron, l..Il"dscopc Ecology for Ihe Mac!li,r;c L,mtlscnpe.
(New York: Wiley, 1986). 6t9: see alSQ Richard T. T. Formall. uwdscapc MoSi/;cs:

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In a classical sense it is virtually impossible to romance the ~ity ,l~ a elll
lective work of art. Rather, the contemporary, globally interconnected lIletrop
olis is a rapacious, denutured tungle of infrastructure problems :111(1 planning
issues increasingly subject to base motivations. And yet, even if we arc to instru-
mentally evolve the city in accord with its environmental limitations and social
crises, it would remain merely mechanistic, without art.
To conflate art and instrumentality, two terms generally thought so distant as
to not relate, I am purposefully returning to landscape architecture's idealism and
definition as a holistic enterprise, something that is al best both art and science.'
Aware that there is much in art and science that landscape architecture will never
be, and that landscape architecture seems relatively ineffectual in reshaping the
world, this positioning of the discipline seems nonetheless theoretically correct
and worthy in its aspiration. l
Landscape architecture's relative impotence in leading any reshaping of the
world to date cannot just be blamed on the evil genius of capitalism and the tra-
ditional hegemony of engineering and architecture. Landscape architecture's
scope and influence, whilst in all likelihood increasing, is still weakened by its
own inability to conceptually and practically synthesizt landscape planning and
landscape design, terms which stercotypically signify science and art, respective-
Iy.ln common parlance, planning concerns infrastructure (both mechanical sys-
tems and land-use designation) which, while essential to everything else the city
comprises, bears a low semantic load in und of itself. On the other hand, design
is perceived and practiced as the rarefied production of highly wrought objects
or specific sites that bear a high semantic load. For its focus on intentional mean-
ing, design sacrifices the scale and instrumentality of its agency, whereas that
which planning gains in scale and efficacy it inversely loses in artful intent.
Although this is not always the case, and perhaps too diagrammatic, this axiom
of landscape architecture's bilateral crisis is the crux of the problem! This is
hardly a new observation, and therefore this essay (with its tangential subtext of
associated montages) doesn't claim to identify new problems exactly-rather, it
explores some new ways of getting at the old"
These new ways can be gathered under the rubric of landscape urbanism.
Although still a fUlly cluster of rhetorical positioning and largely unsubstanti-
ated by work on the ground, landscape urbanism warrants serious discussion
because it alone seems theoretically prepared and practically capablc of collaps-
ing the divide between planning and design. This also entails a compression of

ANAUOFINSIRUMNIAun,lNIUIN61HROU6HLANOSCAP[UR8ANISM 071
A '),IslOr,11 n\\l<Ieillity hlJl(I~ ~W.lY 1I\
the puhl;c illl,lglll,llltlll. :11111 tlHl\
landscape rel1l,\Ill~ pttpUI,"ly l!tlmed
as the absence of infr;l~trudur(', a
condition which say~ mmh ahout
the prevailing power of clghtCI.Hh
century English aesthetics and very
little of the truth about contelllpo
rary reality. Further, it seems reason
able to say that by virtue of economic
rationalism and the hegemony of
architecture and engineering, the
infrastructural object or system in
question in any development is given
a kind of autonomous priority over
FIG. 3 "(tololY'
the landscape (socio-ecological field)
into which it is to be inserted. How-
ever, as any landscape architect knows, the landscape itself is a medium through
which all ecological transactions must pass, it is thc infrastructure of the future and
divisions bet....-een architecture and landscape, between fields and objects, between therefore of structural ralher than (or as well as) scenic significance [SEE FIG. 11.
instrumentality and art. Significantly, landscape urbanism is emergingasa cross To know where things should not exist and how to make voids in an increas-
disciplinary sensibility, not to.say a movement which positions landscape as the ingly cluttered world-as landscape architects do-is impo~tant, but, as is oft
datum from which to critically negotiate the denatured field conditions of the bemoaned, landscape architecture often ends up just arrangmg the wreaths for
contemporary metropolis. its own funeral, crying crocodile teaTS for the nature and neighborhoods of yes-
Born of architecture's recent interest in landscape and landscape architec- teryear. Alternatively, landscape design as a fllle art, with pretensions to lhe crit-
ture's own critical self-appraisal in recent years, the ground of the contemporary ical disposition of art, is often seen as the decadent creation of what James Corner
metropolis is no longer modernity's repressed other (as Elizabeth Meyer once refers to as "semantic reserves~-sites where, as he puts iI, only "lhe connoisseurs
rightly identified),! but potentially the twenty-first century's mother of the arts. and the intelligentsia enjoy the associative play of narrative references....
And yet what makes the emergence of landscape at this time unusual is that it Landscape design's indulgences in the semantics of the garden are paralleled
occurs precisely as that which has been traditionally referred to as landscape is by planning's tendency toward rcductionism, and grandiloquent narratives of
almost completely denatured, if not erased, by urbanity. Therefore, to arrive at reconciliation between culture and nalure.'The gap between landscape plan-
an understanding of landscape urbanism and be able to review its design rami- ning and landscape design thai weakens landscape architecture is in somc ways
fications, this essay also attempts to chart what is meant by landscape in the city demanded by professional specialization, but it ;s also a consequence of land-
nowlFlG-ll. scape architecture being stretched so far across the intellectual and actual geog-
Post modern landscape architecture has done a boom trade in cleaning up raphy of what is meant by lalldscape.
after modern infrastructure as societies, in the first world at least, shift from pri- What ;s meant by landscape cannot be considered unless one works through
mary industry to post-industrial information societies. In common landscape what can be meant by ecology, and it is perhaps there that we fmd a new concep-
practice-and here [ am referring to a perception of landscape architecture by tual imaging of landscape, one which landscape urbanist sensibilities apprehend
what is published and awarded in Europe, America, and Australi;l-landscape as a hybridization of natural and cultural systems on a globally interconnected
architects seem mostly employed to deal with spaces where infrastructure is not. scale. Such an apprehension, it will be argued, necessarily interweaves the unten-
They are employed to say where infrastructure should not be, and are generally able polarizations of design and planning stereotypes.
expected to create the illusion that mechanical infrastructure is not where it is.

AIIUIIOfIIlSIAUMfllTAlITY,11I11I1l.11I61I1AOU&IIUIIOSCAI'(URlAIIISI4 on
The science of ecology and its frequently been reduct"<! to dimensions of envirorHllent.11 pruhltlll ..ulvlllK 111111
popular manifestation as environ- aesthetic appear.lIlce:" The association of ecology With Ul',lllvlty, lind III wrll
mentalism has practical and philo- creativity with degrees of instrumentality, is long overdue.
sophical implications for landscape Amongother things. the conditions of ecological crisb I1wkc th,lt Whtlh W,I~
architecture and society at large invisible radically apparent, and with this vision we SCI' our trU!;, rl;llllrl' Mill
IFIG.JI. The conceptual shift brought transcend preoccupations with urban morphology and the simp1i~li\. tr,ullt"ln
about by ecology (and, more gener- al aesthetics of objecthood. But this vision is not easy; for example, t.lke 11 \1111
ally, the physics and biology of the pie object like a house, unpack its constituent parts, and then trace thelll both
twentieth century) is that the world back and forward in time-that is, from their source 10 their entropic elld(le'~
is one of interconnection and code- ness). The resull, insofar as it is even thinkable, is a complex four-dimensional
pendency between organisms and mapping, and even then it is one which barely represents the true complexity of
environments, between objects and the materializations and tangential processes involved.
fields. Although translating into a If not to "save the world" and simplistically fit culture into nature, landscape
victimized "nature," in the popular architecture is right to ally itself with ecology. Landscape architecture-insofar
imagination, ecology is increasingly as it is implicitly concerned with materials and processes subject to obvious
synonymous with new and more change-seems well placed to give form to an ecological aesthetic. L1ndscape
sophisticated models of universal architecture is I10t frozen music. The axiom of ecology, and something now con-
(dis)order such as chaos and firmed by the butterfly efTect of chaos theory, is that all things are interconnect-
complexity theory, kaleidoscopes ed. Therefore every act, e\"ery design, is significant. Add to this the factlhat every
FIG. '''owerPtcluru' through which both romantics and surface of the earth is not a given, but rather a landscape manipulated by human
scientists find previously unrecog- agency, then dearly landscape architecture can only blame itself if it does not
nizable order unfolding over time become more powerful.
in sp~te of.entropy.- Ecology is profoundly importam not only be<ause by pro- Landscape architecture's potential power is vested in the grand narrative of
gressl~g science fro~l the meas~rement of mechanical objects to the mapping of reconciling modernity to place IFIG.41; but the contemporary city is no longer
non-Imear systems It moves sCience closer to life, but also because it places cul- bounded, and therefore landscape architecture must track it to the ends of the
tural systems within the epic narrative of evolution. In this sense ecology is not earth. Landscape urbanism is therefore not just about high-density urban areas
only a meta~science measuring that which was pre....iously beyond measurement, and civic spaces, it is about the entire landscape ofT which the contemporary
but a~so a discourse which implicitly leads to questions of meaning and value, global metropolis feeds and into which it has ravenously sent its rhizomatic
questIons of art.
roots, a growth framed in the aerial photo or the satellite image. In the frame of
Mu.ch recent thinking on ecology and urbanism is inspired by the creative the aerial image, landscape architecture finds its grand narrative of reconciling
potential of contemporary scientific metaphors. Terms such as diversification modernity to place.
flows, complexity, instability, indeterminacy, and self-organization become influ~ But aerial images are contradictory (Faustian) representations because. while
ent.i~l design gener.ators, shaping the way we consider and construct places." they hold outlhe prospect of directing that which is below, they are also images
WTltl.ng on ecology 111 1996, lames Corner says "similarities between ecology and that invite hubris. Aerial images lay everything bare, and yet by their reduclion
creative transmutation are indicative of an ahernati~'e kind of landscape archi- of things to a marvellous pattern they smooth out the complexity and contra
tecture,one in which calcified conventions of how people li\'e and relate to land, diction of being in a body; they conceal the real socio-political and ecological
nature, and place arc challenged and Ihe multivariate wonders of life arc once relations of the working landscape.
again r~leased ~hroll~h i~vention."' He urges landscape architecture to develop A book that critically engages aerial imagery and frames the magnitude of
~ creative relatIOnshIp With ecology in order to exploit a "potential that might what a relevant practice of landscape architecture might be is Corner's 111kil1g
mfo~m m.0re meaningful and imaginath'e cultural practices than the merely Measures Across the Americarr La"dscape. OJ Unlike Ian McHarg's plans and panora-
~meh?ratlve, compensatory, aesthetic, or commodity oriented."" Pertinently, he mas which, as Charles Waldheim identifies, were predicatt"<! on a nature-culture
Identifies the problem that creativity in landscape architecture has "all too polarity, Corner's montages anticipate and marvel over a synthetic future of
10 the planner's perspective, and when held 11long~idc Mdl.ul"~ Wlllk, Wl' 'III'
aptly reminded Ihat landscape architecture i~ at best Illllirl of 111\11 U111\,1111111ty,
or beller still, an ecological art of instrumentality.lflhcy lire 10 h\' 1,Ih'II \l'III11I\
If, landscape urbanists need to conjoin McHarg alld Corn\'r and gruUIII! h...lh
The historian and theoriSI of landscape architecture John Dixon IltHlt lod
us in a step IOward such a union by noting that the rarefied prdtlll.(' 01 dC\IKll
of gardens and parks (semantic reserves) provide models for the nlakll1g oj
whole places," This point has been borne out by the ways in which the unbullt
scheme for Pare de la Villette in Paris by Rem Koolhaas and the O(fil(' fill'
Metropolitan Archilecture (OMA) continues to be used in landscape urbanist
literature as a benchmark for new ways of conceptualizing the whole landscal~'
Described by Ale:< Wall as "a field of social instruments.," OMA's design for Parc
de la Villette moved landscape design-as the installation of various infrastruc-
tures for an array of programmatic potential rather than a completed aesthetic
composition replete with symbolic narratives and mimetic elementS-IO the cen-
ter of debate over the last twenty years," Unconcerned by Koolhaas's poor eco-
logical credentials in 1999, James Corner stretched OMA's Pare de la Villette 10 the
breaking point, suggesting that it might represent "a truly ecological landscape
architecture," that such a landscape "might be less about the construction of fin-
ished and complete works, and more about the design of'processes,"strategies,'
'agencies,' and 'scatToldings'---catalytic frameworks that might enable a diversity
of relationships to create, emerge, network, interconnect, and differentiate,""
As Marc Angelil and Anna Klingmann explain it, Koolhaas reads the city as
simply"SCAPEO"-a condilion in which architecture, infrastructure, and land-
constructed ecology." And yet, even if poststructuralists are right to observe the scape a~ undifferentiated and subject to the same forces IFIG.sl,- It is this con-
problem of McHarg's basis in dichotomous semiotics, surely they can also ception of the urban environment and its associated landscapes that has gripped
award his planning the potential outcome of synthesis.. Unlike McHarg's Design a new generation of (particularly and understandably European) designers. The
\Vj,h Natllre, Taking Afuullres is not a book with a plan. Corner does not design connation of culture and nature into a hybrid weave across Europe underpins
the ground he sees, neither does he propose a method for others to do so. Alex Wall's descriplion of the contemporary landscape as "a catalytic emulsion,
Whereas McHarg's didactic overviews of how to redesign Ihe world below had a surface literally unfolding events in time," and as a "functioning matrix of con-
an answer for everything (ex~ept why the plan can never be achieved), Corner's nective tissue thaI organizes not only objects and spaces but also the dynamic
collages of maps, photos, and sile data seem to remain merely representation- processes and events that move through them,""
al-just graphic recordings of particular intersections oflopos and technology, Acknowledging OMA's Pare de la Villette as seminal, Wall speaks of land-
a brand of hermeneutic site analysis, scape as if it were a powerboard-a surface through which to run internet cablcs,
If we can in retrospect see the impossibility of McHarg's ecological and sewage systems, and whatever else is needed to, as he puts it, "increase its capac-
methodological fundamentalism, can we not also foresee an overly aesthetic, ity to support and diversify aClivilies in time !F1G, 6)," For Wall, as for many
self-conscious post modernism in Corner's all too beautiful images? Just as aligning themselves with landscape urbanism, the conditions of late capital-
McHarg's method could be learned by rote and practiced with a heavy hand by ism-that is, placclessness, and the mobility of capital, goods, and peoplc-hllVe
everyone, Corner's representational elegallce and thl'Oretical sophistication seems forced a shift from sceilJg cities in formal spatial terms to reading them liS foul'
destined to remain voyeuristic, a detached perspective his own rcrent favoring dimensional dynamic systems of flux, M opposed to neoconservative new urh,lJ1
of ItllldscIJaft (working milieu) over landskip (constructed scene) contradicts.lJ ism, which would have us reconstruct images along classical or vernacularlil1es,
Be that as it may, Taking MeQSl4res frames working landscapes and takes poetics Wall says that the contemporary landscape is one made up of "network flows,

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1I0nhierarchicai ambiguous spaces, spreading rhizomclike dispers.1ls and diffu-
sions, strategically staged surfaces, connective tissue, ground as matrix and accel-
erant, unforseen programs, and other polymorphous conditions."" This speeding
and slippery account of the late capitalist landscape enthusiastically advances a
conception of landscape as service matrix. According to Wall, the emphasis in
design shifts "from forms of urban space to processes of urbanization, process-
es that network across vast regional-if not global-surfaces.""ln line with the
central theme of this essay, Wall is speaking of the ambitions of landscape plan-
ning and representing them as a design discourse.
The meaning of "city" in this context changes. The city in mind here is not
a place or just "a" system, but a part of all processes and systems, a field which
CO\'ers and makes up the world at any given time. Similarly, for the philosopher
and historian Manuel de Landa the city is a coagulation of fluctuating systems,
a slowillg or acceleration of larger temporal processes," The city and its global
landscapes are an admixture of cultural, technological, and natural systems, an
admixture that encrusts in urban form and its institutions, accretions of mind
and matter that can be viewed as crystallizations (as Robert Smithson saw it)
fIG6C.""'........s~,..
within larger evolutionary phenomena.'" Accepting that de Landa's location of
cultural history within natural history is a historiography befiuing an ecological
sensibility, then it is now more appropriate to describe urban centers as relath'e and information while absorbing and redirecting the alternating episodes of
intensifications of processes that stretch across the Earth's surface, a surface with concentration and dispersal caused by the volatile movement of investment
depth that can be understood asa complex field charged with articulations. rela- capital and power.")' He docs not, however, sound like a critical regionalist when
tionships, and potentials. All at once the contemporary city is landscape, build- he divulges an aesthelic predilection for "the extensive reworking of the surface
ing, and infrastructure spread across urban, rural, and wilderness territories, a of the earth as a smooth, continuous matrix that effectively binds the increas-
theoretical positioning of the city as no longer in dialectic with "nature,~ but by ingly disparate elements of our environment together..... To a degree, he then
the same token a positioning which can once again naturalize and therefore jus- finds himself at cross purposes.
tify everything humans make of the world. Wall says landscape urbanist design strategies are ~targeted not only toward
Wall's visions owe more to modernism, futurism, and contemporary systems physical but also social and cultural transformations. functioning as ~ial and
thinking than to the more orthodox landscape architectural pedigree of English ecological agents,"" Apart from the reference to ecology, he could mdeed be
gardens, democratic parks, garden cities, and Jane Jacobs, and it is this difference speaking of modernism-and perhaps landscape architecture is yet to reall.y
that makes it interesting. Indeed, the conditions upon which this new landscape hllVe its own modernism, an ecological modernity, an ecology free of romantI-
urbanism is being constructed'have previously inspired landscape architecture's cism and aesthetics. Even if Koolhaas's ecological credentials are duhious, he
Arcadian antipathy toward the city and motivated its traditional desire for and the landscape urbanists are ecological insofar as they read relationships
groundedness. orientation. and emplacement, Any new discourse of landscape between things as much as objects in and of themselves. as has been architec-
architecture-such as Wall's--must then be appreciated in terms of what is ture's want. In privileging the field o\'er Ihe object, architects, in theory and in
arguably the failing of orthodox landscape architecture to either resist and cri- sco~, are now becoming landscape architects. But one wonders whether they
tique the postmodern city or, on the other hand, to creatively reimagine it. mean to assert that landscape is the infrastructure to which all other infrastruc-
In theory, Wall's stated intention is to engage and then structure the forces lUre clements or networks arc answerable, or whether they are just more effec-
of the city in a critical rather than compliant manner. In fact, Wall sounds like tively getting on with the job of covering the entire Earth with the brutalist
a good old critical regionalist when he explains that his conception of the land- mechanics of the city.
scape as a dominallt matrix "may be the only hope of withstanding the excesses As the next in many recent steps of reinvention, architecture now looks to the
of popular culture-restless mobility, consumption. density, waste, spectacle, so-called landscape, but il does so not for a primal selling in contradistinction

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.b. to its modern reason, nor for criti~ culture of too ml/elr r/altl. There, the design process bew1llcs ,I quc\titll1 til Ulll1
cal regionalism's gell;uj loci; rather, putation, not semiotics, a question of negotiatingst;\lislicallimits, Ilot hellllcnclI
architecture looks to landscape as tic intrigues. Such work is being gathered under the rubric of~dllta\(:.lpe<' whilll
the broader informational field of Bart I.ootsma explains as simply "visual representations of all the me.l~ur.lhlc:
contemporary socio-ecological and forces that may influence the work of the archite<:t or even steer or regulate It.~''
cultural conditions for greater con- Such work is part of the oeuvre of landscape urbanists IFtG.1l.
trol. Part fact and part self-fulfilling Not unlike landscape architecture's recourse to site analysis to justify its out
prophecy, the denatured, post- comes., datascapes are thought to have great persuasive, commercial, and bureau-
dialectical "scape" of the global city cratic force because the subjectivities of the designer can be embedded in
and its infra- and supra-structural seemingly objective data. Whereas more romantic conceptions of the design
system is also one increasingly process see the autonomous designer pained by the collision between ideal form
accepted and apprehended by land- and world, the datascapist does the inverse and begins with the outer limits of a
scapearchitects. project. They accept that a project is always already a site of negotiation. Deferring
With renewed confidence, the a preconceived design outcome. datascaping actively embraces restrictions and
discipline of landscape architecture regulations. For example, Lootsma tells us Ihat some of the most importanl
realizes that through its ability to threads running through West 8's landscape design work are "such apparently
deal with largescaledynamic sys- uninteresting things as traffic laws and the civil code~things oflen seen as
tems it may be best equipped to deal annoying obstacles by designers who put their own creativity first."" 100lsma
with many of the problems plan- goes on to claim that for a designer, selling aside subjectivity and following the
FIG? D.lascapes nersandarchitects have unsuccess- bureaucratic rules of a given place needn't mean neofunctionalism nor consti-
fully struggled with in designing tute mindless robotics (although there is always thai risk), but rather, that the
cities." A new generation of land- designer"commits a genuinely public act in which everyone can participate and
scape architects are prepared to negotiate the mechanics of the city, philosoph- perhaps even subvert.">$Exactly how this is so. or where it has been tested and
ically and practically treating both its culture and its nature as a singular proven, remains unclear.
dynamic ecology without edge. In this field condition the two disciplines of arch- Winy Maas of MVRDV, a practice now synonymous with datascaping, also
itecture and landscape archite<:ture find each other entangled together in fhe willingly embraces all the economic and regulatory constraints affecting any
weave of rhe world. design project. Maas argues that in focusing on and working almost exclusively
In terms of .....orking this weave, one thing seems certain: everything is uncer- with this factual material, a projec!'s form can be pushed beyond artistic intu-
tain-a condition which fits with the definition of chaos as the predictability of ition or formal predilections, and further, that the result is somewhere "between
unpredictability. Experienu teaches that attempts at mastery of the whole are critique and ridicule of a world unable to grasp the dimensions and consequences
vainglorious. Rather, Koolh~as speaks only of staging uncertainty, of diversifica- of its own data..... Similarly, Corner believes "the datascape planner reveals new
tion and redistributions,of"irrigating territories with potentia!."" Arguahly jus- possibilities latent in a given field simply by framing the issues differently... in
tified by the fact that indeterminacy is the (quantum) quintessence of our times, such a way as to produce novel and inventive solutions...... Although some of the
such vague invocations arc (perhaps necessarily) common to conversations about design results and claims made for datascaping seem as faddish as they are
landscape urbanism. They also stem from a tide of Koolhaasian rhetoric which, inflated, we can productively ask that if the datascaper can now, according to
in suggesting that architecture is a washed away sandcastle, effectively expands Corner and Maas, take bland data and make novel and inventive solutions, why
architecture's territory into landscape. Sink or swim? Landscape or architecture? has the data-rich landscape design process as we know it not been able to?
Both, Koolhaas seems to answer.J.l Firstly, the purpose and medium of landscape design should not (and does
Emerging from a Koolhaasian sensibility, a new generation of designers are not) alwnys lend itself 10 the pursuit of anthropocentric novelty. 13uI having
moving away from the dialectics and the romantics of design as a tension between made that qualification, consider that where lnndscape architects have paid close
form and function, idea and reality. Whitst to an extent ever-present, such attention to their data they have perhaps expected it to do aI/the work. Positivist
romantic dialectics now seem cumbersome and inappropriate to getting on in a rather than hermeneutic sensibilities have reduced the catalytic role of the author
in ;lny design process. Alternatively, also consider that much lalldsGlpe architec- If ecology alld society arc as simple as d<lt:lscllpes 1lUBK('\t, then evcry Mtc ~,lll
ture, while paying lip service to site analysis data, does /lO/ in fact work with the now be mapped ill ways that gain closer access 10 the (our dimc1l\1t111ltl, Mllin
data carefully enough and allow it to come forcefully to the surface. For exam- ecological reality of the situation. The computer HI work in tUllC, Mlllul,ltlllH
ple, designers are often more intent on the mimesis of a preconceived, expect- and visualizing dynamic processes of change under specific conditiOIl\ mud
ed, or desired image; and regardless of what site data might indicate, they will ding complex ecological and cultural flows in relation to design intervcnIlOIl\.
arrive at something picturesque. An intersection of the deleteriously divided art and instrumentality of landS<.:a\
Datascaping implies that thec~ati\'e and critical operation of design is redi- architecture, the polariry with which this essay began, is foreseeable in the COlli
rC'ctw from visual and ideological determinations, toward morC' attentive map- putation of datascapes as the cyborgian designer works within a more fluid ficld
ping of interrelated social, political, and C'conomic dynamics that manifest of data, ideas., and form. Instead of master plans, which guide the arrow of time
themseh'es in any given place. In this SC'nse, datascaping as a methodology is, to to a fixed point, landscape urbanists, while cognizant of the whole. makc partial
use a less fashionable word, planning. h is also potentially ~ological. But whilst interventions, strategic moves which might incite loops of non~linear change
it is C'asy to understand how datascapes are descriptive of design/planning prob- throughout a s~tem. Perhaps then here is a duc for how planning's pretences 10
lems and programs, it is not so easy to see how they are generative of inventive the whole and design's preoccupation with parts can come together in a more
(as opposed to crudely neofunctionalist) design responses. finely tuned and instrumental landscape architecture." It might not sa\'e the
MVRDV's Datatown is a case in point. Based strictly on statistical extrapo- world, but one is tempted to think of this as an evolutionary leap in landscape
lation, MVRDV quadruple the current population of Holland inside its existing architecture's favor, a move toward an ecological art of instrumentality.
boundary and visualize the resultant sp;ltial complications. Da/a/olYll, the book,
is full of bombastic images of multilevel carbon sink forests and livestock herd-
Notes
ed into skyscrapers, as would be necessary to l1l<lilltaill the current quality of life I. Reference 10 Iandscapc archilccture as both an art and ascicllceanda disci plinepcriodi.
for circa 260 million Europeans within a 400-by-400-kilometer landscape.... cally tensioned by bias toward Ol1eor the other iSCOnlmOll 10 landscape architectural lit
Bril1iantly dystopian, this is nonetheless datascaping in its crudest form. At no erature,indeedit is one of the rurrenl themes in the Amerkan Societyofundscape
point do the authors do anything but extrapolate existing statistical conditions Architecture's cemennial publication, Melanie Simo, 100 Yellr)" of umd5alf'e Archire(fure'
and follow function with form; the result being the opposite extreme of McHarg's Some PtlnerllJ of Il Celllury (Washington, D.C.: ASLA Press, 1999). Similarly, in cOll(luding
his comprehensive reader in landscape archileclUral lhcory, Simon SwafJidd notes that
ideal of a static culture finally finding its niche within the landscape's limits.
calls for landscape architectur"(" to bC' both practiced and theorized 1$ an art and science
While both models deny creativity and foreclose the openness necessary to a we-refirst heard in the 1950s,andthat this ambition remains central to the discipline In
c~\'olving nature~culture synthesis, one is left wondering what sort of world the new millennium. Simon Swaffield. ed., ThlOry In umdscllpe An:"ilfure: A ~d"
lies in between these extremes, and if this is the world that landscape urbanism {Pbi1adelphia:Universityof~nsytvaniaPress,2002),229.
hasin mind. 2. I think it ",",,5 the American Landscape architect Peler W..lur who onc~ pointed out that
lkspite laying claims to lhenrth, landscape archilectsaffect only a tiny ~ta~ofits
To conclude, Lootsma tells us that the datascape "is less about philosophy,
surface-a seemingly s-elf-C'\'ident point. One could add that thlli influence ,s lIkdy 10
theory, and aesthetics, and more about how the visionary and the pragmatic incrl'l$l' as every pie of land is ;Il(re;;asingly in need of prof6Sional managnnent.
may be combined in creative a!"ld paradoxical wa~."" He distinguishes a new 3. The division ofbndscape architecture's body ofknowled~ and the divide amongsl il$
genemtion from the old, declaring that datascaping is concerned with "critical practitioners has been, sinc~ the 19705 in panicular, commonly discussed as a rift between
pragmatism," not critical regionalism."We know that the grand narrativeof rec- planning and design. This again is a theme whkh weavn Ihroughout Melanie Simo's
100 Yeti" of wndsc"pe Are"ittaur-e, cited above. It is also a theme ...hich has structured
onciling modernity with place rules the passion of critical regionalism-so the
deb3tesin most nalional landscapejournals.ThC' iuue is also revisited by ElizabC'th
question to ask of Lootsma's critical pragmatism is"critical of what?" and "prag- Mey~r, "The Post Earth Day Conundrum: Translating Environmental Values into
matic toward what end?" lootsma, \V,11I, and Corner all answer that the purpose Landscape Design,~ and Anne Whinston Spirn, ~lan MeHarg, Landscape Archit:ture
of design is to "realign the conditions of late capitalism toward more socio-eco~ and Environmentalism," both in Michel Conan, td., Environ"wrtalis7lt in LmulKII{Je
logically enriching ends."" This would seelll a return to Kenneth Fr:llllpton's crit- Arrhitecr"re (Washington D.C.: Dumbartoll Oaks. 2000). ] 12-14.187-90
4.This essay is ~ refined and shortcned version ofa keynote address originally ddivered at
ical regionalist ethics, and it is worth noting that, almost as a postscript to his
the 200] MESH Conferen(e. a biennial Australi3nlandscape architecture conference 011
powerful thesis of resistance in the 19805, Frampton has himself recognized that this occasion held at the Royal Mclbourne Instilute of Technology. $ome 0fthcilluslra-
any hope of directing the uncontrollable global megalopolis lies in landscape as lions associatoo with this paper were originally publishoo in 200] in umd$Cllpe Review
a structural force, not only an aesthetic source oflo<:al authenticity." VQl, 7, no] (2001): }-44, alongside an essay tracing the work of James Corner.

AMAIITOF1MSIRUIHMIALlnIMIMIUM,IHROUIiHLAHOS[APEURUMISM OIl
S. Elilabcoth K. Meyer, "l.",ndscapcArchitKture as Modern Other and Po~lmodern Ground." .w. Adriaan GeU1C has made this point. "ArLhilCCIS;and Indus,r,al dc"I'w.' 1,lleU k(' Ihe"

in Harrict Edquist and ""n('$$;l Bird, cds., The C",lt",r.. of wndK"pe Arrhirt<'J"'rr designs as a fin..lllroduct of gemus whose acsthet,ecnllrely (\"It,n~lCd III lhelr mond. A
(MdbourM: ElIi:<' Publishing, 1994). design like that is thrown off by the slightest dam<lrv.l.andK<l11C ardlllC\h h.. >c k"u"l
6. James OJrner, -Ei<k1ic Operations "'nd New L3nd$Clpes." in Cof"~r, cd. Rovmng to put that inlo perspecli,'C,because thC)' know their designs arc wnllllilally adalllN an,l
umdK"f'e: Essoys in Qmumporary lAnd$CIJpe ArrhitWurr (New York: Prina:ton lransformed.Wehavc!earnedloseeland!iC3pcnoiasafait ..ccomplo.hulaltherc.uho!
ArchitKturalPress, 1999),158. counllcss forces and iniliatives.~GeIl1.c.asquotcdin ~arll.oolSnla,ullioll1Otphic
7. The implicd mastcryofmodernist planning underpinned by bclief inpredictabililyand lntelligcllCeand Landscape Urbanisrn,"Topos no. 40 (2002): 12.
1II0pia is of course 1l0W replaced by its obverse, strategies ofparlial intervention inantici- 31. Rem Koolhaas. "Whatever Happened to Urbanism?" in Koolha.as and llruce Man, S, M, I,
p3tionofunpredi"abilityanddystopiio. XL (New York: Mon..celli Prrss, 1'195),971.
8. Robert E. Cook gi'"" a nn.t account of how oontemporary models of erology arr innu_ nlbid.
meed by ad""nces in cham theory and oomplexity sciena. Robert E. Cook, "Do 33. Ba.rt Lootsma, ~Syn1hetie ~onaliution: The Dutch Landscape TO""3rd .. Sewnd
L3ndscapcs team? Ecology's 'New Pl.radigm' and Design in L3ndscapc ArchitKture.- Modernity," in Corner. ed., Reawering IAndsctlpt, 270.
in OJnan, ed., En"iTl)llmem"lislfl in wlld$CIJpt ArchirIUrt', 118-20. 34. Ibid. 266.
9. Su lames Comer, "Ecology and L3ndscape as Agents of Crealivily," in G. Thompson and 3S.lbid
1', Steiner, cds.. Erologiml Desigtl 1/11<1 PI",ming (New York: John Wiley I:'< Sons. 1997), 100. 36. Winy Maas, "Datascapc: The Final Extravaganza," 1),1id"los: Architecture, Arl, Culwre no.
1O.1bid.,82. 69/70(1999):48-49.
II. Ibid. 37, Corner, "Eidetic Operations and New L3ndscapes," 165.
12. Ibid. 38. Winy Mus, luob van Rijs, .. nd Nath<llie <Ie Vries. MerootylDtllatown (Rotterdam: 010
13. James OJrncr and AIn M~tean, Taking MelIS",rn Acro:u tlte Amaic"n lA.ndsalpe (New Publishers. 1999).
H<lven:Y<lleUniVCTSityPTe$s, 1996). 39. 1.ool$ma,KSynthetie RegionaliZ<ltion," 257.
14. Charles W<lldheim, -Landsc<lpc Urbanism: A Genealogy,- PRAXIS }ou.",,1 no, 4 (2002): 40. Ibid., 264,
4_17. 41. Ibid., 273.
IS. Comer's essay "Eidetic Operations and New Landscapes" is structured around a dialectic 42. Su Kenneth Framplon, "Towards an Urban l.andscape" Q,lumbi/l Docutrrt'JIS .no. 4
bcotwecn &mdKhafr and Im"lskip. {1m}: 83-94; as well as Frampton, "Seven points for the Millennium: an unllmcly mani-
16.1 have argued elsewhere that OJrner's practice is in fact oonCC1"ned with euctly this ls.sm-. festo," Arrhilt",ral RCIIIt:w, online; hupJlwww.arplus.comlFrampton.htm.
See Richard Wdler. -BetWfffl Hermeneutic$ <lnd Duucapcs; A vitial Appriation of 43. St..n Allen h..slooked in to this. sec Allen. -From ObjKt to Field," Arrhitt",n After
Emtrgent Landscape I::lGign ~ry .. nd Praxis through the Writings of James OJrllCT, Geomelry; ArcJriftuml [)nip Profik vol. 67. no. 127, cd. Paer Davidson and Donald L
1'J90-.2000," umdKapt &,,'"'''01. 7, no. I (2001): H4 Bale:s(I'197):U-32.
17. John Dixon Hunt, Grwller ~rfW;O'lS: Th~ PmcriceofGorden Throry(Phil..delphia
Univcnityofl'enll5ylvania Press, 2000),220
18. Alex Wall, kl>rogramming lhe Urban Surface,~ in Corner, ed., Recovering l.m,JKape, 237.
19. Corner, "Ecology and Land$Clpe as Agenls ofCreativity,~ 102.
20. Marc Angelil and Anna Klingmann, "Hybrid Morphologies: lnfr"SlrllCtu~, ArchitC'C!ure,
Landscape," DtoUWos: Architecrurr, An, c;..lrure no. 73 (1999): 16-25.
21.AlexW<lll, -Progra.mming the Urban Surf..ce," 2}3.
22. Ibid.
B.lbid.,2}4
24. Ibid.
25. Manuel De Landa, A 11,0uS<llld Yellrs of NOli-linear History (New York: Zone Books, 2000).
Dc l.anda traces inherently unpredictable flows of genes, words. and malerials ..cross the
last millennium $0 as to re~.. I, among other things. their conseqm-nti..l manifestations in
urban form. Rdev:.lll 10 this CS5;ly is the W<ly in whkh Dc Lan<b's history oonfbtes natur.a.l
and culturotl systems ..nd re..ds them ..s of .. coevol"ing osystem, whel'Uli we are a(US.
'omed to history as .. progression nurative of events, ideas and identities acting aga.in51
the backdrop oflhe nalural world.
26. Robert Smithson, "The Cryslal Land" in Nancy Holt. cd., The \IIriri'rgs of Rown Smithsorr
(New York: New York University Press, 1979), 19-20.
27. Wall, ~Programming the Urban Surface," above n 19, p 247.
28.lbid.,abovenI9.pU6.
29.lbid"abovenI9.p24J.

ANARIOFINSIRUMEN1Hlty:tHIHKINGIHROUGHLANOSCAPEURBANISM OBS
"Form is qU<llified above <lll else by the specific realms in which
it develops, and not simply by an act of reason on our part, a
wish to see form develop regardless of circumstance."
-Henri FoeiUon

Landscape urbanism is a term that has been coined to depict the


study of urb<lnized landscapes of the second half of the twentieth century. It is,
so to speak, the reactive child of all the teachings of our rationalist, functional~
ist, and positivist forefathers. It is light years away from the inductive thinking
of earlier urban designers who drew and buill their ideal cities on almost virgin
lands. Landscape urbanism is meant first and foremost to decipher what hap-
pened in city landscapes of the last decades and to consequently act upon them.
It addresses a complex and almost inextricable condition that is strangely recur-
rent at all four corners of the globe, although at closer look there remain unde-
niable topographic, climatic, and cultural differences in the patterns that are
observed and developed IFIG. IJ.
The advent of new media such as digital video has propelled visual research
and communication to yet unforeseen le\'els in the various design disciplines,
particularly those dealing with outdoor space. As a result, landscape urbanism,
landscape architecture, and urban design are all benefiting tremendously from
such progress. In the present context of landscape urbanism in Europe today,
the potential impact of the moving image on both urban design and decision-
making processes is considerable. It is of particular interest to urban landscape
architecture to consider the extent to which such a mode of visual thinking can
affect the shaping of future sites IFiG. 21.

THE CITY AS ENIGMA


We have moved from a conscious form-giving model of the city at the begin-
ning of the twentieth century to a self-generated urbanity based essentially on
quantitative programs and regulatory norms at the beginllingofthe twenty-first.
The aesthetic of the city at present, if one can still speak in such terms, results at
best from an ad JIOC process, where older landscape identities collide relentless-
ly with the harsh imperatives of land value, development, productivity, and
FIG11"'1t<'"~_.P.ons
mobility. The resulting environment is hard to decipher, quite disorienting,

099 (HRISrOPKEGIRor
FI6.1 K.>ufnSH,lunch

European landscape has self.regulated over centuries the specific acceptance


and rebuttal of diverse transformations. If we accept the premise that landscape
has undergone such diverse and complex alterations, we net'd then to decipher
the implicit "genetics" of its evolution in order to explicate a vision for the future.
And it is precisely this ability to read, integrate. and synthesize such complexi-
ties into design thinking that is lacking today.
The urban landscape is the muhifaceted mirror of our epoch. For better or
F"'.2 Mf""tm.luncll for worse, this is the raw material that we work with, and it is particularly impor-
tant to reflect and act upon it with the proper tools. Scientific and planning
models, in all their mathematical beauty. represent but a small part of the pic-
often insensitive, and unpleasant to the eye. Decades of successive upheavals ture. There is a need to reinstate a balance between scientific and empirical.
have disfigured the secular qualities of almost every European landscape we know. heuristic research on the landscapes of cities. Thret' main forces--degeneration.
These environmenlS, when preserved, have been transformed or commodified permanence, and lransformation--both physically and ideologically act on the
at best into medieval-style shopping zones with their lot of branded boutiques. city, repeatedly contradicting each other. Each force, ading on a given site, can
arts, craft markets, and flower baskets IFIG. )J.
be observed synchronously but needs to be understood and engaged in differ-
In their milestone article on the dynamic evolulion of the Italian landscape, ent ways. It is rather ironic that present landscape thinking has chosen to cling
entitled Mwamcmi ,lei Terrilorio ("Mutations of the Territory"), Stefano Bocri exclusively to the notion of permanence, which is the third and much weaker
and Giovanni Lavarra postulate for an aggregated analysis of the landscape that force at stake. This idiosyncrasy can be explained in great part by the still preva-
demarks itself completely from the canons of the established institutional para- lent fascination for the picturesque heritage, but it is also due to a patent absence
digms of representation in the European urban realm.' According to them, these of alternative modes of thinking and designing IfIG.I.
canons are principally maintained via the plan (la vizione zellitaleagrl'gllta), and Furthermore, urban development is the result of abstract and political
the perspective image (visimle soggett;va e seqllcIlziale). They postulate, not with- processes that are seldom generative of what was expeCled or told.' The point is
out a tinge of iconoclastic sarcasm, that there exists a material phenomenology not so much to contest or contradict our tools of work but rather to understand
of the European territory based on specific conformities, asperities, and idio- how they have been misused, abused. and manipulated in both the design and
syncrasies. This landscape heritage has until now always been able to digest and decision-making processes. We know that the contemporary city is no longer
transform successive waves of importations into what they call the ~European the product of a single thought or plan. the vision of some prince, but rather the
urban phrase.~ What is most interesting in this thought provoking t('xt is the diffuse result of successive layers of decisions rarely having anything to do with
realization that the European urban landscape is a longstanding moving contin- each other. The established tools of representation influence not only the entire
uum, a complex flux of interwoven systems and epochs, a syneresis of countless decision-making process and the media, but also subsequently the entire design
moments compressed into a single space. Boeri and Lavarra claim that the and building process. The discrepancy between drawings and plans used liS tools

090 CHRISIOPHE"ROf
VISION IN IlOIiON REPRESENIING l~NOSCAPE IN rillE 091
FIG,Sf1jC"lhe-d,"I.Ev'\j

of commercial and political seduction and the same documents used as a basis documentary film Divina Obsesioll, by Volko Kamensky. shows to what extent a
for the production and construction of environments has demonstrated con- single technical street feature such as roundabouts on city peripheries has deeply
cretely the limitations about the way we think of a city and its landscape today. affected our reading of the common French landscape! We have entered a peri-
The highly publicized new town of Evry in France is a good case in point; despite od of blind entropic projection, with its array of unforeseen results. Some the-
the great architectural and landscape architectural talents involved in various orists have taken on this fatality as a doctrine. The lalia [aire aesthetic of the
aspects of the city project, this new piece of urbanity feels foreign to the place contemporaneous city requires, according to them, no vision; it just happens
and lacks a definite identity and cohesion. It is as if the sum of the individual and evolves in an ad Iloc manner. The denigration of vision and its relegation to
parts were not equaJ to the whole. Generally speaking, the absence of an overview the domain of pOSI facto appreciation confirms the half-blind aberration we
in design and the acute tendency to....'ard a juxtaposition of totally antagonistic work and live in. Our understanding of remaining natural structures and their
programs produces hermetic urban environments that have led to the present inherent potential in rapidly developing urban environments comes more often
paradox: modern cit its have literally dispersed and camouflaged the natural sub- than not as hindsight. Here. landscape is no longer considered a main structur-
strate of their sites. Many of these substrates have been altered beyond recogni- al element but rather as the cherry on the cake. the last green frill on some built
tion: waters have been covered or diverted, topographies erased or manipulated. tract of land. This extremely reductive auitude in turn affects not only the
forests shredded or fragmemed-the list is without end. The fact of the mailer imageability of a place but also its inherent quality and value [F1G.61.
is thai the acute pragmatism and the short-term goals of current planning
trends has remained in great part oblivious to the sensitive physical and visual TOWARD A NEW UNDERSTANDING
realms of landscape [FIG.~). The conclusions to draw from this analysis do not mean, however, that the
To this ponrait one can add an ever lllore reduced and questionable produc- deconstructed fragmentation of the city should be taken as model. The situa-
tion of designs for landscapes. One cnn say that over half of the urban environ- tiollist discourse of the last few years has had no significant impact in the re:llm
ments produced escape the hands of architects, landscape architects, and urban of landscape except for its further degradation. Nor does it necess<Hily me'all
designers. Allow the thousand industrial, commercial, and residential zones, hav- that we always have to refer to the traces of a given site to legitimate some form
ing sprouted across France along with their customary road engineering acces- of action. Such a retroactive stance, solely based on memory, is in no way a guar-
sories-roundabouts,deviations and so on-to serve as poignant examples. The antee of quality-all the while denying Ihe possibility for other, more diversified
means of interpretatioll. The high- and experienced. We 111uSI question how and why we diffcrenti,ltc lUlll ~\lh~I.111
ly intellectuali;~ed analysis of a sile tiate Ihe modern city the way we do. Ilaving reached the 1111111\ of .1 "'I Iltly utll
and its past is necessarilyexdusi\'e itarian viewpoint, a so to speak Yobjective"assessment, we Me ldt Wllh ,I ~1I('Jhle
and panial, and carries the risk of enigma: how do we explain and appreciate the various urban envirolllll('Ill' tlldt
stifling a given condition. Whether we have been left with? Can we really live and identify with them? It i, ncu'\yry.
it be the faisuz faire discourse of at present, to recreate a topological understanding of the city. capable of revCdl
chaos theory, the iconoclastic stand ing what is left of our humanity in the diverse environments that have emerged.
of a tabuw rasa approach to urban We must therefore find a more substantiated way of looking at urban landsc'II>eS
design, or the melancholic com- that is able to articulate such complexity into an understandable whole, easily
plaint of better things past, the fact communicable to the broadest range of people [FIG. II.
is that these dogmas have still not
delivered any satisfactory remedial (HANGING VISION
solutions to the current state of BOlh vision (that is to say the individual projection on a site) and action (I he
urbanism. It would be preferable, as individual or collective use of an environment) contribute to our understand-
suggested by Bocri and Lavarra, to ing of a place. Add to these the forces of nature and topography, and we have
accept differentiated readings of landscape. Landscape in general, and urban landscape in particular, is simply
the urban landscape, readings the sum total of successive dwelling periods on the land. But the complex blend-
flG.l Cho..... "JShS,l'ans which may reveal some inherited ing of our cognitive and conceptual realms has led to a veritable dead end in
qualities from the past but may also landscape design. How far from reality can the landscape design tools that we
. .. be capable of repairing and c1arify- work with be? The gradual withdrawal from landscape as a place to landscape
m.g opaCIties of the present. We need now to reinvent a language of the present, as a piece of paper or a computer screen must be questioned, not only in terms
With strong new landscape identifiers, capable of integrating the complexity and of its conceptual shortcomings but also in terms of the very landscapes that
contradiction of each place. These actions must respond amongst others to result. The finest discourse in plans, whether layered or simple, cannot hide this
these very landscapes that have been either irremediably altered or effaced by inherent absence of site. Beautiful landscapes existed many centuries before car-
the forces at work. There is a need for a completely refounded vision of con- tography was even invented or perfected. These much older landscapes were
temporary urban landscapes, a creative gaze capable of providing a clearer buill and thought out directly 011 the terr3in over years. [n the absence of a plan,
understanding and line of action for each place IFIG. 71- vision became the guiding force of the project. Techniques such as onsite geom-
A new way of looking at our urban landscapes could deliver a beller, more etry and measurement, h)'drology, construction, and horticulture supplied the
complete understanding of the multiplicity of phenomena at hand. It could also necessary support for the site-specific vision at hand. The central question today
greatly improve the potential for an appropriate and concerted response to a is whether we are even capable of returning to a site-induced vision. Working on
site.." is th.erefore important to plead for an open, differentiated, and non-dog- a history of plans is not the same as working on a vision of the land. ' ....e need to
matIC readmg of landscape, where both past traces and potential futures can be reconsider the primacy of vision over plan, a vision in motion, far removed from
grasped synchronously. A site should be thought of within an evolving self-ref- the established canons, capable of reflecting and inflecting upon the complex
erential frame, a visual frame meant to qualify and strengthen the natural poten- urban realm.
tial of a city over time. The quest for such a comprehensive vision oflandscape A beller integration and understanding of contemporary visual thinking in
is, however, almost impossible to altain with the current means at our disposal. the early design process, with its direct and indirect correlation in project devel-
We. know that our conventional tools for recording and projecting landscape opment and communication, could contribute significantly to this field. Such a
deliver all but an extremely partial and reductive glimpse of the world. vision could concern not only the creative process in urban and landscape design
As in quantum medlanics, whcre the appreciation of a phenomenon under but also the entire chain of decisions leading 10 the understanding and approval
observation depends entirely on the position of the observer, the subjective point of a specific project. This new way of looking probably lies at the very I1lMgins
of view should become an integral part of the design process. There must be a new of our habitual conceptual frameworks, where the actual blending of different
assessment of urban phenomena with respect to how they are planned. perceived, times in space produces a new dimension. The tool of digital video, combined

