The newest issue of the Journal of Landscape Architecture demonstrates the diversity and rigor of the discipline.
In this issue, Elissa Rosenberg demonstrates the key role of landscape in the emergence of comprehensive planning principles in her thoughtful examination of the Baltimore stream valley parks and their relationship to William Gilpin’s notion of walking. Researchers in Belgium explore the implications of climate change in the highly urbanized region of Campine through both research and design propositions to address drought. And, the collaboration of landscape architect Bas Smets with French artist Phillippe Parreno is the basis of an exploration of the relation between landscape and cinema.
In Under the Sky, the section on scholarly critique, Saskia de Wit juxtaposes the experience of the French motorway with the intense sensory landscape of Garden of Birds, designed by Bernard Lassus in 1998.
Thinking Eye explores the boundaries between the body and dust, in a series of delicate graphite drawings that demonstrate that the human body is still a central point of reference in landscape architecture; that the tactility and the sensual are important considerations. Selected Shorts, a new juried section on visual methods, offers three different interpretations of “field.”
Book reviews provide incisive commentary on a series of books that each show how design addresses change, whether it is through defining new aesthetic for landscape architecture and its realignment with a conception of nature as in a state of continuous flux in the works of Diane Balmori. Or, through reusing and reconfiguring infrastructure in response to changing economic conditions and social and cultural needs as seen in Ellen Braae’s reading of recent European post-industrial projects.