These notes accompany a PowerPoint presentation Fragmented urbanism: the rise of Landscape Urbanism & the threat it poses to the continuously connected city
This is a crucial moment for urbanism. In the UK, The Portas Review, highlighting the UK’s threatened high streets. Around the world, cities are growing faster than ever. But cities – as we knew them – are under threat.
First, from the car. Car-dependent urbanism is the principal form of urbanism on the planet. our cities have become so fragmented by road systems in the last century that it is now almost impossible not to be far dependent – not without a major demolition and reconnection programme.
Second, from designers, accepting of the car and intellectualising around this complicity.
The aim of this talk
I have been forming my own views about Landscape Urbanism and am looking to raise a discussion within the Academy of Urbanism and beyond. Do people agree with me? If so, how do we respond? If not, why not?
Summary of the Landscape Urbanism aesthetic
Parcels of grey wrapped by ribbons of green
Landscape Urbanism as anti-ecological
“If you have a culture that is fundamentally automobile-based, then an urban model that is anti-automobile is counterintuitive at best. There’s a strange precept these days that asserts that people will abandon their cars if we simply build cities that don’t accommodate them”.
Scale – JW.
Interim uses eg temporary food production. How can this be coded?
Layouts need to be walkable and workable.
Working with the grain of nature.
GRABS – green and blue spaces.
“It was good to find out about a new academic threat to good sense, and I very much agree with your doubts about the universal value of green space.