4–All is Full of Landscape

Editorial 4—All is Full of Landscape

Is it really? In the 1990s, landscape was reiterated as a tool to open up new conversations, projects, and reflections that dialog between the natural and the artificial. This meant that it could determine cultural, social, ecological, and economic forms; and in the process, landscape either becomes an overarching concept or it gets itself caught up in the particularities of the different categories. As the term continues to be prominent in the wake of climate change and the constant desire for technological innovation, where can these traces be heard, felt, read, and seen? Coinciding with the late-March launch of NESS.docs 2 Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas, this editorial surveys and questions landscape in its different forms and scales—from books and films to exhibitions and real-world solutions. It does not try to redefine landscape or to provide an answer to its many iterations but instead encourages an exploration of how it manifests itself in and through a variety of experiences.
The Garden of Forking Paths by Beals Lyon Arquitectos Ph. Cristóbal Palma

An Invitation to Explore: The Garden of Forking Paths by Beals Lyon Arquitectos

An installation within a park in Santiago that invites people to disconnect from the daily rush and dive into different narratives.

Parque del Centro de Exposiciones y Convenciones, by Bullan Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

Functional Landscape: Parque del Centro de Exposiciones y Convenciones by Bulla

In the existing urban landscape, a Convention Center is placed on a lower level and a park is created on its roof.

The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport complex by CARVE and Playpoint Ph. Playpoint (SINGAPORE) Pte Ltd

The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport complex by CARVE and Playpoint

An adventurous sliding attraction inside the Jewel Changi Airport.

Courtesy of Enlace Arquitectura

The Meeting Place: Plaza Jorge Somaca, Chapellín by Enlace Arquitectura

A restoration of a plaza located in an informal settlement in Venezuela developed together with the community.

Tainan Spring by MVRDV Ph. Daria Scagliola

A Peaceful, Urban Jungle: Tainan Spring by MVRDV

MVRDV completes Tainan Spring, a lush lagoon and park in the preserved ruin of a mall in central Tainan.

Overview. Dom Pedro II Park by FUPAM / LUME, H+F Arquitetos, Metrópole Arquitetos, UNA Arquitetos

Breaking Dichotomies: Dom Pedro II Park by FUPAM / LUME, H+F Arquitetos, Metrópole Arquitetos, UNA Arquitetos

A masterplan for the city of São Paulo that re-signifies the existent urban landscape in a project that speaks of both form and functionality.

Aerial view of the park Nabor Carrillo Lake, Courtesy PELT

Green and Bold: Lake Texcoco Ecological Park by Iñaki Echeverría Guitiérrez

An urban scale recovery process in Mexico that aims to regain the city’s natural landscape while improving its hydrological management.

Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico by Gaeta Springall Arquitectos Ph. Sandra Pereznieto Courtesy of Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

To Design, To Remember: Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico by Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

A memorial park in Mexico City that reflects on the process of creating a dynamic and sensitive public space in an urban context.

Jiangyin Greenway Loop by BAU Ph. Pavel Shubskiy - Egghead Photo

Flowing Paths: Jiangyin Greenway Loop by BAU

The project responds to the Yangtze River, creating new connections and circulations for this city in China.

Host and Nectar Garden Building by Husos ph. Manuel Salinas

Sensitive and Efficient: Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building by Husos

A building in Colombia that explores the relationship between eco-friendly devices and the social and cultural practices of its inhabitants.

Plaza Houssay by RDR Arquitectos ph. Javier Agustín Rojas

Architecture for the Community: Plaza Houssay by RDR Arquitectos

Reformulating the relationship between a park and its surroundings, this project reactivates a forgotten public space in Buenos Aires.

It Has to Do With Time

An exploration of Manthey Kula’s post-potential drawings, site-specific projects, and an email conversation with lead architect Beate Hølmebakk.

Your reflection by Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Ph. Adrian Aleson

Architecture as Experience: Your Reflection by Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa

A mirroring scenario invites visitors to a Chilean Park to experience public space in new and unexpected ways.

Urban Geographies by Pedro Correa

Contemporary Strategies: Common Places by Plan Común

A collective research that proposes critical solutions to encourage public spaces and social interaction.

Landscape as Cult. Courtesy Bureau Europa

Romantic Nature, Raw Cultivation, and Verticality in “Landscape as Cult”

Questions (re)emerge around landscape and nature in this exhibition at Bureau Europa.

Ladeira da Barroquinha by Metro Arquitetos Associados Ph. Ilana Bessler

Innovative Connections: Ladeira da Barroquinha by Metro Arquitetos Associados

A staircase that allows for different user experiences and that engages with the built heritage of the city of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.

Grito Alcorta by Opera Publica Ph. Gustavo Esmoris

How to Remember: El Grito de Alcorta by Opera Publica

Memorial Space and Monument to the 100th Anniversary of the Alcorta Farmers Revolt.

To Rebalance the Landscape: Paseo Civico Metropolitano – Alameda Providencia Corridor by Groundlab

A historic avenue in Santiago is updated to keep up with the cultural necessities of today’s citizens.

What is a River in California?

Heidegger, technological control, and the artistic perspective meet to explore California’s rivers.

Pyramids Playground. Courtesy AFA Group.

Urban Reliefs: Pyramids Playground by AFA Group

A play hub designed to redistribute activities between the courtyards and public spaces in a Moscow neighborhood.

Baakenpark by Atelier Loidl © Mark Pflueger

Urban Excursion: Baakenpark by Atelier Loidl

This intervention transforms a former industrial site into a new urban park for the HafenCity quarter in Hamburg, Germany.

Installation view of Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole at Sean Kelly, New York
 January 31 – March 21, 2020
 Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
 Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Shapes and Voids: “Towards No Earthly Pole” by Julian Charrière

This solo exhibition at Sean Kelly in New York features polar landscapes and explores how humans and the natural are inextricably linked.

Face to Face/Tête à Tête by PLANT Architect Inc. Ph. Steven Evans Photography

Conversation Piece: Face to Face/Tête à Tête by PLANT Architect Inc.

A transformation of parking spaces into an animated—and concentrated—parklet.

Freight Station Hannover by AFF architekten & TOPOTEK 1 landschaftsarchitekten Ph. Hanns Joosten

Open Expression: Freight Station Hannover by AFF Architekten & TOPOTEK 1

A mixed-use facility that combines a historic façade with a contemporary public space.

Ph. Pablo Gerson

Landscapes of the Unstable

An exploration of landscape that opposes the formalistic, closed, stable, and objective.