Landscape Urbanism in Building Design magazine

Building Design issue 20/07/2007 out today.

Thomas Muirhead has hailed this year’s projects review as ashow that no architect or London planner should miss.”

Radical approach to cities rethinks the urban myths

All the Landscape Urbanism projects directed by Eva Castro of Plasma Studio begin by rejecting the obvious to seek fresher ways of analysing cities. If the drawings of this group seem beautiful, this is not because they self-consciously try to be so but because they are the outcome of scientific, logical processes. If only one were singled out, this might be Responsive Coastline by Alejandra Bosch for her denunciation of the stupid antiecological developmental model being pursued in Dubai. Instead she proposes extending the desert into the ocean, not as palms but as irregular land tentacles that work with sea currents instead of against them, and offer more inspiring possibilities.

This is a show that no architect or planner in London should miss, but to get the most out of it visitors should be critical and selective or they will be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of work displayed.