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Landscape Urbanism is one of many buzzwords in our field that sound great and are highly fashionable, but elude easy definition.
His attempt at clarification is what makes this text, which is the first monograph on the topic, so valuable. Waldheim approaches the development of a general theory of landscape urbanism through a critical review of landscape architecture and planning practices rather than through an abstract exploration of theoretical positions.
As such, each chapter of Landscape as Urbanism defines a particular aspect of the term through the lens of landcape projects, beginning with chapter one, which proposes that landscape is urbanism.
The second chapter further develops this concept of landscape as autonomous self-organization—referring to nature as an ecological system whose open-endedness and flexibility [End Page ] informs urban design.
For Waldheim, the aesthetic component appreciated by the postmodern donor is less the landscape object itself, but more the diagram on ecological principles—illustrating the open-ended process.
Chapter four develops the link between post-Fordist economies and logistic landscapes, and chapter five connects the origin of landscape to the urban crisis of industrial decline. This enables him to reject common cultural semiotics of landscape as an outdated and unnecessary baggage.
Chapter eight strengthens the impression that Waldheim observes a transformation of landscape from a three dimensional spatial experience to a two dimensional plan view: To support this argument, in chapter nine Waldheim goes back to the beginning of landscape architecture, claiming that the Bois de Bologne in Paris walddheim Central Park in New York City were foremost urban planning projects rather than picturesque designs.
Those projects marked the beginning of professional landscape architecture.
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