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to some extent with the mOTt' classical means of topographic and architectonic great advantage of revealing the specific identity of a site where houses and
representation. would enable 0111' 10 formulate such a synthetic vision of a site, streets arc immediately recognilable, and ri\'ers and woods can be reconsidered.
where the rclativityof time, space, and mOlion afC all present. The compression The image is almost immediate and true to the place, all the while integrating
of these aspC'ClS into a single gaze would, in fact, provide the basis for a four different times and movements in order to show its continually changing facets.
dimensional understanding oflalldscape. This new 1001 could deliver an almost Different seasons can be juxtaposed on a given site; transformations and alter-
immediate aSSCS5ment of very complex seltings, redefining completely our arl of ations o\'Cr decades can be compiled and visualized. A landscape seen in a variety
observation InG. j. of speeds and motions introduces a strong sense of relativity to our understand-
ing of established identities. Recording behavior at differenttimcs of day reveals
LANOSCAPE IN MOTION the multifaceted complexity of our cultural environment. What has systemati-
It is important 10 reconsider the perceptual limitations that pertain 10 landscape cally been called the impoverishment of landscape could now be understood as
thinking in general. Why. for instance, has movement remained so marginal in a form of diversification and enrichment [FIC. III.
our visual and sensitive assessment of urban environments? Aren't the Reeting Landscape video also operates a transformation on the audience; the imme-
sounds of the city just as significant as the tweet of a bird in our appreciation of diate recognir..ability of the images changes the perception of the viewer, as the
a given place? It is now possible to imagine a new form of thinking that can inte- video mirrors what one may witness day to day. It is this very aet of reflecting
grate the travelling continuum of space and time, rather than present a series of that transforms the common gaze of inhabitants into an aClive, critical view-
immutable frames in our understanding of landscape. This means that the very point. Offering a new visual understanding of even the most banal urban envi-
tools of observation we are accustomed to are to be replaced by new ones that ronments, this tool can be used critically to change both habits and mentalities.
are more in tune with the way that we apprehend today's reality. The subject of Different than the artistic photographs of similar places, video depiCls a contin-
digital landscape video has emerged in recent times as the ideal tool for such uum rather than a series of frames, and can thus liberate itself entirely from the
complex observations. It is slowly emerging as a genre of its own, distinct from burden of the still. Here the "sightly" and ~unsightlyM blend into an overall land-
the video art piece and the musical clip. Landscape video is neither filmic nor scape image, taking away from evell the most beautiful vistas some of their
artistic, holding ;lfl argumentative discourse about site-specific qualities and splendid isolation. A five-minute presentation about a given site incorporates
events thai are neither staged nor planned. The video malerialthat is gathered critical amounts of information and argumentation available, via the pervasive
shows samples of a place without cosmetics; its content is, for that malter, medium of the screen, to a much broader range of people.
extremely raw and potent. In landscape video everything can be blended togeth- Video is becoming a new genre in landscape. A new post-doctoral research
er indiscrimin:llcly-beauty spots can be seen next to no-man's lands. The tra- program based in Hanover, entilled "Micro Landscapes," under the direction of
ditional depiction of a place dissolves inevitably into a broader vision of urban Brigitle Franzen and Stef:Hlie Krebs, received S\lbstantial funding from the VW
and natural interrelationships and continuities [FIC, 101. Foundation in its aim to pinpoint the importance of new dynamics (Illd move-
An aerial video over a neighborhood shows demonstratively, in the most ment in contemporary landscape design, including the tool of video.' StcfllllO
intricate visual detail, the main structural framework of a landscape. II has the Boeri pursues his work on landscape video with his proposal for the 2003
ne,n l.llnd.m... Normlndy

Venice Riennale enlitled Border Device(s) Call, exhibited at the Institute for THE SPACES IN BETWEEN
Contemporary Art in Berlin, in which he uses video, amongst other media, to Our way of seeing the landscape has been considerably altered by the various
depict a route from Berlin to Venice to Jerusalem.' My office in Zurich has pro- forms of movement that we presently experience through a site.' The moving
duced landscape projects in Italy and Switzerland that integrate video not only picture frame, the rolling motion of a car or train, the dashing takeoff of an air-
as a tool of observation but also as a tool of design synthesis.. The resulting proj- plane-ali entitle us to question a visual tradition that we have grown to accept,
ects have been used in a variety of important decision~making processes. and it one that has accustomed us to an understanding of landscape through a series
is dear that this new form of vision is beginning to have an impact on the way of fixed frames and vistas.. In light of the discussion on landscape and mo\-e-
that we shape the landscape (FIG. 121_ ment, the French historian Michel Conan recently produced a thought-provok-
Landscape design teaching at se~ral schools in Europe has integrated video ing essay on the premises of the static foundations of landscape scenography.'
as a tool of observation. Both the University of Hanover in Germany and the He argues that the art of the picturesque forwarded a static understanding of
ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, have gone so far as to create a specialty in this field, landscape where movement was absent, or at least not acknowledged as such.
training young generations of designers in this new form of visual thinking. The picturesque landscape was experienced rather as a succession of immobile
They are exploring how video analysis can also influence design development. scenes, as in the example of the romantic promenade of Ermenonville designed
In the autumn of 2002, the ETH staged a joint exercise on urban landscape by the Marquis Rene de Girardin, which did not incorporate movement as a sig-
design and video on the Kasern Areal of Zurich, showing the correlative poten- nificant part of its landscape experience. Referring to the French philosopher
ti;ll of video works in design.' The post-graduate program in landscape design Henri Bergson, Conan suggests that a voyage through the landscape could only
at the ETH, inaugurated in 2003, makes it mandatory to correlate the video tool be understood as a succession of immobile scenes lending themselves to mem-
with design. It requires students to think differently and to better incorporate ory and aesthetic interpretation. Any movement in between these successive
temporal and spalial considerations in their work (FIG. 131. "immobilities" conferred no sentiment of landscape whatsoever. If this particu-
lar interpretation of landscape thinking has transcended into our times, as
FIG,15Zuribergp,.rk.ZuriCh

epitomi7.ed by tourism, we can ask ourselves what the black holes in between the works that contribute toward the pictorial integration of such nondescript
scenes really signify, and to what extent they are not in fact part of the overall places.' The French artist Jean-Marc Bustamante, with his tllb/callX ofha[f-
key to a new way of thinking and looking [FIG. 14[. destroyed landscapes in residential areas of Catalunia, further epitomi7.es the
Why should the black holes, the in-between scenes of landscape beauty, be visual acceptance of this fait accompli. But this artistic approach implies two
of such interest to us?Is it not preferable to remain true to polite society and major risks: the first is the unabashed aesthetic consecration of the urban pro-
espouse the notions of landscape beauty inherited from our forefathers? The duction of the last decades that has in fact negated the very idea of spatial com-
fact is that we travel daily through a multitude of unexplained black holes. They position; the second is the pursuit of static picture framing, which denies the
have become the dominant feature of peripheries and urbanized countries, as in notion of movement and flux inherent to such landscapes. The works of these
many examples of the Swiss Mit/Ie/and. We need to consider these long non- artists are veritable lablcallx or vcdldas, in the strict sense of the word. They
entities as probably equally significant as the most celebrated vistas of the Alps. describe these very ugly and banal places in their finest intricacies, and tend to
These black holes require a long process of aesthetic acceptance. They need make us accept them as such, after the fact. We have reached a point where we
more time and memory to decant their specific identity and to operate a verita- can probably learn quite a lot from these new topologies, but we must also ques-
ble change in our appreciation of them. Numerous artists have attempted to tion our contemporary vision oflandscape in all its picturesque and static might,
integrate such places into their work, and it is rather ironic that these unplanned to reinvent a grammar of visu~l sensations that enables us to better understand
and nameless landscapes have achieved suddenly such a high level of aesthetic and act preventively IFlG.15).
fashion ability. [n the case of Switzerland, photographic studies on the Zurich Urban landscapes have in great part become sui gencris environments-that
suburbs by the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, and landscape images is to say that sites are no longer composed as such, but rather produced und
of Affoltern by the Swiss photographer Georg Aerni, arc but a few examples of transformed by abstract rules and regulations. These blind ~after the fact"

VISIONINMOTION,REfRESENTING lANDSUfE IN liME WI


limitesdedrolldclaconn"iss:mce(CII',lrwnstiluclltIOlllsavolrelllpld'l\1e)~UI\len
{'llI';fi)IHnellt~ cnllthemlandsc,lpes if you will-re(juire both discernmenl mtlllc lemps ks formes cotlcr~tcs de I'existence, Idles 111I'dles ~ IIOl111cni I'rtd nlenl
lInd lin CX(luisite inlllitiOll 10 make any kind of sense out oftheill. The lools used danscel11tmesavoirel11pirique."tvlichelFollcauh,"Leslimi,esde1arclllt"Clll,lt1ou,"
IU decipher the production of contemporary cities must engage us on lhe path I.s mOlset[CJr!loS<'s(l'aris , Ed. Gal1imard, 19(6),261.
of:1 rellewed conquest of urban space and nalural structures. Urban landscapes
tod.ly arc generally decomposed and fragmented, and we need to identify the
Illodes of representation that have led to such inadequacies. By acquiring new
tools with which to question city landscapes through different conformities, and
leilrning from the so far hidden parts of the urban portrait, it is possible to
understand Ihe very limits of our knowledge. Knowing and accepting these lim-
ils will undoubtedly fosler new forms of empirical investigation, as suggested by
Michel Foucaull in his text on the limits of representation." This will bring us
to the Ihreshold of a vision capable of transcending the present condition. draw-
ing on unforeseen priorities Ihal may enable us finally to think and compose
urban landscapes anew.

NOla
I. Sttfano Bri and Giovanni u.v;m;a, ~Muta~nti del tttritorio,~ in An~Tto Cltmmli.ed.
/"fUl'rt'''wo"i di P-1"UiD (RolJ\t': Mellemi editore, 2002). 96-106.
2. ~ recent wbumaniutlon of Frmdt landsapc:s h~ led to a ' .. ridy of ~Ie interpmi~
th~ Among these is Stbuticn ~1;arot'~ latQt book on the top", of~$lIburbanism.~
Here Marot postulates a complete role ronsal ~ site and program. where site
becomes somehow endowed with lhe up,acity 10 yidd I regulatory idea for a projen
Stt Maret, Subur/xllfisn! and Ihe Art of Memory (London: AA Publiclltions. 2OOJ).
J. Volko Kamensky. Divi"a Obsmon, ~rmany 1999, 16mm, color, Mag.oetton, 21:30 min.
4. Brigitte Franzen and Stefanic Krebs, Mikrol.andc;haften, Studiclf zu ri""
dynamisiertelf
Kultwr dO' ulnllschlJ!r (Hannover, ~rmany: VW Stiftung, 20(3).
5. Stefano Boeri, Border Dt..i{J) Call, in the uhibitlon TCl'"ritories, KunR-Weru-lnstitute
for Conlemporary Art, Berlin. June I-Augu~t 25, 2003.
6. Christophe Girot and Mark Schwan:, Fell", Imag;"e, Imag;/Ti, Imagi"l1 (Zurid!; Vues SA,
200t). Christophe Girot and Mark Schwa.... Die Nordkfiste, Affohern (Zurich: Vues SA,
2003). .
1. The pro;tllndCl'" the dir~tion of Christophe Girol .....asled jointly by the ETH Landscape:
DesignLabunderthesupe:rvisionofJlIlianVar~.andtheLandscape:MediaLabunder
the sllpervision of Illrg Stollmannand fred Trllniger_
8. S Christophe Girot, "Movism;in Cadrages 1, u Regard Arti/, ed. Christophe Girot and
Marc Schwan: {Zurich; GTA Camct Video, Professur flir landschaftsarchileklllr, NSI., ETH
Ziirich,2002j,46-53. Thc text first appeared in the proceedings of the Iierrenhallscn
Congress of 2001. It was subsequently integrated illtO the GTA, ETH publication.
9. Michel Collan, "Mollvement et mttaphore du lemps," in Philippe Pulaou('(: Gonid, I.ts
tempsdu pllYStlge, Pllmmtfres (Momrta!; Les Presses de l'Universitt de Montrtal, 2003),
23-35.
10. Peter I'ischli, and l)avid Weiss, S;ctllimgetl, Agglomeration (Zurich; Ed. P:urick Frey, 1993),
Georg Aemi, Stili/it Off/lmtlidre Raiime Affoltern, Alnf fur Stadtebau Zurich, 2003.
11.~lIn'est sans dome pas possible de donner valeur transcendentale aux COlllCnus

ernpiriquesnidelesdtplacerduc6ttd'unesubjeCliviltconstituanle, SallS donner lieu,


au moins silencieuscmenl, ~ une anthropologie, c'est ~ dire ~ un mode de pens oilles

VISION IN 1ol0110N UPMESENlIN&lANOS(APEINIiIolE 103


To think about landscape is to think about silt!. This 5eeminsly tr,ll1~p..r
ent proposition is anything but-for the potential of site in landscape de IBn 1\
often overlooked. to.'lost designers quite successfully embrace a site's convention
al characteristics, such as its highly valued ecologies, views, and terrain, but only
a few creatively address a site's contemporary challenges, such as remediating its
brownfields, An even smaller number draw from a site's specific organizational
systems, performative agendas, formal languages, material palettes, and signify-
ing content for use when generating landscape design work.
One reason for this oversight is the convention of equating sites with build-
ing lots-available parcels bound by legal demarcations driven by property
ownership-as opposed to understanding them as large complex landscapes-
relational networks of artifacts, and organizations and processes that operate at
diverse spatial and temporal scales. Design strategies for a building lot, one scale
of site, expand enormously when conceptualiZt"d in relation to other, nested scales
of reference, like the neighborhood, cily, and region of which the site is a part.'
Conceiving of site in this way suggests that landscape design proje<:ts can not
only draw from an expanded field of information, they can impact areas larger
than their own physical extent (say by cleansing storm water before releasing it
into a watershed), making ecological sense.
The architect Carol Burns makes a convincing examination of the status of
site in her influential 1991 essay "On Site: Architectural Preoccupations." Burns
distinguishes between cleared and constructed sites; thinking about a site as
~c1eared" equates the ground with a tabula rasa, which Burns illustrates by a

photo-collage ofMies van der Rohe's proje<:t for the Chicago Convention Center
of 19391FlG. II.' The import and influence of the existing site. in this case the his-
toric fabric of Chicago, is neutralized and then overlaid with the designer's
proposition, Extending this example to both past and present landscape work, J
would suggest that ordering architectural intentions over the surface of the
ground mimics cleared-site thinking by accommodating particularities such as
steep slopes and degraded soils rather than generating from more complex con-
ceptions of site.' Although nowhere near as radicalized as Mies's labll/a raSiI, lTIany
landscape works, as diverse as Raphael's Villa Madama and OMAlBruce Mau's
Tree City, place building and landscape materials O/lfO their sites, grans of a sort
that subtly adapt to the nuances of their place 11'10.21, These renowned projects
nonetheless intentionally overlook the significant impact that site organizations,
events, and ecologies can have on design projects. As ironic as it may seem, not
fIGll4lt'Syan~f'lohe,Pto,ec'I"ChlCat"(_nl .... C...,..,photocollato.19l9 all landscape works are site-specific.'
II

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decades by Hargreaves Associates and Eisenman Archilects that both set the
groundwork for and are resistant to what I see as the design discipline's current
enthusiasm for landscape's performative capacity. The intentions of their exam-
In apparent opposition to this approach, Burns suggests, are altitudes and ination are three-fold: the first is to observe how site particularities, both phys-
practices which acth'dy "construct" a site, where designers select and represent ical and discursive, "ma~ their appearance" in design work and the operations
valued aspt.'Cls of a place with no pretense of totalization in order to foreground used to bring them into being;' the second is to speculate on the implications site-
their influence on a project, positioning this information as a critical and cre- generated work poses for landscape and the contemporary city; finally, and
ative component of landscape design's advancement. This selection is character- most importantly, these proje<:ts suggest that the generati\e capacity of a site-
istically biased, as diverse designers privilege at various times geometry over variously construed as a spatial location, a physical and cultural context. and a
geomorphology, topology over topography, or even conceptual interests over discursive position which is value-driven-can inform a landscape's represen-
perceptual ones. In this light, seemingly disparate work by Eisenman Architects, tational content all the while addressing its ever-shifting emergenl and tempo-
known (or their brief preoccupation with site, and Hargreaves Associates, whose ralnature.
work on site is ongoing, displays similar sensibilities [FIGS.), 41. In Guadelupe River and Byxbee Parks, projects initiated between 1988 and
1991, Hargreaves Associates approached site as a fl'SCrve of processes-from geo-
THE NOTION OF SITE PROPELLING landscape design work interfaces with the morphological forces to landfill engineering practices-thaI form the surface of
emerging amalgam of practices known as landscape urbanism, a phrase taken the ground. My interest here is to renect on the spe<:ific landforms, such as the
here to be the conceptualization of and design and planning for urban land- braided channels, alluvial fans, and tear-drop shaped mounds, that these preoc-
scapes that draw fro";' an understanding of, variously, landscape's disciplinarity cupations produce. In the Guadelupe River project, a three-mile linear park and
(history of ideas), functions (ecologies and economies), formal and spatial attrib- flood control system that passes through downtown San Jose, California,
utes (both natural and cultural organizations, systems, and formations), and Hargreaves Associates and a team of engineers envisioned the river, a consider-
processes (temporal qualities) impacting many scales of work. Landscape urban- able flood threat, as an active part of the city. One aim of the project's program
ism also suggests a particular culture of and consciousness about Ihe land that was to make the river visible and legible. Rather than enclose the river in inac-
refrains from the superficial reference to suslainability,ecology,and the complex cessible concrete culverts, the team controls the water with earth mounds,
processes of our environments in favor of projects that actually engage thelll. planted gabions, and undulating concrete stepped terraces that provide for mul-
Embedded in landscape urbanism is concern not only with how landscape per- tiple points of access to the nowing waler, while designing water features like the
forms (the agenda of which is most advanced) but how it appears (its lalenl Park Avenue Fountain along the park's length lhat exacerbate water activity.
inescapablecoullterpart). This not only provides wildlife habitat and recreation space, it makes the river
This relationship between performative and representational agendas in land- landscape-once an urban asset until growth infringed upon its noodplains-
scape practice has been a central aspect of several projects of the past IwO seen as a significant component of the city.
FIGS. 5.6 B,"Od~d ChaM~1 01 the Mut!d~ R;v~. Alask. IlHlI. Ha'i'tavt$ A'SQCio,es. GU8dtiupt Rive. Po.k
1994;landlo(mSIUd~mQd.II""'1I

More important Ihan simply seeing the river are measures taken that pro- garbage mounds-which form the park's major topography-provide the base
mOle an understanding of river landscapes, producing a legibility of its forces, for landforms that echo their presence. For example, what the team refers to as
forms, and processcs. To facilitate this, Hargreaves Associates used forms pro- the "hillocks"-small t~ar-drop-shapedmounds dust~red on topographic high
ducN. by the Iluvial processcs of rivers under specific circumstances, such as points-a~ oriented in the direction of the site's predominant winds. Clearly a
tight geometries, weak banks, and high width-to-depth ratios-here, braided human construction on an artificial ground, their form appears to be a re\'ersal
channels-as an analog for the landforms of their own park IflGS. 5-7], The sub- of those made by natural aelion processes of wind that tend to narrow on leeward
sequent designed landforms, called "wave-berms," that appear at the down- ends, offering a twist on the simple duplication of a natural form IFIGS. 9. L11,' The
sHearn end of the river park resemble these formations IFlG, a]. That Ihis hillocks also intend to resonate with the mounds of discarded shells left by the
resemblance is carefully constructed through an understanding of how forces Ohlone Indians, prior occupants of the region, juxtaposed with the contempo-
produce form (in this case flood flows) eliminates the tendency for the inverse- rary refuse that they overlay.
engineered forms (channels) shaping agencies of change (water). Significant In both the Guadalupe River and l3yxbee Park projects, Hargreaves Associates'
here are the design strategies used to produce the wave-berms.' Far from simply selective attention to park landform, admittedly just small features within large
scripting a design motif from an image, these forms were first modeled by the landscapes generated by specific and multiple design motivations, planning
team in day as part of an eighty-foot mock-up of the entire park and then tested strategies, and complex technological and ecological requirements, is what
by flows of colored water for eddy formation and sand for deposition palterns. enables a provocatiw relationship between these landscape's performative and
The resultant abstracted forms subsequently became the vegetated and stabi- representational concerns. These forms are both instrumental-they guide such
lized wave-berms in the park that serve to direct both floodwater and, through things as flood flows, pedestrian movement, and water runoff-and representa-
the circulation network that mimics its geometries, park users. tional, based on an understanding of a site's formative processes, here erosion and
At Byxbce Park, a thirty-acre park on a capped sanitary landfill in Palo Alto, deposition in the case of a river, and construction and settlement in the case of a
California-a landform the designers call an "arc-berm"-provides another sanitary landfill."The self-conscious abstraction and intensification of site-spe-
example of force/form evolution. Added to control the erosion of drainage cific conditions in form reveal their artificiality, and possibly users' perception
swales by water runoff in the park, the arc-berm resembles an alluvial fan, a of their references." Most importantly, these forms participate in larger-scale pro-
landform feature that takes the shape of a segmented cone and is formed at one visional landscapes Ihat unfold in time and are continually modified by agencies
end of an erosional-depositional system IflG, 10),' More importantly here is of ch:lllge. Whereas the wave-berms in Guadelupe River Park arc stable, as they
Hargreaves Associates' understanding of the park as the site of sanitary landfill have an engineering role to play, flood water will modify the p<Hk in ways far
reclamation practices that produced an artificial landform as it accrued house- greater than the ubiquitous temporal forces that all landscapes are subject to.
hold waste. Rising sixty feet out of the site's context of marsh and slough, these The mounds and berms in Byxbcc Park sit atop an unstable landfill that settles

ttlOlllfOC;UtKA'UfOOstAP{URUfOISIoI SPEtUtAHOfOSOfOSII[ III


and shifts as waste decomposes. Figuring the ground in these ways giYes parks in the late twentieth century. It does so in ways that challenge what landscape
signifying potential by making local conditions (ecological. geomorphological, architect James Corner suggests are nineteenth~cenlUry notions-where nature
social, cultural) legible without limiting preoccupations with processes that can is seen as separate from the city, is imaged as undulating and pastoral. and acts
inform readings of the site at a larger scale. This distinction between dements as a moral antidote to urbanization." Many large urban parks in America-for
in parks that play representational and/or provisional roles has been provoca- instance Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, or Central Park in Manhattan-
tively suggested by landscape architect and critic Anita Berrizbeitia. In her dis- offer examples of this, in short-hand design parlance, "city-versus-nature" con-
cussion ofOMA/Bruce Mau's Tree City. the winning competition entry to the dition. With Rebstockpark, the designers purported instead to explore potenlial
Downsview Park, Toronto competition, Berri:zbeitia advances ways in which land- relationships between the "city alld nature."" The project also speculated in
scape design projects can address environmental and ecological scales while still important ways on how new parks can build sustainable relationships with their
arliculaling issues of meaning, anistic expression, and language by their various environments while becoming more sociable places, a question still being asked
components being either "open~ or "dosed" to e:<ternal perlurbations." Using in recent competitions for large urban landscapes.
Berrizbeilia's terms, we can think of Hargreaves Associates' specific landforms as These promises of the scheme-its alternative figure/ground and cityl
dosed to the disturbances. such as wind and water, that the rest of the park is nature dialogs-are enabled in large part by the conception and use of the site.
open to. Their prese~ce suggests how parks can both accommodate the large- Evident and inferable information on the building lot such as traces of World
scale concerns of ecological function while holding the polential for meaning. War II airfields, swimming pools, lakes. and garden plots, as well as elements of
Ihe surrounding context such as athletic fields, tracks, and warehouses, are
FIGURING TIl F. GROUNO .... T GU .... OElUPE RIVER and Byxbee Parks is based on appropriated and reconfigured as a complex weave of elements that e:<tend into
an understanding of specific processes of their sites. The Rebstockpark Master the site's larger context, here the regional greenbelt IFtGS. 12. Ill. Additionally,
Plan in Frankfurt-an urban landscape of housing, offices, commercial space, urban elements of the site's morphology (offices, shops, houses, recreation, and
and a large urban p:Hk proposed in 1991 by architect Peter Eisenman and land- parking) are interspersed with elements drawn from the regional agricuhural
scape architect Lauric Olin-is also generated by an interest in ground, here as landscape (orchards, meadows, produce gardens, woodlands, irrigation ditches,
a critique of what Eisenman calls the "static urbanism" of figure/ground contex- hedgerows, and canals), thereby creating an artificial place in the city wilh char
tualism." For both EiscnrmmfOlin nnd Hargreaves, to ellgage the specifics afsite acteristics of both. This reconfiguration of site, program, and form is enahle(t by
makes tire lalldsctlpevisjhlealldlegible. the structure of a disturbed grid that engages the entire site surface.
With its complex urban and "natural" program, Rebstockpark proposes Much has been written, by Peter Eisenman and others, on lhc strategy of
unconventional rclntionships between the contemporary city and natural process folding that forms the fictive structure and promised effects of Rebslockpark."
FIGS. 15.16 Reb$'~~p.r~
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landscape plan IFiG. I.J." Formally, landscape e1emenls-walks and roads, vege-
tation, drainage swales, and landform-were used to articulate the folded grid,
giving bolh a new form and image to the park, all the while addressing its social
and ecological programs. These programs, developed uy Olin, provide respite
from increased urbanization (while still providing for large amounts of event
parking on site) yet focus on air quality and mO\'ement as well as the hydrolog-
ic cycle, measures intended to help balance overall regional natural systems of
vital importance to the ecology of the city.
To this end, the two principle devices inlegral to the landscape structure were
extcnsive trce rows and drainage swales. The Iree rows were developed as vari-
ous combinations of canopy, understory, and orchard tree species such as apples,
cherries, and peaches IflGS. 15.161. Monocuhure plantings evidenced in tradition-
al urban parks-think of Olmsted's promenade of elms in Central Park-are
fIGS. 12-1. [".-Atd"'KlS ... thltannalUlott,llelK'octpan..1991,_phOtaafco<>l"'~t
llelKooctpa<1<;EisentnanAtclwtKtslMS.tfplanru.. tlta~'s.....etpa.nr_'r
here replaced with rural and agricuhurallandscape Iypologies like the farmer's
hedgerow. Organized in several orientations and layouts, the trees join patches
of fields, shrubs, and grass in an effort to control microclimate. A strong formal
Littlc, howcvcr, has bcen writtcn auoul rhc development of thc landscapc. clement made of the dnlinage swales and canals form an integrated site net-
Eisenman refers 10 the site weave as promoting a "ground surface ... which work, dramatizing the conservation of rainfall, the cleansing of waste effluents,
becomes a topologic event/slruclUre," that inevitably dissolves-yet subse- and the redireCling of water flow back to the earth IflGS. 17, 111. This variely of
quently reframes-normative relationships of old/new and object/context, as landscape elements and their organization provides momenlS of interface, or
well as figure/ground, supplementing the poverty of choice available in the nor- ecotones. where one kind of ecological environment meets another, producing
mative conditions of the latler." Studying the rcsultant fieldlike continuities favorable conditions for increased species diversity and wildlife habitat."
between the building and landscape in the representations of this project sup- One can imagine moving through this landscape where Ihe scheme's uncon-
port these possibilities. ventional juxtapositions are perceived. The design's provision for park/parking
In Laurie Olin's terms, the potential of the project "may afford new and dif- is one such c1e\'er momenl IFlCs-' 1'. 201. For inSlance, some of the park's circula-
ferent relationships between people, their daily routines and the environment," tion routes are aggregate paths under trees TOWS. These paths are one of a series
a proposition supported by the thoughtful and detailed development of the of strips of meadow, flower field, and stone that simultaneously provide a park
FIGS. 17. 18
RebstoCkp~fk

planof ... n~lstf1JCIUre(unl


sectionof ... ~lstf1JCIUre(.LOW]

environment while disguising the infrastructure for large amounts of overflow


parking needed on weekends. Another juxtaposition is the park's planting strate-
gies that legibly code public and private space. Areas around the housing units
consist of conventional perennial beds and lawns-the laller a much loved and
ubiquitous surface composed of grass species, free of weeds and pests, continu-
ously green, and mowed to a low, even height [F1G.lll.ln contrast to this, the
park's public open space is developed through an agricultural vocabulary that
substitutes meadows and produce gardens for pastoral lawns of parks [FIG. HI.
Maintaining the meadow minimizes those environmentally deteriorating main-
tenance practices that lawns require, like fertilizing, watering, mowing, and treat-
ing for pests. The commercial flowers and vegetables that are part of these fields
would require some of these practices. However, they are maintained by the
municipality and are intended for productive, not ornamental, uses-in other
words, they generate revenue. In these ways, Rebstockpark explores options to
imitating nature or recreating the ubiquitous pastoral s<:ene thought by many in ftGS.lI.ll
RebsHKkp.,k
the design fields, for quite some time now, too ecologically unsustainable and pl.nlinRdel~illlllou..nRI""1

socially irrelevant. del.ilolsrtepl~nsho""'ime."""",


.nd~eploISI.lO"')
Certainly Ikbstockpark can and has been seen as a project that represents
complex processes, driven by a metaphor of nature's forces and cycles. Olin
acknowledges that the strategy of folding provides an arbitrary geometric sys-
tem that is an armature for social, architectural, and poetic development.-
Although its larger structure is representational, the development of its con-
stituent parts promise nothing less than a landscape that works. Additionally, its
experimentation-to embrace, abstract, and use catastrophe theory generative-
ly as an analog of natural process-inevitably reveals Eisenman's and Olin's bias
for the role accidents, Challee, and change play in the formation of alternative
urban isms." Through the weave of urban pallerns, site features, and the German
countryside, this project yields figurclground relations of transformed architec-
tural and landscape elements that make a socially and ecologically viable place.
Landscape is not simply the background for architecture, it is figured and visible.

IN GVA DnUPE RIVER, BYXBEE, AND REBSTOCK PARK, the designers draw
from particular aspects of a place for the development of a design project.
Hargreaves Associates' Guadelupe River Park already demonstrates its vital role
in the social and ecologic communities of San Jose. Conversely, Eisenman's and
Olin's Rebstockpark, a competition-winning design developed only through its
early stages, remains unrealized. Yet through publication and exhibition, which
are no less than additional sites of the project, it continues to inform contem-
porary architecture, landscape, and urban practice. This distinction is not sim-
ply academic, for to imagirlluil'eiy cor15lrue site is 10 imagine possibilities for
landscape practice. As suggested, site is at once the specific spatial location for a
project, the physical and cultural context it draws from and affects, as well as-
in the case of Rebstockpark-a place of discourse and representation which
unarguably advances landscape practice.
The projects discussed so far demonstrate how creative thinking about site
has affected and generated landscape design. Ultimately, however, the area affect-
ing the design-how the specifics of a site construct the work-is supplanted
by the area affected by it-how the work constructs the site." To elaborate on
this point through Hargreaves Associates' Plaza Park in San Jose (1989), suggests
one final reading of site's potential for landscape urbanism. The 3.5-acre, pitt- 'IGS.2l-2S H~rgfe3Ves.ssocia'es.PI. .. Park. 19a9;~i\e pl,~Oflo' ("HJ;
shaped lot for Plaza Park was the site of an eighteenth-century mission, square, 5ilicon Valley conurbalion 1"""""'1; S'S.I<'.'SOC"'e5. S.n Jo.e
MelropolitonPlan, 19ln;"'b.nhnl<.geS(.....'OO\'OOOI
and attendant artesian welt that was part of a system of pueblos and missions
along the California coas!." Although this visible and latent history is important
in the design, Hargreaves Associates ignore the conventional limits of property the location of artesian wells, and referencing through its simulated glow the
lines and draw additionally from infrastructural connections withillthe city and surrounding high-tech industry, booming atlhe time of construction.
the climate and cultural history of the region IFlcs. 23.241. The result is an urban Positioning work in larger site contexts has been an aspiration in landscape
landscape that references its extended site in diverse ways. The park's primary architecture at least since Ian McHarg extolled its ecological virtue in Desigu with
circulation echoes that of the former King's Highway, the artery lhat previously Nature. However, the implications for Plaza Park's nested scales of reference-
linked the missions. Here, alignments are traced and appear as pathways coded of lot, city, and region-are as much social, political, and economic as they are
by distinct materials that link analogously significant park program. Addition- ecologic, and probably more so. For example, the juxtaposed references of the
ally, interest in infrastructural connections tic Plaza Park to San Josc's metropol- fountain, a mixed metaphor of water and light, is intended to display the shift-
itan plan, designed by Sasaki Associates, where it becomes an intcgral part of a ing economies of the region, from one based on agriculture and fruit produc-
public framework of arcades, plazas, and courtyards [fIG.l5)." Many of the park's tion to a high-tech software industry that has suffered its own setbacks in the
elements make reference to specifics of the region; a grid of flowering jacaran- last few years. This shift invariably affects the local community, ,llld represents
da trees displays the landscape's ilgricultural history of fruit production; a foun- the competing interests of various constituencies and their relationship with the
tain with water cycles alternating frollll1lists to bubblers to jets, set in a grid<led land and the city. During my visit in the summer of 1998, park benches were
glass block, glows at night, simulating the local climate of mist and fog, marking filled with office workers using laptops, having productive lunches. Alongsi<le

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thrill, 10t,1I fnmilies picnicked 011 the lawn, their children escaping the heal in theydcscribeashal'illg"rcill mc'lIling for inhabit.1Il1S.""Otl thl,other, II~Cllllllll'
the foulltllitl. This simple picture of daily life in a socially active and ethnically systematically appropriates specifiCS with the critiu.' Illntive~ tIl {li~pl'Lu"
divcr~e downtown-a context where successful technology companies were jux- dislocate,and subvert objects, places, and scales. Yet whcther thcyelli\.llll' ('1 l\pp.l~l'
t,LpOs<.'d with low-income neighborhoods with gang problems and ovcrcrowdl.'d determinant site structure, these projects make urbanism specifil., 'I hl'y Ill~o le~
schools-glossed cl.'rlain tensions, These tensions were exacerbatl.'d by a city gov- onate with the theoretical and practical formulation of landscape tIl'batll\m,
ernmelll who at the time saw no irony in investing billions of dollars in young To qualify urbanism by landscape is to suggest that landscape's filII cI)'m"l
technology companies while Iheir local United Way branch went broke!" ogy is engaged. Contemporary practices that favor time over space, perform,lIlte
The debale between constituencies and resources evidenced here raises a over appearance, effect over meaning, will nonetheless inevitably confrOlllland
related point-the promise that multiple scales of reference as a mode of oper- scape's representational agenda. In addition to the Germanic variation lmrllsc/uifl
ation holds for the public role of urban landscape in the conlemporary city. In that signifies a "unit of human occupation" and connotes landscape as a chang-
her account of the development of site-specific art practices, the art historian ing system of social and ecological interrelations, its etymological counterpart
Miwon Kwon makes two points relevant to this discussion of landscape's pub- lolldskip suggests landscape as a picture and a scenic view!' 10 be landscape then,
licness." First, she argues that the dislinguishing charaCleristic of today's site- in all its complexity, designers must consider how a landscape looks: its appear-
oriented art is how actuality of location is "subordinate to a discursively ance, image and representational concerns. The projects briefly discussed here
determined site that is delineated as a field of knowledge, intellectual exchange suggest provocative ways to do so-not as second thoughts or after effects. but
or cultural debate,"" Whereas the area affecting the design of Plaza Park is as an integral component of landscape's conception and subsequent formation.
simultaneously the lot, the city, and the region, the area affected by the project,
now buill, integrates into the realm of the social, participating in the siles K.....on
No'a
suggests, here of socio-economic identity and its representation. Promisingly,
I. Lind:a PoIlu's rNding of Henri Lefeb.. ~s provocative diagr.am of social space (Henri
Kwon's second point is that "the possibilities to conceive site as something more Lefebvre, The ProduniOlf olSptUt lOxford: 19911) su~s a str.ategf of"nested scaks."
than a place-as a repressed ethnic history, a political cause, a disenfranchised S Pollak, "Construcled Ground: in this collection.
social group-is a crucial conceptual leap in redefining the public role of art and 2. Carol Burns. "On Site: Af(hitlur.a1 Preoccupations." in Andrea Kahn, ed., Drawing
artists." Kwon's point is salient, I would add, to landscape architects as well, BuiWingText(NewYork: Prince:IOn ....rd>ittur.al Press, 1991), t46-61.
J. Useful hen- are Roberl trwin's working c:ategooo for public/sitt arl. Irwin's distilK'lions
Although the design moves at Plaza Park most certainly represent the con-
bdwem "Sitt dominant:"Sitt adjusled:"Site Specific," and -Sitt conditioned/dder-
stituencies in a cullural debate (the flowering trees, the agricultural industry; the mined"suggtlitsimilarnU<lnctliforasile'"rdalionshiptothedesignedlandsc::apc:.
glowing glass, the high-tech industry), it can also be thought to facilitate dis- Hert, IKC'Ommod<lting particularities suggests adjustment to the givens of a place:. S
course. Here, unlike nineteenth-century park agendas of social display and reform "Introduction: Change, Inquiry, QU<llilit'S, Condilional in Bring <Ind Cirrum"wncc
within the generic pastoral scenes, meaning is regionally located, culturally NOles TOW<lrd <I ComUrio"<I1 ATI, (San Francisco: The Lapis Press, (985),26-21. S also
Grorge Hargreavn'" discussion of sile for the pr.actice of landscape architlu~ in "Post-
determined, and produced by the process of use. As such, the projeCl has certain
Modernism LOOM Boeyond Itself, in umdsc<lpc Ard,ilecr"re vol. 13, no. 1 (1983): 60-65.
successes as a public park, a landscape type that art critic/activist Lucy Lippard 4. l.andscapc:critic andthCQrist Elizabeth r.leyer has Iccturoo and publid,,:dwidelyonlhe
suggests is "probably the'most effective public art form there is-the park itself subject ofsile in landscape architecturc and hernuancoo thinking hugreatlyinfluenced
is an ongoing process, the domain where society and nature meel."l' Landscape's my preoccupations. Sec her fonhcoming book The Margi", 01 Mooemily: Thwries 11m!
emergent and temporal nature here is not evidenced by the medium itself but Pr<lClicrJof!iI1ModcmwmlscapcArchireclll"(Unpubli"hedmanuscript,inprogress2006).
5. For this phrasc: I thank Mark Under, who argucs thar the fundamental theo'eticalques-
by the fluid and shifting occupations that it sponsors, a social fluidity of indi-
tionis how does architectl.lre"rnakcits appearancel"Slinder, NOlh inSLrs511r"nLirem/;
vidual and collective relationships with the land that is too often overlooked in Architec"''''' "'Ier Millimlll;sru (Cambridge. Mass.: MIT Press, 2(04).
design practice. [n this light, Plaza Park may suggest strategies for pursuing pub- 6.Foracomprehensivcdiscussionofbraidedchannelformation,sc:eLunaB. uopold,M.
lic issues in the designed urban landscllpe. Gordon Wolman, and John 1'. Miller. "Channd Form and Process, in Fllwial ProceW'J ill
QOl/u)rphology (New York: Doverl'ublications, 1995),284-95.
1. The design pro<:ess forCuadelupeRiver I'ark was discussed in a lelephoncconvcrsaliol1
'1'0 'l'HlNK sIn; IS '1'0 T/IINK LANDSCAPE. The projects discussed here cre-
wilh Hargreaves Associatcs president Mary Margarl.'t Jones at the American Academy in
:Ilil'ely construct and construe site, alternatively recuperating or rummaging
ROllle, July 1998.
through the particulars of a place to generate innovative urban landscapes. On 8. Michael A. SUlllllll.'rfield, "Fluviall.andforms: in Clolml Geo"'MpllOloJgY{E.ssc~: l.ongman
one hand, Hargreaves Associates' strategies of site spificity produces work which Group l.td.,1(91),222-H.

LOO~ING B~C~ ~llANOS(APE URB~NIS'" SPECUl~!lONS ON S"E


ii,lh"l, "Aeoli,1II l'rQCrsSt~ ~lId l.illldforms,~ 248-55, (emphasis mlded), St.~ also Kahn's cssay"Ovcrlookillll: A l.ook i,l 11010' WI' took III .,lle ,
10.lorll diSClbsionofthe illlpliCJtiollsof"rcpreStnt~tion"inHargreaves Associates' land or Site as'Discrete Objcc,' of l)esire illDunc~n /llcCor'luooalc, Kalcr"l~ IWcdi, aillt
form" $ Anila Ikrril.bcitia, "The Amst.::rdJm Bos: Th,> Modern Public Park and Ihe $;Irah Wigglesworth, eds., IJrsi,i"g I'mctices: Archilm"re, Gem/I'r IIIlIlll,r "llrrilrs. '1"Hutry
ConSlructioll of Coll,~tive EJ.peri.::nce,~ ill James Corn.::r, ed., RUOI'ering umdKllpt (London: Black Dog Publishillg, 1996): 174-85.
/;w.lyJ '" C,,,,,r"'fHlmry Lam/Kupr Arcllilewm: (New York: Princeton Architedural Press, 23. Reubcll Rainey, "'Physicalily' and 'Narrative': The Urban Parks of llargrea\'rs ASS\KiJtes
1999).187-20). in ProcessA,cllilec/ll'e /18, Hargrroves: umdKape Works (Toky<>: (996):)5
II. f"Or a discussion the legibililY of abstracted landforms in parks, see Hargrnl'es, ~PoSl 24_ ror a dctaile<l dt'$Criptioll of $;Isal:.i Associates' planning efforts, see Pcter Owen5, M~lliwl1
/llodernisml.ookslkyond Itself>~61. Valley Solution~ in !.tJ>rdKllpe A,thiteclu/'t Mllgllzine 89, no. 6 (JUIlC (999): 52,54, 56-SlI.
12, Anita Ikrrizbeiti.l, "$oales of Undecidability, in Julia Czerniak, ed., CASE: Downs"iew 25. This situation was discmsed by Chris Arnold, Morning Edition, National Public Radio.
AlrkTl>ronto(Munich:Prestel,Harvard Design School,200l), 116-125. May24,I999.
I). Sec Eisenmall's discuuion of"grounds- in ~Foldjng in tilllC': the singularity of RebSlOC"'~ 26. Miwon Kwon, ~On~ Place After Another. Notes on Sil~ Specificity; in October SO
in Greg Lynn, ed" Folding in Archirtxture (London: Academy Editions): 23-26. (Spring 1997): 85-110. Kwon's pro\"Q(llti\"C,albtit provisional, paradigms for site-specific
14. See James Corner, "Tern FluJ.us; in this collection. art pnctiCC'Wt'fC very helpful in developing this essoty.
15. Laurie Olin, "1be Landsca~ Design of Rebstock~rk;September 1992. This essoty is 27. Ibid., 92.
publishrd in German in Frtmkfim IkbstO(l: Folding in Time (Munich: Pmtel, 1992). 28. Ibid., 96.
Tnn51ation courtesy oflhe author, 29. Lucy Lippard, "Gardens: Some Me1aphon for a Public Art; in Art in Americ-a 69,
16. See ~er Eisenman', disclWion ofthe"a~ncyofthefold" and the inlluenceofcatastro- no. II (November 1981): 137, as cite<l by Geor~ Hargl"Caves in "Post-Modernism
pOethroryonlhedew-lopmc-ntofRebstockparkin-UnfoidingEvcn~FnnkfurtRebstock Looks Beyond Itself."
and the Possibility of a New Urlxtnism; in John behman, ed, UnfOOJing Frtlnkfi'rt 30. Hargreaves Associatcs Project Dcscriptions.
(lkrlin: Ernst &: SOOn, 1991): 8-17; and Eisenman, ~Folding in TiIm':"J1M, Singularity of 31. "J1M, -double identity" or landscapes etymology-a dialectic and dialogic pairing of a
Rebslock;23-26. "view" and a Mmea.surrd portion of bnd,~ of IandsJ:ipl/nnd$hnft, piClurc:lprocess.
17. Eis.enmall, -Unfolding Evmts,-9. subject/object, and aestheticlsclentilK--is discussrd in many '"Cnoes.. See Denis Cosgro\"C,
18.Olin,~"J1M,Landsca~DesignofRebstockpark,-5. "1be Idea of Landsca~;in Sot;." FOrmation and Symbolic- Umdx.ope (N~}erse-y:
19. Olin draW$ f.-om KOlogicaJ principles to inform the ....y Rebstockparl:. works as a s~tem &mes& Nobles Books, 1985): J3-38;}ohn 5tilgoe, -Landsca~;in CDmmonl.llndsalpes
of interrelations. Landsca~ ecology also senes as an analog 0.- modd for ma.ny contem- ofAmerial: 158(}lo 1845(~ Ha\"Cn:YaIe Univoersity Press. 1982); J. B. Jackson,"1be
porary practices. For aample, both Iandsca~ architect James Corner and architect Stan Word Itself; in DiKow:nng Ihe Vernan;/ar LandKtJpe (N~ Ha"en: Yale Un~ily Press.
Allen cile Richard Forman's principles of IlIIldsca~ ecology (patch, edge and boundary, 198-4): 1-3; and more reanlly by James Comer in ~Operalional Eidetics,," in Hllrvrl,d
corridor and (onl1ti"ity. and rrlQS;Iic) as useful for the devdopment or urban lan<hca~ IHsign Mapzine (Fall 1998):22-26.
See OIin,~"J1M, Landscape Design of RebsIOCkpark-; and Allen, ~Infr-astructural Urbanism;
Points + Li"N: VUlgrtlms a"d Projrs for rhe City (~Yorl:..: Princ~ton Architectural
Press,I999).
20. Olin, -The Landsca~ Design of Rebstock~r"'"
21. That the projecl is subKqu~ntly nad through the discipline of geology and the idea of the
picluresq~ is nOI surprising. Critic Kurl Forster suggests Ihat Rebstocl:.pa.rl:. ~actuali~
the notion of geologic process; due largely, h~ argues, to Ei~nman's operatiVl." strategy of
"tracings of lemporal rdationships- in lieu of"slatic mapping." See Kurt Forster, "Why
Are Some I:luildings More inleresling Than Othc-rs?" Harvard Design Magazine no. 7
(WinlerISpringl'n9):26-lI.RoberlSomol'ssuggeste<lreadingofRebstockparklhrough
rethinking urbanism from a theory of Ih~ ~accid~nt" situates it in terms of the picturcsqu~
tradition, a landscape referenctwhich foregrounds a project'sproccsscs of production
over its formal product, See Robert Somol, "Accidents Will Happen,~ in Archirecwre ami
Ur""nismvol. 252,no.9 (September 1991):4-7.
22.ln the competilion bri<'f writ len by Andrea Kahn for Ih~ 1996 Van AJen Fellowship in
I'"blic Archit('(ture, "I'ublic I'roperly: An Ideas Competilion for Governorslslalld," par-
ticipantswueaskedtomakeadistinctionbetween"site"and"buildinglot" pertinenlto
thediscussionhere:"lflhebuildinglotisanareaoflirnitedphysical intervention, the site
isaneJ.tensiveaggregalionofinteractivescalcsandprograms,wherI' global forces inform
l(Kal conditions. and rnelropolitan concerns have regional impac t. WhiJcali physical
desillllproposalsshallbclimiledloGovernorslsland(thebuildingJot) it is understood
,h,llille 1m:" "ffi"le<l by Juel, p'upo",ls (l11e site) will not be limited to the island its.,]f"

