Living Landscape: First Harvest / Eerste Oogst

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Living Landscape is a research lectureship that will run from 2010 to 2012 at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. The lectureship is based on a deceptively simple premise: that landscape is less the arrangement of outdoor ‘space,’ than the tasks and rituals that people perform in their everyday lives. This notion of landscape as ‘lived practice’ or ‘performance’ is now widespread in landscape studies, but it has barely begun to penetrate landscape architecture education.

In the first months of the lectureship, students were therefore asked to interrogate their own understandings and prejudices with respect to landscape. They attended lectures and seminars by prominent scholars and practitioners, and tackled difficult readings on landscape drawn from the fields of geography, archaeology, art history, and literary studies. At the end of the term, they were asked to bring their revised—and hopefully deepened—understanding of landscape to bear on design tasks that ranged from urban parks to regional master plans. The following projects are the result.

Thomas Oles

Please navigate the pages on the left to explore student projects and writings as well as the contents of the lectureship.

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