Charting the latest advances in thinking and practice in 21st-century landscape, this edition of AD looks at the degree to which landscape architects and architects have rethought and redefined the parameters for the interaction of buildings, infrastructures and surrounding landscape. Landscape Architecture: Site-Non-Site defines the key moves affected in the revision of landscape, using a compilation of some of the most current work in the field. Featured designers include: James Corner of Field Operations, Kathryn Findlay, Adriaan Geuze of West 8, Gross Max, Bernard Lassus, Gustafson Porter, Maggie Ruddick, Ken Smith and Michael van Valkenburgh. There are contributions from Lucy Bullivant, Peter Cook, Jayne Merkel, Juhani Pallasmaa and Grahame Shane.
Michael Spens qualified as an architect at Cambridge University, and has received several design awards. He focuses on the engagement of architecture with landscape. Whilst researching Alvar Aalto, from 1993 he worked in support of a restoration programme for Aalto's Viipuri Library in Russia that involved professionals from Russia and Finland, and published Viipuri Library 1927-1935: Alvar Aalto (Academy Editions, 1994). Knighted by the President of Finland, in 2002 he became University Reader in Architecture at Dundee University. Other publications include Landscape Transformed (Academy Editions, l996) and Modern Landscape (Phaidon, 2003), and he also contributes to AD, Architectural Review, Architectural Research Quarterly and Topos (Munich).
Editorial. Helen Castle. Introduction. Site/Non-Site: Extending the Parameters in Contemporary Landscape. Michael Spens. From Mound to Sponge: How Peter Cook Explores Landscape Buildings. Michael Spens. New Architectural Horizons. Juhani Pallasmaa. Recombinant Landscapes in the American City. Grahame Shane. Urban American Landscape. Jayne Merkel. Toronto Waterfront Revitalisation. Sean Stanwick. Operationalising Patch Dynamics. Victoria Marshall and Brian McGrath. Recent Works by Bernard Lassus. Michel Conan. Deep Explorations Into Site/Non-Site: The Work of Gustafson Porter. Michael Spens. 'Activating Nature': The Magic Realism of Contemporary Landscape Architecture in Europe. Lucy Bullivant. Landscapes of the Second Nature: Emptiness as a Non-Site Space. Michael Spens. City in Suspension: New Orleans and the Construction of Ground. Felipe Correa. Impressions of New Orleans. Christiana Spens. Is There a Digital Future Landscape Terrain? Lorens Holm and Paul Guzzardo. AD+. Interior Eye. Seoul's Interior Landscapes. Howard Watson. Building Profile. Louise T Blouin Institute,. West London. Jeremy Melvin. Practice Profile. The Tailored Home: Housebrand. Loraine Fowlow. Home Run. Dosson in Casier, Italy. Valentina Croci. McLean's Nuggets. Will McLean. Site Lines. Night Pilgrimage Chapel. Laura Moffatt.