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The discipline of landscape urbanism has emerged primarily from
within landscape architecture, widening its focus on processes to include Ihose
that are cultural and historical as well as natural and ecological [FIG, II. In rela-
tion to urban design, which as a discipline has emerged from architecture and
planning, part of landscape urbanism's strength lies in this acknowledgment of
lemporality. It also has Ihe potential to engage architecture in a way thai urban
design and landscape architecture do not, by challenging architectural com'en-
lions of closure and control, which implicitly disavow knowledge of the various
incommensurable dimensions of urban reality. In this conlexl, archilecture is
construed not as an object but as a device that can Iransform an urban land-
scape ret at the same time is not in complete control of the relationships between
its constitutive elements.
The architectural historian Kennelh Framplon has written that "priority
should now be accorded 10 landscape. rather than freestanding built form~ in the
making of cilies.' Yello build landscape requires the ability to see it, and the
inability to do so continues to permeate architectural design culture. This per-
sistent blindness is evident in the still common recourse to the figure/ground
plan, which fails 10 engage the material aspects of a site, representing the ground
as a void around buildings. This convention of figure/ground is part of a histor-
ically embedded oppositional system of thought-other oppositions include
architecture/landscape, object/space, culture/nature, and worklsite-which fore-
grounds and acknowledges the construction of the first paired term while natu-
ralizing the second as unproblematic background. The tendency is to view the
second, or what I call etlv;ronmelltlll term, as an abstract container, separate from
the objects, events. and relations that occur within it. These second terms often
become fused together in some kind of landscape-space- nature-site blur, in con-
trast to the supposedly clear outlines of architecture.
The objective of what [call cOllSlfllete,1 ground is to engage and focus on these
environmental terms in a way Ihat exceeds the oppositional system that contin-
ues to contain them. Constructed ground represents a hybrid framework that
crosses between architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, to engage
the complexity of contemporary urban landscape. This framework invests in the
ground itself as a material for design, using landscape as both a structuring cle-
ment and a me<lium for rethinking urban conditions, to produce everyday urbnn
spaces thnt do not exclude nature. Its goal is to address simultaneously the con
cerns of architecture, landscape, and city, withoul having one or more recede in
fiG I L,nd.p.,II'~.Sheil.K.nned!l .ndf,"ncoVi(lhch.-O,.winRonSile:1990,u,iaIYiewolin$,.n."on import'ance, as would happen in a conventional disciplinary framework. l
This text will focus primarily on one term. that of space. which exemplifies. under~tood ,n J ll,lIl1ewtlrk lilT
ill th~ opposition object/space. architecture's tendency to disacknowledge that design practlle in "hi...h Ihl' "elt0tl
which is around it. The French philosopher Henri Lefebvre challenged the ation between the rnl10Cdive ~l"leS ~lt
unproblematic conception of space in his well-known 1974 book. The Productiol/ which architecture. landsc,lpe llrdli
OfSptlCC, arguing that such production is concealed by two mutually reinforcing tecture, and uroon de.)ign c.1ll operale
illusions. He defines one illusion as that of transparency-the idea that the world performatively to engage dimension.)
can be seen as it really is. This illusion, which allows the workings of power that of difference that characterize the
produce space to remain invisible. goes "hand in hand with a view of space as space that is being produced.
innocent.'" He defines the other as the realistic illusion-the idea that some- The concept of scale as a repre-
thing by seeming natural requires no explanation. This illusion, which is based sentation of spatial difference can be
on the opposition of culture/nature, allows landscape to be used to mask unde- used to engag~ relationships between
sirablehistories.' architecture, landscape, and city
The limits imposed by oppositional categories of spatial identity parallel across a range of formal. ecological,
those of subject identity, such as white/black and male/female. If, as geographer social and other criteria. These rela-
Doreen Massey writes, "it is now recognized that peopl~ hav~ multiple identi- tionships can b~ appr~h~nded in
ties, then the same point can be made in relation to places.... While there has been well-known built projects by Rem
a tendency in contemporary design theory to interpret the mobility of identity Koolhaas/OMA, Andreu Arriola,
in de-territorialized, nomadic terms, I would argue that, while not fixed-that Catherine Mosbach, Alison and Peter
is, permanently determined by one or two preordained trails-identity is indeed Smithson, and Alvaro Siza; howev~r
grounded, in space, in ways that arc geographically and historically specific. To this discussion of scale may first be
engage this specificity in a design process requires a theory of difference that is introduced in relation to two unbuilt
performative, an approach based on a conception of the "other" that begins with projects from our office. Marpillero Pollak Architects, to outline an approach to
the premise that identity is relational rather than oppositional. A relational design that takes into account the formation of a site by forces acting at multi-
identity is dependent on articulation, in a sociological sense. As the British cul- ple scales, often invisible at the physical location of the sile itself.
tural theorist Stuart Hall has described, articulation is a "form of connection Scale is an issue inherent in all urban landscapes that is barely addressed in
that mil make a unity of two different elements, under certain conditions:" [n design theory or practice. As a conceptual design tool, which can refer to sp'l\ial
other words, unity is a possibility rather than an tl priori assumption. The chal- or temporal dimensions of an object or process. it supports a relational approach
lenge in design is to develop ways of working that can support and represent a to built environments-a way of articulating differences that can cross between
multiplicity of spatial identity, to bring into focus as (constructed) ground that practices without being subsumed by or allowing anyone 10 dominate. While
which is usually relegated to background. Such ways of working need to not there is no inherent, assignable scale 10 architecture, landscape, or city, there is
only recognize the potential of these historically recessive environmental terms a range of scales associated with each set of practices. Architectural scales tra-
in the design of new environments, but also be aware of ways in which their his- verse a field from the interior to the exterior of a building, (rom its smallest
torical marginalization has conditioned the construction of existing environ~ detail to its o\'erall presence, rarely exceeding the distance from which a project
ments. The goal, to borrow a statement from the scientist Donna Haraway, is "a is actually visible. Urban scales extend beyond \"hat is visible from a particular
knowledge IUned to resonance, not to dichotomy.'" site to scales at which planning has occurred that may have implicated and/or
Lefebvre's analysis in the Prod,lct;oll of Space reveals the city in its complex- produced that site. Landscape scales also pertain to areas much larger than any
ity as what h~ describes as a "spac~ of differences." This spac~, far from being a specific site, encompassing multiple ecological systems.
neutral container, is a field in tension which, unlike most representations of At one point in his analysis of space, Lefebvre presents a diagram of nested
urban space, explicitly includes natural processes. He defines social space as the scales, which he developed through the examination of a Japanese spalial order
"encounter, assembly, [andl simultaneity... of everything that is produced by [FIG. 2[.' This diagram supports a formulation of Ihe city as a space of differences
nature or by society, either through their cooperation or through th~ir con- through two complementary strategies, which together produce dynamic
flicts... This space of differences can be a starting poinl for constructing ground, relationships. Its first innovation is to introduce a transitional scale (T), which

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functions as a mediator between private (P) and global (G). Its second innova-
tion is that each of these scales is integrated within the other IWO. The diagram
provides a basis for a design approach that can support a dynamic and multidi-
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mensional differentiation of space. Its overlay of terms recognizes thai all scales
are illternally differentiated, and that while hierarchies of scale exist, they are not
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fixed or singular." Acknowledging thai unity is neither an a priori nor a neces-
sarily attainable condition of identity helps to frame it in terms of processes of fIGS.S.6 Ma<pflt<of'Ulok.I.ftM..m.."kyond
ltc8ol:"PYo,ea.Hew,"",,-1999
becoming, with the capacity to include multiple and perhaps contradictory traits.
plan~nd$tc,.... diai'~m1Iof""""'pt.
A site exists at an unlimited number of scales. If a project can be understood sea..... ofacuVl1y(wtl
urb<on$C~t.'h,e.l>o(d.$"<IwinR'nd;vtdu~1
to reproduce its site, the potential of a projcctto operate at different scales relies sc.(uo(.c".,tyd'~wn\n'O$itel""""J

upon a designer's investment in representing the elements and forces that exist or
have existed at those scales, as a precondition for designing ways to foster inter-
dependencies between them. As an architect/landscape designer working in part-
nership with an architect/urban designer, our practice includes projects for public
spaces on disused sites that have been vacant for decades, whose failure can
often be traced to the inability of a modernist master-planning framework to
recognize the complexity of their position in between multiple scales of use and variously scaled thresholds that extend outward from its physical footprint to
activity. An approach that engages strategies of scale has the potential to recali- cngage its invisible boundaries. These ncw thresholds formulate and participatc
brate such a site in a way that can resonate with its surroundings, to Iransform in the park's identity as a "becoming" that occurs through encounters between
a liability in a way that corresponds to a coming together of relational identities. diverse social groups, economies, ecosystems. and informational webs. The lay-
Tracing the historical processes that produced a site's isolation supported ering of scales embeds a multiplicity of urban and ecological orders. making it
our 1996 proposal for Petrosino Park, a fragment of land in downtown difficult for anyone group to exclusively appropriate the park."
Manhattan IfIGS.},.). Each side of the site is severed from a different scale fabric. While the Petrosino Park project addresses only a smaU fragment of the city.
which the park has the potential to reengage on new terms. Historical analysis much of landscape urbanism's focus is directed toward large post-industrial
revealed successive infraSlruetural interventions, invisible at a local scale, includ- sites whose development will have a significant impact on a city's future. Our
ing the construction of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1902, the 4, 5, and 6 subway project for "Bcyond the Box," part of a study in 1999 exploring issues of supcr-
lines in 1904, and the Holland Tunnel in )927, respectively isolating the triangle store retail development on industrially Wiled sites in Ncw York City, addresses
of the site and diminishing its already narrow width, hollowing out the ground the intersection of urban and suburban uses on a derelict two-acn:: South Bronx
beneath it, and increasing traffic congestion alongside it. Understanding how superblock IfIGS. s.61. Working with an understanding of the city as a landscape
these material processes produced the site supported the conception of four new made up of multiple surfacts (rather than its conventional representation as a

CG~SfRUCIEO 'RGU~O, OUES110HS Of SCAlE 1]1


single' surface'), the project overlays a r.lIlge of abstract and material scales onto
the site, which has absorbed numerous disjunctures since lheconstruction of the
Cross Bronx Expressway in the 1960s. Mapping lhese disjunctures, in the form
of diffcrent scales of activity and use that stretch against each other and rever-
berate on the site, makes it possible to engage their potential in new heteroge-
neous spaces. These existing scales-to the north, the metropolitan scale of the
expressway; to the west, a regional scale of recreation; and to the south, a local,
residentiaUpedestrian fabric-each suggest a kind of access and program. The
proposal draws these disparate urban orders into the eviscerated interior of the
superblock, intertwining them to situate and scale the foreign entity of the
"box," and to produce a variegated set of social and natural spaces, culminating
in the topographical device of the Parking Hill, a multilevel infrastructurt' for
cars, people, and landscape. The east side of the site retains the industrial uses -.. .i j
-:;:- -' lit'
that are part of a surviving manufacturing zone.
0,
A built projeclthat accomplishC'S such an overlay of scales is OMA's Kunsthal
in Rotterdam (1992), recalling Rem Koolhaas's formulation of "metropoli-
taniJm ... a totally fabricated world within which any number of opposing views
could co-exist."11 The simultaneity of scales is present in the Kunslhal's ramp, I '",a
which shifts identity to become architecture, city, and landscape: at an urban scale,
beginning from Wes17.eedijk Street, it functions as the main entry to the park
from the city, the Kunsthal building operating as a portal; by forming a bridge
fiGS. 7-10 r:~:~;;~:IE:~~:~:=~::i~'~~~I~~r:::!.:'7
::~~~~~P~:h
muhi<.aIortd wl>'s 1'"''''''-')
from Westzeedijk Street, elevated on a six-meter-high dike, over tht' east-west
service road, the ramp allows the building to rC'Spond three-dimensionally to a
regional scale of the Dutch landscape, positioning the visitor to perceive the A common technique of modernist planning has been to scparate functions
site's juxtaposition of busy motorway and green idylllFIGS. 7, 81. At an architec- as a means of resolving conflicts-for instance, suppressing the pres~nce of ~he
tural scale, the museum appropriates the ramp as it passes through the building car in order to create a pedestrian landscape. This strategy of separatIOn contlll-
by pressing a density of programs against it, including ticket booth, cafe, gallery, ues to produce sterile environments. Moreove~, it cannot support the r~genera
bookstore, and display windows; the ramp also provides the organizing struc- tion of an isolated site, whose derelict condition has been produ~ed, 111 many
ture of Ihe museum, entering Ihe building and folding over itself repeatedly to cases, by its position between radically different sc~l~s. The archItect A~dreu
become entry, overlook, passageway, room, and roof garden. At a landscape scale, Arriola layers cars and p~destrians, functions traditionally kept apart, III t~e
the ramp is one of five similarly scaled movement elements forming a prome- multilevel Plal;a del Glories Catalancs in Barcelona (1992) to create n~~ spallal
nade thaI organizes the experience of the park. Each element controls a field configurations lFIG. Ill. The project intertwines local- and metropoht,lIl-scale
similar in size to the Kunstha\; a bridge crossing a field of flowers, a path through roadways, a parking structure, a public landscape. and a playground. At a m~t
woods and a pond, a hard-surfaced Ystage," punctuated with cuts for planting and ropolitan scale, it functions as a major interchange, routing car~ between pnn-
drainage, and the entry grovc with its mirrored wall and ground of white shells. cipal avenues through its top level. Locally, cars park on the n~ldd.le and lower
By participating in multiple scales of its environment, the ramp has the capac- levels of the structure, which frames the park at the center, whICh IS ente~ed. on
ity to affect that environment at different levels, through corresponding registers foot through large openings in what appears from the outside t~ be a bUlldl~g,
of architecture, landscape, and city. As in Lefebvre's diagram, each scale is nest- and from the inside a grassy slope. The inscription of vegetatIOn and bodlcs
ed within the others: the roof garden is a fragment of the park landscape, verti- onto this vehicular infrastructure reappropriates it as everyday urban space at
cally displaced to become a foreground element within Iht' architectur~, yet also tht' scale of tht' neighborhood. . .
the culmination of the architecture; the theater seats are a multicolored garden, Scale is a key to the development of urban representatIOns that.cel~brate dif-
in a field that operates at the scale of the park as well as the building IFIGS. 9. loj. ferences of size rather than suppressing them in an effort to mallltall1 human

CONSIRUC1OGROUNOOU(SlIOIlSOfSCltE III
scale, a cultural conSlruclion identified exclusively with the measurable and the
known. Landscape architect Catherine Mosbach's renovation of outdoor spaces
around a ten-story residential tower block on a concrete base brings the issue of
being out of scale into design, sometimes even lHlgrnenting the distance between
scales, engaging the tension between them to produce new interpretations of
urban domestic space. Platforms, paths, and benches situate individuals but also
stage encounters with scales of building, nature, and city. The wood cladding of
these elements evokes intimacy of interior domestic space, effecting a displace-
ment of thai space into the urban sphere IfIG. 111. It also provides a material con-
sistency that allows the project to operate at a much larger scale, as if it was
the concrete plinth itself that was clad in its entirety. Mosbach's intervention
took on the ambiguity of a place in which architecture, landscape, and city
seemed to exist in parallel worlds, recasting these disjunctive realities as a land-
scapeofconnections.
Each of the above projects suggests some way in which the scale disparities
that arc an inevitable part of everyday spaces can contribute to rather than pre
c1ude a vital urban realm, A further discussion is that of"bigness,~ which, in
urban and architecturallerms, has primarily been framed in terms of monu-
mentality. The concept of the sublime, as it has been associated with landscape,
offers an ahernative strategy for engaging scalar difference. While American
nature and modern landscape have been historically represented in terms of the beachgoer to inhabit an endless horizon above an uncontrollable sea, without
sublime outside of cities, the strength of these spatial traditions has meant that auempting to dom~ticate the power of these spaces [FIG_ 141. A jetty by the ocean
nature within a situation of perceptible containment (as opposed to, say, the pool meets the breaking waves at high tide to produce a huge spray, re-present-
expa.n~ of a large urban park) is often relegated to a background position. Yet ing the open sea's uncontainable processes. The building's striated geological
SU~Il~llY has more t~ do with the perception of uncontainability than with forms operate locally, to intricately traverse its rocky site, but also regionally, at
objectIvely definable Size, It engages the COntradiction between the idea of the the scale of the coastallandscal)C, as well as at smaller scales of human action,
~otality ~f a thing and the perceived impossibility of understanding the thing in threading a route through the rocks to reach the sea. The use of concrete as a
lis tota.ltty. In other words, as Immanuel Kant has written, the sublime can be building material registers the indUSlrial scale of slOrage tanks visible from the
found In an object "in so far as its boundlessness is represented in it and yet its site, rather than ignoring or attempting 10 screen them out from this set of
totality is also presenf.""
spaces focused on the enjoyment of nalure. It would be easy to ascribe the sub-
T.he grass-covered mound at the center of Robin Hood Gardens, thel970s limity of the Lc~a Pool to its spectacular site, and the architect's activity to one
housJn.g,estate designed by the architects Alison and Peter Smithson, represents of preservation, if one did not appreciate the difficulties of the location. It is the
a.condltlon of boundlessness while still engaging urban boundaries (FIG. Ill, The project that reconstructs a scm i-industrial portion of a rocky coast along a busy
size of the mound in rdation 10 the two linear buildings that frame it makes it roadway, by bringing forth and intcnsifying existing forces and weaving new
seem ~o press,upward and outward, crealing a tension that is both spatial and sca!csofactivity into an existing site.
material. Its Virtually uncontainable presence, in combination with its demen_ The project for a storm surge barrier by West 8 represents an uncontainable
tal figural quality, shifts the perception of what would usuaJly be a restricted nature in a different way, by establishing an oscillation between multiple scales
courtyard sp:lce to the point of rescaling the repetitive surfaces of the housing of landscape ccology IFlC, lsi. It engages a scale of migration of s.everal species of
blockslhemsdves.
coastal birds that are not containable within the regional and local landscape for
A.lv'lro Siza's 1961 Le~a de Palmeira Pool complex engages and reproduces which the barrier is constructed. The infrastructural installation draws the birds
Illultlple scales of architecture, body, city, and landscape, to enable building and onto the barrier island where they arrange themselves by color, corresponding

116 llNDAPDlUK
hI Ihei.. spctics, according to ,I self-similar ;lItraction, on wide stripes of bllick 7. DOHna Haraway, /low I r~e I' J.e<t/(New York: I(Iulle,llle, 2000), 71.
mlmd sllcJJs and white cockle shells. The project sustains a tensioll between 8.L.efcbvrl", Tlrel'rotlllrliollo/S/H1re, 153.
dYllJlJnic ethcrcality and concrete presence; the plateau of colored shells aUracts
the birds-ali uncontainable part of nature-inlo a field that they inhabit in a I~: ~~~~~'r;:=~nition pr<xludcs the conception o( sl,ace in lhe form ora 1ll0sJk d",rir~ of
w,ly thai is unstable even as it reproduces the design. different locales each with its own intricacies-a conception thai IhCQrculally allow' thl
ferences to coexist yet fails to represent their interdependenuand thercforelhelrpoten
Thcse slfatl'gies each amplify the role of scale to Support an inclusive concept
of urban landscape that is continually reinvented as it is continually reconstructed. IL ~:I~~::r~~a:~a~::~ut the identity of th\' thresholds. as well as the design (or the
In social terms, this landscape's potential for reinvention means that it is a place park int\'rior, as shown in the model, Stt linda ':'Uak, "City-Archil<xtur\,-l.andscape:
that can be appropriated by different constituencies, in such a way as to allow Strategies~ DtJid"lus tr 73: Built LnntlK"JI'N (Spring 2000): 48---5~. ~
12. Rem Koolhaas. ~Life in the Metropolis or the Culture of CongestIOn, AKhitlXturill INJlgn
unexpected things to happen. In ecological terms, it offers a means of approach-
voI.47,no.5(MayI9n):319-25. . .
ing something too large or complex to be comprehended as a single totality. In
13. Immanuel Kanl, Critique ofjudg,"e"', trans. Wern\'r S. Pluhar (Irnhanapohs: Hac~lI,
either case, it suggests a provisional means of designing the undefinable, through 1987),98.
which unanticipated spatial characteristics may emerge from the interplay
between elements and through inhabitation.
The instability that characterizes these projects is a positive one that pro-
duces and sustains an openness in terms of the meaning or sense of the work.
None of these projects blurs the boundary between architecture and landscape.
Rather, they inhabit that boundary through their instability, or lack of fixity,
constructing as a space by oscillating back and forth across it.
The projects share an emphasis on the ground, in a way thai acknowledges
its construction, such that it cannot be equated with a fictionally untouched
nature. Each project nOI only amplifies the role of the ground but also multi-
plies it, to produce or construe it as multiple grounds rather than the single
dosed surface traditionally associated with "Iandscape_" These grounds, which
are variously clad, isolated and warped, inflated, delineated, and made material,
perform roles Ihat are simuhanwusly natural and social, testifying to the possi-
bility of a vital public space, one that does nOI settle differences but ralher allows
them 10 exist.

NOI~

1. Kenneth Frampton, "Towud an Urban J.andscape,~CoI"lfJbiQ DorulfJl'Iru no. 4 (J~4): 90.


2. This essay is pan of a reM:arch on urban outdoor space to d~lop frameworks thaI do
not rely on polariliessuch aSlhal ofconSlfUetedarchil<Xtureversusnatu rallandM:ape,
and that ar\, llot exdusive to any one disciplin\'. This research is~upporled bygranlS
from the Graham Foundalion for Advanced Studil.'S in the Fine Arts and the National
Endowment forlheArlS
3. Henri u-febvre, 7111! l'roduetioll of Space, trans. Donald Nicholwn-Smilh (Oxford:
BlackweIJPublishers,199J):28.
4. Ibid., 29
5. Doreen Ma~~cy, inlroduction to Sp(l(/', I'I(lce, and Gentler (Minneapoli~: University of
MinnesolaPreSS,I~4),3.

6. Stuart Hall, "On POstlllodernism and Articutation: An hnervicw Wilh Stuart Hall, journal
ofConmllmicmion I"quiry vol. 10, no. I (1986); 91-114
Across the globe, as urbanization continues unabated, territories are often
described as seamless artificiallandscapcs, without physical boundaries.' Con-
ceptual boundaries have also been blurred as distinctions between urban and
rural, city and countryside, be<:ome less relevant to the discussion of the con-
temporary city. Current discourse on urbanism is awash with "Iandscape~ and
its far-reaching conceptual scope-including its capacity to theorize and proj-
ect urban sites, regional territories, ecosystems, networks, infrastructures, and
large organizational fields.' The growing range of publications on the subject is
evidence of the reemergence of urban landscape into the larger cultural imagi-
nation. Although North America lays claim to coining the term and articulating
the concept of landscape urbanism, a number of Europeans ha,"c recently con-
tributro to this emerging discipline.'
The terming of"critical regionalism," as early as 1981 by Alexander Tzonis and
Liane Lefaivre, may be viewed as a European preamble to the contemporary
interest in landscape urbanism. For them, critical regionalism was a means of
criticizing postwar modern architecture and creating a renewed sense of place.'
Critical regionalism design allributes were derived from regional, circumscribed
constraints that produced places and collective representations. Although Tzonis
and Lefaivre wrote explicitly of architecture, the environmental determinism
accorded to their argument has recently been extended to critical regionalism in
the medium oflandscapc, in an effort to challenge the internationally imposed
~generic" models of modernization and urbanization and to resist the homoge-
nizing effects of late capitalism.
The term critical regionalism was popularized by Kenneth Frampton in 1983
through his well-known essay "Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an
Architecture of Resistance."l The essay was philosophically based upon Paul
Ricoeur's theory that technology was homogenizing the world by facilitating the
spread of a single, mediocre culture. Frampton's critical regionalism was an
~architecture of resistance,~ seeking ~to mediate the impact of universal civiliza-
lion~ and "to reflect and serve the limited constituencies~ in which it was ground-
ed. He alluded to the inherent power of sites and used then recent interventions
in the Ticino landscape as an example of a method for constructing meaningful
relations with the genius loci:

The blllld07.ing of an irregular topography intoa nat ~ileisclearlya tcch


nocratic gc~tllrc which a~pircs 10 a condition of absolute place1essncss,
whcrcasthClcrracingoflhcs.alllesilctoreivclheslcl'pe<lformofa
bllildingi$al1cllg:rgcmcntinlheactof"cllltiv,"illg~lhesilc.'

l~l KHUSHANNON
In the 19905, Pramptoll went furthN and concluded th:lI the tools of lIrb:H1- the tools, Illodeb, :md methods of lhe suburban lr.ulitiol1 Me lIpplOpdllte II~
bill alone appear lInuble to resist the relentless "llallening out" of cultures and springbo:lrds for renewing influence on the scenogr,lphy of puhlk UdMl1 ~p.u.c,.'"
pl:lces :md that perhaps the only remaining plausible instrument is re-engage- Marot's lexicographical contribution of~sub-urb.1Ili'II1"to the (;rnlld
ment with landscape through "mega forms" and "landforms," terms he has used larousse of the twenty-first century directly refers to bndsc.lpe lI1etllOd' lllld
to "stress the generic form-giving potential of such forms and second, in order underlines the primacy of sites (as opposed to programs). He uses the wt)r,t~
to emphasize the need for topographic transformation in terms of landscape "theoretical hypothesis," ~critical," and "genuine laboratories" that pl.lce "suh
rather than in terms of self-contained single structures.'" urbanism experiments and their landscape methods" at the forefrollt of lll1
In another eS5.1Y, Frampton explicitly refers to the use of landscape as a vehi- allernative to contemporary urbanism;
cle for holding ground for use as reserves of open space and natural resource
parks in the midst of what will quickly become low-density urbanized areas. In Sub-urbanism: n 1M. FR. Suburban halian: suburbia] as opposed to
so doing, he echoes Peter Rowe's formulation of a remedial "middle" landscape, urbanism. I. Body of upCTirntnts and methods of planning and devel-
advocating site-specific landscape as an intermediary between built form and opment (Iandscapt",architeeture, infraslruclurt and gWlechniqucs)
the otherwise placeless surfaces of urbanization: specif1allyilSthestdevt-loptdinthesuburbsandlhroughwhichlheblteT
ha,"l: ma""ged to shapt their own spaces and physiognomies. I. Discipline
Two AI~1l1 factors may ~ deTivro from R~'s Ihtosis: firsl, that priori- composed of projects first inspiR'd by suburban scmarios and in which
Iy should now bf accordtd 10 landK<ll~, ntht"r than to ffl'atanding the tnditio",,1 hienrchy imposed by urbanism bctWttn program and sit"
built form, and second, that tftcrr is a pressing need to Innsfonn ceTuin (~per the logic of command that pR'Vllils in archilture) i$ rn~,
mtplopolitan tyl'<'s such as shopping malls. puk.ing loIS and offiQ the sile boming the malerial and the horizon of the projl:ct; cf., bnd-
~rk.s into bndsc:itpM built form .... ~dystopia of the ~lopoIis is SCilpt"_ 3. Th<orttiod hypothesis. historiognl)hic and crilial, not llts-
al((":>dy an irr("V("rsiblt historicd fact: it has king sinct instaUtd a ntw sarily achuive of lIS obvenc that considers d("V("loprntnt as a lTlO\'m'lenl
way of lift, nOI to sa.y a ntw naturt .... I would submit that instad Wt thaI gots from the ateTior toward the intCTlor, from the oul$kiru toward
need 10 conccive of a rtmtdi;al bndscapt" that is Qlpablt of playing a ait- the city. By attn$ion: Historiognphical appfO;lch that considers thcK
ical;and comP'"'Alory rok in rtlation to the ongoing, <kstructi~ com- suburban aperllll('nts and their landscaped methods (GptCially their
modifiCiltion of our man-madt ..vrld.' gardens) as genuine labontoria of urbanism and land developrntnt."
The alienation of man (rom "place" has become a topic widely written aoom For Marot, European decentralization has led to a proliferation of new public
by theorists in the past two decades, and there is no lack of articulate descrip- commissions, and regions have begun to view the qualities of their landscape as
tions of the new global landscapes. At the same time, conceptual redefinition not only marketable entities but also as reserves of public space. As tourism and
and reformulation of the urban-even to the poinl of dissolving it-have dom- recrealion rapidly replace agriculture, adaptation to new economies without the
inated the discourse of the built erwironment as the imageability, legibility, and complete loss of"identity" demands innovation. In Marot'sestimation, contem-
particularity of interventions in cities has become less clear. The conventions of porary landscape architects-placed at the convergence of agrarian peasantry
urban history, urban planning, and urban design are insufficient to understand (low culture) and urban design (high culture) heritages-must take a radically
and qualitatively intervene in the contemporary condition. Radical rethinking difTerent approach than their predecessors. The specific qualities of sites provide
of urbanism's modus operandi is necessary to fundamentally and critically re- the rationale and raw material for new projects."
engage in the making of cities. The poignanl stance of Frampton and his belief Marot identifies four steps in the study and projection of site-based land-
in landscape as an oper:ltive tool 10 resist the globalizing and homogenizing ten- scapes: anamnesis, or recollection of previous history; preparation for and the
dencies of built envirOJllllents h:1S provided a plafform for the conceptual evo- staging of new conditions; three-dimensional sequencing; and relational structur-
lution of landscape urbanism,'
ing. The first and last stress a possible resistance through landscape. "Anamncsis"
vicws land and public space as:ln expression of ancient culture, or as a palimpsest
TIlE FRENOI THEORtST OF URlIAN I.ANDSCAPE, Sebastien Marot, has writ- thaI shows all of the unique activities that contributed to the shaping of thaI par-
ten extensively on the changing role and revival of landscape, posing the formu- ticular landscape and no other; sites arc inherited and eventual project be<!uesls.
lation landscape sub-urbanism, Marot notes that sub-urbanism is indeed a rich Relational structuring" refers to the anticipation of future (re)colonized
and ancient tradilioll, replete with its unique morphologies and typologies, and sites. According to Marot, landscapes must be understood as relativc spaces.

FROM IHEORY 10 RESISIMIU LANOS(APE URBANIS ... IN EUROPE ,.s


llllld~{dpe Mrnteijics Illive the c.'pncity to challenge the limits of burc.lUcnltic
public sectors. As exurb:lll UllIwth
Ilutho1'ity while cxtcndillij the SCope of possibilities. Marot writes.
runs wild and pOst ;Ildu~tl hlllln' '!
Thdllandscapcasalarl\crmilicu ismrclysubiccllolheconlrolofasin_ demand clean-up and relll'ogrllm
I\lcaulhorit y mcanslhallhcformsofrelalionalslrucluringcannOlbc5Q ming, there is an urge to litcrnlly
much formal as lhcyarc vehicJes for ncgotialion and mooial'on (among reground the environment with lUI
neighboring COnstiluencil's, managemem aUlhorilies. etc.)." intelligence of place-interpreted
not so much in the conservlllive
\Vtl EREAS MAKOT HAS ATTEMPTED TO REVIVE landscape through a renewed sense of Martin Heidegger's and
commitment to public urban spaces, Belgian urban designer and academic Christian Norberg-Schultz's ge"ill5
Marcel Smels has promoled the landscape Iradition as a virtual ".savior" 10 con- loci but more in Elia Zenghelis's
temporary urban design. Smels has developed a taxonomy ofspatial design con- contemporary interpretation of
FIG.2 ~r~~.~~~=,~;:);de'
cepts suggesling how contemporary designers work with the condition of "'frasINCI...... IIndscapn
uncovering existing logics of reality
~uncenainIY"-inle-rpre-Ied nOI as a lack of clarity bUI as indelerminancy and finding a site's capacity by dis-
regarding fUlure development and the incapacity to shape it is a definilive form. tinguishing the junk from the poten-
For Smets, Ihe grid (man-made form that provides an underlying struclure- for tiak" In a number of recent European projects, landscape urbanism stra!egies
developmenl wilhin pre-eslablished regulations), casco (or receplade, derived have given voice to the restorative ilnd resistive .social and cultur.:' formatIOn ~f
from the- landscape, reAecling its cOnstilulive form), dearing (landscape as a territories-and the evocalive power of landscapes. The overlaymg of ecologi-
unifying Inckdrop assuring freedom of new intervenlions), and montage (rad- cal and urban strategies offers a means by which projects create new systems of
ical superposilion of various programmatic and compositional layers) are four interconnected networks thai complement the existing slructures. ..
design approaches which indirectly reference Framplon's advocacy of new The progressive Iransformation of urban, rural, and peripheralternt~nes
inslruments for urbanism. into transit areas hosting a modern, amorphous connective web of roads, hIgh-
ways, and railroads has been occurring with relative indi~el'"Cnce to geography
IThe Clscol rdkcl$ t~ constilulive form of the bndscapc and is based
and the produClion of qualitative spaces. A nOlable e~ceptlon h.as been France s
on Iocalgcological and hydrological conditions. As such, il can bccon-
TGV landscapes and Barcelona's ring roads, both Widely published and .noted
sidcroo lhe idl':l! natunl fume tn..l adapl$ 10 sill!" COndilions. The powa
for their integration of Slate-of-Ihe art civil engineering with urban ltfe. In
ofi,s distinctive paUl'rn allows ilto be filloo in various ways withoullo5_
Barcelona, the city's second beltway, the Ronda de Dalt, was completed f~r the
ing;15 fumbmcmal chanCIer or idenlily."
1992 Olympics. Following the initiatives of Oriol Bohigas. a team ~f engll1~rs
According 10 Smets, the casco grounds projects in the evident foundations of a and architects led by Bernardo de Sola designed a system of collection and diS-
physical and geographical logic expressed by the site; it involves the search for a tribution among local and regional transport networks that concurrently recon-
~Iegilimizing truth in the landscape."'! Often, minimal interventions seek 10 figured local conditions for new programs and ~pen space by e.x~loiting the
render mo~ evident what is already there and incorporates the particular site section. The highway has literally been embedded 10 the landscape, WIth .through
into its larger sclling. lanes depressed in a trench. The depression is only covered at st~ateglC ur.ban
instances-interscctions with the city's major avenues. The covenng func~,ons
INFRA STRUCTURAL BIAS as an extended bridge for local surface traffic and is aCli"ated by a re<reatmnal
Despite such speculations, the landscape urbanism discourse that has developed facility or public park. Together, landscape and i.nfrastruClur~ fram~ and create
in Europe has on the whole emerged less as a theory than as a way to innovate new possible sites for urban activities-both bUllt and unbUllt prOJects. At ol~e
III the level of design practice.' Landscape is increasingly referenced in regards such larger intersection, Enric Batlle and Joan Roig have integrated a transfen-
10 infrastructure, ecology, urban de-densificatioll, and sprawl, wherein tradi- um, park, and sports facilities IFIG, 21.
tional urban design proves costly, slow, and infle.xible. At the same time, a num-
ber of 1;lt1dscape urbanism projects have successfully resisted the speculative ECOLOGICAL BIAS
logics of the private sector and the highly bureaucratic and technically oriented More and more, the task for European landscape and urban de.si.gners is.in post-
industrial (and post-agricultural) brownfield sites and interstltml terram vague

I~' HLllSIUIINON
sites. Germany's 1989-99 International Building Exhibition (lBA)" in the
Northern Ruhr-once the heartland of Europe's steel and coal industries-
confronted regional challenges bysimultancously repairing environmental dam-
age and projecting economic renewal.
Approximately 120 projects were implemented in a program of integrated
urban rl.'generation. The natural landscape was not restored but rather ecologi- forestry is beginning 10 cover the man-made topography. British-based Florian
cally stabilized, and the region's industrial legacy was recycled, as many of the Beigel Architects has developed a speculative project for Brikettfabrik Witznitz,
enormous relics were adapted and reused as centers for cultural activities. Most Leipzig, which they claim has the potential to become a prototype and a gener-
impressive, however, was the coordinated and regional-scale planning and ator for a post-industrial city-landscape within the Halle-Leipzig-Dresden region.
realization of the project, physically manifested in the Emscher landscape Park, Their project provides for initial. interim, ilnd long-tam programs for both the
a green corridor connecting the seventeen cities between Duisburg and former factory buildings and its post-mining landscape. The plateau where the
Kamen along the ecologically recovered Emschcr River and its 350 kilometers of faclory buildings are sited has been re-imagined as a series of aClivity fields, or
tributaries IFlGS.J.41. "carpctst that arc able to evolve over time and adapt to the development pres-
The most acclaimed project within the regional strategy is L1tZ and Partner suresin the city IFIG.sl.
Architects' Duisburg-Nord Park, a conversion of the Meiderich steel mill and If no new developmenl is drawn to the city, it will be left wilh a garden of
adjacent Thyssen 4/8 mining complex ISEEflG_II. Memory is re-collected in flowers and ore (derived from the materials found on site). Ho.....ever. these same
fragments as ruined walls, tracks, underground galleries, and bridges are "natu- "carpets" are designed in that they could also become a tapestry of houses, com-
ralized" as industrial archacology in the 230-hcctare park. Demolition materials mercial buildings, and reprogrammed industrial buildings InG. 61. The gardens
are recycled as aggregate for new land and concrete structures, while new plants function as an intermediary stage, and their plot sizes correspond to those of
and ecosystems flourish on ash and slag heaps. According to Rossana Vaccarino eventual building lots. The project is premised upon the uncertainty (as inler-
and Torgen Johnson, utz's project has become a model for recyding landscapes preted similarly to SmeU' use of the term) of new economic development in the
where "the unseen, the unwanted, the leftover comes back to new life, with the area, while at the same time Ihe post-industrial landscape is renewed and the
re-engineered sublime qualities of art form."" powerful transformations wrought by mining remain as indelible witnesses to
ll3A 2010 will focus on the redevelopment of Saxony-Anhalt, an area in the lheregion's history.
furmer German Democratic Republic where agricultural land was dramatically Recovering the landscape though the imposition of a new order of~l1exible"
tr,lIlsformed during the twentieth century by large-scale opencast mining for organization and reprogramming was a strategy also employed in 1995 by
brown coal. 1:01l0wing Germilll reunification, the vast artificial landscapes of Dominique Perrault to deal with the disappearance of the Unimetal iron and
gravel ilnd sand mountains, pits, and a regulated river system have been largely steel plant on the outskirts of Caen, France. The site's 700 hectares along a branch
ab.tndoned; lhe mining excavations are turning into interconnected lakes, and of the River Orle are strategically located for future development of the city,

f/lOIt IH(ORl fO RSISI~NC( lANOSCIoPE URBANISM IN EUROP( lAg


FIGS S.6 F....... nllt1te'JotctolI!'C1s,Brii.eufallr!ll,W~ ....u.Letp."'Ge<many.t996.
c.o,pet."'thela~lwtt' . ..... ".. nn.op_tobuildinrS[_1

although no such grolVth pressures and new programs have yet arisen IfIG.7l.
Perrault therefore developed the site as a "pre-Iandscape~-a texture that marks
the territory, recovcrs the r;\'er banks and links the city, river, and peripheral
agricultural fields, and establishes an infrastructural backdrop for future devel-
opments IfIG.'J.- A lOO-by-IOO-meter grid was superimposed on the site, and
the one-hectare fields are alternatively plant~ with grass and staggered herba-
ceous trees, forming a tapestry that will become urbanized over time {fIG.,1. The
site's icon, the large refrigeration tower, has been restored along with a select
number of other significant structures, and sits in a 3OO-by-900-meter void, to
be the central park of future development.

POSTINOUSTRIAL NATURES
Within the more general strategies of recolonizing brownfield sites, a number of FIGS.I.' 00m........ PIln....... lJr>Nnetalh.... e-. F....""t.199S
projects have focused on restoring or reintroducing the natural processes and suptO"'fICIWdOf'dt<I"'1
p't.la~p'.UUCtu'tl-.U"._tl
features of landscapes; the particularities of natural processes within sites arc
harnessed in the instigation of interventions. For example, Agence Ter's States
Garden Fair, a conversion of the Osterfeld coal mine and part of Emscher Park,
integrated cultural heritage, ecological rceo\'cry, and new development into a
scheme that capitalized on making evident previously unseen natural processes.
A playful staging of the region's underground water sources connects the towns
of Bad-Oeynhauscn and LOhne and strengthens the area's spa identity. A hydro- FIG.9
l,JnoIneoalPan.;
geological survey outlined f..ult lines that provide the towns with their sulphur- ....n'''tIrO'C\ama''''''
and-iron-charged water. The subterranean order was alluded to above ground
as the east-west striations between the towns were marked by "perspiring"
gabions symbolizing the underground crevices through which the water flowed.
The centerpiece of the park is the hollow~-out southern terrain containing an
immense fifteen-meter-deep shaft (three-quarters of which is below ground) that
gushes water from its source at irregular intervals IFIG. 10J.
In luera, Spain, a project to renew the city's south bank of the River Gallego
was turned into an opportunity to simultaneously solve hydrological and eco-
logical problems as well as expand the public realm and redefine the cultural

FROM IHEORl 10 RE$I$llII(E lAIlO$UPEllRUlllSMIII EURO'E


FIG 10 Acencel.... ~w ....... sr-. FIG.II ~u~Martl"tII _ _

lb<IDeynl>auSenll6hne.lOOO; lndNalSM.cho.RroerwleJo.
"'!lth""'ot ....IUre lue~.~n.1999,fIoodablel'e
....

meaning of the river. Architects Inaki Alday, Margarita Jover Biboum, and Pilar
Sancho reconfigured the floodable watercourse of the river by clearly articulat-
ing Ihree landscape lerraces that are progressively flooded by the natural rhythms
oflhe water regime. The uppermost level, where luera's town center is located,
is protected by a rubble embankment. The centerpiece of the newly crealed pub-
lic promenade is a bullfight arena that is linked to a series of pathways and FIG 12 Ri"",Gllle~o:w",erre~'rMS
porous opens areas (capable of absorbing excess water in periods of flooding),
remarrying the city with Ihe river IFIG. Ill. The river's island is made accessible
via a bridge and functions as an ecological reserve. This low-budget projeci and breeding lechniques to enhance productivity. Globally, Ihere has be~n a
proves that minimal landscape urbanism interventions can qualitatively impact massive and silenl exodus from farmland as agriculture is further mechamzed
the public realm and strongly link urban life 10 )'et also prOleI'I il from, the and societal development is no longer directly tied to productivity of the land-
cycles of nature IFIG.lll. Infrastructure demands have been successfully aligned scape. As well, the centrifugal growlh of cities relentlessly .continues to c~nsull1e
with recreation. once productive territory. Yel agriculture remains predOllllnill1t not only III trade
negotiations but also in spatial terms and cultural identiti~s acro~s the ~lobe.
AGRICULTURE AND WEAK URBANIZATION The analogy of agriculture has parallels with landscape urbamsm which are mter-
In addition to the prominent infrastrUClural and ecological biases in Ihe land- estingal a theomicallevel. . M , . . .

scape urbanism discour.se, also pre.sent are figurative and literal references to Richard Plunzand Inaki Echeverria have wnuen of a gardener.s logiC which
agriculture. The countryside is generally shaped neither by aesthetic nor sym- builds forward from what exists and deals with the present complexity of cities
bolic aims, bUI instead by pragmatic considerations concerning its produclivi- and territories as entities in constant flux. Large-scale super-impositions, framed
ty. Human capacity to shape the landscape is particularly evident in aerial views by traditional master plans, are relinquished in pursuit of design, policy, and
of the gigantic plltchworks of intensively cultivaled land. The clearance of wood- planning, where final forms are open to speculation. The a~alogies to gardens
land, drainage of marshland and reclamation of wasteland and heath for agri- and agriculture relate to an underlying structure, measure, mfrastructure, ete.,
culture originally created the cultivated countryside it represented, in part, the whose crops are regularly rotated and relate 10 shifting demands." .
domestication of nature. Clearing, lerracing, crop rotation and irrigation were Andrea Branzi, the halian architect and academic who since NO-SlOp CIty
all a part of everyday life for the world's peasantry. However, in quantitative (1969-72) and the early projects of Archizoom has sought a "perman~nl a.vant-
terms of the contemporary world, agricultural land is undergoing a process of garde," refers directly to the contemporary processes of agri~ulture III .hlS call
devaluation, due to the push for competitive export-oriented farming (exacer- for "weak urbanization." The process he promotes is of a relational architecture
bated by increased global competition resulting from the General Agreement on and urbanism which, like agriculture, is able to quickly adjust to changing
Tariffs and Trade), economies of scale, and agricultural biotechnology, which has needs and seasons. In a 2003 lecture at the Berlage Instilute in Rotterdam,
the potential to complement and improve the efficiency of traditional selection Branzi e1aborattd:

FRO~ lHEORY TO RESISt~NCE, L~NOSC~PE URS~N1SM III EUROPE lS3


FIGS. 1.-16
On""....
Frano;oosw....... and lol"'.....
confluen<toflhtSMneandRh6no
~L!:IO".Franc lOOl
Th~ industri:,d agrkuhur.d civiliution makes a horizonlalland$Q~. .K"""' I"""....."'I_I
reda<nat...~pan.sl_l
wilhout CoIthtdnls, CJ'OSN.bk and I"e\Tl'Sibk: die tum-o,," of crops man- lwo-$flHd~t_

ages l~ agricultunl bodscaJ"" :K(ording to a l<'mponry logK.lilting.o


1M produ(1i<)n babnc.. of l~ ~arth. 10 lh.. flow of seasons and of Ih~
mark.... For all .Ms.- luson'., conl..mponry architcetur~should start 10
look al mod~rn agricultur.. as a r..alily Wilh wh;(h 10 5<'1 o..w Slral..gic
rdations.An alChilcelur.. that r..noVOlt..s (ompletdy its r..ferenu paU..rns,
facing Ih.. challenge ofa weak and diffused modernity. Sl"ning new rela-
tions with a culture that is nol constluctive in Iradilional terms, blllpro-
duetive in t~rms of t~rritorial systems, following bio-compatible 10gks
and using vuy advanced supporl thnologin."

Agronica, carried out in 1994 by Branzi through the Domus Academy for Philips
Electronics, experimented with the idea of an architecture based on freelyavail-
able mobile construction components, laid out in a semi-urbaniud agricultur-
al park IflG-lJl. The Strijp Philips masterplan in Eindhoven, devised five rears
later, further developed the ideas of Agronica. The characteristic discontinuous light distribution and make the area totally traversable again." Branzi's "weak
pattern of the industrial Philips site-to be abandoned and reprogrammed with urbanization" interprets agriculture as a highly evolved industrial system, capa-
sites for new enterprises of the post-industrial economy (the European equiva- ble of adapting to production cycles that change over time and utilize reversible
lent to Silicon Valley)-was reenvisioned as an "agricultural park," an experi- modes of organization.
mental territory. Containers for programs were not fixed on the land, but The agricultural metaphor was also decisive in the "strategy of infiltralion"
movable. Their position, number, and contents would shift according to demand for the Lyon Confluence in France, by the architect/planner Fran~ois Grether
and opportunity. The infrastructure was likewise designed in a manner that and landscape architect Michel Desvigne. The project for 500 hect"res of indus-
allows for the maximum number of potential spatial configurations, "a sort of trial land under the process of abandonment between the Saone and Rhone
great patchwork quilt of weak and crossed penetrations, laid out on the open rivers is structured by a "dispersed and mobile" system of parks, allowing flexible
space of the park," Branzi noted, "which constitute a homogenous network of occupation as parcels become available for new programs InG. 141. During Ihe

fIlOMTH(OIlTTOIlESISTAII((,lAIIOSUPEURUNISlolIII(UIlOI'E ISS
elwisioned thirty-year transformation process, all exterior land will at one lime
or an,other be parkland, either provisionally or for lhe more long term, as
described by Dcsvigne lflG, 151:

Wcarcnotenvisagingahypothctical,definitiveSlalcbulasucccssionof
stales that correspond 10 lhedifferent slallesoflhe metamorph osis.
Exterior a~as will II< born,disalppear, shifl,according to lhe ~lulion of
the building and the rhy1hm of the liheralion of land, '0 make up aSOrl
of moving map. like that of crop rotation,"

The phasing of the project, as dictated by different industrial parcels made avail-
able for new development at dissimilar periods, led to the evolution of a "two-
speed l~ndscapt'''IFIG. 16J. Temporary features instantly enhance the site's public
perception-meadows of flowers (as planted at the site's tip), tree nur~rics (at
the center of the peninsula) and a 2.S-kilometer garden (prefiguring the spinal The project reverses Ihe formal and structural roles of figure and ground, build-
column of the park system along the $acme) lFrG. 171. Perennial elements such as ing and open space. Instead, concentration is directed to the spaces in between-
line.s and dust.ers of trees, infrastructure and buildings progressively define the variously programmed voids are to structure the town, This void framework
projected spatlal configuration. Desvigne explains: resulted from a careful invelltoryof existing conditions, habitats, historical frag-
These pilus succtcd and displace o~ aood~r, disappear, compos< 'nem- ments. existing infrastructure corridors, and new programs IfIG. I9J. The voids
~intoafabricofsingutarandoriginalforrns;asif'hisbndscapewas arc to be protected from "contamination by the city; while future development
lindingilsqualityin thc authenlicity and IcgibiJi'y of these construClion
of an archipelago of residue-the kftover. isolated islands-are"surrendered to
prllcesses, in lhe imHgeofan allricu!tural JandscHp<'.tl chaos."" The design offers the future city incredible flexibility, while at the same
time the archipelago model ensures that each island's autonomy ultimately rein-
forces the coherence of the whole.
LANDSCAPE COLONIZATION
Architect and urbanist Paola Vigano, who has been working over the past
Resistance 10 the normative processes of city extension has also been pursued b years in partnership with Bernardo Sccchi, has developed a landscape urbanism
landscape urbanism strategies. The by-now iconic "Chinese hieroglyph" diagram: strategy for the Salento region in Italy's province of Lecce. The region-l.8oo
of Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's (OM A) 1987 square kilometers, of which 865 are covered with olive trees and vineyards-has
desig~ entr.y for the new French town of Melun-SCnart represent a departure of a population of 800,000 and is visited by 2,200,000 tourists annually. In many
atlelltlon gIven 10 buildings within the urbanization process IFIG. 181. The insta- aspects it is representative of the ciua diffusa IFIG.20I. but at the same time it dif-
bility of political, cultural. and financial pressures upon the formation of the fers in that its modernization has been remote from mainline western develop-
built environment, according to Koolhaas. is circumvented by a resilient struc- ment; as a part of Italy's poorer, southern area. the territory of the Salento region
tureofvoids:
has widely been regarded as marginal. Vigano has designed a series of scenarios
AI 3 mornrnt whrnlhrcomplrxitrofeach three-dimensional undertak.
for the region's future development which includes alternative energy and envi-
ingis internal,lhr preservalion oflhr void iscompualivdyraSr,lna
ronmental policies, requalification of coastal areas, expanded productive land-
delihentesurrender laclicalmancuvcrloreverseadrfensivcposi_ scapes, increased infrastructure, concentrations of future urbanization, and
lion-our prOjecl propose'S 10 e)ltcoo Ihis poll'ical shifl to the domain
collecti"e services IFIG.IIJ. At the same time, however, Vigano views this land-
of urbanism: to lau urbanism's position ofwcHknessas ilS prcmise .... scape of dispersion as an opportunity for development, and concei,cs the entire-
Instead ofacllrorgalli/.cdIhroul;hits built form, Melun-Senarlwi II be ty of the region as one large contemporary park:
formlrss,dcfinedbYlhissYSlernofemplincsslhalguannteeSheauty, The term ~park HS used herr In a conlemporary sense nOI only alludes
serenity, accessibility, identity rcgardless-orn'Vl in spite of-iu fu'ure 10 a pbce of leisure, but is 10 he undentood as a group of mvironmen-
architlure."
laJsitualionsinthebroadcslsense,~essenliaJcombin.alionwiIJgo

1S6 HllYSHAHNON
towards encouuging the development of wme or ~lIthe main $/Kilol
a<livihf;5asaffairs .... Contrarytocurrenlopinionthcporouschar.&eter
of the diffused city pramts a great opportunity for raving the way for a
corKCt developmenl of biodh'Cfsity and exransion of nature, in order
10 construct landscapealld an envirollmcnt that will interprcl thevalu n
OfCOnICml'0rarysociely.'"

