Capita Selecta Lecture Series

‘Landscape is not scenery, it is not a political unit; it is really no more than a collection, a system of man-made spaces on the surface of the earth. Whatever its shape or size it is never simply a natural space, a feature of the natural environment; it is always artificial, always synthetic, always subject to sudden or unpredictable change. We create them and need them because every landscape is the place where we establish our own human organization of space and time. It is where the slow, natural processes of growth and maturity and decay are deliberately set aside and history is substituted. A landscape is where we speed up or retard or divert the cosmic program and impose our own.’ –  J.B. Jackson

Thomas Oles

Thomas Oles is currently Lecturer on Living Landscape within the Landscape Architecture Department at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. His recent research focuses on the history and meanings of vernacular landscapes, the relationship between landscape, politics, and ethics, and the ways in which changing our understanding of what landscape is can yield more durable approaches to design and planning. He previously taught landscape architecture and urban design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oregon. His book Recovering the Wall: Enclosure and Ethics in the Modern Landscape will be published in 2011.  /09.09.2010

Alan Berger

Alan Berger is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the founder of Project for Reclamation Excellence, a think tank for solving issues of landscape reclamation through design, planning, and ecological thinking. His research focuses on the relationship between landscape and urbanization, and on new ways to see, measure and act on disturbed landscape systems. He is author of Designing the Reclaimed Landscape, Drosscape and Reclaiming the American West. /16.09.2010

Charles Waldheim

Charles Waldheim teaches the history, theory and contemporary practice of landscape architecture and urbanism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He focuses on the relation of contemporary urbanism to landscape. Waldheim coined the term ‘landscape urbanism’ to describe emerging design practices in the context of North American urbanism and has written extensively on this topic. He previously taught landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Waldheim has edited The Landscape Urbanism Reader and Stalking Detroit. He is currently completing the first natural and cultural history of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. /23.09.2010

Eleanor Fawcett+Jamie Dean

Design for London is a regional design resource for London. They work across London to provide ambitious improvements to the network of public spaces, from the doorstep to the street, parks and landscapes. Eleanor Fawcett studied architecture at Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her focus is on how design and the physical environment can shape cities and communities, developed through design research on cities including London, Mumbai, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, and Kabul. Architect Mark Brearley leads Design for London and is head of the London Development Agency. In his current role, he has been closely involved with more than 200 live projects, has worked on the formulation of policy, and the creation of numerous planning frameworks and masterplans. / 30.09.2010

Chris Reed

Chris Reed (winner of the Topos Award 2010) is founder of Stoss Landscape Urbanism, a Bostonbased strategic design and planning practice. Stoss operates at the juncture of landscape architecture, urban design and planning, and is especially interested in how landscapes work, how they reinforce existing city frameworks, and how they invent new ones. Reed is adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. /07.10.2010

Ken Smith

Ken Smith is unquestionably one of the most interesting voices in landscape architecture. He is one of the best-known of a new generation of American landscape architects, equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape, in projects ranging from temporary installations to residential gardens to regional parks. He established his New York based practice,  Workshop Ken Smith, in 1992. He recently opened a second office in southern California to implement his award-winning competition entry for the new Orange County Great Park. / 14.10.2010

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