Landscape and Agency explores how landscape, as an idea, a visual medium and a design practice, is organized, appropriated and framed in the transformation of places, from the local to the global. It highlights how the development of the idea of agency in landscape theory and practice can fundamentally change our engagement with future landscapes. Including a wide range of international contributions, each illustrated chapter investigates the many ways in which the relationship between the ideas and practices of landscape, and social and subjective formations and material processes, are invested with agency. They critically examine the role of landscape in processes of contemporary urban development, environmental debate and political agendas and explore how these relations can be analysed and rethought through a dialogue between theory and practice.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays is a wonderful, diverse and apposite collection of essays that critically discusses the future of landscape. The editors have selected an excellent set of authors who question the past, present and future. Was landscape urbanism a part of a neo-liberal plot? What is the future of the social and common, shared spaces? Is a new mapping system required, or is there a new geography of the territory? These and many other design questions are pursued in this valuable and timely volume."
David Grahame Shane, Adjunct Professor Urban Design, Columbia University GSAPP, USA
"Wall, Waterman and the authors assembled for this volume move landscape to centre stage, where it is reconceptualised as actor. Landscape has agency. It has clout. It matters. It makes a difference, both for good and sometimes for ill. Recognising landscape's agency empowers those who shape landscape, but it also brings responsibility. Issues of social and environmental justice are integral to the creation of landscapes. Herein lies the challenge of Landscape and Agency."
Ian Thompson, Reader in Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK
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