For Vigano, the larger, existing landscape infrastructures form the basis for later
urbanization. This strategy is particularly relevant for contexts in which the
productive landscape is extensive and has led to dispersed infrastructure sys-
tems---even if they are underdeveloped.

BEYONORESISTANCE
In North America and Europe, landscape-in both its material and rhetorical
senses-has been brought to the fore as a savior of the professions of architec-
ture, urban design, and planning. The theoretical affirmation of landscape as an
instrumental tool in urbanism has occupied writers on both sides of the Atlantic.
It is only in Europe, however, that the timing of landscape urbanism's discourse
has had the fortune to coincide with a fundamental shift in politics-with lan-
gible repercussions for the profession.
Throughout Western Europe, ~greenft environmental agendas have become
mainstream while both popular opinion and political will support a series of
robust infrastructural programs and environmental policies." As a result, the
once resistive landscape urbanism practices and the proje<ts they produce have
recently benefited from investment in public transport systems (particularly the
high-speed train networks and highway systems) coupled with a deep commit-
ment to the design and construction of the public realm (evidenced in the pro-
liferation of well-designed open spaces and public amenities) as well as a focus
on intelligent stewardship of the natural environment. Many once marginal-
e\'en radical-activists, have become "established ft pla)'ers at the highest level of
political life."
While the Illost comprehensive theories of landscape urbanism have been
initiated and extrapolated in the context of North America, unless and until
there is a significant change in Ihe politics and policy surrounding public work
in that context, North American landscape urbanists will no doubt look long-
ingly at the opportunities now available in Western Europe. Landscape urban-
ism can not only reinvigorate the professions of the built environment with new
operative strategies, but, perhaps more importantly, reinstate a critical, resistive
capacity of projects in the context of ever-globalizing, homogenizing territories.
Frampton~ a reengagement with the landscape is an open invitation for
investigation into the transformative social and cultural formation of territories
nGS.20.21 ~VipM.S*nIO~l'rlIotonCtoflKU,1taIy:
and for innovative means to strategically reformulate reality. .,11' diffusa lU"~ f'tI""'l as pll"'l-' ._1

fROM '~EORY 10 RESISTANCE, lANOSCArE UR8ANISM IN EUROrE


H"le' 1.1. M"r,c1 SIlIClS, "Grid, C~"o, C1eJring ,"ld Mout"lle," in H"h.n ~,h.II", UII\I ( 1.111(11" ~Iull,
I. thl,t",ly i$illl ediled ilnd reworked portion oflhe~Land.K'~I'" Urbanism"chapleroflhe cds., AIw"1 tm"IJcorpr: 1!JsIlyi Oil IksiS'"' S'yle, 11/11,' 111111 '~/~l,l." (MIIlII,h ( '11Iwl") 1l1l~h.Ul'\1,
I1ll1hor', do,.lur,lIe "HhelOrks & Hcalilies, Addressing LandSl:apc Urbanism, Three Cilies 2(02),132-33.
In ViclIlam," (Muy 2004. Kalholieke Universi1Cil !.euven, Belgium). The aulhor would like 15. Ibid., 1]4.
10 ucknowll'dge lhe prOmoler of lhe lhesis, Andr~ loc<;kx. whose conslruclive COmmcnl$ 16. Chrislopher Highl. ~I'orlmying lhe Urban LandSC;ll'c: LandscallC: III A,d"lt,IU,e ( ,lIl."lIl
wcrc flilldarncnlal 1o lhelhc'i$,and art> equally embedded in lhisessay. alld Theory," in MOSlafavi and Najle, cds., LmulS(lIP<' Uti"w;sm, 9 21
2. A number of rl-.:enl e.$S;lys, ;ourllal$ alld books could be ciled here. Those lhal have sig- 17. Chrislian NorbcrgSchul1~, eemus Lori: Towllrds II Pl,cl1omellolllgY of A" III/r, Ilt,l." (New
,"fiCJlllly informed Ihe developmenl Oflhis essay indude Stan Allen, ~Mal.Urb.lnism; York: Hizlali Internalional, 1979); EJia unghdis, interview by Nicholas 1),1oIl.I "n\1 N~nkl."
The Thid. 20." in Hashim s..rkis, ed., CASE: u Corbusif!f's Vt"nke Hospi'ill (Munich: JOllstra, 8erlage C"hier2. (Rol1eroam: 010 Publishers, 1993).
I'r,osldlllarYolrd Design School, 2002), 118-26;t1emi Ba\"a,"LandKOlpeasaFoundalion," 18. lBA is the abbrevialion for the German term II1I..,..n"t;on"le Bau-Ausstdllttlg. "r
T"P"s 40 (2002): 70--17; James Comer, ed., Rrwvuing ulndswpe: Essays in umtrmporllry Inlernalional Building Exhibitioll.ll is nol an exhibilion in the lradilionalsellS<,bul iliA
um,lsmpr IIrchute/llre (New York: Prillce10n Architeclural Prcss., 1999); Julia uerniak, ed., exhibils are, or will bome, built reality. In 1901, the firsl Germall building exh,blliun
as: Downsv;ew Auk TlIrolllo (Munich: PrnlellHarvard Dnign School: 2001); Mohsen took place in Darmstadl followed by a series of wdlknown building exhibitiolls indud
Moslafavi and Ciro Najlr, edJ;.. LalldiQpr Urbanism: A. MIlIIWlI for 'he Alarhinir umdi<Ipr inglhc WeiJS('rlho[siedlul1gin SIUtlgarl in 1927 and 1M IBA in West Berlinbclwecn 1979
(London: M Publicalions., 2003); linda Polb.k, "Sublime Maltm; Frch Kills.- PruxU and 1989.
lourMl no. 4 (l002): 4Q...47; and Oiarlcs Waldhcim, ~Lan<hcape Urb.lnism: A Genealogy," 19. Rossana Vaccarino and Torgen JOIIllSOn, ~RC'Cycling LandKOlpe: Recycling for Change,~ in
PrQXuloutnQlno.4(2002):IQ-t7. Latldswpe Archiltrlure: Stral~~ for the Construrtion of Landswpr vol. 3, no. 2G (1997):
3. In addilion to a growing body of trn:omical and built work.landKOlpe urtNnism is ..bo '33.
boming a put of educalional instilulions in Europe:. The Architectural Associ.llion in 20. DominiqltC' Pnrauh. "Park in an Old Siderurgical Plan!, Ca.<n (France)," IIV Mllnagruplts:
London offers a 8"'duale ~ in landscape urtNnism iind!he ,;olr National Suptrieurr PragmDtllm and LandKapr no.91 (2001):76.
du Pa}'$'olgt' in Venailks and tM Inslitute of An:hilec1ure al the Uni,"ffSily of Gmeva have 2\. Richard Plunzand lnaki F..cheverria, ~Ikyond the Lake: A Gardener's Logic," Praxis IlO. 2.
bern transformed inlO laboralories of altemati,~ approaches to landscape and urbanism. Mrxial City'{!liOi): 88-91.
4. AJaarKkr Twnis and Lia~ Ld'aivre, Iltc Grid and the Palhwa.y: Archi/Iurr in GrIT' S 22. Andrea Brallzj, ~Weak and Spread; public lecture at BerUgc IllSlitule, Rollerdim, The
(1981). Netherland.s,200J.
S. Kenneth Framplon. -Towa.rds a Critical Rtgionalism: Six Points for an Architec1ure of 23.AIldreaBraru.i,~UnprcdictableCilyPlannillg;LofuJ107(2000): 115.
Resistal1(e," in Hal Fosler, eel The An'i-Aeuhetic: ~ (In An/modern Culture (Scanle: 24. Michel Desvigne, "Infillralion Slralegy," Techniques and 1IKh;/ecturr 456
BayPress,198J),I6-JO. (2001):49.
6. Ibid.. 26. 2S.lbid. SJ.
7. K.... neth Frampton, -Me-gaform as UrtNn Lalldsape," public l<'dure al Berlage 'nstitule, 26. Rem Koolhau and Bruce Mau. 5, AI, L, XL (ROllerdim: 010 Publishers., 1995), 974, 981.
Amsterdam. The NelMrlands., 1993. 27. Ibid., 977.
8. Ken~th Frampton, "Toward an Urball l.andKOlpe," Columbia Documents no." (1994): 28. Paola Vigaoo, Trrntories (If a New Modernity (Napoli: Electa Napoli, 2001), 17,65.
83-9J. ~ also Ptter RoW\'. Making Q Middle LandKapr (Cambridge. Mass.: MIT Press. 29. Since 1992, -Agcndi 21- has bern an inlegral romponent of the Europeall Commission's
1991). environmelllal policy and is considered fundamenlal for its "road map 10 sustainabilily."
9. Framplon has bollle a slaullch adVQnle of the landscape urbanism inilialive as evi. ~Agellda 21," an 8OO.p,age documenl oflhe 1992 Rio DeclaratiOll. is widely recognized as
d....ced in his respons< 10 a recenl illlerview, ~Nille Questions About the Presenl and lhe~bibleofsustainablede,~lopment.-
FUlure of Design," HDr'Vtlrd Design Milgazine no. 20 (Spring/Summer 2(04): 4-S2. In 30. A good example of such a leader is Germany's Joschka FischCT, a radical strecl-fighting
response 10 lhe queslion: "\\lhal do you oonsider lhe SIR'llglhs and weakncssesof design activisl of lhe l%Sprolesl movemenl who is one of Germany's mOSI esleemed polilicians,
educalion~ How mighl il be impro\"ed1" Framplon responded -, wanl 10 emphasiu above as the Grecll Parlyleader.formerMiniSlerofEnvironment,alldpreselll Foreign MiniSlcr.
alithei~\leofsustaillabililyand.there<:enllYin,entedSynthetirdiscil'linecurrelllly sub
sumed "'lhe ArchilC'Clural ASSOCIation School, London, under the lille LandSl:al'e
Urbanis.m.It scems10 me lhalbolhoflhescenvironmenlalagendasoughl1ohc:slrongly
emphasl7.edand urban planning facuhies in any Cllegorical reformulaliOlloftheclirricula
and mcthodsoblainingin lhedesign sludio.~He goes On to cile Susannah Hagan,~Five
Heasons 10 Adopl Environmenlal Design," Harvard Design Mag,ui"e no. 18 (Spring!
SUrllllle(2003):5-II.
10. S<!baslien Marol, S"b"rlmllislII Dud II/e Art of MmlOry (London: AA Publicalions, 2003)
Il.lhid.,7.
12. Sec S<!b.lslicn Marol, "'11(' HC'Ctaiming of Siles," in Corner, ed., Recovering Lmulsm"..., 48-49.
1].lbid.,S2.
The emergence of a discourse based on the relationship belween mn-
temporary urbanism and landscape theory and methods signifies an important
shifl for landscape architecture asa discipline IFIG.II.1t offers the vehicle by which
landscape architecture can reengage with citymakingand take a more significant
political role in the debates surrounding urbanization, public policy, develop-
ment, urban design, and environmental sustainability. The discourse of land-
scape urbanism establishes the significance of infrastructure and its associ:lled
landscape in the development of contempor:uy urbanism, and in the generation
of public space.
Landscape urbanism brings together a number of different landscape-gen-
erated ideas in the exploration of contemporary urbanism. Landscape is used as
a metaphor for contemporary urban conditions. such as the field scenarios
described by James Corner and Stan Allen, thC' ~urbanscape" described by Richard
Marshall, or the matrix of landscape described by Rem Koolhaas, all of which
refer to an urban type that, unlike the traditional core/periphery model. is not
focused on a dense middle but instead is a morC' fragmented matrix of discon-
tinuous land uses.' Landscape is also used to represent and understand the
dynamic systems of the city. and is increasingly perceived as the significant medi-
um for citymaking.' Strategies have been developed that attempt to make eco-
logical processes operational in design, harnessing natural phenomena such as
erosion, succession, or water cycles in the generation of landscapes. Designed
landscapes are thus allowed to develop over time as can be seen in recent propos-
als for Fresh Kills in New York and Downsview Park in Toronto.' These proposals
and others highlight the way in which the landscape of infrastructure has become
the most effective meallS to explore the relationship between natural processes
and the city. which is the integral factor in a truly synthetic landscape urbanism.
As early as the 1880s, Frederick Law Olmsted's proposals for Boston's Emerald
Necklace illustrate the intertwining of transport infrastructure, flood and drain-
age engineering, the creation of scenic landscapes, and urban planning IFIG. 21.
Here the close collaboration between landscape design, urban strategies, and
engineering produced a complex project integrating ideas about nature and
infrastructure as well as health, recreation, and scenery. The work of Frederick
Law Olmsted on major urban projects like Manhattan's Central Park and
Brooklyn's Prospect Pnrk, as well as Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.'s proposals for
other major urban park networks, were a significant influence on the urbanism
of the time, although their most ambitious urban proposals. such as thaI for Los
Angeles, remain unimplemented.
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"'fr~'ruc'ufe.e<ol'_'f>i.helllh.'ecrea"on.lndlce"e'\I demonstrlteslsuonl,elll+enshLp .."hthellndscape

Walter Burley Griffin's 1911 design for Canberra, national capital of Australia, When professional education in urban design was beginning at Harvard
in which significant features of the natural environment played a key role in University in the 1960s, Hideo Sasaki, the Chair of the Department of Landscape
locating the city's major axes and key structures, is another example of a strong Architecture, suggested its inclusion within the program. Although this did not
relationship between city form and the natural landscape structure IFIG. JI. His transpire, it illustrates the breadth of Sasaki's vision for landscape architects and
designs for residential subdivisions-strongly influenced by Olmsted's work- his assertion of their taking an influential role in shaping the city! This chal-
also illustrate methods for developing urban infrastructure that conserve and lenge was not effectively taken up, and the discipline has always struggled with
enhance the naturalland.scape, as can be seen at his Castlecrag in Sydney.' its perceived subordinate role to architecture in any discourse on urbanism.
In the first half of the twentieth century, ecology and planning were for the Since that time, landscape architects have by and large accepted this, both in
first time explicitly linked, in the work Patrick Geddes, in Benton MacKaye's practice and within academia, and as a result have increasingly been relegated to
grounding of regional planning in human ecology, in Aldo Leopold's writings a more peripheral or marginal role in debates on urbanization. The mainstream
on the idea of a land-based ethic, and in Lewis Mumford'sdescription of the city of the profession has been more focused on design at the scale of the individual
as composed from human processes intricately interwoven with natural process- sile, on conservation-based planning, and on visual issues and the amelioration
es.' This work led to the development of regional environmental planning, and of the impact of devdopmenl. While there has always been rhetoric calling for
in particular the work of Ian McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania, where a unification of ecology and design, there have been few compelling solutions to
he was invited to create a program in landscape architecture and regional plan. urban problems exhibiting this fusion.
ning beginning in 1954. His unique curriculum profoundly influenced the entire There are a number of reasons why this is so. One is that the period span-
discipline orJandscape architecture, and has been so thoroughly absorbed into the ning from the 1960s through the 1980s saw the transformation of landscape
culture of landscape architecture that it is difficult to properly appreciate its sig- architecture into a full~f1edged professional discipline. It has grown in scale
nificance at the time. His intellectual leap in comprehensively applying the under and also in scope, and many leading practitioners have been absorbed in the
standing of ecological processes and natural systems to human settlements processes of building an academic structure to support the expansion of the dis-
and planning was of enormous significance. He was a great communicator and cipline and the profession, and in developing organizations and methods for the
polemical speaker, and his book Design with Nature remains one of the most design and implementation of projects of ever-increasing complexity and scale.
important works shaping our thinking on human scnlement. Of more significance, however, are two related and powerful paradigms that

lAffOSUPSOflfffIUSTIlUUUIlE 161
continue to innuence lInd sh:lpe
landsc:lpearchitectUfe's intellectual
trajectory. The first is a worldview
that separates the works of humans
from the natural world, and the sec-
ond is the schism within the disci-
pline of landscape architecture,
between environment and design.
The perception of the world as
"man versus nature," strongly
influenced by the ideas of the
American transcendentalists, has
led to a conceptualization of nature
as inherently good and cities and
development as inherently bad.
These ideas were of profound sig-
nificancein the nineteenth century,
and the designed landscapes that In opposition to these views, there has been the ongoing development with-
resulted have been most influential in the discipline of the art of landscare design. This line of work has continued
FIG.4 ~alp"nslf.KeliefFoun1.jn.Po'liand.Orti:on Oil twentieth-century landscape to be concerned with the creation of SP:lCCS for the accommodation of human
design. This way of thinking :llso activity that delight the senses, and has focused on the develorment and tech-
came to the fore after the Second niques of the creative rrocess, the nature of formal solutions, and the technical
World War in the developing environmental critiques of modernization, for the and professional issues of implementation. as can be seen in the ....-ark of design-
first time articulated in ecological/scienlific terms, most influentially by Rachel ers such as Lawrence Halprin, Dan Kiley, and more recently Laurie Olin and
Carson in Siletl/ Spring and Ian McHarg in Design with Natllre. Peter Walker IF!C.41. The impact of post modernism has forced a greater engage-
McHarg, in particular, through his teaching and practice in landscape archi- ment with social and cultural issues and a reevaluation of the influence of his-
tecture, influenced its intellectual development. His evangelical style refleeted a tory. It has also been significant in the exploration in the 1980s and 1990s of
polarized view of Ihe world and of the profession of landscape architecture. He environmental and land-based art, which has led to an engagement with natu-
continued 10 make an absolule distinction between Ihe sustaining, spiritually ral phenomena and processes in design, as can be seen in the work of Hargreaves
renewing countryside and the ugly, dirty, brutal industrial city. In Desigtl with Associates or Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates IFlG..'>I. Traditionally this more
Nature he describes sprawling suburbs, out of control freeways and traffic, pol_ design- and art-focused work has had liule O\'ert engagement with the issues of
lution, ugly commercial environments, soulless cities of office towers, and the ecological sustainability.
evils of indusl rial agriculture. His methods assume an infallibility that produces These t....o schools of thought have tended to separate themselves in terms of
one objective and replicable answer, and he polarized the profession by insisting scale, with ecological/environmental planning operating at the regional scale
thai his was the only ethical path for planning and development. But McHarg's and design-focused projects at the scale of individual sites. They tend to be
methodology fails to account for the significance of design in the planning characterized as planning, ecology, sllstainability, science, and conservation on
process, and his scientific rhetoric devalues the expression of art and culture. Ol1e side and art, design, and development on the other. This schism in the dis-
Much of the work that has followed McHarg in this vein also has a strong ten- cipline, and the territoriality it perpetuates, has led directly to l:lndscape archi-
dency to be anti-urban and anti-design. At its crudest, the underlying legacy is tecture's failure to engage with urb:lnisl11 and with the bringing together of
Ihe idea that if the process is right, the design solution will also be right. ecology and design.
Fmbodie<j in this is a fundamental misunderstanding of design, of the relation- There have, however, been some significant attempts to synthesize the eco-
ship between planning and design, and of the complexity of the design process. logical systems approach with urbanism. In 1984. two publications developed

IU IIlU'(IHMOSSOI'
the dl\((hU\c relating ecology and the city: Michaelllough's Cify Form (II/tl proces~s in the urb.lIl environment. Bringing all of the l.. dIU' tIlW:thcr" ~lIm
MUllrtlll'roc(ss and Anne Spirn's Thi' Grtlllili' Gartlell. Both attempted thedcvel- plex, requiring a synthesis of social, political, and ewnoll1i~ f.l~ttlh.'" wdl ,1\
Ol'ment of theories and methods applying the understanding of ecology and issues related to urban wildlife and water management.
IlJtural processes to a Illore sophisticated conceptualization of cities and urban In moving these ideas forward to a greater mainstream ac~eptall(e, therr i~
processes, and Hough's ongoing work has continued to develop strategies for a desperate need for successfully functioning prototypes. Archit(,(tur.ll (I"Iti( 1I.lrt
the application of ecological ideas in urban design! This engagement with the Lootsma has said, "Designing is not enough: the implement:llion of schemes
city, although driven by an environmentalist agenda, has forced the develop- and the limitation of undesirable and unsustainable developments are CJlled
ment of systems involving both human and natural processes. for.... Working against Ihe implementation of projects derived from the ideas of
landscape urbanism is that they resist easy communication. The dynamic and
BLURRING BOUNOARIES AND HYBRID LANDSCAPES s)'stematic quality of projects is much harder to grasp than an individual object
While it is important to acknowledge the significant intellectual shifts that have or clear formal strategy of more lraditional urban landscape designs. One of the
informed the de\c1opmellt of landscape urbanism, there is much to be gained characteristics of syslems that are trying to work with natural processes is the
by building on the strengths of work done by ecological urbanists like Hough idea of their development over time, and the formal outcomes of projects that
and Spirn as well as that of architectural theorists like Kenneth Frampton, Peter rely on process are difficult to predict, in a way that is often unacceptable to
Rowe, and Rem Koolhaas. The issue of territoriality is instrumental in our cur- public agencies and other clients.
rent dilemma of how to deal with contemporary urban development. and disci-
plinary divisions have only sened us ill in coming to terms with the complexity RECOVERtNG THE LANOSCAPES OF INFRASTRUCTURE
of current patterns of urbanization. One of landscape urbanism's more intrigu- Explorations in landscape urbanism have focused on infrastructure as the most
ing aspects is its very crossing of disciplinary boundaries. important generative public landscape. [n the course of the twentieth century
The issue of boundaries is also relevant in revisiting the question of the sep- we have seen the increasing standardization of infrastructural systems as they
aration of humans from nature and the confusion in discussing the urban land- meet higher standards of technical efficiency. These ubiquitous urban environ-
scape often caused by equating "landscape" with nature or naturalness-this in ments have been considered and evaluated solely on technical criteria and
spite of the ongoing and explicit manipulation and construction of the urban somehow exempted from having to function socially, aesthetically, or ecologi-
landscapes we inhabit. The profession of landscape architecture has been plagued cally. As landscape architect Kathy Poole writes in relation to public infrastruc-
by an unthinking acceptance that nature-landscape is always good and beauti- ture, "Through roughly ISO ye:,rs of industrializlltioll we have come to believe
ful, which has often replaced a more focused exploration of"sollltions~ to the that the politics of efficiency arc beyond <luestion and that standardization is the
design of urban landscapes. Instead we see the ubiquitous creation of mediocre ultimate expression of democracy.~I'
naturalistic pastoral landscapes across every urban or suburban condition. Such a reexamination of infrastructural space involves the recognition that
Since the 19805, however, there has been an investigation of, and focus on, the all types of space are valuable, not just the privileged spaces of more tradition~
unnaturalness of the landscape, particularly influenced by the work of design- al parks and squares, and they must therefore be inhabitable in a meaningful
ers and commentators from the Netherlands, with its strong tradition of COI1- way. This requires the rethinking of the monofunctional realm of infrastruc-
structed landscapes.' In contemporary discussion the difference between natural ture and its rescue from the limbo of urb;lll devastation to recognize its role as
landscapes and human landscapes is much less clearly defined. a part of the formal inhabited city. Designers need to engage with this infra-
In parallel with this has been the development of the field of urban ecology, stfUclurallandscape: mundane parking facilities, difficult spaces under elevated
the investigation of the characteristics of thc plant and animal communities in roads, complex transit interchanges, and landscapes generated by waste processes.
the urban landscape, subject to natural processes but profoundly shaped by thc Landscape urbanism also suggests that this happens by an instrumental engage-
impact of humans and development. This has led to new design strategies that ment with ecological processes as well as with the function ofinfrastruClllre and
are based on an acceptance of the disturbed and hybrid nature of these land- the social and cultural needs of the community. This functional engagement
sCl,pes and the idea that landscape design call be instrumental in working with with ecological processes is distinct from the representations of natural phe-
natural processes to make new hybrid ewlogical systems. It is clearly not about nomena and process that have been a significant influence on landscape design
making approximations of pristine natural environments, but rather making in the 1990s. The strategy is an altempt to make the necessities of dealing with
functioning ecologically based systems that deal with human activity and natural human impact a part of the making and generation of urban landscapes.

lANDSCAPES DF IHFRASIRUCTUAE
This relationship Ixtween natu-
ral systems and the public infra-
structure of the city begins to
suggest a means of developing
urban strategies through the devel-
opment of networks of landscape
infrastructure related to ecological
systems. The starting point is that
the most permanent and enduring
elements of cities are often related
f1G.7 LeuvenS'31ion,nBelll,um.dnlllnbySmIlSlndSol.Moflles
to the underlying landscapes-the
geology, the topography, the rivers
and harbors, and the c1imale. This More lTaditional networks of open space can also offer Ihe opporlUnity for
does not mean a denial of the real- the "re-naluralizing" or "day-lighting" of channelized urban streams into func-
ities of globalization or the influ- tioning hybrid systems. They use the ecological processes of natural s.treams in
elKe of technology, but recognition making systems that manage flooding, treat stormwater runoff, prOVide recre-
of the importance of place and of ation opportunities, and enhance biodiversity. The design by $chaffer Barnsley
FIG.G AIVklotiaPaf~inSydflO'\l.'oad$~ndpa'h
fotm~$OJ$'emol .. at,.,ma~. conneclion to natural systems. for the Restoring the Waters project at Clear Paddock Creek in western Sydney
This suggests there should be a is an uample of this, as is Hargreaves Associates' Guadalupe River Park in San
relationship between the underly- Jose, California, which crealed a stylized river channel and recrealional land-
ing structures of topography and scape in managing urban flooding."
hydrology and the major structuring elements of urban form, such as the use of
catchments as the basis for physical planning and regulation. There is an obvi- THE LANDSCAPE OF MOVEMENT
ous synergy between the need to create networks of open space to serve social One of the biggest challenges is the design of the most mundane landscapes,
needs and new approaches to open systems of urban water management. those dominated by \'chides-carparks, roads, and freeways. The significance of
At the city scale, we see a version of this in historical examples where the automobile must be dealt with rather than ignored in a nostalgic ren for a
extreme topographte conditions have controlled the form of development, such pre-car urbanism or blindly embraced for its romuntic associations. It .is li~~e to
as in Rio de hweiro or Sydney, where very steep topography has prevented engage with these landscapes that have been so poorly served by deslgl~. I hey
development and preserved vegetation in urban areas close to harbors and have been a kind of shadow city, inhabited only by default. Many solutIons to
beaches. In the city of Curritiba, in Brazil, recent planning initiatives undertak. urban conflict belween cars, mass transit, and people involve banishing the
en in the 1990s have restructured the city's open-space srstem 10 create a nel. vehides to subterranean underworlds, by their nature dark and atmospherical-
\\'ork of parks that also regulate floods and collect and treat urban runoff. At the ly IOxic. At the highest densities this separation may be the only solution, and
neighborhood and site scales, we are beginning to see the implementation of the task is to redefine the nature of these spaces, as can be seen in Marcel Smets
design strategies that use the matrix of public and circulation space as the and Manuel de Sola-Morales's projeci for leuven Station in Belgium lflC. 7), or
drainage and waler treatment infrastructure. At Victoria Park in Sydney, the in the urban carpark designed by Bial el Blanckaert, in Roubaix Nord, France."
road system has been designed wilh planted swales that collecl and begin the In many other instances, however, a reconciliation between the reality of private
treatment of stormwater,as wel1 as establishing street Irees. Water is also collecl- transport's convenience and the idealized places we want to live in has yet to be
ed and held within the neighborhood parks and treated in wetland park areas
tangibly devised. . .
before being recycled in a series of sculptural waler features IfIC. ~). A similur Road typologies have been distinguished in the past by their relationship to
l\PprollCh 10 the illlegrution of public space and water management can be seen their surroundings. This was determined by their degree of specialization so that
in Atelier Dreiseill's designs for projects at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, or the most highly specialized freeways and expressways had almosl no relationship
\charnhau.ser Park in Oslinger, Germany. ' to their environment, being corridors for thc transit of automobiles only. They

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LAN(lSCAPESOfINfRASlRU(IURE In
Wl'Il' lH.llhincs for tramport, scnlcd fwm contamination by their elwironl1ll:nl, The city of II.rrcelonll, ill p,lniculnr, has developed ~lnlll'Ble~ fOl' LIVlli/ill~
lI11dHlllg il1 !l ill section whlltl:ver their location,lmd their form determined solclyby urbllll freeways. A number of projects hllYe been compleled ill1plcrncnllng
thl: tedllliclll requirements of their engineering. Older forms like boulevards lind strategies dealing with different aspects of the relationships between nmjor
\tree:ts permined different volumes of traffic movement but were also connectl:d arteries and the surrounding city, from the Moll de la FUSt,1 by M,lIluel de SlIlll
illlo the surrounding fabric and fulfilled a more diverse range of urban functions. Morales, completed for the 1990 Olympic redevelopment, to pro;ecB MILl! ,IS
Investigating the design of roads requires understanding their operation at the Parc Trinitat's attempt to capture the space inside freeway loops for recre:
diffaent scall:s. The plans and longitudinal sections of roads relate to the driv- ational use (Batlle y Roig, 1990-93), or the layered multifunctional strategies
er and the experience of movement through their corridors, whereas their cross developed for the Rambla de la Ronda del Mig by lordi Heinrich and Olga
sections relate the roads to the landscape within which they sit. From within the TarrasO (199)-2003).
road we can explore the relationship between the visual and kinesthetic sensa- At lower traffic densities. it becomes possible to design roads as spaces to be
tions of movement through space provided by the road, and how these can be shared. by people and vehicles. In the Netherlands, the design of residential streets
employed in their design. Instead of only seeing the road from Ihe driver's point as public spaces for play, socializing, and trees, as well as for difTerent kinds of
of view, designers have recently begun to look al il from the persptive of Ihe movement, has been a matter of ongoing development in the twentieth century
landscape through which it passes, responding 10 it as an element of the urban with the realization of many projKts, known as wanerfs. throughout the coun-
fabric and an integral part of Ihe city. try. Across the Atlantic, in Walter Hood's late-l990s design for Poplar Street in
InfrastruclUre increasingly provides the public spaces of our cilies, and the Macon, Georgia, public space has been reclaimed from traffic space to create a
infrastructure of movement is an essential presence in the developed world. generous central median or rambla, allowing a range of new uses to enliven the
Whether for cars, bicycles. or people, it is the connection of elements to one street. The traffic space is unusual in thai it is flexible and is explicitly designed
another that is the foundation of urban and suburban life. Like other infrastruc- to serve the needs of both drivers and pedestrians. To this end the parking areas
ture. roads are required to perform multiple functions: they must fulfill the are designed to operate as shaded spaces opening to the central "yard" areas,
requirements of public space and must be connected to other funclioning urban places for people 10 occupy as well as for car storage. These parking areas a~e
systems of public transit, pedestrian movement, water management, economic designed with the intention of urban amenity and the acknowledgment of their
development. public facilities, and ecological systems. These demands are there- vital role in the urban experience."
fore propelling new design approaches. Perhaps the most challenging and neglected urban landscape type is the
Freeways, the most specialized roads, are being designed to perform a more carpark. We are beginning to see many innovath'e structures fo~ the accommo-
complex range of functions and to be an integrated part of the urban landscapes dation of multilevel parking," but for the surf;)ce parking ubiqUItous in the sub-
they traverse. In Melbourne, Denton Corker Marshall's Gateway project height- urbs. there are only a few projects that suggest non-standard possibilities.
ens the driver's experience of entering the cily and also changes the relationship Landscape architect Peter Walker has explored the design of roads and parking
of the freeway to the city, making it a functioning part of the urban fabric. Also infrastructure as a seamless extension of the designed landscape. He uses non-
in Melbourne, the design of Ihe extension 10 the Eastern Freeway, by Tract standard pavements and architeclural planting to create spaces like garden
Consultants and Wood Marsh, is designed as part of an integrated strategy for rooms where the needs of people and cars are balanced. At IBM headquarters at
providing open space, the management of urban flooding, and conservation. Solana, Texas (1984-89), the strong use of architectural planting, skillful plan-
The design of the roadside landscape also responds to its locality through the ning and use of materials makes the roads and parking areas an int~grated a.nd
use of wall and planting materials. The new design of the Great Western Highway, inviting part of the landscape. Parked cars recede under tree canopies, turlllllg
between Leura and Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, by circles provide formal building approaches, and the spaces for circulation and
Spackman and MossoI', responds to the locality by minimizing its impact on the car storage become viable public spaces. The Fliimingstrasse housing project in
spectacular and rugged terrain through the vertical separation of carriageways, Berlin by Buro Keifer also uses non-standard pavement material to change the
the use oftunllels, and elevated carriageways. It also preserves the historic urban use and perception of the parking area. Here the surface is strongly patterned to
l>;lltern of the relationship between the highway and adjacent towns. The A 14 facilitate orderly car parking, as well as encouraging ball games and children's
Viaduct in Nanterre in France, designed by Deqc and Cornet, iltustrntes a more play at other times." A more extensive approach, where the parkin~ area is treat-
simply architectural solution to diversifying function by adding a Motorway ed as an orchard or forest planting, is Michel Desvigne and Christll1e Dalnoky's
Operations Center to the underside of the elevated viaduct. t< landscape design for the Thompson factory outside Paris. In this phased design,

l~NDSC~PES OF INFR~SUU{lUAE 17S


)walc:s are used to harvest the w:Jter needed to establish bands of planting that and Coml'any. I'H5); ;ll1d Mumford. ~Thc City, I),mgn fur t 'VIllI\," UI \\, ..j,m, I.
create an overall impression of a tree-fllled space. Over time the bands are
replaced with large-canopied trees that dominale the parking."
6. ;~~~alr~~~sl~~)~~::~~~atthe Sympmlum "IOSC'p LUIS Ser'; the Mdlltt\.' of llrlhtll
Design ~ Harvard Design School, Cambridge, Mass., Oclober 25. 200J
7. Anne S~)irn, '/1,,, Gmllit" Garlle" (New York: BaSlc Books, 19~4); and ,,-filh,lcI Ituullh, (I'y
THESE PROJECTS ItLUSTRATE A POTENTIAL to bridge the divide between Fo,m a"d Natur.lI I'rcx:NS (London: ROlillcdge, 1984), and C,/ieslUu/ Nm,mtll'rtJCtJl (New
ecology and design so persistent since the impact of Ian McHarg's work. We can
see designed landscapes where new hybrid syslems develop that harness natural 8;;;; ~:~ ~;~~:I~':~99::riob, el ;d. Modem Ptlrk Desig", RteI'nt 1;'e",ls
. (Amsterdam: Thoth, 1993). and aho by a number of Dutch theorisis and pr;"Cllhoners
processes and strengthen sustainable systems without creating picturesque
such as Mriaan Geuze ofWesl 8, Hans I.belings, and ~r1lool5ma. See Ibelll1g~. The
landscapes. We can also see the possibility of re-examining e"en the most chal- Artificial Lartdsrope: Cotltl'ruporary Arcll,r.uwre, Urlmrrrsru, mId l.ll"dsllpe Arrh,,~rll~e
lenging infraslructurallandscapes and a new attitude to infrastructure that goes ifl ,I'e Netliulm,ds (Rotterdam; NAi Publishers, 2000), and Lootsma, SliperDl'teh. New
beyond technical considerations to embrace issues of ecological sustainabiJity, A"hittrturt i" ,lit Ne/Il/~Tlartds (New York; Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). .
connection to place and context, and cultural relationships. 9. Barlloo15ma. ~Biomorphic Intelligence and landscape Urbanism; ToP<>' 39 (Munich.

If we think of landscape as an infrastructure which underlies other urban


systems, rather than equating it with nalure or ecology we have a much more
10. ~~~~"~CiviIU Oecologie: Civic InfraSlructurt' in the f.oolosicalCity,~.in Tlleresa
Genovese, Linda uSlley, and Deanna Snyder, oos.., Han'tlrd Archir('(1"rt Rl'vlew (New
workable conceptual framework fordcsigning urban systems. This is particular- York: Princeton Architcctural Press, 1998); 131 . ,.
ly apt where those systems no longer function in a core/periphery model but as II. Victor;;l Park can bccn seen at htlp:llwww.Hassd~.cOlll .U, and the Atelier Drclscltl proj.-
a matrix. This framework of landscape infrastructure should provide the most eets at hllp:1Iwww.dreiseitl.de.and in Herberl Drelseitl. Dlder G.rau, :nd Karl H. C ludWIg,
l\\lrersc"p<'S; PIa"nillg B"i/ding"nd Designing with Wa,.to", (BerI1l1; Blrkhll~.ser, 2tXH).
permanent layer of urban development to preserve the viability of nalural sys-
tems and regional cultures. t2. Restoring the WatCl'S is discuS5Cd in landscape AuslI'2ha, MAU51~ian InSIltUle of .
landscape Archiltcls National A....oards 1m," ta.ndsmpe ~"s/rall" ?I, no~ I (1.999). supp.
folio between 66. 67. Guadalupe River Park is discussed m Jane GlIIeIlC. " RIVer Runs
Through It~ La"ds<ape Ard,ittrlrr M"s"titlc88. no. 4 (April 1998); 74-~1. 92-93: 97,:99.
Notes
See also Julia Czerniak, ~Looking Back at Landscape Urbanism; Speculations on Site, 111
I. S James Corner's essay, ~Terra F1uxus~ in this collution; Corner, 00., RecoOTTing
l.llndS<Qpe: Euuys in eomemporary umdS<Qpe IIrclli/tct"", (New York: PrinU10n 13.: ~~~~:~i;:e\s'
Meldi"g Tow" mul Tr,""1: The R"il.."'Y Aml Projt,,~
/..t"W'" (Gh~~t:
IIrchitectural Press. t999); SIan AlJcon. WlnfrastrUClural Urbanismwand ~Field Condilio'l$: ludion Press, 2002); and Francis Ramberl.llrrllittct"re 0" ,,,.. Aio",. Cmu u"d Mobility
Points lind Lines: Di"gr"ms Qnd Projts for rM City (N"," York: Princeton Architectural (Barcelona: AClar, 200J): 133-34.
Press, 1999); Richard Marshall. Size Mallers.- in Rodolphe E1-Khoury and Edward 14. Ramberl,lIrrhi/rct"reo" rI,e MOl.,.. 57-60. .
Robbins, oos. Simpi/lg the City: Swdil"s i" Urbm, Desigfl. HistMy m,d 7"I,rory (london. 15. Sec Raymond W. GaSlil and Zoe Ryan. Ope": New Drsigns for /'l'bl,r Sparr (New York:
Routledge. 2003); and Rem Koolhaas. "Urban Operations," D: Col"mbi" [)oc"lI/elllS of
Archi/t"l"l'uml Theory voL 3(1993); 25-57. t6. ~::~~r~~~~~i~rcarp;lrks that iIluslratc inl1ova.(~v.c apl'ro:chn were .featured in
2. Sec Pcler G. Rowe. M"killg" Middle l.ll1ll/~"fN (Cambridge. MilU.; MIT Press, 1991); and lhe exhibilion IIrehi,tct,,'" orr rM MoVl'. Ci,;u "lid Mobij,rres, and 11I~~rued 111 the .
Charles Waklheim, Mlandscape Urbanism: A Gmealogy; Prwcis 00. 4 (2002): 10-17. accompanying catalog. Francis Ra.mbert, Arehi,('(1,,'" on the AillW', C,tres Q"d Mobility
3. Competilion enlries for Downsview Park are descrilX'd and analyttd in Julia Czerniak.
ed . CASE: Do",,,sv'l"w I'ar/< 70ro'I/o (Munich: !'restel and Harvard Design School. 2001); 17. ~~::e~~~~:,a~,::!s' in Stt"uy: Corr/m,pora,y l.lltld)C,,~ Architect"", ill Europe
and the J'resh Kills competition is avail;lblc at h1tp;llwww.nYC'IlOv/htl11lldcp/htmUlkl/ada/
coI11JXtitionl2_3.html. 18. :S;~;:~i;~~~;'n:~~~' Chrisline Dailloky, The Ret"m of /ht l.ll"dscll~: De3vig"e 6
4. Sec Peler Harri.son, \\\lI'er H"dey Griff"', LamlKiJpe IIrchittct, 00. Roberl FreellOne D<JI/loky (New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1997).
(Canberra: N.tionallibrary of Austr.llia, 1995); Richard Clough. ~land$C:llpe of Canberra.:
A ~,-l.llndsc"peAl/s'rn/iu 4, no. 3 (19112); 196-201; Makolm lalham,~"The City
in Ihe Park:umdS<Dpelius/rot." 4,00. 3 (1982): 243-45;and/effTurnbulland Peter
Y. N",arelli. oos., Tl'e Complr/e Works ",,,, Projects of Walter Bllrley Griffill a"d MariOfl
MalWflY Griffifl (Melbourne; Melbourne University Press, 1998).
5. See Patrick Geddes, Cities it, Eval"tio" (London: Williams & Norgate. 1949); Aldo
lropold. It Sund eo""'y IIlmanac ami Sknehn He", alld The"" illus. Charles W.
Schwarlt (New York; Oxford University Press, 1949); t.-is Mumford. Ci/y
Devdopment: S,,,dies ill Disintqm/ion Qlld Rz,,1'Wtl1 (New York: Hareourl, Srace

t76 HIZA8E1HIoIOSSOP UNOSCAP[$(lFINrUSIRUCTURE 177


The intellectual promise of landscape urbanism to inlegr,lle the
conceptual fields of landscape architture, civil engineering, and archilture
for lhe design of the public realm places urban highways squarely within ih
purview. The realization of limited-access divided highways in thc second half
of the twentieth century points to many of landscape urbanism's ambitions,
notably to strategically engage the urban landscape at a metropolitan scale with-
in the constrainls of thc prevailing political economy, and to consider environ-
mental and infrastructural systems as primary ordering devices. Highways are
public space writ large. in the metropolitan reach of their network as well as
their sheer size. They are part structure and part earth....-ork, occupying a formal
position between architecture and landscape. They are conceived as abstract
technological artifacts, yet local topographical and hydrological conditions-
not to mention local political circumstances-must ~ accommodated to real-
ize them. As cultur31 artifaCls, finally, they concentrate public resources on a
scale that begs a broader definition of the public good that would ensure their
diversion for the creation of public space.
The design of urban highways today suggests a transportation "downstairs"
of concrete and asphalt, ceded to st(lIC agencies and civil engineers, thlll con-
trasts markedly with the design of a public space "upstairs" of plazas and slreets,
the territory of planners and designers. Used by all, the former arc nonetheless
invisible in public discussions of what makes a "good" city, except in utilitarian
terms. While romantic celebration of the rural or wilderness highl...ay prevails in
the general public and in the media, urban highways receive harsh treatment.
Massive in scale and reduClive in scope. they disrupt the physical and social fab-
ric of lhe neighborhoods they traverse, Their rehabilitation in the eyes of the
public and of design professionals, as well as their positioning within the emerg-
ing discourse surrounding landscape urbanism. requires that designers and engi-
neers shift the frame of reference for their design from utility to amenity, from
infraslructure to urbanism. Building urban highways to provide efficient auto-
mobile circulation in cities might then be considered an urbanistic opportunity
rather than a planning liability. For this to happen, the design of highways needs
to be theorized and situated historically within professional design practice.
A review of canonical urban roadway system designs is lhe first step in pro-
viding the opportunity to reframe familiar narratives. Vehicular circulation in
cities has not always reived bad press or so little design consideration. nor has it
(Ilways been considered in purely utilitarianterllls. Indeed, the efficient circulation
fiG I o\e".j.le.. of'heboule rdde~ba'lopol.belween'herueSl.Denls.nd'her""51.Iol.r,,"'""',1971

