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The origins of landscape architecture a professional title and an art

 I really enjoyed Charles Waldheim’s lecture, above, and it inspired me to reconsider our profession’s name. I plan to review Waldheim’s book on Landscape as Urbanism – a general theory when it appears and will comment here on the section of the lecture in

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Where should Britain’s new housing be built? London?

The UK’s population expected to rise by 10 million in 25 years. This will take it from 64.6 million to 74.3 million in 2039. As Ebenezer Howard asked ‘Where will the people go?’. Birmingham’s population is 1.074m so that’s another

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Chandigarh 4 (of 4): Pinjore Yadavindra Mughal garden design

Corbusier visited Pinjore’s Mughal Garden when working on the design of Chandigarh – and it is a pity he did not learn more from the experience. Corbusier could also have read Constance Villiers-Stuart’s account of the Pinjore garden (in The

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Piano’s Paddington Skyscraper

Renzo Piano has designed a Skyscraper for Paddington. Simon Jenkins calls it the Paddington Pole and comments that ‘Unlike the Shard, the Pole appears to have all the subtlety of a cigarette.’ I see it as the Paddington Pepperpot and

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A landscape architects’ approach to greening Tooley Street in London

Robert Holden and Tom Turner discuss the landscape architecture of Tooley Street with reference to its history and to the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl.  The name Tooley Street is a corruption of ‘St Olave’s Street’ – and

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Edinburgh’s Waterfront Redevelopment – the need for landscape urbanism

Richard J Williams (born in Washington DC and  Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at Edinburgh University College of Art) is right about the redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Waterfront . He wrote in the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine that  ‘It starts promisingly

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Landscape architects appointed for Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent

Congratulations to Spacehub on being appointed as landscape architects for Ebbsfleet Garden City. I hope they will be able to follow the landscape urbanism principle, that urban design should be led by landscape architects. A possible problem with this is

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The landscape architecture of Le Corbusier and the other Pioneer Modern Masters

Edwin and Joy Hoag, in a 1977 book, identified the Masters of Modern Architecture as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Their relationship with landscape architecture deserves more attention than it normally receives. Thinking

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Chandigarh 3 (of 4): The garden design of Nek Chand’s Illegal Rock Garden

Nek Chand Saini’s (नेक चंद सैनी) Rock Garden in Chandigarh is a remarkable contrast with Corbusier’s Capitol Complex, which it adjoins. Corb’s work is sterile, vacant, glaring and unused. Chand’s work is fascinating, cool, shady and very popular. How is

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Chandigarh 2 (of 4): The landscape architecture of Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex

Of the four ‘masters of modern architecture’ (Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe) Corb was the most interested in the integration of architecture and landscape. His design for Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex is a major example

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