U~UH MIGMWAY5 ~HO IM ~LU(lAfU PU8LIC RUtH 181


nf 1l00)d~ nlld people as nn essential "function" of modern life and mo<!crn cilies 10 limited-access pnrkwny 10 limited-tlcccSs divided highw~,y.lk lHt,lhIlHh... ~ 11
IHIS heell II cenlrnlpreoccup:l1iOIl of IllOSt thl'orics of urbanism in thl' lasl two hislOriclII continuity in the provision of efficil'lll tir...lIl,lllOll ill thl' Illt,dern elll
hundred yeMs. The crl'nlion of boull'vard systems, parkways, and highways as while enthusiastiCHlly championing the role of the~e ro,Idw"y~ :" puhll\' ~1'.I\,l'~
diMinct e1cmCllts of the urban fabric has been integral to many proposals to in the contemporary city.'
!l1:Ike or remake the city in the modern era. Baron Haussman was, in the mid- Since these two publications, however, the progressive and oplll11i,tk iudi
nineteenth century, the first to formulate a metropolitan-scale response to this nation of roadway planning has subsided within the engineerillgalld de~lgn pro
function and to recognize the opportunity it provided to "modernize" Paris.' The fessions. The sheer magnitude of urban highway construction prognullS ,Ifter
boulcvard system was the master clement of an urban renovation that included World War J1 has shifted the design focus from urbanism to traffic m,uwge
the provision of water, sewers, parks, and housing, as well as cultural and admin- ment.1ln Illuch of North America, Departments of Transportation (DOTs) or
istrative facilities. Frederick Law Olmsted's vision of the Emerald Necklace for their equivalent have established professional hegemony and autonomy, in great
Boston and his realization of the Fenway and Jamaicaway offer American coun- part by legislating an independent federal highway trust. Projects are dictated by
terparts to Haussman's efforts in Paris. For Olmsted, "circulation and respira- political and economic ambitions at the state and federal level, and rarely emerge
tion" in the nineteenth-century city could be achieved by the realization of from local planning or citizen demand. The codification of norms of security
parks, parkways, housing, and recreational venues. These were to be realized in and efficiency into rigid bureaucratic guidelines has further alienated the civil
conjunction with massive infrastructural works to manage waste and stormwa- engineers who design Ihe highways in their interactions with planners, design
ter needs and to conlrolthe ecology of natural systems. These projects are professionals, and the general public. The functional result today is an uneasy
remarkable because they suggest a modern urbanism that conceives of efficient standoff between transportation engineers and designers and planners, and
circulation not as an independent system within the city but as the defining between DOTs and the public, with politicians shifting allegiances according to
intervention of an overall project to provide Ihe residential and public spaces election timetables. The formal result is an increasingly pervasive yet narrowly
necessary for everyday urban lif!.' as well as modern sanitation systems.' defined network of urban highways. They split and marginalize neighborhoods,
The ad\'ent of the automobile in the early twentieth century spurred many their physical bulk continues to expand in response to rising automobile use,
urbanism proposals defined by the requirements of high speed circulation. Le and they produce an increasingly distressing sensory assault on everyday life.
Corbusier's Ville Radieuse and Norman Bel Geddes's Magic Motorways come to Critics within the design professions as well as the media have demonized cars
mind, as do Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City and Ludwig Hilberseimer's and the highways that serve them as the primary culprits in a perceived urban
New Regional Pattern.' These visions, however, required a tabula rasa or green malaise and impending ecological disaster. Anti-sprawl proposals for smart
fields for their full expression. In contrast, the limited-access parkway systems growth, transitoriented development (TOO), and the design of pedestrian-
developed in the New York City region during this era, including the work of friendly public spaces have drawn attention away from the design of the high-
Roberl Moses, are remarkable because they are conceived as complements to the way itself, championing instead the use of traditional urban forms such as street
existing city. Realizations such as the Henry Hudson Parkway take advantage of grids and boulevards. Allan Jacobs's documentation. Great Slfeets, fuels the pre-
an extraordinary site to integrate residential development, recreational facilities, vailing narrative of lost urbanity that permeates public discourse by proposing
parks, and monuments while accommodating high-speed and local traffic and these historic urban forms as models to solve contemporary needs for circula-
public transportation. tion and public space. His more recent Tile BOlllel'ard Book provides nonethe-
In the second half of the twentieth century, the potential of roadway design less one of the only comprehensive reviews and documentations of multiway
to enhance the continuing urbanization of existing cities is well served by the boulevards as alternative roadway systems for contemporary circulation, sys-
theoretical work of Christopher Tunnard in his 1963 book Mall-made Americtl.' tematically debunking the arguments of civil engineers and highway designers
Clltlos or COli/rot?, with its thorough discussion of the technical, visual, and spa- who reject lhis form of roadway design.' Were it not for its equally nostalgic ca~t,
tial challenges of modern highway design. Lawrence Halprin's Freewtlys, written this book would begin to restore the theoretical continuity in the design of cir-
for lhe Federnll-lighway Authority in 1966, remains however the only work to culation systems that Halprin established when he posited boulevards and
take on the design of highw:lYs in cities as a dislinct form of urbanism. Halprin parkways not as models to copy but as precursors to the limitcd-access divided
diagrams alternalive freeway sections for American cities, as well providing a highways of the postwar era. For Halprin, the considered design of these
historic overview of roadway precedents. The result is a de faCIO theorization of new highways was integral to the creation of a vital nnd urbane contempor,lry
Ihe formal and functional evolution of urban roads from boulevard to parkway urbanism, and thc precursors provided valuable examples of design illllov,lIion.
On~relellt ualllple of lUI urban highway, the Ibrcelona Cinlur6n, suggests geometry, despite its realization as a system, but in~te.HI emerge, tWill .1 'Itt'
thc IlOsslbillty of picking up the historical narrative where Halprin left off and Sll'ific diagramming thai conforms and deforms au:ordllll:! til ('\I'llng !IIIKl
r('di~O\-ering a theoretical continuity in the conception of urban roadways as graphical and land-use conditions as well as real properly 0PrHJrtllllltle~
publtc space. The Cintur6n is a beltway around Cerda's nineteenthcentury city
that was conceived in the 1980s by the socialist administration that had been THE BOULEVARDS Of PARtS
elected in the wake of Francisco Franco's death. It was concein'd to eliminate the In Us Promenades de Paris (1867-73), Adolphe Alphand documents his work as
juggernaut of automobile traffic through the central city by diverting circula- designer of lhe Haussmanian landscape at all scales. In his general plan of the
tion from the center. From the outset, the mayoral administration created the city, he includes the suburban communities outside the Barri~res des Fermiers
powerful Office of Urban Projects (IMPUSA) to carry out the modernization of GcnerallX as well as the Bois de Boulognc and the Bois de Vincennes,' Clearly
Barcelona. Politicians, planners, and designers viewed the Cintur6n as an oppor- Baron Haussman's vision extended beyond the limits of the mid-nineteenth
tunity to "complete" the city.' It was considered an integral part of a strategic century city, signaling a new "metropolitan" understanding of urban develop-
planning initiative that included parks, cultural institutions, and housing, as ment. Moreover, Alphand draws the new network of boulevards, parks, places,
well as the recreation and sports facilities of the 1992 Olympics. The urbanistic and monuments as if they were etched into the solid figure of the city, reinforcing
bias of the Cintur6n distinguishes it from most highway projects built today, the conception of the boulevards as a wmprehcnsive system that is autonomous
and its design provides insights into how urban highways can enhance the expe- yet at the same time embedded in the fabric of the city. The new interventio~s
rience of today's cities. were strategically located to take advantage of existing monuments and amelll-
ties. topographical conditions, and real estate opportunities. Haussman also
A CRITICAL RECONSIDERATION OF THE PARISIAN boulevards, the Boston retained customary economic centers such as the neighborhood street markets.
parkways, New York's Henry Hudson Parkway, and the BOlrceiona Cintur6n The plan reveals a programmatic richness that is enhanced by a careful exploita-
yields a set of possibilities for urban highway design and confirms the theoreti- tion of the existing city.
cal robustness of the topic, exemplifying its relevance for rent discussions of This richness is confirmed in the sectional representations of the proposed
landscape urbanism. While the first two realizations are not highways in the boulevards, which include not only the representation of their profile but the
contemporary sense, as they do not have limited access and are only panly landscaping, the street furniture, the building edge, and the utilities bel~w the
divided, they are important to this discussion because they represent early surface that were built concurrently. The boulevards are wnceived three-dllllen-
attempts to redirect and concentrate higher-speed traffic in the city on special- sionally as public places for pedestrian as well as vehicular and utilitarian uses,
ly designed roadways. for leisure as well as for commerce. The apartment buildings that lined the
A common characteristic of these four endeavors is that they are inscribed boulevards, and the monuments that crowned them, were also conceived as part
in a complex program of urban renovation. II is formulated within a broad pub- of the circulation system. Their architecture is integral to the experience of the
lic I~andate to redress degraded sanitary conditions and to improve the quality system and to its urbanistic "fit" into the fabric of the historic city; they provide
of hfe for urban dwellers according to modern criteria of efficiency and per- a morphological cohesion that allows old and new urbanization as well as old
formance. These realizations are conceived on a metropolitan scale in support and new social rituals to coexist. The boulevard Sebastopol, for example, cut
of a heterogeneous program of imprO\-ements that includes the provision of through historic neighborhoods to link the new Gare de I'Est with the heart of
efficient public and private transportation and the upgrading of essential utili- the city while accommodating the new residential apartment blocks of the
ties. It also includes the creation of public spaces for leisure and recreation, the emerging bourgeoisie and the department stores that served i.t. The. rue 51.
building of cultural facilities, and finally, the upgrading and augmentation of Denis and the rue 51. Martin, however, were preserved intact on either Side, and
the residential and commercial building stock. While these programmatic ele- with them the markets, smaJl shops, and dwellings that had lined these streets
ments are common to all comprehensive urban plans, what is exceptional in for centuries [Sf.EFlG. II.
these instances is that they are addressed under the aegis of a roadway project, The preservation of the continuity of the built fabric and t.he program.mat-
and arc generally accommodated within the limits of the roadway right of way ic heterogeneity of the boulevards make possible a fluid and dIVerse experience
itself. They constitute, programmatically and morphologically, a complete urban- of the city. The jltlllcur stroJling about town, the l'Cndeu~on her lunch break, and
ism that produces new landscapes that are a hybrid of natural and man-made the bourgoi~ about her shopping could move scamlessly between the rituals of
systems. Moreover, this urbanism does not conform to a predelermined formal the new society and those of traditional custom, from nineteenth-century to

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the surf'l~e .llId to eltlu:r \l~le, ~hll ...r
ent use~ are ;llUlllllllol!,lted WlthHi
the constl'ucted 1,lIldslllpr of the
road.....,ly and its edge 1m, 41."
The resuh is a work lhat ~f\'tS
the public good, not only through the
provision of needrd infrastruclll1"f,'
but also through the provision of
F!G 2Im11onat\lHChQnll>routh""_ F!GlP<orkOepJ" ........ Otyol8cmon
Sl,Oenos.theboulf:y,ntdieSfbKtopoI. Mlof'olllJd;b,j~F'e6enc
public place. Commuters or city-
_the ..... Sl ....."". l.Jw(lmsted,nolI981 dwellers about their bllSincss on the
parkways, individuals in contempla-
tion on a park bench, or with family
pre-industrial Paris. This is still the case today. as the different morphologies con-
or colleagues at a softball game in the
tinue to support different uses and rituals. The programmatic breadth of this new
parks, or even lost in a crowd on the
urban form. in plan and section, supports the social breadth of experience IFIG.2I,"
fairgrounds-all find their space
within the right-of-way of the
BOSTON'S EMERALO NECKLACE
Necklace. While the bucolic nature
The Emerald Necklace of Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Charles Eliot
of Olmsted's aesthetic contrasts with
also has utilitarian roots and results from a rich programmatic vision for urban
infrastructure. The Fenway, the first of the ~jewcls" of the Necklace, was created the classical formalism of the boulevards, both realizations are highly construct-
to manage the tidal reflux of the Charles River into the Muddy River in Boston's ed urban landscapes in which nature and infrastructure are put to the service of
Back Bay, in order to eliminate the accompanying stormwater and sewer over- making places for people to be.
flows. The topographical and hydrological reconfiguration of what had become
a wasted swamp provided the opportunity to create parks and parkways that NEW YORK'S HENRY HUDSON PARKWAY
served circulation and recreational needs. Ai; in Paris. the spatial cohesiveness of In the General Plan of the Park System for NC\" York and its Environs created by
the system results from a mise en rdation of diverse urban and natural clements the Regional Plan Association in 1938. the Henry Hudson Parkway appears as a
that is both deliberate and opportunistic. The Neckl:lce's configuration is deter- small link in a vast network of parkways and parks. boulevards and highways. It
mined by site conditions-the alignment of the river and whatever land reserves is inscribed in a metropolitan conception of the city lhatmelds landscape. infra-
could be assembled in public hands-rather than by a preconceived rationaliz- structure, and urbanization. As in Paris and Boston, the metropolitan diagram
inggeometry, as is generally the case in classical or modernist visions of the city. is formalized as a system but remains informal in its expression as a dendridic
In plan view, the Necklace is shown both as an independent realization with- network resulting from the judicious exploitation of natural features and
in the city and as pMt of:l regional system of parks, parkways, and land reser- topographies, as well as opportunistic acquisitions of undeveloped and often
vation IFlG.J]. Like the Parisian boulevards. the system is both local and marginal land."
metropolitan in its impact. both particular and comprehensive in its scope. The The New York parkways marked the evolution in roadway design from mul~
Fenway and Jamaicaway created a new urban front that increased the value of tilane. multiuse full-access roadways to limited-access and dividc<l roadways for
real estate along their length and spurred the building of apartment blocks and vehicular traffic only. By the time Robert Moses completed the Henry Hudson
cultural institutions, often conforming to the curved alignment of the arbor- Parkway in 1937, most of the parkways had evolved from leisurely driving roads
ways. Multiple lanes of circulation that originally separated carriages from horse- to major commuter routes. However, the muhiple agendas of the original
back riders narrow or widen according to available land, shaping the form of the Westchester parh,'ays to upgrade transportation, to sanitize creeks and rivers,
retention basins within the gardens and parks. The natural landscape varies in and to create parks and cultural and recreational amenities while improving res-
character. from community garden to public garden to recreational and sports idential development. continued to inform the early proposals of Moses's tenure."
venues. Here too. a sectional representation best captures the multicoordinate The multivalent quality of the metropolitan system is reproduced within the
richness of the intervention. Above and below ground, raised or depressed, on right-of-way of the Henry Hudson Parkway ensemble itself; it incorporates

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.,
Aenal_of'htHtnry
HucIsonPart..~nonh
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Basin 10 Itle GeOftl'
Wasllina,onBfldte
and RivefsKif Park,
N,wYort.1953

produces a kind of exhilaration for driver and stroller, a contemporary"rush"that


is one of the attractions of urban life InG.'l. This experience has been recognized
and poeticized in literalure and in film, and vulgarized in umpteen car chase
scenes. The highway experience is generally presented as having displaced "street"
life, but when accommodated within a larger urballistic agenda, it can be con-
sidered an addition to the range of experiences available to city-dwellers."

BARCELONA'S CINTURQN
Olmsted's original Riverside Drive, which crcates a residential edge of grand The IMPUSA's plan of Barcelona identifies the reali1..ation undertaken in the
1980s and 1990s to improve the quality of life in one of Europe's densest cities.
houses and apMtmcnt buildings, and the park includes memorials and monu-
Their 1'/(111 d'Urb(lllismo complements the strategic economic plan formulated
ments such as Grant's Tomb and Ihe Cloisters, which rise above the forested
to position the city as a European player with global economic reach. The
slope' [FIG. 5J. Moses expanded Ihc park 10 cover railroad lines converted 10 com-
Cintur6n is one element within a comprehensive and metropolitan-scale pro-
muter traffic and reconfigured the waler's edge 10 include a limited-access divid-
posalto improve public and private transportation and to provide greatly need-
ed highway linking Manhattan to thc northern suburbs and a public marina.
The striking topography facilitated and inspired the rich association of parkways, ed public amenities. This proposal includes intimate neighborhood parks and
railroads, recreation areas, cuJtural institutions, playgrounds, and residences with plazas, the reconfiguration and redesign of major avenues and larger parks
in a seClion that reached from the bluff to the water's edge. The recreational throughout the city, the integration of new subway lines, as well as the beltway.
areas are equally accessible from above and below through a system of trails and It also includes recreational, residential, cultural, and sports facilities. many
overpasses, providing access and views to the mythic Hudson from multiple built for the 1992 Olympics.'
vantage points." The Cintur6n complements both the inner-city network of rellovated
Driver and pedestrian, commuter and neighborhood resident, all build a cul- avenues and the citywide system of parks and plazas. 11 is located opportunisti-
tural identity as city-dwellers through this quotidian intimation of the sublime. cally to take advanlage of marginal sites that remained undeveloped because of
The juxtaposition of the experience of tranquility and speed in Ihis landscape difficult topographic conditions along the waterfront and at the base of the

UR8AHHIGHWATSAHD1HRlUCUH1PU8l1CRUlM 1"
Tibildado and Montjuic hills. As in
Alphand's plan of Paris, park space,
circulation, and urban projects are
conceived as autonomous systems
that are nonethe1essphysicallyand
culturally integrated to the fabric of
the hisloric city.
As in the earlier projects, the
programmatic richness of the met-
ropolitan diagram is reproduced
within Ihe right of way of the
Cintur6n itself. It is in many ways a
traditional multiway boulevard that
has been folded in on itself. The
central four-lane throughway is
FIG.? .le,~lv,e,..of,h, Bafce"'~aCinlufO~'I>o,..i~2 depressed, while co/llre'(Illees, or
dep,esse<1road,..a~.l>ype'-tufni~Rcjf(les.and
<lecwd"'ters.ect_ access roads, remain at the surface
to distribute entering and exiting
vehicles at speeds slow enough to
constitute a viable streetfront for the residenlial and commercial buildings along
its length. Leftover land from highway construction was subdivided inlo parcels
for new housing or public facilities, creating a thick urban edge, much like the
FIG,BAe"alviewoftheloIolldelaFusta
soldering effect of the Haussmanian apartment buildings. In some locations the
access road is cantilevered over the depressed section, further reducing the width
and noise and facilitating ventilation. The sectional complexity is compounded exist betwttn pedestrian and driver, generating for both an experiential identi-
by pedestrian bridges treated as promenades, decks treated as pla7..3s or recre- ty forged in the comings and goings of everyday life. Th.e Moll de la Fusta,.where
ational facilities, and signage and lighting designed to accommodate the con till- the highway aligns with the waterfront, remarkably Illustrates the v;lrlety of
uouscurve of the roadway. The interchanges are treated as hyper turning circles, public places that can be achieved through the articulation of such complex sec~
creating large enough central spaces to accommodate programs such as inter- tions [ftGS.J.'!, Local circulation, public transportation, pedestrian strolling, and
modal stations, parking, parks, and recreational facilities IflG. 7J. high~speed traffic are accommodated by the sectional integration of a classic
Careful attention is given to the quality of the materials so that the Cintur6n boulevard, a raised promenade deck above parking, a depressed and partly
takes on a distinctive formal identity. Palm trees are planted along the depressed decked throughway, and a waterfront esplanade. Here as elsewhere along the
mediJll, clearly mllrking the separation lind reducing the glare of oncoming traf- beltway, the driver never loses his sense of place ill the city, and remains ill touch
fic. This accentuates the effect of speed and emphasizes the cinematographic with the sky and the seasons as he or she experiences the thrill of speeding
quality of continual highway movement. Only the tops of the palms are visible against the backdrop of the city, or the frustration of being blocked in traffic.
from the surface roads, adding a humorous touch that signals the presence of The pedestrian slips back and forth across the highway, taking advantage of the
the highway below to pedestrians and drivers on the surface. The designers amenities it provides with friends and family, or perhaps alone, strolling across
acknowledge that the city can be experienced at multiple speeds: as a driver on a bridge and gazing down, slightly mesmerized by the hUIll of traffic below the
business, or a stroller at leisure. palm trees."
All along the Cintur6n, the scaling up and programming of interchanges to
include parks and recreation, the selective decking to create plaz.as and facilities, THE DtSCuSStON OF THESE FOUR. SEMtNAl. realizations reveals that the
and the judicious use of grade shifts and separations allow novel adjacencies to mobiliz.ation of public and private resources, political will, bureaucratic structure,

UUAM HIGHWUS AHO filE ULUCl~Hll'liBLIC REALM lSI


dispersed development of contemporary frin8es, or illdee~1 the new Iwelltl~'lh
century American cities in which traditional "urbJn" rituJI, arc nut e't.lhll'he~1
These projects provide a set of assumptions for the reali/at Ion 01 J lOntt l1l lw,1
rary highway urbanism that would include today's suburban tlC\l,lIl'lIl1l. 'oul,.h
assumptions do not constitute principles or guidelines but rather the founda
tion for shifting the frame of reference for the design of urban highways. frolll
utility 10 urbanism, from liability 10 opportunity.
The discussion of these realizations is a reminder that such an urbanis11l
moves earth on a massive scale. New structures and venues for urban life (lfe
achieved through a radical transformation of topography and morphology of
large sections of the city. A remarkable bureaucratic and ta:hnocratic integra-
tion and mobilir.ation of public and private resources is required to sustain this
landscape construction, and strong creative personalities battle to maintain the
urban integrity of the vision. These personalities establish the theoretical prem-
ises of the work bUI also ils operatiollill foundation. It remains to be seen whether
these scenarios, as in Paris, Boston, New York, and Barcelona,can be reproduced
and whether urban highways of this caliber can be realized without them in the
political economy of the United States today. Clearly the theorization of such an
inten'ention and the diffusion of that theory are essential steps in achieving a
cultural consensus around this opportunity. The design of urban highways can
then truly be conceived as the design of the public realm.

and professi.on~l vision for l~lodernization,justified variably for "scientific" rea-


S~I~S ~f sa~ltatlon and efficient circulation, or for boosterism in the form of Notes
~.IVlC Identity, can provide the opportunity for a new manifestation of the pub- I. David P. Jordan, Tr"nsformmg PariJ: Th.. Lif.. "mILa""rJ of &Iron HallJJmmUi (New York,

l~ rca~m.. ln these.examples,the introduction of new road morphologies in the The FrecPr6S, 1995).
2. Broc~ ~lly, Gail Travis Guillet, e1 at, Art of Ih.. OImJ,nJ LarrdWlpt (New York: N\"W York
:Istonc City constlt.lJIes a complete urbanism that allows for the full expression City Landmarb preservation Commission and The Arts I"ubli$her, Inc., 1981)( and Al~rt
f ev~ryd~y ~rban life. Such an urbanism transforms the city in radical wa and F<in, ed., LandWl~ into Ci,YSOlpt: Frt'duick La... OlmJ'afs PltlIlJ for II Grt<ll.... New )ork
prOVides 11 wl~h a new formal and experiential identity. However, new for;: and Cil)' (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1967).
new ways of~,fe do not replace so ~uch as supplement existing forms and ritu- 3. See Le Corbusicr, The Cit)' ofTomarrow mul ilS Pla",,;llg (New York, [)Qver l'ublicaliollS,
1987); Norman IJ.cI Geddes, Mag;' Mo'orw<ll's (New York, Random HOllse, 1940); Frallk
als, augmentl.ng .the range of expenences available to thc city's inhabitants. The
Lloyd Wrighl, l'''e Livitlg Cill': IVlle" Democr<ll')' Buit.lJ (New York: New American Library,
;:otg;~mma~lc~chness and metropolitan ambition of these realization~ insure 1958); and Ludwig HiI~rseimer, The New Cily: Principl"J of Planning (Chicago: Paul
man e nee ~ t at are m~t and the experiences that are made possible a~e com- Theobald, ION").
. e ~~rate with th~ multiple expressions of individual identity in modern life 4. Christopher Tunnard and Boris f'ushbr", Man-mad.. A"'....i,ll: Chaos ar Om,rot? An
I~ so ltude or lost I~ a crowd. The inclusion of multiple programs within th; Inquiry ;11'''' Sdttd ProbkmJ of Cksign;n the UrblllliznlLands<apt (New Ha....:n and
IAndon: Yak University presJ" 1963); Lawm\ce Halprin, Frmom)'S (NC'\'<' York: Reinhold
nght of way of the mte~vention itself through a careful design of lhe section
Publi~hing Corporation, 1966); Urban Advi$On to lhe Fed..,.,1 Highway Admini~lration,
e.nsures .that th~ r.e~estnan and the automobile driver receive equal considera-
The FrUWll)l irl ,11" Ci,y: Pr;"cipl" of Plall"i"g m,d De-sig" {Washinglon, D.C., u.s
tion while ~laxlmlzl.ng ~he use of public resources. In addition, it reestablishes a GOvernrnClllPrinlingOffice, 1968).
:l~~rp~ol~glCal. contl.nwty of the urban fabric thaI rapidly overcomes the social 5. ThiJ theorelical void has not been compensall>d by ~pop~ or poslmodcrll recuperation of
p ys cal dlS~optlons of the oflen violent construction effort. the commercial strips in art or architecture, such aJ Robe'ri Venturi and Denise ScOll-
Brown'sl.alrningfr",m Uu \'tg<IJ (Cambridge, Mass.: MtT Press. 1977), which addresses
. Th~ ~~ceptlOnal realizations were all undertaken in dense, well-established
a differenl sc:ak and the more incremental nalure of strip devt:lopmcnl. Rent worb or
tllstonc Cities. They nonetheless remain relevant for the far less dense, more

UR8ANHIGHWllS~NOTHA[lUCUNIPUIlI,.ICAHLM 19l
11. Guy Ilenry, Barcelona: Doc Ilnnhs d'urool/l,me, '" Ren"'SSlw.e.l'ullr nil. (I'~l" I ,lllltt'"
ulh"sm ~U~I howe...., I rffl('l<Ul of inlcr~1 '" highw~)'5 as publi<: spacc. Scc' ~11('T
du Monitcur, 1992); Rowe, Cobb, e! al., Prrnu "rW,oIN Pr,U m ll,l~m 1),0'11:11, Mt,T', ( Itr
La51rrhng, OrgliltlUltlOlr Sf'lln: Lmrd5l'llpts. HIghway ami Hou5<'$ In Amuira (Cambridge,
Ml.ss.; MIT Press, 1999); Perer Rowe, Mllkillg" Middle Lmrd5l'lIpe (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT /III/II'"rr.
I'rcu, 1990): Jeffrey T. Schnapp, -Three Pies of Asphllt,M Grey RlJ(}m II (Spring 2003):
5-21; as well as Clare L)'5tcr, Ml,..a.ndKape$ of EJ;clunge~ and Picrre &bngcr, "Syntheti<:
Surfaces,bolh in thiscolllion. liistorical accounlS of the political and onomicissues
surrounding the building of the Interstate and Defense Highway system haw also bct-n
published in the last dadc. S Tom Lewis, Divi,!ed HighW/lys. n"i!dill8 rhe ImeTS/llle
IllghWllJ'S. Tmmformi1lgAmuican Life (Ncw York; Viking Pn:.u, 1997),
6. Scc' Lewis, Divided High_ys;. and U.s. l)q>arlment of Transportation and Federal
~Iish ...ay ...dministration, Ammcll's High ..'QYS J776-1976: A History Of The Fed,md-Aid

Progrll111 (Washington, D.C.: Department ofTransj>ortation, 1977).


7. Allan B. lacobs, GrMI StrUIs (Dmbridge, Mass,: The M IT Press, 1995); "'lIan B. Jacobs,
Elizall<.'th Macdonald, et aI., The Boukvard Book: HisIOry, E>'(J/ution, Desig1l of M"IIiWQy
Bouk....rJs (Cambridge, Mus.: MIT Press, 2002).
8.... lfonsSOldcvilla,architect responsible for thesignage, pedestrian bridges,and$t'wral
public space projts along the Cimur6n, imerview with the luthor, 3o November 2000.
9. Adolphe Alphand,l.LS Pr""'en,,,lesde PIlris (Paris: Rothschild, 1867-73; reprinted New
York.: Princ("\onArchitcetural Press, 1984).
10. For further discussion orthe Paris boulrvards,s Fra",oise Choay, The Modrrrl City:
Planning in the 19fh Century (New York, George Braziller, 1969); lean Des Cars, and
Pierre Pinon, PIlrisHlluwuanll: I.e Pllris d'Hm,ssmmrn (Paris, Picard Edileur, 1991);
lean Dethier,and"'lain Guiheux,eds., La ville: At' et ar(hitraure en Europr 1870-/993,
O,mage publit 01 /'ClQjUm <k "upositum prisrnth du 10 frvrm- OIu 9 ",ai /994 dam u.
grllmk gIllerie du Q,nrre George PIlmpidou (Paris: Centre Georges Pornpidou, 1994); and
Howard Saalman, Hllussmmrn: PIlris Tmrrsformed (New York: Georges llralill<:'r, (971).
11. For further discu.ssion of the Emerald Nkla,e, see Waller L Crccse, TIle Cr"w"i1lS "f the
American Lalrd5l'ape: Eigh, GrMt Spam a"d Their B"i/di"gs (Princeton, N.j.: Prin<ee!on
University Press., 1985); ~lIy, Guillet, el al., Art of the Olmsted Landscape'; S. B. SuIlOn,
Civilizing American Cities: A &1Ii"n of Frederick Ls,., Olmsted's Writings On Cily
La1lJ$CtlptS (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. 1971); and Christian lapatka, The Arucriftln
Lsmf5l'opr (New York: Princeton Architectural Preu,I995).
12. The Henry Hudson Parkway Authority, ~"ing of rhe Henry H"dJ(}1I ParkWllf (New
York: The Henry Hudson Parkway Authority, 1936); U.S. Department of Transponation
and Federal Highway ...dministration, Americll's Highways 1776-1976.
13. Han Meyer, City lind Par': Uroon Plan"i"s 115 a Cultural Venture ill I.ondol/, BarcelO/la,
New York, aud Rollerdllm, Cllllngi", Rr/",i,ms ~twun Publi, Uroon Spau lI"d Large-salle
Infrasrructure (Utrecht: International Books., 1999); John Nolen. and Henry V. Hubbard,
f'Ilrk>t'Q)'S lind Lsnd Values (Cambridge, Mass.; Harvard Unil't:TSily Pn:.u, 1937); Rowe,
Milking a Middle Ls"d5l'llpe.
14. Christian Zapatka, "The "'merican Parkways: Origins and Evolution of the Park-road:
I.o'"s 56 (1987): 97-128; Zapatka, The Amerirlln LandSCllpr.
15. Jean Baudrillard, ... mtriques (Pari$, EditionsGrasset ("\ FasqueUe, 1986); Robert Caro, ~
Power Broker: Room MIJSa lind the FilII ofNnt' Yark (New York: Knopf. 1974); Meyer, City
and Port; and Zapatka, TheAmericlll/Lal/dscape.
16. See Peler Rowe, Henry N. Cobb,et aI., Prinuo/WIIJes Prize in Urban Design: The Uroon
Pub/if Spaus of Bar(('/ona /981-1987 (Cambridge, Mus.: Harvard University Graduate
School of Design, 1991). Mona Serageldin, SIraltg;, l'fD"ning "nd the Barrdo.... &ample;
ItlternllriOllll1 Training Program (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Uni\'ersity Graduate School
of Design, 1995).

URUIIIlIGIlWAY5AIIOIIlRElU(1AlItPUBll(IIHlM t95
America is deindustrializing. In 2005 more than 600,000 abandoned
and contaminated waste sites have been identified within U.S. cities.' How did
this "waste landscape" come to be? What will we do with it? How will it affect
urbanizing areas in the future? Controversial questions like these are difficult to
answer, and this subject has produced some of the late-twentieth century's most
debated bodies of scholarship.l An essay such as this cannot definitively answer
these questions. It can and does, however, address the topic of deindustrializa-
lion in the conten of the relationships between landscape and urbanization. But
deindustrialization cannot be discussed in isolation. As America rapidly dein-
dustrializes, it is simultaneously urbanizing faster than at any other time in
modern history. What then are the links between urbanization and deindustri-
alization, and the production of "waste landscapes" in American cities? Most
importantly, who is best qualified to deal with the abundance of waste?
Grappling with these questions in the design of the built environment pres-
ents a fascinating challenge. landscape architects in academia give liule atten-
tion to urbanization, often dwelling instead on the traditional areas of landscape
history-site engineering, construction detailing, and project-based design stu-
dio education. But beyond and behind these lopics is a reality so huge we tend
not to see it at all-what I call the drosscape, or Ihe inevitable "waste landscapes"
within urbanized regions that eternally elude the overly controlled parameters,
the scripted programming clements that designers are charged with creating
and accommodating in their projects.) Adaptivcly reusing this waste landscape
figures to be one of Ihe twenty-first century's great infrastructural design chal-
lenges [FIG. 11.'This essay chronicles this condition and suggesls Ihat those with
an understanding of both landscape and urbanization will be besl positioned to
aCl on these sites in the future.

WASH LANDSCAPE
The waste landscape emerges out of two primary processes: first, from rapid
horiwntal urbanization (urban "sprawl"), and second, from Ihe leaving behind
of land and detritus after economic and produClion regimes have ended. From
its de industrializing inner core to its sprawling periphery to the transitional
landscapes in between, the city is the manifestation of industrial processes that
naturally produce waste, Designers oflen paint a black-and-white picture of
complCJ[ industrial processes. A common term, "post-industrial," has been used
by landscape architeCls, architects, and planners to describe everything from

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FIG, 2 !lo'<oMownFotlWDIlh,lens

considered attention, and that these must be in hand before potential solutions
polluted industrial landscapes 10 former factory buildings usually found in
to any problem discovered can be effectively addressed or devised IFIGS. 2. )1.
declining sections of cities. The term itself creales more problems than solutions
because it narrowly isolates and objectifies the landscape as the byproduct of
very specific processes no longer operating upon a given site (residual pollution DROSS IS NATURAL
The dcsign world's usc of the term ~dross" derivcs from one of the most inter-
aside). This outlook reifies the site as essentially static and defines it in terms of
esting manifestos written about the urban landscape over the past twO decades:
the past rather than as part of ongoing industrial processes that form other parts
"Stirn & Dross," a seminal essay by L1TS Lerup, Dean of Rice University's School
of the city (such as new manufacturing agglomerations on the periphery). [sug-
of Architecture.' Lerup saw tremendous potential in what most of the design
gest that it would be strategically helpful for understanding the potential for
world was ignoring at the time: the"in-betwn" surfaces left o\'er by the dom-
these sites if designers avoid the term "post-industrial"and its value system when
inant economic forces of urbani1..ation; forccs including land investment, devel-
discussing them.
opment practices, policies and codes, and planning (or the lack thereof).
Drosscape is created by the deindustrialization of older city areas (the city
Using Houston, Texas, as his example, Lerup theorized the city's vast stretch
core) and the rapid urbanization of newer city areas (the periphery), which are
of urbanized landscape surface as a "holey plane," the ~holesn being currently
both catalY-led by the drastic decrease in transportation costs (for both goods
and people) over the past century.' It is an organic phenomenon heedless of the unused areas:
academic and human boundaries that separate environmental from architeetur- Thi~ holq pl(/l1~ seems mo~ a wilderness Ihan a datum of a manmade
a,l/planning/design issues, urban from suburban issues, and nostalgic defini- city. DOllcd by lrccs and criss-crossed by wO_lllcnlwhic1csfroads, il isa
tIons of community from actual organizations of people, workplaces, and social surfaccdominaltd by a peculiar sense of ongoing struggJe: theslrugglc
structures. I argue that planned and unplanned horizontal conditions around of economics again51 nature. Bolh the Irees and machines of this plane
vertical urban centers are intrinsically neither bad nor good. but instead natu- ~ as the (u-ail or) dross of Ihal struggk.
ral results of industrial growth. results that require new conceptualization and
things than processe~. And, liS is true for orglinisills, the r,l~ter Ihey lInllY tIll' IlWfl'
(potentililly hazardous) WllStC they produce. This is.1 nallll",ll prolC\'1 th.11 (.111 he
ignored, maligned, or embraced, but never stopped. "WhJt is now emcrging:'
writes Nobel Laureate lIya Prigogine, "is an 'intermediate' description lof fc,lli
tyJ that lies somewhere between the two alienating images of a detcnlliniMic
world and an arbitrary world of pure chance.",oThese words regarding the func-
tioning of complex systems in unpredictable ways apply perfectly to the rC'alm
of landscapes in urballiz.ation. Cities are not static objects, but active arenas
marked by continuous energy nows and transformations of which landscapes
and buildings and other hard parts are not permanent structures but transition-
al manifestations. Like a biological organism, the urbanized landscape is an
open system, whos~ planned complexity always entails unplanned dross in
accord with the dictates of thermodynamics. To ~xpect a city (0 function with-
out waste (such as in a cradle-to-cradle approach), which represents the in situ
or exported excess not only of its growth but also of its maintenance, is as naive
as expecting an animal to thrive in a sensory deprivation tank. The challenge for
designers is thus not (0 ilchie\'e drossless urbanization but to integrate inevitable
dross into more nexible aesthetic and design strategies.
Contemporary modes of industrial production driven by economical and
consumerist innuences contribut~ to urbanization and the formation of waste
landscapes-meaning actual waste (such as municipal solid waste, sewage, scrap
metal, etc.), wnstetl placC's (such as abandoned and/or contaminated sites), or
wasreful places (such as oversized parking lots or duplicate big-box retail ven-
~rC'aking ~rom pro- and ami-sprawl rhetoric, Lerup momentarily suspended
ues). The phrase"urban sprawl" and the rhetoric of pro- and anti-urban sprawl
Judgment, I~ order to understand the forces creating the horizontal city.
advocates all but obsolesce under the reali1.ation that there is no growth with-
Lerups holey plane" is particularly useful for understanding relationships
out waste. "Waste landscape" is an indicator of healthy urban growth IFlC.41.
~tween lan~~ and urbanization. It reconceptualizes the city as a living, mas-
Sive, dynamic system, or a h.uge ecological envelope of systematically productive
THE OlO RESPITE IS NEW WASTE
a,,~ was.tefullan~scapes.' Films such as Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka illustrate this
With regards to "waste" it is impossible to isolate recharaClerizations of the city
by Im?gmg the city and mass-human dwelling and building behavior from aerial
from its socioeconomic milicu, Horizontal urbanization is linked to economics
~~ervlews and via time-lapse photography to revC'al their strikingly organism_
and simultaneous modes of industrialization-to what, in 1942, Harvard
I e aspects.' The city is largely a natural process whose unperceived complexi_
University economist Joseph Schumpcter characterized as "the process of cre-
ty d,:,arfs those aspl><:ts of it that can be consciously controlled and planned.
ative destruction."" Schumpcter believed that innovations made by entrepreneurs
1 he natural process of the city is not unlike that of Jiving organisms, whose
began with this process, which caused old inventories, technologies, equipment,
hard parts-fr~m the bones and shells of terrestrial vertebrates and marine inver-
and even craftsmen's skills to become obsolete. Schumpeter examined how cap-
te~r~tes to ~he Iron aml other elements and compounds precipitated by cells-
italism creates and destroys existing structures of industrialization." Lerup's stim
orlgmate</ III ~h~ expelling and/or managing of wastes. Calcium, for example,
and dross is the physical cognate for creative destruction. Both terms acknowl-
IIsed for that llvlllg infrastructure of.the human body, the skeleton, is routinely
edge the totality of the consumption!wl1ste cycle, and the organic illtegrl1lion of
extruded by cells in the marine environment; this striking example is not an
waste into the urban world as the result of socioeconomic processes [~IG. 51.
analogy, but arguably a homology for how waste becomes incorporated into
For much of the late-eighteenth and ninetecnth centuries, the American city
lands~apc structure and function. The economies that provide the energy and
landscape was designed and built to represent a view oppositc to those devel-
materials for the growth of cities, such as manufacturing and housing, arc less
oped by industrialization, and the professions of landscape architecture and

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urban planning were influenced by anti.indu~tri,llillttiull nfferllltJ,\. I hene/"l
1I0ward's Garden City. Frank Lloyd Wright'S Ilroadaue CIty. Ie (:urbU\ler'~
Radiant City. and the City Beautiful movement were all desISl1C'd under the
premise of using landscape as a respite from urban congestion and the 1>oIIution
created by industrialization. The outcome of these 3pproaches is II net incre.l~e
in the amount of~waste landscape" in cities. Urban populations continue 10
decentralize. As a result of fewer constituents, "respite"landscupes in the inner
city are now in severe decline and disinvestment. Today the respite landscapes
found in older parts of the city, built during periods when the city center was
the hub of industry. are in transitional phases of development. Thirty states in
2004 operated with frozen or reduced Parks and Recreation budgets. Currently
hundreds of state parks arc closed or operate for fewer hours with reduced serv-
ll
ices, such as maintenance. in order to remain fiscally solvent. ln 2003 California's
Department of Parks and Recreation, the nation's largest with 274 parks. raised
entrance fees to compensate for a 535 million budget cut. Roughly 5600 million
is still needed for deferred maintenance projects." The U.S. National Park Service
also seeks private-sector support for park maintenance in the face of staffing
shortages and budget cutbacks of billions of dollars."

CONTAMINATION ANO INVESTMENT


Deindustriali1.3tion has many meanings. which often refer to topics other than
loss of manufacturing jobs. In relation to urbanization, for instance. it reveals
how industrial evolution alters the landscape of the city," Its broadest meanings
are derived from the history of capitalism and evolving patterns of investment
and disinvestmenl." ManufaclUring in America, as in much of the developed
world. isdecentrali'l,.ed. It takes fewer people located in one central place to make
the same or more product than in the past. Fulton County, the central county
comprising the city of Atlanta, Georgia, experienced a more than 26 percent
decrease in manufacturing establishments from 1977 to 2001. while outlying
counties (some seventy miles away from the center of Atlanta) experienced more
than 300 percent growth in this sector IFIG."." Optimistically. it could be argued
that as deindustrialization proliferates, and as industry relocates from central
cities to peripheral areas. America's cities will enjoy a net gain in the total 13nd-
scapI.' (and buildings) available for other uses." Changes in manufacturing and
production. new modes of communication, and decreases in transportation costs
have resulted in the dispersal and relocation of industrial production to outly-
ing areas. and even to other parts of Ihe world, leaving waste landscape inside
the city core while creating it anew on the periphery \F1G. 71,
There arc lllany other types of waste landscapes, sueh as those associ:lled
with former industrial use, Between 1988 and 1995, the federal government closed
ninety-seven major military bases around the country. Most had or still have
some type of soil, water, or structural contamination that requires remediation.
By 1998 the U.S. Department of Defense had completed thirty-five militar base Association noted that developers generate a higher rate of return from contam-
property conveyances (transferring of the ownership title) by 1999 t y v
inated properties than from non-contaminated properties. New federal subsi-
seven of these properties had undergone subse uent dev' '" wel~ty- dies for brownfield development make this possible. nOl increment financing.
~ali~~rr~a, the r~a~ion's third largest horne bUil~er, Lelln::,o~::~I::; a~~tli~~r:~ for example. allows for the taxes assessed on property value to be used for rede-
th~De~a~;:l:l:t~/~~~e~::i:;n':ar~sAir Station for a record $650 million, from velopment activities such as infrastructure improvements." One recent example
is a 138-acre, 12~million~square-fool mixed-use project on the site of a former
3,400 new homes in the he~rt of~r:~roposed redevelop~er,lt includes plans for
market IFTG.I. EI Toro will be h I ge County, th~ nations hottest real-estate Atlantic Steel Mill in midtown Atlanta. A developer paid $76 million to purchase
Carr. . be. t e argest of five major former military bases in the land in 1999. Even with $25 million in clean-up expenses. the total cost of
u. I ~rnra I 1Il~ redeveloped by Lennar. The Department of Defense is wntin- the improv~ land was $732,000 per acre. A nearby "uncontaminated" site. pur-
c1 ;:u';; :at~:~~~;;7nm~~:,7:O~ilitaryinstallations for decommissioning or
1
chased for the new home of the Atlanta Symphony, cost $22.3 million for 6.36
released, and it has a;re d ~ ; a ne~ round of military site closures was acres, or about $3.5 million per acre.:!> City leaders in Chicago, which currently
a y n etermllled Ihat most of these sites c . has one of the nation's most aggressive brownfield redevelopment programs,
:me fo~m of con~amination.Th? will be transformed through private r:d::~:I~ agreed (0 sell a 573-acre former steel mill site along the shores of Lake Michigan
il~V:~~~;~:~F:G,:~..,~tyof newcivillan uses, which will take wnsiderable time and to a team of developers for $85 million IFiG. 101.- This site had produced steel for
warships and skyscrapers for more than a century. It will be transformed into a
gov:~~:etl~te III~~OS, brownfields have r~c~ive~l
much attention from the federal mixed-usc neighborhood for tens of thousands of residents." Home Depot, the
. 003 more than $73 Imllton III grants were dispersed to thO t chain of home-improvement stores, actively seeks to develop store locutions on
seven states to promote the redevelopment of contaminated landsca es" ~ y; urban brownfield sites. Their site-development strategy typically includes the
were former urban industrial-production siles Tod d I P . os excavation and relocation of toxic soil to the parts of the site planned for the
taminated sites instead of clean ones: aformerdirecto:Yof;~: ~:i::~e~~:tn~:~~ store's vust parking lot. The building footprint is then laid down on the area of

lO' UU8ERGER
clean soil or on areas where toxins were removed or reduled hduw ICI4.111c\ch
This praltice is obviously quite lucralive, as 'lome Dcpot \.1\,('\ IMl4e \lHm ot
moncy on thc purchase of land.
Contllillination and llbandollment l1111y also bring f;lYonlhlt' c{(\IOKk,.1 MIl'
prises. Ecologists often find much more diverse ecological t'llvironrncnh inWll
laminated siles than in lhe nalive landscapes that surround thelll.'" Ikcau<,c of
Iheir contamination, induslrial contexts, and secured perimeters, brownfield Silt'S
offer a viable platform from which to study urban ecology while performing
reclamation techniques. These siles have the potential to accommodate new 1:llld
scape design practices Ihal concurrenlly clean up contamination during redcvel-
opment, or more notably where reclamation becomes integral to the final dcsign
process and form. ~

DRDSS(APEDEFINED
Planning and design cannOI solve all problems associated with the vast amount
of urban waste landscape. t-Iowever, lhe alarm is sounded to those who cope with
the increased pessimism and cynicism spawned by lhe inefficacy of the "big four"
design disciplines-landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and archi-
tecture-in the face of unfettered, markel-driven development. The recent emer-
gence of landscape urbanism may be a reaction to the frustration shared by
many people in the landscape, planning, and archilectural design arenas.- The
polarizing rhetorical arguments of the pro- and anti-urbanization conlingen-
cies, as well as dynamic economic processes, make traditional masterptanlling
approaches for future cities seem absurd. Hut advocating a revolutionary form
of urban landscape study and practice, such as landscape urbanism, is tro/ exclu-
sive of the current mainstream design disciplines_ There is no need 10 de\-e!op
an entirely new design discipline in order to rethink landscape's relationship to
urbani7,ation. Drosscape has the potential to coexist with the big four, by work-
ing wilhin their knowledgc structurc whilc constructing a radicallydiffercnl agen-
da. The traditional way to value urban landscapes is through "placcmaking" or
by using landscape as a placemaking medium (such as for public parks or plazas).
This idea is now blurred. The landscape of the contemporary horiwntal city is
no longer a placemaking or a condensing medium. InSlead it is fragmented and
chaotically spread, escaping wholeness, objectivity, and public consciousness-
/erra iucoguifa."
This condition begs for landscape architects and other designers of the
urban realm to shift a good amount of atlention away from small-scale site
design in order to consider how we can improve regional landscape deficiencies
of the urban rcalm. This is the potential for landscape urbanism. If this disci-
pline is to be taken seriously, it must craft a specific agenda that both works with
the big four and finds new ground to work on-ground that has been over-
looked or bypassed by the status quo, such as Drosscape IH(;S. 11. 121_

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The term drosscape implies thai dross, or waste, is scal>ed. or resurfacedJrein- any entity that is undervalued lies profoundly in the interaction of h~man
scribed. by new human intentions. Moreover, the ideas of dross and scape have agency and emergent novelty derived from explicit transfers and shanng of
individual attributes. This is where my use of the term dross departs frOnl its knowledge, suggesting therefore that design, as a professional and creative endeJv-
Lerupian origin. The suggestive etymology of the word includes shared origins or, is recast to resist closure and univalent expertise. The designer. as the strate-
with the words waste and vast, two lerms frequently used to describe the con- gist conducting this advocacy process, understands the future as being under
temporary nature of horizontal urbanization,as ....eU as connections to the words perpetual construction. Drosscapes require design to be implemented as an
vanity, vaill, vanish, and vacant, all of which relate to waste through the form of activity that is capable of adapting to changing circumstances while allhe same
empty gestures IFIG. H]." time avoiding being too open-ended as to succumb to future schemes that are
better organized."
OROSSCAPEPROPOSED
Drosscapes are dependent on the production of waste landscapes from other DROSSCAPE REALIZEO
types of development in order to survive. In this rubric one may describe dross- Processes of deindustrialization and horizontal urbanization will continue in
caping as a sort of SC3\'Cnging of the city surface for interstitial landscape remains. the foreseeable future to saturate urbanized regions with waste landscape. Sub-
The designer works in a bottom-up manner, conducting fieldwork while collect- sequent to these processes, designers will need to rethink their roles in creating
ing and interpreting large-scale trends.data,and phenomena in search of waste. built en\ironments. Urbani7..ation will no doubt be controlled by a wider array
Once waste landscapes are identified, the designer proposes a strategy to pro- of factors in the future. As deindustrialization illustrates, analyzing cities can no
ductively integrate themIFIG.14]. longer be done by one source, nor by one body of knowledge, nor by one bureau-
As degraded and interstitial entities, drosscapes have few caretakers, cracy. Designers must identify opportunities within the production modes of
guardians, or spokespersons. The importance of a drosscape is only appreciated their time to enable new ways of thinking about the city and its landscape
through a bottom-up advocacy process." The future of any gi\'en drosscape or (whatever form it may take).l..andscape architects, architects, and urban planners
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often follow 100 far behind Ihese processes, scavenging commissions from their NOles
1.~S76.7 Million in IIrownfidd Gr,mls Announced:' Muy 10,2000;, illid "11'/\ AHliUlllIlC,
jelsallllls they change course. It is lime for designers 10 find opporlunilies w;,h-
573.1 Million in Nalionaillrowilfidds Grilllts in 37 S,llies a",1 S!'ven IflhAI {'0I1I1IIUI1l1Ic_,"
ill Ihese processes by advocating more ambitious ways of challenging urbaniza-
June 20, 2003. U.S. EPA Browllfidd omcial web sile. hlll':/Iwww.ep.llluvlbrdwllllel,h/
tion, such as landscape urbanism. archivell'iloLarch.hlm (accessed May 21. 200S); Niall Kirkwood, "Why is There '-II I UIII'
As a stralegy, drosscape provides an avenue for rethinking the role of the Residelltial Redevclopment on Brownfidds! Framillg Issues for l)iiKuMlon.~ I'JIIl," \\'011,
designer in the urban world. Given a constriction of natural and other material jo;,rr Cell/cr for Housing SII"lics (Cambridge. Mass.: Harvard Un;\'enity, IJnuary 2001), \1
2. Danicllkll. Thr Coming (}fPoll./mllfslrial Socicry (New York: Basic Books, 1999); lIa,ry
resources, politicians and developers alike will shift attention to in fill and adap-
BluCl;tone and BenllC\t Harrison, The Orind"l/ria/izmion of AmuicQ (New York: Iluic
tive reuse development. None of this work will be achieved with a unidisciplinary
Boob.. 1982); Stephen Cohen and John Zysman, MQnufQ(/llri"g Mattus: The M)'/h nfllll'
design approach, nor will the site conditions present univalelll environmelllal Pos,.lndllSlrial Ecollomy (New York: Basic Books, 1987); Michaell. Pio... and Charles f.
solutions. All, however, will be affected by countless unconventional adjacencies $;tbe!, The Second /lIdrmrialOjvide (New York: Basic Boob.. 1984).
and unforeseen complex reclamations. 3. S AI~n Berger, C>rosKapr: \\Iasling /..an,1 ill Urban Amwa, (New York: Prinlon
In his crilicism of the scientific world, Bruno Lalour slales that "soon noth- ArchitC'CluralPress.20(6).
<I. Further inspiration for this ('SSly ame from my Sludents ~t Harvard Design School, who
ing, absolutely nOlhing, will be lefl of lal top-down model of scienlific influence."
the raTS h~,"\' expressed dismay and bewilderment al the I~ck of critical discourse on
()\'CT

l"hr mailer of fael of science bKomes mailers of concern of politics. As the topic of urbanism ~nd urbaniution within the profession of I~ndscapc architecture.
Around the world, bndscapc architecture educ:ational VV1ues bck subsl:anti~1 depth con-
~ result, contempor~ryscienlific contro"euies ~reemerging in wh~t
cerning urbaniution.1u a responx- to this problem I ~n offering ~ course at H~rvard
hoo~ bcocn ailed hybrid forums. We used to h~ve two Iypes of reprom-
Design School geared 10000rd studenls in the landscape degrtt programs. now entitled
I~tions ~nd IWO Iypes offorums: 01lC', science ... and ~nolhet" politics .. ~Landscapes of Urbaniulion,~which ~llows students to study regional and local urban
A simple way to chooractCTiu our times is to say thai the two me~nings land issuesfrom~ l~ndscapcarchitC"C1:'sperspc'Cti\"\'.
of representation ha'"\' now merged inlo one, ~round the kq" figure of 5. Edward L Glaeser and J~net E. KDhlhase, -Cities, Regions ~nd the Declinc of Transport
Costs.~ H~rvard Institute of Economic Research, d&ussion ~pcr 2014, (Cambridge.
thespokespC'TSOn."
Mass.: H~f\"ard Un;\"C'rsity, luly 2003), hnp:lfpost.C'Conomics.harvard.eduJhiC"ff
Latour's brilliant elucidalion leads one Oul of the lab to disco"er Ihe cily anew. 2003papersl2003Iist.html.
6. Lars Lerup. -Stim & DfO$S: Rethinking the Metropolis. Illitmblagr 25 (Cambridge, Mus.:
Its composition is pari economics. part science, pari politics, and part specula-
~lITPress.I995),8}-IOO.
tion. This new city is rcconcepwalized from drosscape. As such. il will serve as Ihe
7. Ibid., 88.
stage for the performance of Lalour'S hybrid forum. 8. Lars leTUp, Afrer Iht Cily (Cambridge. Mass.: 1o.tlT Press. 20CXl). 59. See also Lerup, -Slim
Such ripe conscious design attention mirrors natural environments Ihat are &Dross,~8J--IOO.

inescapably marked by waste. The continuous material transformation of Ihe 9. Kny,ulIliS<j"Ui: Life O"t {}f &I"nu. is ~n independent film by Francis Ford Coppola,
Godfrey Reggio, and The Institute for Regional EdllC~lion. Crealed betWttn 1975 and
environment produces dross, and this waste is most profound in the areas of the
1982, Ihe film is ~n apocalyptic vision of the collision of urban life ~nd technology with
highly successful growing organisms and civilizations. Thus dross will always the natural environment.8IImk" (1992)dirted by Ron Fricke.uscsbr.-athtaking mots
accompany growth, and responsible design protocols will always flag such dross from around the world to show the be~uty ~nd deslruction of nature and humans.
as Ihe expanding margin of the designed environment. The energy Ihal goes 10.lIya Prigogine, TIlt ",1 ofCerwin/y (New York: The Free Press, 1996), 189.
into rapid growth, afler populations and civilization reach temporary limits,can II. Joseph A. Schumpcrcr. Cllpi",li~",. Socil/liJ'" atltl De",ocmcy, 3rd ed. (New York: ~ar~r
then be used to refashion and organize Ihe stagnant in-between realm, thus & Row, 1950),81-110. See also Sharon Zukin, u",dsmpes (}fPower (Berkeley: UmwrSlty
o(CaliforniaPress, 1991},41.ZukilldescribcsSchumpetcr's"creati,"C'dcstruClioll~asa
going back like an artisl to touch up Ihe rough parts of an otherwise elegant
~liminal~lalldscape
produclion. Humanity's fantastic growth has inevitably confronted us with 12. Schumpeter, CllpiwliJm. Si"liJm mrd IRm(}(rllCY, 8<1.
commensurate wastelands. Drosscape, the inescapable entropic counlerp1lTt to 13. Valerie Alvord. "Starc Parks SquC'C'lCd. Shut by Budget Woes,~ USA 1'",lay, luly 24. 2002:
evolution and urbanization, far from marking failure, testifies 10 previous suc- Krislcn Mack, "Police, Fire Ucpartments New Budget's Bid Winners," HOl/SIOII Clmll1irlr.
cess and the design challenge for its conlinuance. Siudying how urbanization May 21, 2004; Ralph Rall;,lIi, "Funding UrgL-d 10 Prcscrve E<ology," 8,n/OIr Glow, M,trd'
31,2005.A\sosee~2004ChicagoP"rkOislricthnugctcrisis,parkadvoc"tesre'l"csls"1l1
elegantly co-ops wastes, and reincorporates them in the service of efficiency,
Chicago's Hrdcl'ark-Kenwood CornllllluilyConferen<e P"rks Committec (III'KCC) ~ch
aesthetics and functionality, should be at landscape urbanism's center-which sire, http://www.hydepark.orgiparksJ04budcrisisreqs.hlm (a,cessed June 14.2005); MIke
is, one need hardly emphasize, increasingly where we find drosscape in the real Tobin and Angela Townsend, "Budget Assumes Plat Economy:' in Tile I'lmll Ik'llrr.
urban world.
lanuary28,2004,hllp:/lwww.c1evdaml.conl/budgclcrisirJind{-x.ssf?lbudgetcrisislnlore/ 31. Anl1 0'1'.1. Ik)wm'lll, lind Mich,ld A. 1',lg,1110, '/j'rru Iucell/mla: V,lr/wt 1.<111(1 mill Udum
1075285840190290.l11ml (accessed Junr 14,2(05). StrllfcgirJ (Washinglon, D.C.: Gl'OfgelQwn Universily Press, 2()()~).
14. Ibid. &e also Joy l..lln1.cndorft"r, "Parks and Wrcrk," North Ray &hellJiml, July 3-9, 2003. 32. T/le Amrriom Ikrilagr O;CfIOllnry of t/le EIISlish 1.<1II11U1'1l'" Fourth Edition, (Nt"w York:
Proje<:1 for l>ublicSpaces isan orgal1i~alion lhalcampaignsagainsllandscapt" budg{-l al I-Iooghlon Mifflin Comp;l1lY, 2000).
hUI';}/www.pps.org.A much differenl picture of open spaa' funding is depicled by Tht" 33. &e lared Diamond, u>1I"p~, (New York: Viking Press. 2005), 277-88. Diamond suggests
Trust for Public Land. Sec their LandVole Dalabase at hnp:flwww.lpl.orgitier2_kad.cCm? that different socielies of the world uS(' a boltomup approa.ch 10 d{'"al with environ menial
conlenUlem_id=0&folderJd=2607 (accessed June 14,2005, which re"eaJs lhal the major- problem-solving. His contention is thai the 01051 successful bollom-up approaches tt"nd
ilyofb.allot measurn for"conservalion"ofopen space have pas.sedoverlhelaSI de.:ade. to be in small societics with small amounts of land (such as local neighborhoods) because
IS. Groffrc-y Canlrell, Critics Fear Park Service Headed Down Wrong Path,~ BoSlOn Globf-, more people can see the benefil of working logelher in managing lhe environmenl.
"brch 10.2(05).Fornationalparks,sceSlcphan lovgren, "U.s. Nalional ParksTol dlo 34. See James Corner, -Not Unlike Life Itself. l.andscapc Stralegy Now," Han..,rd Design
Quietly Cut xrvicn," Nnriontll Geogmphic N~ March 19,2004, http;}/news.nalional- Magazin~ 21 (Fall 2003/Winter 2004): J2-3~. Sec also Ralph D. Stacy, Complex Respollsiw
gfflgraphic.comlnews/2004103/0319_040319_p.3r4html (acca.scd May 10,20(5). Proc~in~niult;ons(London,Routledg<,2001).
16. Jeffel'5On Cowie and Jospt'h Heathcotl, cds. &yond rhe Ruins: The Mamings of 35. Bruno Lalour.n.e World Wide Lab,~ Wiral vol. II, no.6 (June 2(03): 147.
Deindusrrinliwrion {Ilhaca: COr....1I Universily Press,2(03),14
17. Ibid. 15.
18. U.s. Census Bureau $l:ate and County Quid:.raet.s, 1998; Georgia Business QuickLinks.
hup:J/quickf~ts.ansus.gov/qfdlslatesll.3OOOlk.html,and Georgia County Busincss
Panems Economic Profile, 1997. and 2001. hllp:J/www.census.gov/epcdlcbp/map/Oldal<ll
lJl999.lxt (bolhaccessed July 22,20(4).
19. Cilyof Philadelphia, ",pilal program office. project, 07-01-4371-99, rcqunl for proposaJ
for pr<>sram managen""'t SCTVicn for demolilion a.nd m",~lation of vaca.nl and deteri-
orating buildings, accessed from Philadelphia Neighborhood TransfollmltH:m Initiati\"C
(NTI), http://www.phila.gov/mayor/jfslma.yorsnlilpdfsINTl_RFP.pdf.March 14,2001.
20. U.S. Dep,art~nl of Dd"mse official ~ ~ite. hup:lfwww.defmselink.millbnc(accessed
JutyI4.20(5).
21.lXa.nE.Murphy.MoI"CCJosingsAMad.Old~\\'ailforHopesI0~Filled;The~
York Times, Ma.y 15. 2005. Seoc. l.p.I;CNN, "EPA:Oosed military ba.ses on lislof"'Orst
loxic ~ites, http-J/www.cnn.comJ200SfTECH/science/05/I!1base.closings.environm.apl
index.html,MaylJ,2005.
22. See nole I-EPA Announccs S73.1 Million in Na.tional Brownfields Grants in 37 Slain and
Seven Trib.al Communities."
n. leon Horlense, "Squening Grn'n OUI of Brownfield o.,,\'dopment," Nmiollal Rtal Estare
1,,<-utor(June 1,2003).
24. See Bro"'nfieJds Tax lnalllive FaCI Sheet, EPA Document Number: EPA SOO-F-01-339,
http://www.epa.gov!brownficldslbftaxinc.htm.
25. Ibid.
26. Soulheast Chicago Dtovelopmenl Commission official websile, hllp:l!www.southeastchica-
go.orglhlml/t"nviro.html (accessed June 18,2(05).
27. Lori ROlenberk, "Chicago Aims 10 Transform Site of Former Steel Mill," The Bostoll Globe>,
May21,2004.
28. Mike Davis. Drllli Cities, (New York: The New Press, 2002), 385-86.
29. Fora fascinatinBeK'lmplc$l.'t'studies (or lhe Ilcrkcley Pit, which isacoppermineinllune,
MOll1ana.xtrcrnophileshavebeendiscoveredthrivingintht"pit'swaler,whichhasan
eXlremclyacidicpH(around2.5103.0).5incelhcscorganismspersistillsuchexlreme
t"nvironmerual adversity, they are considNed bysciell1ists 10 hold dues for curing our
worSI discascs and cnv"olllllcnlal dis'lsters. Sec United Slates Environmenlal PrOlecl,on
Agency, Nalional Risk Management Program, Mine WaSil' lechnology Report on the
J:lcrkcley Pil in Bulle, Moruana. Aai"ity n; projw 10: pit lake syslem-Bi{)logical SIln'ey
of&rkdey Pit Warer, http;/lwww.epa.govldocslORD/NRMRUstd/mtb/annuaI99g.htnl
30. Graham Shane, "The Emergence of L:mdscapt' Urbanism,"' in lhis collection.
The act of excha nge-from ancient trade routes between Asia and
Europe to th~ rapid dissemination of information over the world wide wcb-
has been largely responsibl~ for the articulation of the public realm in the V'/est
since antiquity. The optimization of the act of exchange itself has always been
directly influenced by the forces that deploy it-horses, railroads, the internet-
hence the longstanding relationship between mobility, exchange, and the artic-
ulation of territory. This relationship has existed as far back as th~ Roman
Empire. The map of the Roman viae serves to remind us of the infrastructural
intensity that trade inscribed on its imperial territory, an exchange network that
primarily resulted from the power it held over so much continuous land. In the
middle ages, the great trade routes combined cartographic knowledge with ter-
ritorial control (colonization) in the optimization of the act of exchange, mark-
ing the origins of organized commercial networks by emphasizing the necessity
for both informational expertise and geographic intelligence in the efficient
mobilization of trade between previously disparate areas of the world.'
In the nincleenth-century city, exchange was further enhanced through the
mobili1.ation of labor and technology with the exploitation of railroad trans-
portation, resulting in the explosion of the modern industrial city. Prior to the
standardization of the railroads in England and France, production and con-
sumption were still predominantly regional nents-goods were produced and
exchanged within local geographic areas. The historian Wolfgang Schive1busch
writes, "Only when modern transportation created a definite spatial distance
between the place of production and the place of consumption did goods become
uprooted commodities."l The railroads therefor~ were responsible for the mod-
ern relationship between time, spatial movement, and the value of exchange. In
the twentieth century, exchange engineered the erosion of the urban co~ through
zoning ordinanc~s and the removal of manufacturing and production infra-
structures to peripheral sites more accessible by car and the expanding interstate
highway system.
These exchange networks (Roman, medieval, industrial, and modern) and
their corresponding forces of mobilization (power, geographic intelligence, tech-
nology, and production) are responsible for the material and operational speci-
ficity of territories that have in turn determined the morphology and occupation
of our current urban and exurban landscapes. Over the past quarter-century,
the process, rale, and basis of exchange has been dramatically altered, causing a
corresponding shift in the articulation of territory, or sile.

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JUST IN TIME not only served the function of lhe
At 12:01 am on June 21st, 2003, the commercial event but also visibly,
largest single-day e-commerce dis- politically, and symbolically organ-
tribution e,'ent in history began. It ized their host environment; the
included about 20,000 Federal city. The longevity and fixity of
Express Home Delh'erycontractors these commercial operations over
and FedEx Express couriers; 130 time and their associated typologi-
scheduled FedEx Express nights; cal identity insured an umbilical
thousands of FedEx Express and relationship between trade, public
FIG 2 O~m m~"Ilhe "",,"'OR. tOm ~nd space, and the hierarchical assem-
Fede,~1 E.p,essten,e inwlved inlhe Ground delivery vans; specially
delive.yofHorryPotrerondrheOrdero! orchestrated sort operations at bly of the urban landscape. Save the
",.. PI>o.. nix.J~hJ 2003
FedEx Express and Ground facili- experiment of new forms of urban-
ties to choreograph the transporta- ism in the 1960s, from an architec-
tion of one product, the third book in the l'larry Potter series, Harry Potter a"d tural and planning viewpoint, the
the Order of the Phoenix, directly to the homes of Amazon.com customers on association between trade and the
the first day the book was available to the public. The logistics were complicat- design of public space in the city
ed by the fact that the books could be deli"ered only after offline sales officially centered on the optimal formal and
began Ihat Saturday at 8:00 am. With a twenty-four-hour operation, FedEx and aesthetic consolidation of a single
Amawn capitalized on the 12:01 am deadline, having eight hours of delivery commercial event at a singularly
procedure in operation by the time fans began to line up al local bookstores. specific geographical location, deter-
Leading up to the distribution, Fed Ex companies transported the orders from five mining the interpretation of public
Amazon.com distribution centers located in New Castle, Delaware; Campbellsville site as a fixed goo-functional artifact.
and Lexington, Kentucky; Coffeyville, Kansas; and Fernley, Nevada; to FedEx The processes that organize con-
hubs in Newark, Chicago, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Oakland, and temporary commercial exchange are
not as easily located, interpreted, or FIG 3 Di~llr~m of ,he Roman Forum 1'(0'1,
Anchorage (HG.21; and later onto terminals throughout the country by plane and dl'llramollhemediev.ilOwn01
truck. Extra FedEx Express and Ground personnel conducted specialized sorts contained as their predecessors, and lennep. Ge,many 1--"1; ph010Il,"ph
oIWashinlllOnP~fk.Chicallo.F1ed"ci<
of the Harry POller shipments at each hub and automated sort facilities so that as such the traditional categoriza- LawOlmSled.11l90ilOl TOWl

they could be transported to local terminals for delivery beginning at 8:00 am. tion of the "commercial event" as
For 2,000 years, the organization of public space in the city has by and large a fixed and reciprocal material
been predicated on commercial operations, the logistics of production, and trade exchange-Ihat is, the transfer of something in return for something at a spe-
exchange, which has established an identifiable and corollary typology of pub- cific moment in time at a specific geographic location-is no longer applicable.
lic space: the Roman forum, the medieval plaza, and the nineteenth-century While the sole criteria of exchange-profit-is still seen as the end product of
street. Even the public park of the early modern city was a commercially result- a commercial transaction, be it virtual or real, the act of exchange or hando"er
ant typology, albeit a paradoxical one, in so far as it was born out of an attempt and the process by which it occurs is controlled and determined by a series of
to counteract the effects of industrialization on the urban landscape, as well as inseparable determining factors across multiple disciplines, resulting in the
to further exploit the city's mercantile potential. The public park was as much a multiplication and/or magnification of the S(;ale of the exchange operation. Since
consequence of the promotion of commerce as it was the alleviation of it tFIG.ll. the new processes that mobili~.c and deploy exchange operate through, between,
The relationship between these colllmercial operations (the direct and personal and over multiple sites and disciplines-to the point that urbanism, landscape,
material exchange of goods, money, opinion, or clean air) and their correspon- infrastructure, economics, (md information are now inseparable in terms of
ding morphological articulation was one of logistical facility-the optimal their innuence on the organization of the public realm-they cannot be solely
containment of the exchange itself, as well as the articulation of the macro- defined through or against traditional design conventions, resulting in a diffi-
landscape in which the exchange was located. These familiar typologies therefore culty, therefore, in synthesizing their operations into a new articulation of public

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site(s).' The plasticity of contemporary ecologies of exchange has resulted ill fllxcs from tOlhtituell!' eXIHe,,"\~
the relationship between public space and commrrce progressing from a sitel outrage at the pm\ihilily of WIll III
object relationship to a more organizational one that exists "across" or between Iraq. In the few dJY~ before thl" )IlU
muhiple sites of occupalion.11 is in acknowledging this shift from "at" (singular) may h;l\'e receiv('<i an email de'>lnh
to "across" (plural) sile(s), that our uncertainty with the inlerpretation and ter- ing the campaign that had Illore th,ln
ritorial articulalion of these new processes will be alleviated. II is within this one million Americans nooJ the
momentary conundrum-architture's deficiency to decode, interpret, and syn- Washington offices of their elected
thesize the operalions of contemporary fluid ecologies of exchange and its sub- representatives with anliwar mes-
sequenl inability 10 strategize a territorial resolution across site rather than at sages, electronically timed so as to
site-thaI this essay is located. The scripts documented in this essay attempt to avoid phone lines jamming. The
identify Ihese new processes of exch,mge, to decode the logic behind their oper- "Virtual March on Washington" was
ationaltactics, and to anticipate a material or performative occupation of the organized by America's largest anti-
landscape resulting from these operational tactics.' war movement, MoveOn.org, a com-
The success of the operational criteria of the aforementioned Harry Potter pany comprised of four employees
delivery can be empirically determined by the proximity with which each Amaron operating from a single room on
customer received its pre-ordered copy of the book to the 8:00 am launch time, West 57th Street in New York City.
FIG.4 MoveO''''''I.WinWi'l'\ouIWa,-campa'l:n.ZO03
the "delivery window." Maximum efficiency-instantaneous exchange-would MoveOn has over two million par-
suggest a zero delivery window, or at least one with minimal delay, such that in ticipants worldwide and has raised
lin ideal world space and time within the commercial landscape arc both com- millions of dollars from private and corporate donations. In late 2002 the fringe
pressed to and calibrated in nanoseconds. The relationship between FedEx underground internet organization exploded onto the media with a series of
(organizlHional space) and mobility (delivery time) is exponentially propor- emails urging collective participation in high-profile global peace marches and
tional to the performance of the information system that guides the network candlelight vigils. In addition, MoveOn embarked on a series of advertising pro-
operation. In fact, an increase in mobility (the output of Ihe space/time rela- posals supporting the UN weapons investigation in Iraq IFlC.41. MoveOn's "flash
tionship) is neither related to the form nor speed of the mobility itself-a FedEx campaigns" were spontaneous initiatives, organized on short notice, comprised
cargo jet plane can only go so fast-but is determined by both the sophistica- of emails with seemingly impossible deadlines for either e'ent organization or
tion and synchronization of the controlling information network ISEE FIC. 11. Max- COntribution assistance-yel MoveOn never once missed an intended publicity
imum efficiency within "just-in-time" protocol is therefore defined not by target. On March 9th, 2003, Ihe Nn\' York Times Magazim: featured an article by
mobility in the literal sense but by the mobility of information. The resources George Packer titled "Smart Mobbing the War," and detailed MoveOn.org as "the
required for the Harry Pofter deli,'ery ",'ere negligible compared to the pre-deliv- fastest-growing protest movement in American history....
ery choreography, the assembly of data and transport conditions with highly The ease with which MoveOn mobilizes spontaneous collective responses to
specialized software and a highly complex deployment. The accumulation of specific political events within a limited time frame enables it to nol only"cap-
deployment procedures creates a highly complex landscape involving the scale ture Ihe energy of the moment better at the moment'" but enables it to maxi-
and complexity of an intermodal operation. Clearly the public square will not mize its limited resources, financially and logistically, across the largest possible
cope. The resources deployed to engage multiple points of exchange at the same field of play. Remaining flexible across its entire network yet strategically deploy-
time, or within a very short time lag, illustrates Ihat the scale of commercial ing highly specialized exchanges at opportune moments (such as peace march-
exchange relative to "place" has been dramatically refigured, a result of how the es in Washington, D.C., candlelight vigils, or an airline banner at the 2003 Super
mobilization of information affects the way in which exchange is deployed across Bowl) is its operational strategy. As an economic model, it is superlative in terms
site, rather than the act of the exchange itself-the handover of a children's book. of streamline efficiency, perfecting the pursuit of maximum effect with minimal
deployment. In this they directly contradict the operational criteria of Fed Ex,
VIRTUAL MARCH which deploys with minimal impact. MovcOn operates in real time: the spacel
On Feb. 26th, 2003, the Democratic Senator for California, Dianne Feinstein, time interval is compressed almost to the point where it does not exist, as it nim-
deployed six members of staff to deal with 40,000 incoming calls, emails, and bly adjusts to unanticipated external events without compromising its overall
the earnings 10 the entire intt'rnatiOllal criminal network. Unlike ulher rlllllt'
ba~d trades, such as drug trafficking, where established hler;lrlhil,lll.,lrld~ .lre
run by only a few bosses, the human trafficking net"orb br.llkel the Illlkrent
phases of the transit route and subcontract the work out to local tOlll!lanIC\,
much like multinational corporate structures. Both the resilience lUld at the
same time the flexibility of trafficking networks have thus made them virtually
undetectable and as a result the world's fastest growing criminal cntcrprise. The
nctwork is therefore both highly specialized and fragmented, a necessity for sur-
vival, so as to remain flexible to resist infiltration by police and customs officials.
Human trafficking is an example of a network that is highly resilient, but
unlike MoveOn its resilience is not the result of the consolidation of control by
a few persons able to mobilize high-performance decision-making in a short
period of time, but conversely due to its fragmentation and dispersion of con-
trol across a larger field of activity, enabling critical adjustments to be made
along the trajectory oflhe exchange process that ensures the survival of the net-
FIG.5 X-,"", tun 01 sh,pp... conta,ne, '" trans" w,lII illepl ,mm'l,ams a, I bof<le'chkpoon'
work in the event that volatile or contingent events such as security checks or
border controls threaten the transit route. The non-hierarchical parcelingofter-
ritorial control makes it nimble and resilient. The materialization of the exchange
agenda. It is therefore a highly contingent landscape-in fact, the more contin- often mutates depending on the local forces in play at each particular exchange
gent the circumstances, the more effective its response. That a corporation of location as it alters in response to outside forces along the way. It accommodates
two million shareholders can not only capitalize but proliferate under volatility diversion and continuous adjustment not because it is ambiguous and neutral
in the marketplace is an interesting phenomenon. It is a reality made possible by with respect to its environment but because it has many optional sub-organiza-
information systems and infrastructure that can freely and hospitably navigate tions or phases within that cnable it to be multi responsive to sitc. [t capitalizes
multiple transformations. MoveOn's strategy is to have no strategy Unli! a high- on geography, while MoveOn and Federal Express deny it. Finally, it exemplifies
ly specific critical momenl occurs and one is created. how the accumulation of local exchange has global consequences since subse-
quent exchanges within the system can only occur depending on the success of
HUMAN EXCHANGE the previous exchange, and that micro-events at a detail-scale when multiplied
On June 18th, 2000. fifty-seven Chinese immigrants suffocated in a lorry on its across a larger field of operation have global significance.
way by ferry from Zeebrugge, Holland, to Dover, in the south of England, after
it was discovered that a thirty-three-year-old Dutch truck driver, who was since FOUR ARTICULATIONS OF NETWORK ANO TERRITORY
charged with manslaughter and jailed for fourteen years, had deliberately shut J. Cotlisive Sites and Piggyback Programming
off the only air vent to StOP noise from filtering out. Most of the victims had Exchange networks that depend on simultaneous large-scale deployment over a
paid upward ofS20,000 to "snakehead" gangs who nelled over SI.2 million from wide field of play colonize territory that enables maximum mobilization as well
the human cargo. The trucker's cut was S500 for each passenger. Criminal net- as an amplification of exchange across other networks-i.e. territory that facil-
works in Beijing, in cooperation with snakehead gangs in Budapest together itates interactivity or high collision. High-speed infrastructural netv.'Orks such
secure false passports with Hungarian entry visas for would be emigrants who as distribution hubs. airports. rail yards, highway interchanges, and inter-modal
are charged $9,000 up front and are put on an Aeroflot plane to Budapest. There, facilities are natural collisive sites. Collisive territories tend not to occur acci-
the emigrants rest before boarding a truck that takes them to the Austria- dentally but instead accumulate upon each other over time and arc commonly
Hungarian border, where they walk across the mountains to a remote location coincident to preexisting sympathetic conditions such as infrastructure, geo-
before being ushered into another truck and transported to a port somewhere graphical features, natural resources, and program; that is. they reconfigure and
on the North Sea [FIC. 51. On arrival in England the emigrant's family in China magnetize existing topography rather than develop it from scratch. Exchange is
pays the balance of the money to the local gang, who then distributes a share of thus multiplied and accumulated across multiple networks that occupy these
FIGB R nhlliandcommfftialdwelopmenl FIG.9Sc",p"oll.i,pon.AmsI.~m
a' nceLllndPort.leus

The temporary refugee base in Sangalle exemplifies an unanticipated reac-


tionary landscape, an unintended occupation of territory that emerges as a reac-
tion to a particular collisive context, such that it is not a self-organizing
flG.6"'oftlWnps.. a..nntl~llW FIG.7P11ol~oIllWinleraoltIW,,1rO occupation of the landscape but proliferates at the discretion of external forces
pons 01 s....pUt and fo&SI""" and fnl'" Red Cross.ri"R" <:amp at Sanptu.
lI1tC""n..... l..n"'lf1)Ult ... bel~n
already in place. In the case of Sangaue, the emergence of the camp is coinci-
dent to a series of the following preexisting physical, political, and geographic
accumulations: the recent termination of the Euro Tunnel across the English
collisive sites, suggesting a larger scale of transfer or inter-exchange at a specific Channel; the faCl that the French border police were known not to check for-
moment in time. It is in these moments, where excessive accumulation of eigners because it was easier to turn a blind eye and aid them to leave French
exchange already prevails, that design possibilities emerge, staging opportuni- territory than to let them accumulate on French soil; with fierce competition
ties for public space and other programmed landscapes that can further occupy between ports on the North of France, too many checkpoints would slow down
these sites with activities and events other than those that were originally intend- both ships and trains out of Calais, thus slowing trade operations; Calais's geo-
ed. These arc parasitical landscapes that both react to and exploit the territorial graphical location, at the narroweSI point on the English Channel, logically
accumulation already in place. Occasionally an eccentric, unintended reactionary made it a destination for asylum-seekers hoping to cross to England; and final-
landscape emerges. ly, the accumulation of multiple low-cost transport systems (rail, road, and sea)
On September 24th, [999, the French government, in association with the facilitated many route options for the emigrants, such that if one passage route
Red Cross, opened a selliement camp a half-mile from the seaside town of failed then another was quickly opened. No wonder Sangatle became known as
Sangatte, near the port town of Calais, on the French side of the channel tunnel, the "waiting room for England."
to cater to immigrants who collected there while they planned their passage to From a planning point of view, the question therefore arises whether there
England either with the help of local smugglers via truck or ferry transport, or is a way to predict and orchestrate the progressive accumulation of preexisting
through the tunncl by attempting to jump on the freight trains as they slow collisive sites in advance of the emergence of unintended and rcaClionary occu-
down to enler the tunnel or running through the tunnel's twenty-five-mile p:ltion, so that the less intentional spatial operations-which arc often the most
length between trains IFIG.61. The camp consists of an old 25,OOO-square-meter spatially prowKative, as illustrated above, can in some way be more appropri-
storage warehouse, retrofitted with prefabricated metal sheds with the addition ately staged. Opportunistic development strategies for the optimization and
of tents in the adjacent ground IFIG. 71. In total seven hundred beds were provid- preparation of preexisting accumulaled sites of exchange over time provides a
ed. A staff of thirty-five manage the camp, which also includes minimal servic- potential opportunity for collaborations within the design, landscape, and eco-
es: a clinic, laundry, showers, and toilets. Two hundred kilometers away in Lille, nomic communities. For example, the exchange protocols out of which Alliann'
2,400 meals a day are prepared and transported to Sangatte, where they are heat- Land Port, a highly collisive site thaI merges industry, distribution, and trans-
ed up and sened. Every afternoon at approximately four o'clock, dozens of camp portation systems in Texas, has now spawned housing and commercial initiatives
residents leave for the coast, in the hope of finding night passage to England. to the point Ihat it is a fully independent urban landscape over and above its
initial programming incentive as a disnibution hub in the southwest IflC, 81.'
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam exemplifies how increased programming options
that accommodate both local inhabitants as well as passengers invigorates the
airport not only as a site for global transportation exchange but also for other
forms of local commercial and cultural exchange that both relocates as well as
reinterprets the occupation of public space lAC. 'I. Collisive territories of exchange
therefore not only erode traditional design approaches with respect to public
real estate but have become instrumental in a new arliculation of local and
national landscapes, bankrupting traditional typological organizations of place
and becoming the lIew magnets of economic, social, and cultural occupation.
Silicon Valley in California, Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, the Ranstaad in Holland,
The Rhurgebeit in Germany, and the Blue Banana that incorporates land from
Liege in Belgium to Milan in the North of Italy, provide additional examples of
collisive territories that have begun to cultivate new piggyback territories at the
continental and global scale.

2. Surface Accumulation
Exchange-deploying networks expand operation by increasing their own
resources to mobilil( interchange within or across their trajectories. This docs
not include a direct expansion of territory or real estate at anyone location but
the appropriation and organization of themselves across territory, as opposed to
previous forms of territorial expansion that were more specifically articulated,
such as the addition, infiU, or the retrofit of preexisting typologies of space that
occurred either by superimposition-the location of the medieval plaza on the superstructure (building form), previously the critical (formal and aesthetic) com-
site of the Roman forum illustrates how expansion was deployed vertically ponent of public landscape, is eroded, with investment and attention directed
through layers sequentially supplanted on each other over time-or through instead to the territory in its midst-not territory as in external environment or
addition-the enlargement of an existing superstructure on a specific site. Con- residual space, but territory as a highly charged organizational landscape. High-
temporary exchange networks instead have the tendency to procure a more performance territory therefore becomes more critical in terms of providing the
phased articulation across territory 10 accommodate the multiple intersections necessary logistical functions required to resource the cxchange network, while
that are now indispensable to their operational success, as much to serve their the traditional superstructural back-up provisions either recede or collapse into
own internal points of interchange as well as those with, between, and across this territory as an embedded logistical layer or dissolve altogether. These orga
other points of collision. This new articulation of territory is not formally site- nizationalterritories, which are just as resilient as the exchange ecologies Ihey
specific but instead encompasses the coordination of material connections via attempt to host, therefore ha\'c new value, not necessarily in terms of location-
transportation infrastructures and virtual connections through automated trans- geography or real eslate-as was the case in previous typological precedents,
fers and communication systems across larger areas of operation. Thus, the but in their topological resilience to the variables that work across Ihem-infra-
development and striation of territory includes a greater emphasis on perform- structure, information, environmentalism, and so forth. The articulation of site
ance and organization, such that it has become a valuable high-performance thus presupposes an organizational rather than aesthetic approach, where dL'Sign
membrane-a composite that operates both as information receiver, infrastruc- sensibilities that favor performance and operational efficiency subordinate tra-
ture, and superstructure, but at the saille time is none of these alone and so falls ditional compositional excellence. Material specificity results from process and
between traditional typological and morphological perceptions of space. It is a operational flows across site rather than formal composition at site, redirecting
subscape, a territory that structures/serves/hosts multiple possibilities of inter- architectural intervention away from aesthetics and formal indulgence to designs
change and occupation across its organization. The significance therefore of that merge temporal pallerns of connectivity with the logistics of operational
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taClia that do not suffer Ihe damage resulting from multiple adjustments and
f1uctualions over time. A territory that hosls a high-tech suburban office park is 3. Weak Geography
an accumulaled surface Iype. since parking. lighting, greenery, recreation, and In more tradilional trade routes and organizations.lhe articulation of the urban
water in Ihe form of reservoirs that collect surface water runoff from the exten- landscape was facilitaled by capturing the momenl at which the poin! of opli-
sive asphalted zones. organiu Ihe top layer of the landscape. while sophisticated mal exchange occurred: Ihe handover. Today Ihe articulalion of lerritory is by
telecommunication systems embedded within serve an inlerior landscape Ihal way of accommodating Ihe processes of the exchange, or Ihe deployment of the
is demarcated primarily wilh e1aborale office furniture systems Ihal interface handover. If previously the poinl of exchange in a commercial operalion was
with the informalion-embedded eXlerior landscape via a raised-access floor sys- considered the oplimal expression of Ihat operation, hence its concretization
tem, itself an intelligent surface that is jusl as Siriated as its exterior counterpart, formally and symbolically in the landscape. contemporary ecologies of com-
the only difference being the replacement of rolled sod with commercial grade mercial exchange place minimal emphasis on the handover itself; success instead
carpet tiles. Enclosureon this synthetic indo-ell:o surface accumulalion is a mere is determined by the efficiency and optimization of the process of the handover.
dumb skin, having minimal impact on the performance of the entire landscape Adjustments and switches along the exchange route are thus minimized, for
except to serve environmental shelter. Large-scale edge-of-city retail, produc- they are considered the weak or porous moments in the network. The opera-
tion plants with mechanized transfers, and handling facilities adjacent to rail and tional criteria of a sophisticated ell:change system is to minimize stoppage and
highway infrastructures, also provide examples of accumulated surface space, keep the exchange deployment seamless-that is, the most mobilized deploy-
although with less potential for public appropriation [FIGS. 11).. 111. Public space ment process should have zero points of adjustment to make along its trajectory,
that negotiates complex urban infrastructures such as subterranean parking, or be so flexible th(lt its fluidity is not compromised by the adjustment. Captur-
with sophisticated lighting and drainage systems and variable soil types embed- ing those moments where the processes that manufacture and deploy the
ded within its mass and surface programs above, as in Chicago's Millennium exchange necessitate stoppage, adjuSllllel1t, or interchange, either across an indi-
Park or the numerous hybrid connective topographies that bridge residential vidual operation or in convergence with another, mark opportunistic momel11S
and commercial districts across Barcelona's ring road, also constitute new urban for design intervention that can yield unique programmatic possibilities. These
acculllulated surface typologies IFiGs. lJ.lt!. weak moments in the network's trajectory often have their own real estate and
culture. (ommerce, and distribution-or, and of ~1X'(lh( IIltere,t, the merger
between communication systems and IlOlitic.s and the sub')C(IUent '1II1ult,lnctlu~
global articulation of site, as seen in the anti-war protests ,Ind (,lndlclight vigils
orchestrated by MoveOn.org and their affiliated orgalli/lLtioll~ in many lilies
throughout the world during the American invasion of IrJq. Such shonlived
articulation of territory dependant on the interplay between many different lay
ers of information results in yet another operative articulation of site. Sites of
collective exchange where individuals assemble and find self-expression in spe-
cific communal practices that represent their individual social, political, and
cultural beliefs is greatly facilitated by the increased sophistication of commu-
flCiISNotorSo<vCeP!lu ......IlOKTri.swe fTCi.16Dtmope<Ilou$.i"C aclJX""'I'O nication technologies that have helped organiu' a merger between public expres-
lol""'!I(lloulel.294I.ltinsdale.m,nOlS h'2hw"'!I,nHinsdalt1""1; s,udem
houSlniwIlhmh'2hw'ybanier sion and private purpose into a tribal appropriation of the landscape. Of related
w.1IinU"ech'.fTolI.ndby Koen interest is the spinoff and reactionary mergers between different exchange sys-
".n 'klstn I"''')
tems, for example, the channel tunnel built as a high-speed link for \,'eahhy
Europeans that simultaneously became a secret passage for refugees desperate to
provide markers that identify the system and can be exploited to present new make it to England, or the practice of responding to instructions via mobile text
spatial opportunity, such as programmatic possibilities adjacent to and along messaging, known as "tlash mobbing," that results in the instantaneous mobi-
transportation infrastructures-a highway rest stop for commuters and com- lization of a large number of persons to a particular location for a specific event
mercial truckers on long-haul distribution routes, innovative housing infill on at a particular moment in time, merging the impact of technology and the occu-
residual verges alongside highway corridors II"IGS-IS.161-or the remediation of pation of public space. Territory is thus organized less compositionally than it is
industrial brownfidds for public and commercial de\'clopment or the reappro- nomadically, whereby temporal adjustments define the nature of the territory
priation of landfill sites for recreation. Establishing fertile real estate in the rather than specific context.
exploitation of weak and underused territory has recenlly become prevalent in
the airline industry that has capitalized on the exploitation of weaker points of CONClUSION
exchange as an economic response to the escalating traffic and landing fees at Familiar typologies of space evolve through lime. They only arise after the opti-
major international hubs. Ryan Air, Europe's most noted low-cost airline, has mization of a certain event and remain in place until such time when newoper-
maximized its profits and destination routes by landing in national cites previ- ations take over and cause their reorganization, rendering them obsolete. The
ously considered of minor consequence such that their route map of Europe complexity of the exchange process and its intense mobilization across site has
constitutes destimllions previously ignored or unheard of. Now, rather than enter- resulted in an interrogation of what, up until fifteen years ago, we safely consti-
ing France through Paris, the gateway is Beauvais, over seventy-five miles away; tuted as the public realm. As designers, we embrace the opportunities that offer
rather than fly to Venice, one disembarks at the peripheral town of Trevisio; and speculation on how these processes continue to challenge our disciplinary con-
instead of Stockholm, Goteborg becomes Sweden's low-cost air hub. Peripheral ventions and our professional response as \Ote anticipate new possibilities for the
underused geographic areas that may previously have only retained local or urban landscape and a new context through which "public" exists. Landscape
national recognition are now global transportation gateways on the international urbanism is not merely a discussion 011 the design of new lerritorial morpholo-
travclloop. The commercial predisposition to ignore and resist the development gies that merge infrastructure, commerce, and information systems, but the
of poor real estate is now dissolved with the circumstances of a new commercial exploration of their social, political, and cultural impact in a reinterpretation of
climate bringing e<:anomic and design potential to new wnes of influence. public space, wherever and whatever that may be.

4. Territorial Mergers
All the above examples describe the importance of mergers and collaborations, NOles
whether it be an economic merger, as seen between Amazon and Federal I. Th~ gcogr.ophcr ~nd 5OCi~llhfflriSi D~vid Harwy. in his book, TkCorldirillrlllf
Express-a cross-disciplinary merger that included thc interplay of technology, Poslmo</~Trlilr (Cambridge, England: BI~ckwell Publishen Ltd" 1990), makes rcfe~n"

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10 comm~KiaIIlC'IW(HU of th~ mnIl~>q1 p<'riod 10 his diliCu~on of th~ rdallon~hlp stratCllcally IOQted on 8,)00 acrn of raw land ou1!1dc Fort Wurth, leu' It ... ~. Ikwlul>l
Ix"twct'n mon~y, time, and SI);lC~, and Ihe multlllg arllculatlon of po...~r in 5OCidy. Of by Ross l'crot.lr.asan IOternationaltransportatlOn ,k"elol'lIlentlhlocd anand the lnl~
particular interest is his r~fercnce to tW(l books, Oa~id S. l..andt'$, R~"oluri"" ill Tim~.' grationofjuSI.ill'lil1lc(IIT)rmlntl facturing,groun(llranSP Ort;'li"n,~ndlll"h'lll"1 t,e1llht
al,d hosts m:lIlY of the countries largesl corporations, such as J(; I'enny ~lId I edcr~l, I W,e,s.
Clocks umlllle Mukillg of llll~ Mod~r1I 1I'0rlil (Cambridge, Ma55,: Belknap Press, (983) and
Alliance is a highly planllC'd coincid~nce and now cncon'p.aSKS more Ihall ~I~IY h,t' )<!ual"t'
lacquC$ le Goff, Timt', 1\0rA: mrd Culture in Iht Mit/Ilk Ago', trans. Arthur Goldhammer
(Chicago: Univcl'5ity of Chicago Press, 1980). Bolh discus.s lhe relationship bnwa'n lrad~ miles of infrastructure and d~t'lopmcnl.
and spalial movcmenl in commeKial organir.ations of thc mffiil'Vll1 pt'Tiod and the sub$<.'
quent allaching ofpriu to tr~nsported goods by merchant traders that S<'r~d to initiate
a quantifiable relationship !)t,tween time, spac~, and money. In addition. u Goff makC$
further rderence 10 Landes's tat to describe th~ importance of cartographic inlellig~nce
and miliury ~ndeaVQrs in the sUCCUJ of ~arly mnIiev;lltradc:. Good maps. he wrilt'$,
wcrc paid for in gold, thus c~panding the measurable relationship of time and space to
include information.
2. Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Tht' Rllilway }ournt'y: Tht' Illdustrialization ofTimt IlIJd SpaCl in
1M 19th Cenlury (lkrkcky: Univusily of California Press, 1986). Schivcllbusch's comments
recall Karl Mar~, who wrote in Grundri_, Foundlllions of/he Cririqllt' of PoIilical fronomy
(London: Pelican Marx Library, (1857) 1973):kThis locational mo\"('ment_the bringing
oftheproducttothemarket,whichisan~essaryconditionofitscirculation,exctptwhen
the point of production is the markct-could be mor~ pr~iscJy regardffi as the lransfor
mation of the produci inlo a commodity.~
3. See AI~jandro Za~ra Polo's arlicl~, kOrd~r OUI of Chaos: The Material Organizalion of
Ad""nced Capitalism,~ in uThc Periphery,~ ed. J. Woodroff" D. P~pa, and l. MacBurnie,
special issue, Archittcwral Dnigll, no.. lOll (l994): 25-29, for his discussion on how tradi
tional comm~rcial modds of production producffi typological urNn topographia that
wcre ktm1ric lk1erminations,~ i.e., fixed and thus mcasurabk spaces, while fluid S)'1I~ms.
i.e.,thoscproccsscsthatdellnelate-capilalist produclion since the 1960s, produceanolher
sp<'Cies of space that is not typological but instead in~olves the reorganization of the urban
topography into unarticulatffi op<'Tatiolls and ("Vents, which he terms khrbrids~-complex
programm.aticaccumulaliollslinkcdtogclher.
4. Sa- Kclkr EaI~rling, Organizalion Spare: lAndscapn HighWrlYS Qlld Howsn in Jl.muica
(Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999). In her introduction, Easterling describes a method
ologywhereby the dcscription of episodic CVl:'nts {often eccentric ones) are exploited to
disp<'1 convcntional cullliral myths through the usc of what she terms ks.pin.~ The kspin~
operates to dispcl or explain these myths. yet thcmscJvcs become scholarly arlifaeu in
the discussion. My own accounts of fcoderal Express, MO\'COn.org, and human trafficking
inthisessayareinfluenccdbyF.asterling'smcthod,asthcyallempttore\"eal larger issues
allendant to contemporary commercial networks and to make S<'nsc of their spatial and
material conscquencC$. Sa- Qaudia H. Deutsch kPIancs, Trucu and 7.5 million Packages:
Fed u's Big Night; New )orA: Times, Dec~mbcr 21, 2003; s also ~fcodEx Rc~ to Deliver
Harry Poller Magic Direclly to ThoulKIllds of Amaron.com Customers; ",'WWJcdex.comJ
usJmcdiaupdatel,html?link=4, June 20th 2003. (accesscdAugust 2(03).
5. Gt'(lrge l'acker, kSmart Mobbing the War,~ New York Times "'agazine, March 9, 2003. Sa-
hllp:lfqucry.nylimcs.comlscarchlrcslrictcdlartick?rcs=F20l114F7l4S80C'7A8CDDAA084
(acccsscdAugust2003).
6. Ibid., 36.
7. On Sangalle and the Channel Tunnel, see Peter Landesman, "The Light al the End of the
ChunllC'l,~ New YorA: TimN Magazine. April 14,2002. See also www.5OCiClyguardian.co..ukJ
asylumSkcrsiSloryfo,7991 ,433654,00.hlml (accessed April 2001); www.gisli.orgfdocl
actions/20001sangalle/synlhcsc.m.html. (acasscd April 2001); and www.linrone.n~t1
telcgraphl200lf02J20fnewslthe_38.html (accessed April 20(1). Al1ianc~ is a land port

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"'Tlhe emphasis in the future must be, not upon speed and
immediate practical conquest, but upon exhaustiveness,
inter-relationship and integration. The coordination and
adjustillent of our technical effort ... is more important than
extravagant advances along special lines, and equally extrav
agant retardations along others, with a disastrous lack of bal-
ance between the various parts."

-Lewis Mumford-

Asphalt may be among the most ubiquitous yet invisible materials in


the North American landscape :FIG.ll.' Its scale and form practically render
impossible the conception of it as a single bounded system, yct its funClion
depends precisely upon the singular continuity of a horiwntal surface. High-
ways, terminals, illterchanges, offramps, medians, sidewalks, and curbs arc such
pervasive components of the built environment that they are often ovrrlooked
as influential characteristics of contemporary culture in North Ameria.' These
seemingly disconnected elements form a distinctly engineered operating system
that supports a multitudc of regional processes and generates a wraith of con-
temporary programs, many of which lie outside of the conventional axioms of
European-influenced theories of urban design and planning. How then do we
account for and articulate tnr logic of urbanism in North America? An exami-
nation of the synthetic processes of contemporary urbaniZ3tion may shed some
light on this question and its potentials for contemporary landscape practice!
Recently, the discourse surrounding landscape urbanism has emerged in
North America to elaborate upon the role of landscape in many architects' and
urbanists' thinking on tne contemporary city. Several authors have recently
attempted to articulate the logic of North America's spatial structure as a way of
understanding contemporary urbanization. Architect and theorist Stan Allen, for
example, compares the evolution of the North American urban landscape to "a
radical horizontal urbanism ... developed as a vast, mat-like field, where scattered
pockets of density are knit together by high-speed, high-volume roadways."'Alex
Wall, an architect and urbanist, refers to this transformation as "the extensive
reworking of the urban surface as a smooth continuous matrix that effectively
binds the increasingly disparate elements of our environment together."

240 PIERR 8~LANGER


aspelll> that are gaining increasing allcntiun by the pr,l\.tl~(" ~rll~\lI,lle.llhrUlltth
the prism of landscape urbanism.

PRECONOITIONS
The history of urbanism in North America starts in lhe mud.' Well hefore the
advent of oil, steam, or coal, or the invention of the airplane, lhe lrain, or Ihe
automobile, America was ch'lIacterized more or less by an agoni1illS IInevell
ness, a topography primarily composed of potholes and rUls thai did very lill1c
but pose as obstacles to regional mobility and communication iFtG. Jl. Modern
industTialization ....ould soon dismantle the resistance sustained for so long by
the environmental medium of mud, dust, and darkness. Slowness, the agoniz-
ing paradigm of the nineteenth-century landscape, quickly gave way to speed,
the essence of modernity. Henry Adams, no less, described this state of arrest-
ed development at the end of the nineteenth century:
AOlerka is required to cooslrucl,witl1out delay,atle~sttl1reegreatroods
and canals, each 5<'nral l1undred miles long, across mountain ranges,

FIG l IJSRou'~ '1.1911 through a country nol ye1 inhabited, to points wtlere no great markds
a;isled_~thisunderconslanlperiloflosingl1erpolilicalunion,whi<b
oould llOI t"o~n by such connections be with certainty secure .... Iklwtm
At the smaller scale, a growing number of authors are discussing the influ- 80$10'1 and New York is a tokrable highway, along which, Ihrice a week,
ence of material technologies on the conditioning of the urban surface, under- lightstag~oaches carry passengers and tile mail, in tl1rec day$. From New
stood as a landscape. Again, Allen is instructive, articulating the role of synthetic York a stagecoach SlarlS cvery weekday for Philaddpl1ia, consuming tile
surfaces of landscape as to the materiality of urbanism. "[Tlhe surface in land- greatcr paTl of two days in tile journey, and the rmld belween Paulus
scape is always dislinguished by its material and its performative characterislics," Hook, Itle modern Jersey City, and Hackensack is declared by the news
he writes. "Slope, hardness, permeability, depth and soil chemistry are all vari- papersin 1802 to be as badasanyolher pari ofltle roulebetwecn Mainc
ables thaI influence the behavior of surfaces.... One of the most underrepresent- and GeQrgia .... In the Northern Slale$, four miles an hour is lhe aVffagc
ed materials, and one deserving of greater allention, is asphah, which may be speed for any roach betwn Baongor and Baltimore. Beyond 1M PoIOrnx
among the most important materials in the history of North American urban- theroadsbc<:omeSieadilywoT'Soe,untilsoulhofPetersburgt"o"CTl Itle mails
ization. Though the history of this material predates Ancien! Rome, one exam- are carried on horSl'back. 1O
ple of lhe topic's more recent cultural relevance can be found in its inclusion
The slate of the roads described by Adams was indiclltive of a slate of geograph-
in the 2003 Milan Triennale wilh an exhibition curated by Mirko Zardilli titled
ic and civic emergency. A letter from the League of American Wheetman by Isaac
"Asfalto." With visual acumen, Zardini's installalion examined lhe synthet-
B. Polter in 1891 outlines the economic imperative:
ic allributes of this usually gray surface by uncovering the historical, technical,
cultural, and visual layers of the mundane material "commonly considered an 1lteUnited Statcs is tM only country in lhe world, assuming to be pro-
undesired yet necessary skin.'" gr6Si,~, lhal is so poorly prori<kd with highways; thallheir condition is
The ultimate impact of this material on the built realm would not be fully a sourcc of amaa-menl to the fomgner. showing by a series of pictures of
inscribed across the North American landscape until the advent of the twentielh the splendid roods ofGcrmany, Fnnce 8< Italy, and other European couo-
century. No olher material has been found 10 be so flexible and so adaptable, tries. and by way of contrast, somc typical pictures o(lhe lines ofst icky
capable of absorbing so many functions, enabling so many uses, and producing mud,withrutshub_dcepalcertainseasons'thalgobytbenamcofcoun-
so many effects. This singular material innovation, coupled with the reflexive try roads, in the most populous and prosperous SlateS of the Union."
mechanisms it supports, can be traced back as the source of some of the most
generic and ubiquitous aspects of the North American landscape today-those
FROSlA(T10N
What differentiated the North American situation from the European context
most fully was frost. With mild winters, no European surface was ever exposed
to permanent cycles of freezing and thawing. which by and large destroyed dirt
highways. Water could therefore be used as the primary binding and com-
paction agent in European road construction. But a more resilient material was
required to combat the swampy, muddy surface of the New World, one that
would be capable of withstanding deep-freeze cycles of nonhern temperate cli-
mates and was more robust than the inferior European techniques. Charles
Goodyear had already developed the perfc<:t paving material as early as 1844-
vulcanized rubber, a confection that could be heated without melting or cooled
without cracking-but the material would ultimately prove too expensive for
the scale and the scope of an intercontinental highway enterprise." Asphalt
came to the rescue of an economy that was anxiously awaiting a drier, smoother
future. Cultural historian Jeffrey T. Schnapp describes the paradox of asphalt as
an urban catalyst in European cities: FI(;.llritMC""unen\.JIMol",(~1919

Asphalt rrupl$ on the KOll' of modernity to redeem the world of ind~


tryOflhe banes of friction and dust. Dust douds ha~ bttn around since
of the New World-a continent more than a hundred times the size of
thebe!inningoftime. But lhe c();J.ching re"olution of the nineteenth
Scotland-where issues of scale and operational logistics superseded issues of
century transformed them inlO signifieTs of accderated l1lO\'mll'nt long
material quality and resource availability. De Smedt's technique also meant that
before the appearance of the stream or motion lines thaI "'Quid indicale
the surface could be engineered according to types of vehicles and volumes of
velocity in twentieth century cartooning and graphiQ. Oust ,,-as also what
traffic flow for a range of topographical conditions. His 1870 patent describes
ditTeremialed driverpassengcl"$ from pcdcstrians, Ihe enfranchiscd from
the mat-like technique with technical precision:
thedisenfranehiscd,wilhin Ihl'conl<)ul"$ofa nalion-state now definoo
asatrmlspQrlationgrid .... DustwaslhcpollulanloflheninctcclI1hcen- [T]he surface Oil which Ihe road Qr pavemenl i$10 be laid is properly
lury.Asl,h;lltcalllelolherescuc.llelI'3nOOupspced." gradcdand I firstpula lhill layer of hot sand upon il,aboul halfan inch
in thicknl$S, and upon this layer of sand I pUI a layer or hot sand and
asphalt, thaI which was previously mi~ed, under a compar,ltively mod-
SURFACE ECONOMIES
eratl' degrl'e of heat, this lasl laYl'r being about one inch in lhickness.
The prospect of weatherproofing North America's roadways was first conceived
Ovff this layer... t pass a hot roller, and lhen apply a thin layer of hot
the day Edward Joseph De Smedt, a professor from Columbia Unh'ersity, applied
sand,halfinch thic:k,and OVl:T the lall" a layer, an inch thick ... which is
for the first time in lhe world a modern, engineered. graded. maximum-densi-
rollcd withahot roller,as before. This is repeated until thedesircd lhic:k-
tyasphalt pavement. laid out in 1872 in front of City Hall in Newark, New Jersey,
ness for the road or pa~ment is obtained. By this process or mode of
the Belgian chemist irreversibly launched, with the construction of a 1,400-foot
laying, t obtain in Ihe road Qr pavement the proper proportions of sand
segment on William Street, the industry of roadbuilding as we know it today."
and asphalt wilhoul any difficulty "'hatsoever,alld insure that lheprop-
Joining the ranks of the "grandfathers of roadbuilding" such as the Scottish
er IhQrough inwrporalion oftlle sand and asphalt, and sand layers, so
inventors John Metcalfe, Thomas Telford, and John Loudon McAdam, Dc Smedt's
that a hQlllogenous rnass is obtainoo throllghout."
technique distinguished itself from his predecessors, in that it synthesized a thou-
sand years of material developments into II simple reproducible technique.'l The Dc Sml.'JI's oVl.'rlay teclllliquc utterly transformed the roadbuilding industry.
surface technique proposed a hot-in-place, semi-liquid asphalt mix application According to the first complete survey of America's roads, completed in 1904, of
that could be laid down in a series of lifts according to the desired thickness and lhe more than two mi11ion miles of rural public roads, fewer than 154,000 miles
density. A technique that could only emerge from the geographical circumstance were surfaced, usually with gravel, stones, or crude paving materials. IJut soon

loU P1EIlREstlAN&U
fIG_~."p"re,amap.19111'lfltUn~edSta'"In'e<lta'.
&lleffl\$eKief'n'rtMJ,em.19<1 7 1_'1

afler the standardized guidelines of the Federal Road Act of 1916,4,500 miles of
blacktop would soon be laid down. With better tensile strength than concrete
and equally good surface traction, asphalt pavement replaced all other forms of
road construction. What eventually made it so effective was its regional adapt-
ability. By mid-century, asphalt could be refined from coal or crude oil, blend-
ed with virtually any locally available aggregates, from quartzite to granite, to
produce a versatile, waterproof, trafficable surface anywhere on the continent." AUTOMATION
By the late 1920s, following further developments of Dc Smedt's technique, the
EXPEDITIONS pace was set for the construction of over 4,500 miles of highways IFlG. 51. As
In the summer of 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel named Dwight D. mechanization look command, concrete construction equipment was rapidly
Eisenhower joined a U.S. Army convoy whose objective was to locate and tra- adapted 10 withstand high-temperature liquid emulsions for Ihe purposes of
verse by motorized vehicle a transcontinental route joining the east and west asphalt paving." Everything from dozers, scrapers, graders, millers, screcders, and
coasts of America. Dubbed the 1919 Transcontinental Convoy, the expedition rollers were enlisted for the cause. Spreading from the roadbuilding industry to
spanned the continent over sixty-two days. Echoing and outdistancing survey manufacturing and housing, no sector of the industry was spared the suprema-
expeditions of Lewis and Clark or King and Hayden, among others, the convoy cy of mass-production. Harper's magazine reported on the work of Willliam
consisted of thirty-seven officers and 258 enlisted men astride eighty-one Levitt in the 1920s, a brilliant example of streamline progress, using machinery
motorized vehicles traversing 3,200 miles from Washington, D.C. to San whenever possible in the name of efficiency:
Francisco lFIG. JI." They reached San Francisco via the Lincoln Highway, over a Beginning wilh a tr~n<:hing ma<:hiM, through tranSil-mix lruclui 10 ba.ul
treacherous surface terrain of dirt roads, rutted paths. dark winding trails. and concrel~, 10 an automatic trowl Ihal smoothes th~ foundationslab,
shifting desert sands. Less than ten percent of the country's roads were surfaced Levilllakesadvanlage of whalevereconornies mechani~alion can give
with gravel, stone, or some other crude paving materials. \0 The rest was just mud, him. The Sill' of the houses becomes one vast assembly line, with lrucks
dust, or sand. Traveling at an average of six miles per hour, Eisenhower witnessed
dropping offal ach house I~ ~xac1 mat~rials ~ by l~ errw then
firsthand the frontierlike conditions of the existing roads. "Passing through 350 moving up. Som~ putl_plumbing, slairaSt'$, window frames, cabi
communities in eleven states," he wrote, "approximately 3,250,000 people wit- nets-arc actually prdabricalffl. in t~ faClory al Roslyn and brought 10
nessed the convoy and its pioneering triumphs. Local publicity exposed the lhe house ready 10 inSlall,The process mighl be called one of semi-
convoy to an additional 33,000,000 people across the country while steadily
pr~fabrk~tion IFIG.~I.>.l
increasing the number of recruits and good roads partisans" lFtG. _I.-The line
traced by the transcontinental expedition would later resurface as a preliminary Now that mass-production permeated almost every aspect of the construction
sketch of Eisenhower's greatest and most important achievement. process, unprecedented levels of cost-efficicncy and spced wcrc now in sight.

SYNI14(1ICSURfACES 2_1
I hat's what this mooerl1 ~magk carl'et~ bell1[( hu,1t hy the New lenq
Tllrnp,ke Alllhority will provide vehicle owners when ,t IS wmpleled late
in IIlSI. Long sigh. dis.anct$, wide tr.lvcllanrs and shoulJrn., USYUlr\"t\
andnotross~dsusurcsafetyandcomfort.Withlif.rtntr.if1iclnle'
changc:s",iltnvorhideSlI1.llyen.erorka\-.:,IM tumpike ",ill connt w,th
leading highways to famous sashol't resorts talit and to otht..- points
west. North-south tral'tlel') also will be Sl'n'rd more quickly and more
l'Conomica.lly. Savings in tral'cl time 011 the Turnpike aR estimatrd at as
muchas40~rccntlersustravelonrxistinghighways."

Mobilizing equipment, extracting aggregates, and mixing materials on site pre-


cipitated the next pivotal development: the batch plant. Paragon of roadbuild-
ing logistics, the batch plant process effectively reduced transportation costs and
FII;.6 T.... revolut'o~.,y lourn.pull. 1948. Ihef;rSt 'n1el'.I.artoculatedw....el
tractor scraper "hmO\ler.de_pedby RObe" 1;. Lelourne.... fast-tracked construction schedules by cen!rally locating all nccessaryequipment
required to construct roadway infrastructure." Round-the-dock dredgingoper-
ations brought in five million cubic meters of silt material from as far as Coney
MOBILIZATION Island to lay the base course for the 324-foot-wide roadbed on high ground. In
Hot-mix asphalt was now center stage for a theater of explosh-e im-ention. Along its path were the Nt'\...ark Meadows. Turn-of-the-century ideals of land reclama-
with the internal combustion engine, other innovations including vulcanized tion epitomized the solution to growing urban density, as illustrated in a press
rubber, refined petroleum, the air tube, the pneumalic tire, the ball bearing,cold release from the Turnpike Authority:
pressed steel, die-cast metal, hydraulics, and lubricants led to the eventual motor-
Thc p,t'judici.1 dfe<:t of tht' proximity of thtSll' marshlands upon lhe
ization of almost every component of the North American landscape: horse-
ht'althfulnesso(the citil'$ on their borders and on the salubrity of the
drawn cariS were being replaced with motor-wagons, coaches with motorized
adjact'ntcountrydistrietsiSlhestrongargument (or their drainagc and
buses, and bicycles with motorized quadricyles. Crossbred with industrial man-
irnprowment. They are not only insalubriolls. but alsocomparativel Y
ufacturing techniques, vehicles were almost surpassing the speed of trains, and
non-produclive in an agricllltllral I'oinl of view. The IlQssibilitieso(thesc
with this came the demand for a smoother, more extensive, and more connect-
meadows when drained and the sanitary advmllages of their reclama-
ed system of roads and highways. Now that asphalt roads could be streamlined,
tion, aside from the aesthetic Sl'uing, make a Slrong impression upon all
highway networks had to be planned. Following the Federal Road Aid ACI in
who have seen IhI: rich and beautiful polders of Holland"
1916, State authorities were now empowered to carry out federal highway proj-
ects, so roadbuilding companies could now apply De Smedt's technique on a Dubbed "Operation Sand," the pairing of modern hopper dredgers and three-
geographic scale_ hundred-year-old land-reclamation techniques handed down from the Europeans
The early transformation of dirt to asphalt was slow. Foreign conflicts abroad proved useful for one of the final segments of the turnpike. So-called "unpro-
entirely diverted labor, equipment, and materials toward the efrorl of the two ductive" marshlands and surrounding pig farms were irreversibly drained and
.....orld wars, placing the roadbuilding project on hold. But soon after World War filled to make way for what are today the New Jersey Turnpike, Newark Liberty
II, New Jersey GO\'ernor Alfred E. Driscoll mobilized the necessary means to International Airport, and Port NewarkJElizabelh [FtG. 71, Built in a record twen-
spearhead the development of modern freeways. Again, speed was of the essence. ty-three months, the country's worst swampland-ironically called the Garden
So, a World War II Brigadier General, William Wesley Wanamaker, was enlisted State-was turned into the world's most modern express highway route. Aimed
to expedite the construction of North America's first asphalt superhighway, the at passing through the nation's most densely populated state, the new line-
New Jersey Turnpike. Like an allied front, Wanamaker divided the massive proj- more or less a supersized metropolitan bypass-shaved two hours off the trip
ect into seven separate contracts with, as the caption to a 1949 map of the turn- between New York and Philadelphia. As proclaimed by Governor Driscoll near
pike declared, a sole purpose and objective: ~ liB miles safely and comfortably, the turnpike's completion, the economies of time afforded by the synthesis of
withoUl a stop'" transportation surfaces seemed irrefutable:
FIG.7 T"~consUUl;"<oononllwlU....,...,Il"'1l~4Parllwaoj
.~"",",,-ln~,1950

III 19-49, we determinedlo build ill New lc'rseylhr finest highway in III<- FIG8SU,rro\otoUISUfVt<j(,mlancltu,npik.
alT>",rnl W,l~ ancitlary road MlWO<l< 1-'1
world, linking Ih~ intcrslatc crossings o(tll<- Hudson Rivcr "'ilh lh~ inl..r.
SlalC crossings o(lhc Dclaware River, for lheconvcnicl1ceo(lhecil iZl.'l1s
ofNew/erst'yand our sisler SlalCS. The projccl is called lhe Newjl.'rst'y
SYSTEMATIZATION
Turnpike. Our Turnpike AUlhorily has subslantially completedlll<- proj.
However modern, the New Jersey Turnpike was less than perfect. An engineer-
ret with ineredibk speed ... The Turnpike isdesignni 10 slrellgtll<-n lhe
ing test bed, the Turnpike was marred by corrective S-curves "because of posi-
Konomy o( New ~ and 10 promole lhe general wel(are o( our coun.
tioning errors resulting from Ihe inattenlion (of local surveyors) 10 official
try. 1($ imponanu 10 lhe defmst' effon is obvious.
geodetic references."" Pulitzer prize-winning science correspondent for The New
Boasting thirteen toll plazas, ten-foot-wide shoulders, and six t.....eh,e-foot-wide York Times, John Noble Wilford recounlS in his 1981 book The Mapmakers that
lanes, the implementation of the New Jersey Turnpike resulted from the stan- the official survey markers had been established by Ferdinand R. Hassler-the
dardization of highway geometries that are found today in theCalifornia Highway Swiss engineer enlisted by Thomas Jefferson to lead the National Geodetic
Design Manual.l' Adopted as a roadbuilding bible, the highway design standards Survey-some hundred years prior. ~The curves were the only way for the turn-
would serve as a model reproduced throughout the United States, Canada, pike to connect to some of its cloverleaf turnoffs"!FIG.]."
Mexico. and nearly everywhe~ else in the paved urban world. By the time the The 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act emerged as the nation's infrastruclural
Turnpike opened, asphalt covered more than 30,000 squa~ kilometers of sur- palliative. Thirty-seven rears after his cross-country mililary expedilion, Presidenl
face area, one foot deep over two feel of stone and sand. As retired Turnpike Eisenhower laid oul a monumental standard-a 43,OOO-kilometer surface nel-
Authority engineer R. Bruce Noel put it, "we probably had the most outstand- work with a minimum twenty-four-foot width for two lanes in each direction.
ing pavement. The Turnpike's original pavement ... never had to be torn up [or) Originally charted by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the lale 1930s, Eisenhower's inter-
replaced. And it will be there forever.~" The original New Jersey Freeway model, regional highways would fol1ow existing roads wherever possible:
epitomized by its novel rest stops, toll booths, gas stations, and drive-in movie MoTt than tWO I.. n~ o( lraffic would be provided whuc traffic acccds
theaters, would soon become the basis of a road-based culture thai is today, in 2,000 vehicles pe~ day. while a(CC$S would be limitrd where cnle~ing
one form or another, generic infrastructure.
Thcef(elt of HWllllllwcr'sdi,l
vehicJeswou[d harm the freedom ofmovcl1lcnl oflhe main stre'll1l of
gram wascxpol1cntiul.'lltectln'tl'lu..
lra(fic,Widlinlhelargccities,lheroulesshollldbcdepresse<!ordevat-
tion o( the superhighwllys propelled
cd, wilh the forma preferable. Limited-access bell lines were needed for
the United SutesinlO five dl.'C,ldcs o(
tra(fic wishing to bypass lhecilyand 10 link radial expressways directed
relentless motori1atioll. And with
toward the cemerofthe Cily. Inner behssurrounding the cenlral busi-
smoothness at a grand scnle CHmc
nessdiSlrictwould link lhe radial expressways while providing a way
speed: in leSSthHII fifty years, surface
aroundlhedistricl forvehidesnoldestincdforil."
speeds had grown over 1,000%, (rom
Over the course of those intervening thirty-seven years, Eisenhower was absorbed six to sixty-five miles per hour. The
with visions of continental seamlessness. His presidency singularly focused on geotechnical challenge of roadbuild-
surveying the surface of the United States to map the highway system and to FIG.9 The NewjefseyTufnpike~utnofity's heavy.
ing was now solved, and increasing
raise funds to build it. The U,S. Interstate and Defense Highway System was ven,clemedianba"ie'tlOPI,headonoollision, traffic flows resulted in the foresee-
August27.t9S2100,mN)
marshaled as a strategic organizational device. Underpinned by military defense able-governHnce of speed look the
objectives, the basis of the superhighway system was intended to connect major controls. As early as 1954, President
cities spread out across the United States and to overcome five major shortcom- Eisenhower described the paradox of speed and mobility during his July 12 Grand
ings of the existing transportation, spelled out by Eisenhower's Vice President, Plan speech:
Richard M. Nixon:
There were 37,500 men, wom('n and children kill('d in traffic accidenlS
[Tlhe annual dealh and injury toll, lhe wasle of billions of dollars in last year, and those injured IOlaledanolher t,300,ooO.Thisawfullolal
deloursandtrafficjams,lhecJoggingoflhenalion'scourlswilhhigh- presc111s a real crisis 10 America. As a humane nation, we must end lhis
way-re!aledsuits,theindficiencyinthclranSporlationofgoods,andlhe unnecessary toll. Property losses have reached a staggering lola I,and
al'pal1ing inadequacies 10 meet the dcmands of calastrophe or defense, insurancecoslshavebc<:omearealburdel1 ... OurfirslmOslal'par('nt
should an atomic warCOl1lc." penalty is all annual dealh toll comparable to lhecasuahiesofa bloody
war, beyol1d calculation in dollar lerms. It approaches 40 thousand killed
Eisenhower had apparelltly witnessed first-hand how smooth highway surfaces
and exceeds one and lhree-lenlhsmillion injured annually."
had been dear advantages to the Germans in World War [I. Pre-war German
claims that construction of the Autobahn alone would rapidly invigorate their The first concrete median barrier used in New Jersey was installed in [955, stand
automobile economy and also diminish unemployment were proven much later ing at only eighteen inches tall. An expanded roadside edge, it looked like a low
to be gross overstatements," Eisenhower's 1956 National System of Interslate and vertical wall with a curb on each side, functioning as a protective divider between
Defense Highways is without a doubt the most significant, and perhaps most opposite traffic flows, From operational observations rather than crash testing,
understated, public works project in the history of America. Master planned as the shape changed and evolved, increasing to twenty-four inches in 1932 and to
a national imperative conditioned on geographic accessibility, Eisenhower insist- thirty-two inches in 1959. Going upward from the horiwntal, the first two inch-
ed that the system would recast the role of America: es from the pavement rose vertically, the next ten inches at a fifty-five-degree
nngle, and the remainder at an eighty-four-degree angle!' With modern slip-
[Tlhe amounl of cOllcrete poured 10 form these roadways would build
forming technologies, the commonly seen shape would be found almost every-
80 Hoover Dams or six sidewalks 10 the moon .. , To build them, bllll-
where in North America, now known as the Jersey barrier IFlG.91.
dm.ersand shovcls would move enOllgh dirt and rock 10 bury all of
Jersey barriers prevented collisions, but also prevented crossings. As soon as
Connectictll two feel deep. More than anysinglc action by the govern-
the u-turn disappeared, the "jughandle" emerged. A spatial invention, this traffic
menl since the end of the war, this one would change the face of America
device was conceived to allow unimpeded flow in a practically infinite number
with straighl-aways, c1over1eaf turns, bridges and c10ngated parkways
of directions by simply raising the surface of a traffic lane over another. This
Its impact on lhe American economy-the jobs il would produce in
premier engineering strategy at grade separations was adopted wherever two
manufacturingandconstruclioll,theruralareasit wouldopcn up-was
roadways crossed or two transportation modes overlapped. Intended to prevent
b<>yondcalculalion,"
collisions and fatal accidents at grade, the jughalldle evolved into a more

252 PIERRE 8h~N~ER


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fIG.IO 'ypocalf'_"".IO.ff_.." .."etCM"C"r_~l!'f"<5II>"IhlJl:trw""larodsapt
oI1hem"'''tbowr'""m:~'''Newark._Je<SO''J'''1

standard, venical formal ofttle highway intersection known as the interchange,


or the fly-over. Its most classical form, the four-way doverleaf, allowed for non-
stop flow between two high-volume roadways. Unless the interchange was con-
gested. no slopping was required. The first cloverleaf was opened in ew Jersey in
1929, on whal arc now US Inlerslale 1/9 and NJ Slate Highway 35. That typology
has grown to infamous proportions with junctions on the New krsey Turnpike
such as the Merge, the Tri-uvellnlerchange, and lhe Mixing Bowl [flG-IO).

FOREIGN TRADE ZONES


Urbanism's next obstacle was capacity. By 1995, ninety percenl of the system had
.surpassed ilsdesign life. Since the interstate highway system was built 10 accom-
modate 1wt'n1y years of lraffic growlh for over 100 million people, the capacity
The accelerated development of"foreign trade zones" across the United States
of the syslem was severely overtaxed with a population nearing the 300 million
is a concurrent critical development that took place as a respon~ to ~e need;
mark in less than fifly years. To address urban congestion, mass transit and aging
for capacity and intermodality. Fnreign trade zones are not :onst~er . ~art 0
infrastructure, a series of surface transportation programs were enacted in lhe
Ihe United States' customs territory. Within the zones, co.~~ames mamtam lOven-
late twentieth century, such as lhe Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency
tories, factories, or assembling and manufacturing f~clhlles an~ t~crefore may
Act in 1991 and the Transportation Equity Act for the Twenty-first Century in
defer, reduce, or eliminate import duties. Decentrallzcd and dlstTlbutcd~~~::
1998. By providing federal funds for stale and local projects, the acts demonstral-
wnes signal the incubation of a synthetic infrastructure; a ~Iym~al syste d'f
I'd the inextricable bond between transportation and economics to maximize
fuses truck stops, train stations, harbors, and airport termmals LIlto one ,un .1 -
the capacity of existing transportation systems across the continenl. The initia-
ferentiated land mass of streets, roads, highways, railways, tunnels, shlppmg
tives ranged in scale and in scope: new intermodal travel ~rridors such as lhe
AirTrain projects established at Newark Liberty International and John F.
Kennedy International Airports by the New York/New Jersey POrt Authority and
line~~:~~:~~tl~:t~s;lotableexamples is FTZ no.49 in Newark, Ne.w Jerscy.
Located at the convergence of seven major roadways, two of the busle~t com-
new highway trade corridors were being forged with the implementation of the
mercial airports in the world, and the largest seaport in the Western HenllS:'~I~re,
National Corridor Program and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program
all linked by the New Jersey Turnpike, FTZ no. 49 stevedor~s o~er seven I Ion
bel ween Mexico, the United Stales, and Canada by the North American's
dollars of cargo every year ilnd employs 80,000 people, Illakln~ It the largcst an~
Superhighway Coalition. Reacting to the growing need for seamless circulalion,
most active ZOlle in the country, with Hous~on'~ FTZ 110. 8: 10 close col1lpet~~
these intermodal surface programs are synonymous with what Alex WaJl refers
tion The staging ground for courier compallles hke Federal Express all~ UPS.,
to as ~the reworking of movemenl corridors as new vessels of collective life."
well'as luxury vehicle manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes, the proliferation

2~ PI(RHSUNGR
SYNIHHICSURfACES lSS
of foreign trad~ zones is stunning:
from 1950 onward the number has
increased from 5 to 243 across the
United Slates, handling cargo by air,
rail, truck, and sea worth over 225
billion dollars. At almost 10,000
acres in size, the six foreigl1lrade
zones in the New Jersey/New York
metropolitan region are almost
equal the size of Manhattan.lOOnce
America's largest suburb, New
Jersey has suddenly become its
biggest warehouse [ftG. 111.
The multiplying effect of
Eisenhower's highway system did
not simply end with Ihe prolifera-
tion of polymodaltransportation.
With the advent of th~ Nonh
Am~rican Fr~e Trade Agreement
in the mid-1980s and the rapid
increase in trans-Pacific trade dur-
ing the 1990s, significant pressure
was being placed on the surface
capacity of the pon facilities of
FfZ no.49.... Three million Ions of
cargo were being funneled through
the POri of New York and New
Jersey each year, heading toward the
richest consumer base in the world
with a net worth of 80 billion dol-
lars annually. Known as Atlantica,
the trade network radiates from
New York as far out as LIlinois and
Onlario, reaching 80 million peo-
ple lying within a twenty-four-hour
truck trip off Ihe mid-Atlantic
coast [FIG.nl.
Squeezed in by a major inter-
FIG, 14 ~~~ ~~"':~ ~~el~~'~i~~O~~~~~:IIl~:~~tiO"
tidal system, the harbor's precari- Sile (HAilS). Shaded f~li~1 01 se,noor
l<JPOif.phlj.eIn"O<lO'lc""tou~ nd
ous situation is nothing new. Since \<JPOif.-ph>c ....... ~ wnpIint
the first recorded landing in New
Amslerdam nearly three hundred

256 PIEIlllE8tLAHGEIl STN1HEIlESUIlFA([S 2S7


years ago, port facilities ha\'e always
contended with the pressure from
upstream sediment now that irre-
versibly fills the harbor's main
shipping channels IfIG. OJ. What dif-
ferentiates the past from the pres-
fIGS. IS-IS
ent, howe\'er, is the growing size of
Placement Illftof d.O'dfttl
,'esse] drafts. At full capacity, Post- .....lenOlt..~"'JdfDdy... mfC
mes~mo~ol'l\edre<lt,nll
Panamax ocean freighters require conUac"f in N.wYorll
H.,bof[-'<I,Gtololl,C.ICfOSS
dear channel depths of at least fif- s..c'ion of Fo't'lln If.d. Zone
teen meters, nearly double that of NO.49.fromltlt"I\eG.,tlenSl.'.
h ....lOj;lnltfS..'el!ou'.78.US
the harbor's natural depth. With an 1!ou,.22;USRouteJ.9,_o<t<
litIert':flnternuonaiAltport.TIw
annual depositional rate of two "-nphe.-olllolch:_.Ietse\I
lumpl~;I4c~ft,.. Slreet;IlEllJ
million cubic meters of mud and
landfi.,JerH'ljG-ardeniShoppo"i
silt filling its harbor, port authori- CtnlfO,I'or,Elinbe,hM."ne
ties were now bound by a material
'tfminll,.ndN.",.,k8ayIK'OW)

conundrum.
To resolve this pressure above
FIG. IS =-ra~~t~~:1':~~&2
and below the surface of the waters,
R~Ilftf.ZOO)Io""e.tM_~
At1tf"'.. IF'tOItamhastMdeuse .... 250 the New York/New Jersey Port
f.;lco",fOflI\eCte.. ionoffis~hoVl'ns
ond f.c,nl,onlldiv.si'el[fOf"l,5h,pp In 1l
Authority embarked on a massive
ofdf.dlle<lmalerillffomN.w.r~8ay deepening project of its shipping
byta,I.n"""'.by""d'oaMm,1I
lOfamendmenlneaf
__ tM8IrkComp channels for the rapidly growing
c
G
l
I
_
,
n
~
_
.
2'0001_1 fleet of Super-Post-Panamax deep-
draft ocean freighters that were near the lurn of this century exhausted all past practices, engendering an impor-
transforming international mar- tant shift in the operational sites and the material nows.
itime trade." Tripling channel depths from six meters to eighteen meant that Authorized by the Water Resources Development Act, the Dredged Materials
low water levels posed a unique logistical complexity." Joseph Secbode,environ- Management Program came to the rescue. Monumental in scale, the program
mental engineer and chief of New York! New Jersey Harbor of the United States aimed at a "superior industry-standard ocean access to accommodate the demand
Army Corps of EngineeTS,summarized the paradox in 2001: "Dredging the chan- for international cargo through Ithe] region..... Boilingdown to building under-
nels poses an environmental and engineering challenge. There's a lot of blasting, water super highways, the program would effectively rC$ult in synthC$izing l)Ort
drilling, and dredging to be done, [but] all that material must to be disposed of."'" activities, environmental operations, and urban land uses into one large cohe-
Up until the early 1990s, dredging consisted of little more than digging and sive landscape operation. Quantitatively, the first phase of the project required
dumping. The United States Army Corps of Engineers made use of offshore sites the dredging, reprocessing, and distribution of approximately five million cubic
for spoil materials within the vicinity of the Bight of New York for over two meters of mud, silt, and sediment to a multitude of inland sites IftG. I~I.
hundred years and well into the early '90s. SitC$ known as the 12 Mile Dumping Diversion strategies soon followed the dredging operations. Coupled with
Ground were used for sewage waste, the Mud Dump for dredge sediment, and sediment decontamination tcchnologics like soil washing, photo-stabilization,
the Cellar Din Dump for blasted rock from the New York subway system. Those ccment binding, and thermal destruction, the economies of scale offered by the
operations came to a grinding halt at the end of the '90s IFIG. 141. Trig-gered by program led to the recapitulation of a multitude of infrastructural landscapes
what is referred to the "Amphipod issue," the 1997 Ocean Dumping Act placed with an almost endlC$s array of transformative land uses." Most importantly,
a unilateral ban on the dumping of contaminated sediments in open waters'" the geolechnical characterization of the se"en different types of materials deter-
Diminishing landfill space and skyrocketing landfilling costs on the east coast mined the logic or their respective post-dredging use within dosest possible

25S PIERREShANGER
Notes
proximity: red-brown clay toward subaqucous pit encapsulation; silt toward
Ep.grllph. ~ .. i, Mumford. r....hllllJ IlIIdCinl''''',orr (New Vork It~"UI'rt, It.,""c & ( Unll",ny,
non-aquatic upland sites; and the remaining bedrock (glacial till. serpentinite.
diabase, sandstone, and shale) toward artificial reef construction. Once the bane 1. ::~;;:i~ to thank Charles W~ldheim for hi, il\!ilght(ul COl1lment~ dUlIllg tht produ\
of the highway system, mud was now resurfacing as a rather visible and trans- tion of this cssay. For additional background 011 lhctol'ic.5('e l'ltrrt litlanger.lIldt>tmll'
formative medium. l.ago. "Highway Surface: /I Brief History of the United Stal~ .1~lt~rstlte & 1)~.fell\C ~.'.'Il.hwJY
System~ in Francine Houben and l.ui,a Calabrese, cds., Mol"/lly. A Roo", II It/, (J \ " II,
(NAI rublishtrs: Rotterdam,200J),J97-410. ...
SYNTHESIS
2.Ke'vinLynchstronglyadV0C3tedforthtorganit.atiOnaICOlpacn
y ofclrculatlonS~~em"
Future projections are staggering. Over the next four decades, the United States and their diffl'Tml constituenl parts, throughout hi, carcer as author and pr;Klluoncr. In
Army Corps of Engineers will spend over two billion dollars on over two Sile PlIlnn;"g (Cambridge. Mass: MIT Press, 1962), Lynch dedicates an mtire chapter on
hundred deep-draft seaports to ship and process over two billion annual tons syslems of n}()\-ement, eslablishing -aecw [asl a prerequisite to t~ ~sc:.(ulnesso~ any

of cargo requiring the relocation of an estimated two billion cubic meters of blockofspace.WithoutthtabilitYloenter,tokavc,andmo\"C,wlthlll.It.~or('Cel\"eand
transmit informalion or goods, space is of no value, howC\"er 'asl or rlc~ III rcsources.
drcdgcate; enough material to entirely bury the states of New Jersey, New York, :md In one sense, a cily is a COl1lnll1nication net, made up ofroads,paths:ralls,p.,p.e~and
Pennsylvania under a one-meter thick layer of mud." The prospects on land are wires. This system of now i, inlimately related to the pallern ~(Iocah~ aCllvltles, or
no less dramatic: as of 2006, the United States Federal Highway Administration land usc:. 11K economic and eultur;ll k,-el of a city i, roughly III proporho.n to Ihe a.pac-
will have spent over one hundred billion dollars on highway infrastructure and ily of iu circulalion syslem ... ~ (1'.118). The recent r('Cilpilulalion of the d,scourse on.
will employ dose to twenty-eight million people, keeping three hundred million lhe organizational capacity of circulation systmu is O'C!to tWO eonlempora?" prach-
tiontrs; AIe~ Wall and ~ller Easterling. In ~n;%llrjon Spa: ul1IdJ('Qpe5. H.glm~
Americans travelling more than one billion miles every rear.
IlIId Ho,m's in Ameriw (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Pres', 1999), EUltriing clearly a~lIcutalC5
In its cemury-long search for unimpeded seamlessness, asphalt has become this latent eapJcity: "Generic ,patial produClion. for instance,In,phficssmalladJuSlnlentS
more than a technological panacea. It has effectively become a binding agent
whose flexible surface has spawned the growth of what can be called a bionic ]. ~::~s~rn~:~:~n~::I~i;~4;~msyllthetkare employed in this arti~1e. .In its firSI and
system-a synthesis of biological, mechanical, and electronic resources-that now more commonly underslood USoC, synlhetic references a sute of SubslLt.ulLon (or ~ na~ural
occurrence. Underpinning Ihi, article, the SKOnd meaning is b~~ 111 sco~ SInce 'I
spans the entire continent, reaching deep across the sea, the air, and the ground,
relates 10 synthesis, lhe process of the combination and the composl1lon of dLff~1 de
effectively interlocking global commercial activities, regional transportation ments 10 (orm a whole or a compk~ of parts. ~ criti,COI1 mean.ing of-,yntheslS IS.
infrastructures, regional ecologies, and contemporary land uses IFICS. 16-181. explored in depth by entomologisl Edward O. W,lson '" C::O"sil'l'lIce: .T()~"/lrds ,R ~rrlty of
Seen from space, the consolidated surface of North America looks less like a Kllowlcdge (New York: Knopf. 1998) which 's based onluhan Huxle~s EvqlurwII., Tile
landlocked continent and much more like a borderless construction site. Its Modern Sy,rtlles;s (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1942). See Mass,mo Negroltl.
TOWllrds" GtllerRl ThnJrr of the Mlijirwl (beter: Inlelll, 1999) for a comprehensive
transportation network resembles a circulation diagram taken from the blue-
print of an incomplete factory floor, where the circuitry of highways and ship- 4. ::~::~, ~~~:::~i~;:~_~;:r~~~~~ ~~::~~:~~~n~t~:::~~
ping channels functions as a load-bearing mechanism and traffic as the surface Vrnia Hosp./Ill ""d thl' fr,f", Building Rrvim/ {Munich: Prestelll-lar"ard Design School.
grease, infinitely optimizing internal urban functions and seeking out new
channels of distribution for new inventories of material and access to new 5. ~~:)\'\'~:l~:'~gramming the Urban Surface~ in James Corner. ed. ReroYrr~"g Londsmpe:
F.Sl"y' iu COlIll'lIIpomry /Altlr/,mpcArcllirecwre (New York: Princeton Arch,leClural Press,
sources of energy."
From the sand-pumping and asphalt-paving operations that have led the 1999),246.

construction of the transcontinental highway system, to the mud-dredging and ~: :"~~~::~;~n~::~T~:;;naledi Milano, Itsf"llo; 11 CRUlllen iN/ill QlIlIl Asph"/I; The
materials-management operations of the deepening of New Jersey's seaport in CIuIUlcter of Ihe (1)' (Milan: Ekoctl Edilria, 200]); jacktl note.
the early twenty-first century, the coupling of transportation networks across 8. Sec: Maxwell G. Lay. W"Y' of Ihe World: A Hislorr of /hr \\\)rld's Roads <lnd of/he \'ducks
North America with the reflexive mechanisms that support them and the 1/.",
Used Thr", (New llruns..'ick, N.l.: Rutgl'rs Uni\"Crsily Press, 1992), for an enC)-clope-
die survey on how mud. dust, drainage. erosion, sediment, and transport wer~ central to
topographies they generate, suggest the latent effectiveness of these synthetic lhetransforlllalionoflheNorthAmericanlandKapeupulltillh,'earlytwenllethccntury.
surfaces. The contemporary discourse on landscape urbanism suggests that 9. The impact of ,pct"d and accelerated forms of movemenl on the contem~rary landscape
ongoing allention to the seemingly banal surfaces of urban operation is a cru- has produced two generalions of researchers in the latter half of the l"'enneth cent.ury.
cialculturaltask. Philosopher and archit"'l P;aul Virilio i, OrK' of the mOS! notabk propoJl('l"lts. In V"NS/' ff

SYN1HElIC SURf~CES 261


260 PI(~RE 9LANGH
Puli/lqJlI' I Sf/d & PuNlicl; An Essay On Dromology (P~ris: dilions G~Il1~, 1977), Virilio 22.1 rk l.arrall, "The.!>lx Tholl$;lnd Itousn Thai I.e,'rtl lIurll~jn /I,u/..,', I'll (1'I,Ut); 7'1 Itl
is particularly inslrucli~ r.-prding tlK- gropolilical a~ncy of paved surf<KCS.: ~Can uphall 2.\. Cal'hon (hll(k of map), JS49Nrw krsq Tlm,/"tl' Map, Ntw Jl'r<o('Y IUllll'I~I' AUII1<u,rr,
be a l~itorr. Is the bourgeois Slatt' and its po....n the Sfrwt or in the S1rwt! A~ ilS polto. I:>cparllllnli of Public Ro,ds. Nrw BrunS"'"k, NI'W }crwo)'
IW force and cxpans.e in the place; of intm~ circulalion, on the palh of rapid lran>.pOrtl- H. Chid"Eng.inr of lhe Asphalt Inslllule, \'aughan Markn', IlrO\'l<k) ~n In <klllh 11(1,\~lr"t

lion?~ (4). Dr. Mauhnv T. Ciolek is another nOlabk pr.>l:liliontt ....hos.e I'l'$l'ar,h invol\'l'S on lhe d("'el0Jlm~nls of lhe pa'-erntnl induslry O\'Cr lhl' I'~.t fifty rear) III l>wr,hl \\~ll..c-r,
lht' field of"dromography; which involl'l'$ lhe synlh~is of geography, hislory, and logis- "A Con\'('rs;lIion wilh Vaughan Marker: Asphulr Muguzme (!lUrlUller 20021: 26 2~
tia of trade roUll'S, trallSl'ortalion and commullication Ilel ....orks. See Ciolek, "Global 25.1)1>1{, "Operdtion Sand: The New JtrseyTrmrpikt Aullro"'y_PrtSj RtltllU', l)epMtr1lerll
Nelworking: A Timdine,~ 1999, hup:/fwww.ciokk.com/I>AI.ERSfmileslOnes.html ofl'ublic Rccords (Trenton, N.j.: October 12, 1950): I.I'0rabroudlrl'xpl,1Il,llionoflhe
10. Henry Adams, Hislory ofllrt' United SlateS drlrillg lire AdmitliSlr""iom of1"II011las ieffrrsoll JOO-year-oldunbrokenlrendoflheperceplionofmarshlundsaswastcl~lI<lsup<:raplion
and James Madisolr, Volume I (New York: Charles Scribner's SoilS, 1&19), 12-13. By 1902, that is widely reversed today, see William Cronon, "Modes of I'rophcey and I'rodU(lion:
Adams withdr~ from politiC$ alld converled 10 the am..nitia of an eighle..n ho~r Placing NalUR in Ilisiory. Journa/o{Aml'f"'an Hinory76, 1121-31.
Mm:M.-$.8rnz. H.. spent mol"<" and mol"<" tilTl<" a""y from \\'uhington; inSICMi, he apIorcd 26. Paul J. C Fril'dlandtt, "High Road from tlK- Hudson to Inc Delaware: Th(' Nl'W lork limn
Frana in his n.-w ffi()(or car. Expressed atth.- mel of lhe rightenllh cenlury, Henry Adams's (25Nm-emberI9.'i1).
id....1s at'<" a pTrnlOnition of the futun": ~My idea of p;or.Kli~ is a pcrfC'C1 automobik going 27. The geomeuy of interslate highways is CSS('nlially basnI on a theoRlinl design speed
lhirty miln an hour on a smooth road to a twdfth-antury C11~ral. siandard made visible by the main charactaislics: flatter horiwntal rurves.lon~r VeTti-
II. Isaac B. Poller, "The Gosp.-I of the Good Roads: A Len.. r 10 th.. Am..rican Farmer from cal curves, and grcaler sight diSlances.
lhe League of American Whedmall~ in Mmwfacwrer 6- Bui/der 23 (New York: WeSlem 28. DPR, ~Constru"ion Progress Updates;1"be New Jersey Timlpike Autlrority-Press Release,
and Company, 1891), I. Departmenl of Public l(ecords (Trenlon, N.J.: No\'Cmber 12, 1956): I
12. Charles Goodyear, Improvement in IndiaRubber Fabrics" in Unill'd Sillies Pawn No. 29 John Noble Wilford, Tire Ma/mlllkers {New York: Vinlage Hooks, 1981 I, 356.
3,663 (Nnv York: June 15, 1344): 1-2. 30. Ibid. In 1969, a similar circumslance ensued in Pennsylvania, ~when the state highway
I3.JcffreyT.Schn.app,~ThrttPiC'Cesof Apstu.lt: in Grq Room II {2oo3);7. department, IlSed ils own rd"CRnce points on ....,h side of a ri,-er, insl....d of Ihe Gco<kIic
14. Stt Edward Joseph De Soledl, ~l1>c Origins of AlTI<"oon Asph~h Pa''m'ICIllS.~ in Paying Sunqs; O)IISIruc:tion of a brid~ $Iartl'd from each shore, and in midSl~am the l\'>V 5C'C-
alld MJlniciptJl ftlg;nemng 5 (Deumber 1879): 251. lions weR four metres apan.~
15. Of all the historical pav~rntnt innovations. lhe most nitkal o~ involved ~crowning~ the 31. Dwighl D. Eisenhower, "Mes.sagc to the Congress ~ High.....ays': (Abill'ne, Kansas: Dwight
su~faceoflhl'rQ;ldwherebycrcalingposili~draina~andensuringdryness.S<:c1rving D. Eisenhower Nalional Presidential Library Arclii'lC$, February 22,1955). l. and joyce N.
Bnnt<'lIl Holley, ~B1acklop: How Asphalt l>:tving Came 10 the Urban United States" ill Riller, Amtrica'j Highwa)'$ 1776-1976, {\'I3shingtOIl, D.C.: Federal High",,,y Adminislralion,
Tedmology I/ml O,/Iure 44 (2003): 703-33. John Loudon MCAdam wrote e~tensi..cly on I 976}.
his findings. All cxhaustivedcscription of his work nil bcfoulld in "Remarks 011 lhe 32. Ri,hard M. Nixon, ciling Eisenhower, in Dwight D. Eisenhower, "Telegram To Rkhard
Pr.-sc:m 5Y5tem of RQ;ld-Making (Bristol: I. M. GUl(h, 1816) and ~A Practical Es.sayon Milhous Nixon, 12 July 1954; The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhow..r, 00<:. 976, World
lhe Scienlifi, Repair and Preservalion of Publk RQ;lds (London: Board of AgriculluI"<", Wide Web FaC5imik, The Dwigh, D. EiSl'lllrowtr Ml'moriil/ Commission (Baltimore, MD:
and intCTnal improV<"rntnt, 1819). In contra$l, lbomas M<"!C1lfe's di.scovt1-ies resulted The Johns Hopkins University I'Tess, 1996), http://www.ei~nhowefll)l'morial.orglpresi
from a spf'Cial advanta~ lhal grantl"d him gRattt frttdom to upel'"ilmnt with material &nlial-p;operslfirst-tttm/doculmntsl976.cfm (acasscd luly 1,2004),
coarseoessanddcnsilin:hewublind. 33. Thett are di"CT'ging l!CO)unlS of the grographic and lhe C'COnomic bcndits of lhe Gennan
16. Stt Edward JoSC'ph De 5medl, Impro~menl in Laying Asphalt or Concrele Pa,-emenls or highwaysystl'1ll during the middle oftnc t"'-enlieth cenlury. S<:c Eckhard Gruber and
Roads: United St<lto Patent No. 103,581 (N~ York: May 31,1870): t. Erhard SchOtz, Mythos RtichSDUlobahlr, &u urrd Ins2tllier.."gtler "Strofte ties Fllirras
17. Sec Hugh Gillespie, A CemrlTY of Progress: Tile Hi:;tory of HOI Mix Asplrall (I.anham, MI): 19JJ-J94/ (Berlill: Ch. Links Verlag, 1996) for a compelling interprel3tion of Germall
National Asphalt PavementA55OCiation, 1992). military highway infrastru'lure as ta'lical propllganda.
18. Caplain William C. Grl'ancy, Expeditionary Adjulanl and 5tatistinl om,~r of lhe 34. Dwight D. Eis.enhower, Mantla/efor Change 1953-1956 (New York: Doubleday, 1%3),
Transconli~nlalCom'Oy, "I>rincipal Facts Concerning the First Transcontinl'1ltal Army 548-49.
Motor Transport ExpIilion, Wlishington to San Fran,isco, luly 7to September 6, 1919.~ 35, l>Wight D. Ei~nhown, luly 12, 1954, Sptt<.:h, ddiwred by Vic~ Preside-nt Richard M.
Dwighl D. Ei~nhovo"er Archi,,", Abikne, Kansas; hllp:lfwww.Eiscnhowtt.archi,-es.gov/dlf Nann to th.- Nation's Gol-erOOI'$. This ~h "'''S gi\'CTI only thre.. monlhs ann his
t919Convoy1l919documcnlS.html (ae<:essl"d 26 June 2(04). famous Domino"1beoory Speh on April 7, 1954 which diKuS5Cd the 1'15 of alomi(
19. Stt /oy<:e N. Ritter, TIl.. History of Highways lind Statisti($, U.s. J)q>ar1ment of Highway energy TCSC'OIrch and the arms race. Sec Richard F. Weingroff, Prnidl'nt Dwight D.
Administration (1994) and United Slates Bureau of Public Roads, HigllwayStatistics: EiJenhowtr elml rlrl' Feduul Role in Highway Saftty, (Washington, D.C.: Federal Highway
Summary To 1955 (Washinglon. nc.: U.S. Government Printing Offiu, 1957). Administration, 20(3).
20. Dwight D. Eisenhower, AI I:'ase: Though Diukest Amcr;m witlr Tmck "",I '1imk (New York: 36. The geometrical objective Oflhe New lersey profile is 10 redir"l a vehicle upon impact
I)oubleday& Compally, 1967), l66-67. and minimize damage 10 its whl'els and car body. Sec Charles l'. McDevitt, "Basics of
21. Although more durable. COIlCRle paving "'as overO)me by the asphalt industry dlll' to ConcRte Barri..rs: Concrete Il.arrkrs Appear 10 be Simple, but in R~ality, They are
ilScost dl"C'Clil'('neu, ho~ncity, and cOIISlructton spl'Cd. The use of O)ncl"<"te m~& SophistiClll"d Saf..ly Devices: in Publ'" R04ds Magarint 5 (Mar,WApril 2000). Anolher
a major comeback wilh the ad\Tn1 of slipforming tC'Choologies in the 19705. innovalion in the configuration of tnc road suna was th.- ~suKide- lane.~ In lhe 19205

262 PIElIlIEBtlANGEII
,llId 'jO~, ro,,,I, werc buill wilh Ihree !ane~: une 1,lIle for each Itirectiun ,llId:, shared mid
dIe lane forp;lssillll vehicles in bOlh dircctiolls. This prcsented Ihc wry rc;i1 possibility of ""'ul\e the synthe.'is lIfregiollaltr,ln'IJoOrtation Inf"a~trlluure, lind c~my~ICIlIO whefe
hC;ld_oll collision. The concept behind this lime is similar IUlhe daslk'<! yellow line found slralegies111ult rdyon incrcnleIWlltransforllhllion,bro"dcrphy,kal Irnpa~hllt1ltl'J"1I
011 two-lane hillhwa)s, which permits passing. Suicidc Janes were filially phased out by the term effeclS. Set' Ni,,11 KirkwOlXI, MIlrIll!<lctuml SllrS: 1I.lIr"'~"'ll rll. 1~,Sl ImluJlrlll1 ,
1960s, with the roadwaysbcing widencd loa full four lanes Or more. 1.llIl/lsm(>/' (london: Spon Press, 1991). The ca~ Oflhc Dredged Conwltd,l1c.l M~teru,ls
37. Alex WaH, "Programmillg the Urban Surface,~ 246. Management I'rograrn al the scalI' of the mid-Atlanlic Rcgion p"ints tdWUoJ lhe 11f.,eI11IQI
38. ~Foreign Trade Zone No. 49 Fact Sheet,~ The Pon Authority of New York/New ler~y effcclivenessoflhisbroadcrslralegy,whichsimultancouslyrclicsonalllorcutCIUI\'e
(2004);1-2. limescale. Inilialed by the U.S. Army Corps of EnginttfS and lhe Port of N('w York
39. S E.ric lipton, "New York Port Hums Again With Asian Trade,~ TIre New lork Times and New Jersey as ~vcral other environmental agencies with 1I1~ltidisciplinary experlS,
{No\"embcr 22. 2(04). Ihc()\'('rall financial savings b<tlanced by nel ccologiaal and soc131 gains. suggcsls an
40. The beam length of Post Panamax and Super-Post-Panamax shipsacffds Ihe maximum intelligenl sIralegy for large, complex and openended projects- Recently, J~mes Corner
alJ.ow.tbJe width of 32.3 meters of the Panama Canal. These ships n;l\'igate the Sue~ Canal has referred to lhis Slralegy as-design inlclligence~whichoffersthcpotential 10 unlock
for transoceanic shipping. In lhe Pori of New York and New lersey, deep~draft ships cur- and seiu "opportunism and risk-laking- in COnlmlporary landscape p~icc. S Ja.l11CS
r~tlyoptrateat7S"'oftheircapacitYduetolheshanownessofthe"'aters,resuhingin Corner, -Not Unlike Life It$('lf: Landscape Strategy Now~ in Han'll'! DesrKll. M<lgazrM 21
significant losses for both the ~a liners and the ports. ~ Du-wry Shipping Consultants, (Fall!''''inter 2(04); 32-34. and James Comer, -Terra F1uxus~ in thIS collechOn.
PoS/-l'brr<lnl<U" Corr/<linersJrjps_The Nat Genen"i<ln (London: Drewry, 2001).
41. See Andrew C. Rcvkin. ~Shallow Waten; A Sproal Report-eurbs On Silt Disposal ThR;it~
Port Of New York A$ Ships Grow Luger; The Nr.v tort Times (March 18. 1996): AI.
42. Joseph Seebodc:, in Wyk Ehrmman. -Digging Derper in New York,~ MIul"ocal F.ngirrring
(No~m!>tt 2003): hltp'Jlwww.metn;lgazinc.0rglbad.issu~nm'03IfeatUrnldpn-nYI
dpn-ny.hlml (acc~ 8 NO\Tmber zoo(4).
43. Amp/lipods are crust""eans uSord as bio-indicators for heavy rne1als in marine environ_
rnmts. See Miller Associates, "Dredging-The Invisible visis,~ CQD jounl<ll for the
Mari/jmt EnYironment lndus/ry I (January 19'96) hllp:llwww.cqdjourna.l.comlhtmlJ
mY~_I.htm (acce:ssed March 11.2(05)
4-4. United States Army Corps of Enginrs, -Channd & BeTth Derpening rnl ~ Shee1:
Port Authority of New York and Nf'W kney (March 2005); I.
45. Ibid., and Uniled States Army Corps of Enginea-s, "Bmdicial Uses of Dredged Material:
hUP:J/www.nan.usacc:.army.millbuSilla$/prjlinksldmmplbendiclhabitat.htm (aC"CCS$ed 17
Septml!>ttz00(4).
46. BaSord On IXIS and figures from the following sources:: Commin~ on Cont;lminated
~brine Sediments. ~brin(' Roud. Commi$$ion On Engineering and Techniall Syslems.
N<ltional Ik$earch Council. "Contaminated Sediments In Ports And Waltrw<iys-Cleanup
Stl"lllegies And Technologies~ (W3shington. D.C.: N3tional Aaademy Press. 1997): 20;
and Am('riaan Association of Port Authorities and Maritime Administration. "The North
Am('rk".ln Port Cont3iner Traffic-2003 Port Industry StatiSlics~and "United States l'ort
Development Expenditure Report: (U.S. Department Of Transportation. May 2(04).
47. Clare lysterinvesligatC$thisprucess in greater depth in h<-r essay "Landsaapcs 0 fExchange,.
in this collection. In -Programming the Urban Surface- (238), Alex Wall is again instruc_
li"e: -Th(' importance of mobility and access in the COntemporary metropolis brings to
infrastructure thc character ofcOUcctive space. Transportation infrastructure is 11'$$ a self-
sufficiemservicedcll1entthananextremdyYisibleandeffcctivcinSlrumentincre;11in ll
new networks and relationships." The project of posl-industrial remediation is di\"ided
into two m:,in I'ractices. On the one hand,thcreare I'raetitioncrsof site-le"clremcdialion
th:ll rdyoll llleaSliresofinward lookingslralegicsofspatial beaulilication or surface con-
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nlental,socialalld linoncialcolllplexities. UsuaUyasSOCialedwithadislributionofsites,
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th~ open spac~ system was also conceived as a physical framework that would
guide public and private development; in this regard, Eliot shared aspirations
with his partn~r Frederick law Olmsted, who conceh'ed parkways as muhilay-
ered, muhifunclionallandscaped infrastructures and physical urban frameworks,
serving transportation, recreation, remedial (with regard to buffering waterways),
and urbanistic ends.' For much of the twentieth century, the MDC was singu-
larly r~ponsible for a wide variety of services and systems, including the provi-
sion of safe drinking water, the treatment of wastewater, the care and upkeep of
the region's most critical and comprehensive open-space resources, and th~ estab-
lishment and management of the region's parkways. It has since been disman-
tled into and absorbed by at least three separate and specialized state agencies.

HOOVER DAM
Projects like th~ Hoov~r Dam, at the time the largest construction undertaking
in the history of the United States, solidified engineers' prominence in the plan-
ning and implementation of public works due to the project's unprecedented unemployed workers raced to the desert to fill scarce job openings. In all, the
scope and technical complexity: in fact, it took a coalition of six construction flood control initiative cast in the form of one of the country's largest infra-
companies, aptly named Six Companies, to secure the winning bid. Yet the proj- SlruclUral projects served as a catalyst for institutional, technological, an~ urban
ect served other purposes, necessitating other invelllions~spinoff initiatives advancements-the spawning of "infrastructural ecologies"-and pOSSIbly as a
not part of the new darn but required in facilitating its implementation. Astound. model for future government-sponsored work programs.
ing engineering feats were achieved, not least of which was the rerouting of the
Colorado River through the stone walls of the canyon. New construction tech- ARPANET . .
niques emerged, with concrete poured in discrete blocks from an innovative set A radical departure from public works projects directed by a centra~lZl'd, 11Ier-
of transport devices suspended from aerial cables stretched across the canyon arc h
lca' autlOflty,
, . Ih e A"PANET-the
, predecessor to the current 1Illernel-
. .
IFlC, )1.' Impressively, an entire new city-Boulder City~was built in the Nevada established a new, networked model for project development. In do~ng so, It
desert to house, feed, and educate the five thousand workers and their families manifested a broader series of mid-to-Iate-twentieth-century t.ren~s 11,' g10?a1
required to build the dam." And, though conceived prior to the market crash economic and politicalllrenas toward decentralizalion and pfivatlZatlOn. ~'or
of 1929,the project became a public employment initiative as thousands of instance, the developers of the ARPANET took on new roles and were responSible

172 C~RIS RHO


PUBLIC WORKS PRA(IICE Z7)
for project ol'gnni'f.ation ilnd lllMl:l8ctllenl, rCSCoIl'dlllnd de"'clopmetlt, 1II'~I~1l
and enginccring, and implemell1:ltioll :lnd m:lintCtllltl(C. Prujcl.t nwtll'lll'nll'1l1
N~
(UK.I itself was dispersed and diversified; the AI~PANET WllS crcnted hy I,n l...olv'IIM
Owi_
coalition of networked en1ities-some governmental (such as ARPA! Ad"',llllcd
Research Projccts Agency, Information Processing Techniques Office, lind N,ltiolhd
Physical Laboratory),olhcrs academidinstitutional (such as Mn~ UCLA, Stanford,
UC Berkeley, and Dartmouth), and still Olhers private/corporate (Uoh lkr.mek
and Newman, Honeywell, and IBM). Hierarchical, single-entity organi1.ations had
given way 10 dispersed matrices of public, private, corporate, institutional, and
academic entities; multiple voices, both "official" and traditionally underrep-
resented, were heard and integrated. Even the individuals at work on the net-
work moved from one organization to another, reflecting in organizational
structure and personal mobility Ihe new methodologies and mechanics of proj-
ect development and information exchange IF1G.41.

TOGETHER, THESE fOUR INSTANCES OF PUBLIC WORKS initiatives hint


at a relatively rapid evolution of project sponsorship, definition, impact,
organizational structure, and conception. Yel Ihe work did not evoh'e in isola-
tion; rather this genealogy of project types and logistics ran parallel with-both
influenced by and occasionally impacting on-national and global shifts in
domestic market cycles, military-industrial production, worker mobility, the
linking of global economies and governments, and trends toward government
deregulation and the consequent privatization of public goods and services.

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HAC:_ ............ e.-_ RAND
An early characteristic of public works projects, one alluded to in the initial
examples, was the rise of the professional engineer in social status and municipal
ranks. The unprecedented scale of these projects in the early twentieth century
was a factor in this development. Power initiatives such as the Tennessee Valley
::::;:~=-" B...n
Authority required new levels of coordination at a scale that stretched across
broad regions, or entire states, and between experts in multiple fields-
hydrology, dam construction, power generation, and transmission. Barbara
Rosencrantz, writing on the water supply situation in Massachusetls, illumi-
nates this national trend:

[nrre~singlyromplexronreptsofenvironmenlalsanil~lion ... sanctioned

lheaulhorilyofa whole new group ofex peru to protect the v'ple from
lhc evils accompnnying urbanization ~nd industrializalion. Mean-
while ... lincreasing undcrstandingofdisease) contributed to shifting
responsibility for health from the layman 10 thetrnined scientist. As
both prcvemionand cure ofdiscasc wcrc removed from the jurisdiction
ofcnlightcncdcommonscnsc.ncwappcalsforsanilarycontrolswcrc
phrascdinlcrmsofdcpcndcllceupollqualificdcxpcrts-thecnginecr.
the chcmisl. and the biologist."
The ascendancy of the professional engineer carried with it the pretense of the naval establishments or industrial establishments or industrial plants engaged
depoliticization of public works projects, given that issues and decisions were in war work"; public facilities and utilities and public health projects in areas
being considered by the most qualified of scientists and engineers and thus were near defense and war production and activities; radio monitoring stations; and
argued to be beyond the realm of politics." engineering surveys and services." Midcentury and the Cold War witnessed the
Other factors weighed in. During the 1930s and 1940s, the Works Projects birth of the Semi-Automated Ground Environment (SAGE) and Atlas missile
Administration programs and initiatives employed thousands of citizens during defense projects, pushing the military-industrial complex forward while simul-
a time of economic depression and recovery; the federal government now acted taneously introducing new, integrated (and eventually non-hierarchical) man-
as employer and contractor on its expanding roster of projects and services pro- agement structures and research and development initiatives into public works."
vided to the public. In fact, 75 percent of all WPA employment between 1935 Importantly, such developments parallel early advances in digital and comput
and 1943 was devoted to the construction of public works projects." Within the ing technologies and impact even Ihe way projecl teams organized themselves
context of employment-and economic-driven initiatives, the infrastructure of within physical settings. Here was a turning point. The scale and complexity of
the United States was radically transformed and expanded. It took only eight militaryrelated public works initiatives had reached a point where the govern
years to build: ment could not handle the task itself-and in which its ties to and reliance on
the production facilities of private industry was acute and obvious. Systems
67.000 milu of urban Stl"lS; 24,000 miles of n~ and 7,000 miles of
de\'elopment was becoming more multidimensional and dispersed.
improvtd sidewalb and p.alhs; ... 8,000 parks; 3,300 stadiums. grand
Simultaneously. mobility of both workers and capital was greatly expanding;
stands. and bkachfts; 5.600 athll1ic fu,k1s; ... SOO ..cate'1" trntllll'nt pla.nts;
structural shifts in the global economy were reflected in national and regional
1,800 pumping stations; 19.700 miles of new or repairtd water lines;
trends away from the old industrial economy toward new, more flexible produc-
880,000 comumer waler conntions; 6.000 n~ and upgradtd watrr
tion arrangements. Brooder economic trends in the 1980s and 1990s, perhaps
wrils; 3,700 slorage lanks and rtwrVOirs; 1.500 Sof'Wage treatmml plants;
initially spurred on by the energy crisis of the late 19705, led to decreased invest-
200 incinerator plants; 27,000 miles of ne.... and impro\'ed storm and
ments by governments in infrastructures and public works projects, especially
sanitarysewcn;639.000Sof'Wagc:scl"Yiceconnections;... 350 new and 700
under Reagan and Thatcher. Deregulalion of the airlines and energy sectors, and
impl"OYCd landing slrips and airpons. including 5.925.000 linear feet of
eventually of telecommunications, was one of the factors leading 10 increased
run....ys [andll ,119,000 linear fttl of taxi strips ... ; a tOlal of 40.000 new
privatization of infrastruclural resources and service during Ihis period. Private
and 85,000 improved public buildings ... ; 572.000 miles of rural rm.d5;
companies were now racing to compete for access to utilities, phone systems,
78.000 new and 46.000 improvtd bridges and viaducts; 1,000 new tun
and communications networks, and were themselves on Ihe forefront of devel-
nels for vehicles, p<destrians, lrains, $Cwen, and callie; uncounttd river
oping emerging technologies."
conlrol pro.lects.erosion control oper.ations,and minesealinginilia
Decentralization, deregulation, and privatization were factors leading to what
tivcs ... ;forcstconservationprojts ... ;300nl"W6$hhateheries;andthc:
Stephen Graham and Simon Marvin define as a "splintering urbanism," charac-
replantingofoyslerbeds ....ilhowr8millionbushelsofoysurs."
terized by interdependent networked infrastructures. assemblies of"sociotech-
Over the course of this tremendous undertaking, Ihe definition of the pub- nical~ apparatuses, the physical co-location of unrelated infrastructures (such as
lic works initiative, though still administered by a centralized federal agency, optic fiber networks laid along roadways), and the coordination of infrastruc-
was greatly expanded. As the United States geared up for war at the end of the tural, landscape, and architectural strategies in the emergence of the dispersed,
1930s and into the 1940s, public works projects assumed a military imperative. networked city.- Sanford Kwintcr and Daniela Fabricius have further detailed
A post-World War II government report on the WPA notes that "much of the an expanded view of infrastructure as anything that acts as an "engine of
work done by the Works Projects Administration in peacetime years was later change ..., every aspect of the technology of rational administration that rou
recognized as being of military value to the Nation"-especially projects at air- tini:lCS life, action, and property within larger ... organizations."l' Theirs reads
ports, military establishments, and on roads and highways." By the 1940s, like an update to the 1947 WIlA report:
defense and war initiatives were soon given priority in the WPA, and grew to
[Tlhe 5ySlcm~lic ... ~pr"$Sion of c~pltal, of deregulated currency, of inler
include landing field projects; Reserve Officer Training Corps, National Guard,
~Sl rates, cre.Jit iU.ltrurlIcnts, lrade trealies, market forces, ~nd the insti-
and naval training facilities; "roads, streets, bridges, and highways forming a
IUlionSlhalen(orccthcm; ... water,fucl.andcleetric~lrc.lervoirs,routcS
part of the national strategic highway network or providing access to military or
~lId r~I~S of Sllpply; ... demogmphic 1lI111:l!iOIlS 3nd ll1igr~lions, S,11dlilC
nelworks ~'ld loueries, logislics ~nd supply coefticie'\Is, lr~ffic compUI-
ers, ~irporlS and dislribution hubs,c~daslr~llechniques,juridicalrou-
lines, lelephone syslems, business dislricl sdf-regulalion mechanisms,
tv;lCUalionanddisaslcrmobiliulionprolocols..prisons,subw:aysandfrec-
w:ays ... ,parking garages, gas pipelines3nd meters, hOlds, public loilets,
poslal and park ulililies and managemenl, school systems and ATM
machints.;celebrity,advtrlising,andidenlilyengincering;railnodes~nd
~works, IdC"Yision programming, inlerstale systems, mtry porlS and the
public goods and agencies associated Wilh lhem IINS, NSA, IRS, FDA,
ATFI, ... dcc:isionmginctringpoob,wttblldsandw:alerbasins,civilslrUC_
IUrtm~inlenanceschedulcs' nbltdtlivtrysys,lems, ... int("rnelscaf_
folds, handgun rtgulalions, military dtploymtnt procedures."

Beyond mere physical systems and constructions, Kwinler's and Fabricius's


view implicates muhiple and (surprisingly) diverse administralive entilies and
agencies; elements of staging and time, via logistics and migrations; ttonomic FI&.5TIwIoltn"~'hrt~C_tlCUl'l"".lea,Gatew.... 'ollewncIoond:
ConnecucutGftloanI'l'le"''''''aflSllOl1 at.... ptOOIIOI_btvchut-e.t9<ll
and political forces; and various decision-making frameworks lhat allow for lhe
conceplualization and realizalion of such projects.
These developmenls can ~ traced in the birlh and evolUtion of large-scale sometimes of tenuous environmental or social relation, were required as part of
yet decentralized and increasingly distributed public works initialhes, manifest the project implementation, as an exchange back to landowners, the generaJ pub-
most profoundly in the example of the ARPANET, According to technology his- lic, and the environment for the discomfort of construction and implementation,"
torian Thomas Hughes, such projects required new types of professional man- Twentieth-cenlUry infrastructural and sociopolitical evolutions clearly
agers and management structures, in which
impacted urbanization, metropolitanization, suburbanization, and the extend-
system buildcn prtsidt[dl Q\'tr tCl:hnologiclll projects from conctpl and ed urban field. Early-and mid-century highway construction allowed for increased
prtliminarydtsign through rtst:llrcll,dn'tlopment,and dcploymelll. In distribution of industrial and residential settlements, spurred on by the return
order 10 prtsidtO\'tl' projtcls, system buildcrs nttded to crossdiKipli- of World War II veterans. Robert Moses's metropolitan New York parkways
nary and functional boundaries-for example, 10 become involved in were early landscaped infrastructures-green highways that responded directly
funding and polilinl slage-$Clling. Inmad of focusing upon individual to advancements in automotl\'e technologies and modes of production 'fiG. 51.
arlifacls,systcmbuildersdirccllheiranentionlotheinlerfaces,inter- Levittown and other government-sponsored housing developments were creat-
conncctions,~mongsystcmcomponenls." ed on cheaper land outside of dense city cores. with each family now able to own
a freestanding structure (fIG.!>I. Surrounded by a continuous landscape veneer,
Public works projects were further catholicized with the broadening of players these houses and lheir development structure reflected the landscape ideals of
and issues welcomed 10 the table. As old urban centers were remade during lhe earlier suburban developments, such as Olmsted's plan for Riverside in Chicago
1990s as destinal'ions for entertainmenl, culture, and recrealion, cilies began to and Ebenezer Howard's Garden City, yet were more economically biased and
compete with one another over quality-of-life issues and brand identity. In luring located even furlher OUt from the traditional, dense urban core, Frank Lloyd
residents, jobs, and lourists, cities remade their phYSical fabric, restoring old build- Wright's Broadacre City proposal reveled in the expansive, urban field of green
ings, tearing down highways, building new open space, and resuscitating deplel- suburban development IfIG.7I. And more recently, Rem Koolhaas has pointed
ed and polluted natural resources. Environmentalists, social advocales, business out that "Atlanta shifted [from center 10 periphery] so quickly and so complete-
leaders, community organizalions, and financiers were invited inlo an ever- ly that the center/edge opposition is no longer the point. There is no center,
increasing fold of cilizen and corporale involvement in public works initiatives. therefore no periphery. Atlanta is now a centerless city, or a city with a poten-
"Miligalion projects," often miles away from the main construclion site and tially infinite number of centers," rising intermittently from forest expanse.~

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and
ture and urbanism, and by extenSIOn Ian ;a~h h t they do'" he outlines an
what things look like and more concern. Wit w a ; nd is made
"infrastructural urbanism" that is strategIc, opc:ates at large sca es, a
physical/material when it encounters the local.
Other fields have witnessed similar developments, Ecological systems are now
described by more complex terminologies-matrices. webs, and networks, for
instance-and are characterized by adjacencies, overlaps, and juxtapositions." OEPARlURE POINlS , . ts urbanism housing, and
The field itself has experienced a dramatic shift away from an understanding of Recent and histo~ic advances in PUfbh~~:~;::lo~:~c~ices chara~terized by an
systems that attempt to achieve a predictable equilibrium condition to systems even ecology POlllt ,to a ne~ set r~o:~ance-driven aspects of landscape process
typically in states of change, adapting to subtle or dramatic changes in inputs, emphasis on operallonal,an ~ocus on logistics and mechanisms. Importantly,
forces, resources, climate, or other variables. Adaptation, appropriation, and flex-
ibility are now the hallmarks of "successful" systems, as it is through their abili- :~:U~~~~::'i::~;;;:,n~,7~~h':~'~i::;~::U~::~~~:~~~'~',:j:~:::~;:~~:~~;;~:~I,
ty to respond to contextual and environmental conditions that they persisL n necessanly extends be>:<>nd p y . ht of maintenance practices. It inc:ludes
In seeking to recover the architect's role in "questions of function, imple- f~nding, imPleme~t;~::~:~i~I::~~~ mechanisms of project conception a~d
mentation, technique, finance, and material practice,~ Stan Allen offers a con- blnh processes an . I t catalyze growth and succession, and adaptIVe
structive model for urbanists and architects operating in the new milieu, one development, strategies t.la I menlation and maintenance regimes. Moving
approaches to long-term Imp e
that engages time and process in the "production of directed fields in which pro-
forward, at least four trends, as follows,
gram, event and activity can play themselves out." He notes that ecology and engi-
neering are already performance-oriented practices, facilitating "energy inputs

I'IJIll(WOUSPltA(T1({ lBl
I. Blurring of Distillctions lJetwccn Tnlditionall;iclds of I)rllctice of project implemelltation. In sllch 11 dylllunk rlIlltrlX of tClllr()l','.~y P"lt;II',]
No longer do traditional separations between disciplines hold. The new public ships, strategic coalitions emerge and fadc or ,II lea~t ~u,pell' WOl ',~ II'
works are marked by the integration of functional, social-cultural, ecological, eets evolve and adapt to local circumstances.
economic, and political agendas. Limited resources demand that inlervenlions
satisfy multiple goals, bringing about hybridized solutions, with coordinated
urbanistic, infraSlrUCIural, ecological, architectural, landscape, economic, artis- 4. Catalytic ~nd ResPOn~tiV~o~::;~~~ltli~ns and operations to catalyze trall"for
The.ke la. 111 t~e capacI ~iC ecolo ical, or hydrologic processcs. Understanding
y y
tic, and political agendas. Architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, ecol-
ogy, art, social programs, environmental remediation, and more are embedded matlOns viasoc:~' ~:~ltati'on ma~ depend on short-term initialive~
to change
one within the olher, resulting in new projeci typologies irreducible 10 tradi- tha~l~:n:::;~ion: and to generate political will, public works pracllceS set oul
tional, singular designations.
:~eli~i~ary~maller-sca.le events ~~~~:~polat~~~:et~:~~e~:i;~::;:::~lr~~d~;:
. I entation scenanos must a c > u , Th
2. Appropriation of Infrastructural Strategies
and Ecological Tactics for New Civic Programs
;:~~~al changes and diverge from a step-by-step i:.pl:me:::~:~:~~~~triC:
implementation strategies are represented ~ore a I~ 0 n -ended futures. Pro-
While conceived as rational, absolute. and utilitarian, infrastructure has the
that allow for both defined and undefined II1puts an s~':.~nowledge the signif-
capacity to be appropriated and transformed toward social, cultural, ecological, . . hd rationoftenortwentyyearsormoremu .
and artistic ends. Architectural accretions. layerings of program and use,
existing infrastructures made useful-herein lies the basis for a new civic realm.
~:~t;ten~al impact of changing markets and. POliti~ a~~n~::':n~:::~:~~
and any number of forces, in general. t~at ~r~ ~I~P y yo
one created by appendage and insertion. ConverseJy, architecture and landscape consultant or clients at the time of project II1ltlatlon.
can appropriate the utility and serviceability of infrastructure. One could imag-
ine landscape/architecturaVurbanistic projects conceived as functional infra- LANDSCAPE URBANtSM-A.S A SE.T OF IDEAS and fram=~~~:n~::
structures, ecological machines that process and perform, public spaces that ground for design and urbanisuc practICes: perfonn~.ce-~. ba . t"c
literally "work." One might also imagine the creation of fertile testing grounds logistics-focused, networked. Here, the design practltloner IS r:-c;st ~ ur d:li~~
Ihat structure or initiate an unfolding of hydrologic. ecological, social-cultural,
system-builder, whose interes~ now enco~~:;~ ar:;;~iC' in~:lt~~~lUres .
and urbanistic processes and adaptations--earthen infrastructures available for
and implementation of expansIVe new pu . d' '1 t"ves put forward
appropriation and transformation and whose form is valued for its performa- The four trends outlined above, and the II1terests.an. ~m la I for rac-
tive rather than .sculptural characteristics:'"
in this volume, collectively offer a provisional yet o~~lmlstlC fra,:"e;;7;~rans~orm
lices in landscape urbanism. These emergent condlt,ons.areir:::e ublic realm.
3. Activation of Multiple, Overlapping Networks traditional design practices and the roles of those working p
and Dynamic Coalitions of Constituencies
Martin Melosi, Stephen Graham, Sanford Kwinter, and others have recognized
the decentralized or splintered characteristics of contemporary service provi-
sion and decision-making. Local municipalities are coping with limited resources
that must fulfill an expanding set of public needs and constituencies; they are
also subject to political and administrative changes that often reshume econom-
ic priorities. Fortunately, funding and organizational resources arc not solely
available to centralized municipalities; often community groups, arts organiza-
tions, research centers, and others have access to as many funding sources, and
therefore wield as much power over the definition and playing out of public proj-
ects. They also often have political inlluence. Thus, public works practices must
redefine and expand potential constituencies, stakeholders, and clients in the
course of a project. Critical is the early establishment of broad networks of poten-
tial stakeholders, different coalitions of which can be activated for various stages

PUBLIC WOR~S PR~C1ICE l8l


2. Sl8nll-y K. !khuhz and CIIlY McShane. "To Cllllint",r the Melropnlis: Scwcu, S~nil'llill".
~nd Cily I'limning ill 1.llle-Nincleenlh_Ceruury America,D 100mmi ofAlIJrri,.,,,, Hist(}ry,
vol.lXV(SePlCIllbcr 1978):390.
3. Ferl1 l. Nesson, Greal Waters; A History of Be>5lon's I\\"er SIlpply (Hanover, NH: llrandeis
UniveT$ily/Uni~rsity I'ress of New Engl~nd, 1983),2.
4. Eugene P. Moehring, PI,blic Works ami Urban History: Recetl/ Trends a",1 Ncw Direcrions
(Chicago: Public Works Hislorical Sociely, 1982).
5. S Martin Melos;'s discussion "Sanitalion Praeticcs ill Pre-Chadwid.ian Amuica," ill
The S<:lnirllry Ciry {&iltimore: Johl1 HopkinsUnivenityprcss,2(00),30-32.
6. Wall 51rI's economic forrolst for .he 1893 World's Fair, laken from Mario Manieri-Elia,
"Tow,utl an Imperial City; Daniel H. Burnham and the Ciry Beauliful Movemelll,"Giorgio
Ciucci Cl aI., NS., Thc Ameri"'n City; From lhc e<viIWllr to thc New DellI (Cambridge,
Mass.: The MIT Press, 1983), 15.
7. Schuilz. and McShanc, "To Ellginr thc Metropolis: 3%-
8. Nesson, Grm/ U~/crs, .36-37. S also RLport of the Boord of ,hc Melropolililn PlIr#:
QIlnmwioners (80510n: Commonweallh of Massamusc(ls, January 1893).
9. Schul~ and McShanc, "To Enginca tm MClropoJis," 396-97. S also Cynthia ZailUvsky,
Frcdcrid: lAw DlmslM llnd the Boston PlItt Systnn (Camb~, M;ass.: Bdknap Press, 1982).
10. The skip and cabkway i)'!'lcm isdcKribN by 1arTlC$ Tobin in "The Colorado,-in Grmt
Projts: "I'M Epic Story of/he Building of Amcrn-ll, From thc Tllming ofthe Mississippi to
th(' In......t;onof'he In/ann (NcwYork: The Fr Press. 2OO1),6~.
II. Jarnc:s Tobin, "Palhways." in Grml Projts, 226.
12. As qllOtl by Ros.cncram7- in Nason, GINt I\I>,CTS, 9.
13.lbid,9-IO.
'4. The Division of Engincering and ColUtruction dircctl 75 perecnl or more of lhe \\IPA
cmploymml unlil Ihe spring of 1940, aCCQrding 10 the Unill States Federal Works
Agency, "Enginring and ConstnKlion Projects: Fi",,1 Rq>OrI On til(' WPA ProgTDm,
1935-4) {Washington, D.C.: US Go'wnmcnl Printing Office, 1947),47.
15.lbid.
16. United Stales Federal Works Agency, "Wac Defensc and War Aclivilics~ Finlll Report on the
IVPA Progrom, 1935-43,84.
17. Ibid., 84-35.
18. See Thomas P. Hughd's descriplion of sYSlcms cngincrcing ill R=uing Promethros: Four
Mon"mcntnl Projts thllt O!nttged the Modern hl.>rld (New York: Vintage Books, 1998), 101.
19. S the discussion on COnlemporary infrastruclure mobililics in the ImroduClion of
51e-phen Graham and Simon Marvin, Splintering Urbllnism; Ne/worked Inflrmruct,,".
Technological Mobili/ics. llnd the UrlNIrl Condition (london: Roulledgerraylor & Francis,
2(01),1-35.
20.1hid.
21. Sanford Kwinlrr and Daniela Fabricius, "Urbanism: An Archivist's Art?- in Rem KOQlhaas,
Slefano Boeri,et al.,eds., MlltatiollS (B.atcelona: Actar, 2001),495--96.
22. Ibid.
2J.Hughes, RCS<l/itlgI'rollJethcus, 7.
24. Ibid., 221_23.
25. Rem Koolh3~s ~nd Iltu(C Mau, S. At, L, XL (New York: Mon~celli Press, 1995),836.
26. Richard '[1'.1'0rrn311, "ParI IV: Mosaics ~nd Flows,~ Laird Mosaics; TIle Ecology of
l.m,dscllpes "",llkgio"$ (Cambridge, Ellgl~Hd: C~mbtidge Univetsily Press, 1995).
27. David W~)lnerTl)Cws, lames Kay, ~nd NinaMarie Lister, cds., Hc Ecosystem Approach;
Complt'xity, Unccrltlimy, m,d Ma"llgillsfor Sustainability{New York: Columbia University
Press, forlhcoming). See also Robl,tl E. Cook, "Do Landscapes Learn? Ecology's'New
CONTRIBUTORS

Pierre Belanger is Assistant Professor of landscape Architecture at the Jacqueline Tatom is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Washington
University of Toronto.
University in St. Louis.

Alan Berger is Associate Professor of landscape Architecture at Harvard Charles Waldheim is Associate Dean and Director of the landscape
Uni\"ersityand Founding Director of Harvard's Project for Redamation Architecture Program at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape. and
Excellence.
Design at the University of Toronto.

James Corner is Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Richard Weller is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and Principal of Field University of Western Australia.
Operations. based in N{'\v York City.

Julia Czerniak is Associate Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University


and is principal of CLEAR.

Christophe Girot is Principal of Atelier Girot as well as Professor and Director


of the Institute of Landscape Architecture at the Swiss Feder,llinstitute of
Technology (ETH) Zurich Switzerland.

Clare Lyster is an architect and Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at


the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Elizabeth Mossop is Principal of Spackman + Mossop landscape architects and


Professor and Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana
State University.

Linda Pollak is Principal of Marpillero-Pollak Architects in New York and


Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University.

Chris Reed is Principal ofStoss landscape urbanism and Lecturer in Landscape


Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

GrahamI' Shane is Adjunct Professor of ArchiteC!ure at Columbia University,


Visiting Professor at Cooper Union, and Adjunct Professor at City College
Graduate Urban Design Program.

Kelly Shannon is post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Architecture,


Planning and Urban Design, KathoJieke Universiteit Leuvcn, Belgium.
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS

Introduction: A Rd~rmu Manifrsto ::: ~~~::~~::::i=ll=:~~r;:~:;~~etropolil~nArch;tecture (O~'A).


FIG. I: PhOIO by Andrn B~nli; courtny Andrn B~nli with the Domus AQ,d<imy.
FIG. II: Courtesy Andreu Arriola
Ter~ Fluxus, James Com~r HG. 12: Courlesy Catherine Mosbach ~nd Elienne Dole!.
All figures courtesy lamrs Corner/Field Operations. FIG. ll: Courlesy Alison and Peler Smllhsoll.
FIG. I.: Courtesy Alvaro Siu. .
Landscape as Urbanism, Charles Waldheim
FIG. t5: Courlc:sy Adria.an ~u~e/West g Landscape Archllecls.
FIGS. I-l: Courtesy Rem KooIh<J<uJOffice for MelropoUtan Archiledure (OMA).
FIG.: Photo by luis On; courtrsy loan Roigand Enrk BaIlie. Place as Resistance: 13ndscapeUrb.onism in Europe, Kelly Shannon
FIGS. 5. 6: I'holo by Hans Werlemann; courlesy Adriaan GeuzefWesl 8 Landscape Archite<:ts. FIC.S.l.l.:Courlesy13t1.'llldParlllerS
FIGS. 7_12: Courlesy Adriaan Geuze/West 8 Landscape ArchileclS. FIG. 1: Courlesy Joan Roigand Enric Batlle.
FIGS. Il. I.: Courlesy lames Corner and Stan Allen/Field Ope~tions. FlGS.~." Courtrsy Florian Beigel ArchilecU.
FIGS- 15. 16: Courtesy I,unes Coma/Field Operalions. FIGS. 7-9: Courtesy Dominique Prault.

The Emergence of Landscape Urb.onism, Grahame Shane


FIG. I: Courlesy Cedric Price.
::~~:~;~~~;:C~:~:lday,Margarila Jover, and Pilar Sancho
FIG. ll: Courlesy Andrea llrallzi with lhe Don~lls Acadel~Y,
An Art of Instrumentality, Richard Weller
All figures by Rkhard Weller and Torn Griffiths. ::~~_ :~::.~~::~:::~~~=~;;;c~::;~::'Architectu~(miA).
FIGS. ZO, 2t: Courtesy Paola ViganO,
Vision in MOlion: Represe'nling Landscape in Time, Chrislophe Girot
FIGS, I. ~.I-12.I~: l'hOlo by Christophe Girot Landscapes of Infraslructurc, Eli1.abeth Mossop
FIGS.l.: Photo by Georg Aerni. FIG. t: PholO by Spackman and MossoI"
FIGS.l,ll.:VidooSlillbyMar(Schwarz. f1GS-l"',6. 7: Photos by Elizabeth Mossop. .
FIG, 60 Photo by jean Marc Bustamanle. FIG. Y. PootO by Glen Allen/Hargrca\"es Associates.
FIG. 7: Courtesy Chrislophe Gir. Urban Hi hways and lhe Reluclant Public Realm, Jacqueline Tat.om .
Looking Back at LandSClpeUrbanism,luliaO:erniak fIG. Ie l>h:1O by Michel llrigaudlSodel: courlesy l.a 1)ocumentatron FrancalSel
HG. I: Reprinted from Carol Burns., On Sill': Archile<:tural Preoccupations,- Dmw;ng
Build;ng Tl'xt, ed Andrea Kahn (New York: Princrton Architectural Press, 1991) 152. Fl~.nl:e~i::::~:~uJ~udine Tatom and J.ulie ' : : ' ~~;w Olmsted National Hislory 5ite.
FIG. I: Courtesy Bruce Mau Design. FIG- l: Courtesy of the Nalional Park ServIce, F CTK

~:~::~ ~~~:~:~ ~~~~~a~:~n;r:~~~:~r1esy Yor~ Cily Parks Photo Archive.


FIGS. l .: Courtesy Eisenman Architects.
FIGS.. 6-~. H: Courtesy Hargreaves Associales. New
FIG. s: Reprinted from Luna II. Leopold, M. Gordon Wolman, lohn P. Miller, FI,wia/ FIG. 6: Courtesy New York City Parks photo ArchIve.
PrtlUua in Geomorphology (New York: [)c)vcr Publications. 1995), 285. FIG. 7: Courtesy IMPUSA.
FIG. to: Reprinled from Andruj Rachocki,AUuvial FAns (New York, John Wiky & Sons. FIGS.... 9. Courtesy Manuel de Sola Morales.
1981),26.
Drosscapc.AlanBergcr
FIG. II: Reprinled from Michael A Summerfield, -Fluvial13ndforms," Global
All imagcs by Alan Berger.
Geomorpllo/ogy(E$scx: Longman Group, 1991),255.

~~.~~:;i~~:;::~a~il;~~::: The Condi,ion of Postmodtrn;'Y (Cambridge:


FlGS. 12, Il, 1S-22: Courtesy Olin Partnership.
FIG. Z(: Reprinled from AnnaLee ~;"n, Reriona/ AJWlnlage: Culrure <lnd Com~rirwn
in Silicon Va//qand Routt 118 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994).
FIG. 25, Reprinled from Peter Owens, Silicon VaUey SoIUlion," LandKapt Architutrlft FIG~~~~~:~:~l~~?ClareLysler, Book cover reprinted from I. K. Rowling, Harry pomr ilnd
Milgazine{/unel999). ,lIe Orda of,I>e Plweu;x (New York: SchOlaS~~' ~~~;;uturt f)f Romllll Temples,
Constructed Ground: Questions of sc<>le, linda Pollak FIG. l (TOP): Reprinled fr~m lohn \~. Slampe;'Kl ~ Cambridge Unh-.:rsity Press. 2005).
FIG. I: Courtesy linda Pollak, Sheila Kt-nnc:dy. and Franco Violich. FIG~::;~t:~~~;;:::~:~~:.~~o;,}~iSlOry of Aw",tIlTt: Smings lind
FIG. I: Reprinled from Henri lefebvre, Th~ Production of Spact, trans. Donald
Ritlwls (New York: Oxford University Pres~, 1985).
NicholsonSmith(Oxford: Blackwelll'ublishers. 1991).
FIG.} {IIOTfOMI: 13 Rtprintrd from Julia Sniderlruln B;tchrxh. The wtr III II wrJen;
A PhorOfrllphic HIS/orr of Chiellgo's PIlrb (Washington, D.c': Cmtn for Amcriom
Placts,2001).
FIG. 4: Courtesy http://www.movron.org (accessed Augu~t 2003).
FIG. 5: Courtesy the New York Times.
FIG.6: Courtesy hllp:llwww.googlemaps.com {accessed "larch 2(04).
FIG. 7: Reprintrd from Pder u,ndeslruln, MTM Light at tM End of Ihe ChunMI:
New Y"rl: Tima; Magazine, April 14th, 2002. Courla;y of 1M New )ori Times.
FIG. 8: Courtesy hllp:llwww.a1liancdmdpon.com (acecssal Augusl 200]).
FIG. 9: Rtprintrd from MUrlen Kloos and Brigitte de Maar. !>chiph,,' A",hirret"re:
In""va/iveAirp"" lksign (Amsterdam: ARCA"l, 1996).
FIG 10: Reprinted from Elmer johnson. Clrirago Me/ropo/is 2020 (Chicago: The Univcr~ity
ofChkago Press, 2001).
FIG. II (TOP LEfT): Reprinted from Bruce Mau and lhe Inslitute wilhout Boundaries,
MlWi'l't Change (London: P~idon, 2003); (TOP RtGlm reprintrd from Martha Roskr.
/n the Piau "fl~ Pub/ic Obwva/ionJ of II FTnI"em Flyer (Munich: Hatje Canl'/:. 1999).
FIG_ 11: Courtesy Illinois o.,partment of Natural RtSQu",cs, hllp:llwww.catsiatf.coml
linklileslgalilpictlirrslcicero.htmandhup:llmaps.googlr.com(acces5e(IMarch 2004).
I'IG.14:CoUrlesyAlfonsSoldevilia.
FIGS.I~.16CTOl'}; Photos by Clare Lyster.
M
FIG_ 16 (IIOTfOMl: Rtprinted from Abi/IIre 4\7, MObnda (May 20(2).

Synthrlic: Surfaas. Pierre BtlangCT


FIGS. I. 10 (TOP). II' CourlayofThe United 5{ata Geological Survey.
FIG.!: Courtesy or Ihe Iowa Department of TransporI at ion and the Farwell T. Brown
Photographic Archive (Ames Public Library). Ames.lowd.
FIG. 3: Collrtesy of Kenneth C. Downillll Photo Colltion, The Smithsonian Institllte,
Washinglon,D.C.
FIG. 4 (LEfT): Collrlay oflbe Dwighf D. Eismho-. Library, AbikM, K3nsas;
(RiGIlTJ Courlesy of U.s. I).qN.rtment of Transportation, mkral Highway
Administution, Washington, D.C,
FIG. 5: Collrle~y of the Washington Slate Dqlartment ofTransportalion.
fIG.6: C 200] The Slate MllSClllll of Pennsylvania; collrte~y of the Nassau Coull1y
Museum, Roslyn Harbor, New York.
FIG. 7: Collrlrsy of the New ]erSt)' Turnpike Alilhorily.
FIGS. 8. 17. 1& C 1996-2005.. New Jersey Dep;;lrlment of Environn~nlal Protection,
Geogr;ophic Informalion System, Trenton, New Jersey.
fiG. \I (BOTTOM): Rel'rinlrd from Hancock County Journal & Carthage Republican: sannrd
by Marcia Farina; (TOP) (ourtesy of the United Slates Patenl and Trademark Office,
Washington,D.C.
FIC. 10 (BOTt'Oloi): Collrlrsy of lhe California Departmenl ofTran~porlation,Division of
Geomelric Des.ign, Sacramenlo, California.
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FIG. 13: C 2005, unhworks LtC and Thro~tical & Applird Geology.
FIG. 14: Courtesy of the Woods Hole Field Center. USGS Coastal and Marine Program,
Woods Hole, MassachusellS.
FIG. l~ (TOP): Photo by Captain Steve Nagiewicz; courtesy of NIScuba.com:
(BOTTOM) courtesy New York/New Jersey Ck.In Ocean and Sho~ Trust.
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