AALU design tutor Eduardo Rico will be giving a lecture within the Urban Ecologies Symposium held at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris. Eduardo will be outlining the design methodology behind Landscape Urbanism as well as another approach more linked to his role as infrastructural engineer within Arup. Both these two works are grounded on a critical engagement with social and material processes occuring in the territory, thus proving particularly relevant for the topic of urban ecologies.
Tomaz Pipan will be presenting his LU MA thesis at the China Planning Research Group at the UCL. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 10 December
Room 401, 4th Floor, Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H OQB 6:00pm-7:30 pm
The project puts forward an urban strategy and a design proposal for an economical and social sustainable development of peri-urban areas in China. The lecture is followed by a discussion where the issues presented will be discussed in a greater detail.
Structurally the course aims toward a synergy with the programme of the design studio, since, in its first term, it addresses the models and methods employed by Landscape Urbanism alongside an historically and socially contextualised account of the conditions through which these have developed. In the second term contemporary urban conditions are addressed as the focus of the programme whilst the conditions and possibilities these pose for the practice of Landscape Urbanism are critically explored. Whilst the programme of term one is principally concerned with an introduction to the discipline and its methods, then, the second term has a more contemporary and geographically specific orientation intended to respond to the specific sites addressed within the design core and the development of each student’s own critical agenda.
Students will be expected to work in groups for the seminar portion of the course.In the first term, the sessions will be largely given to lecture with minor input from student groups. In the second term, a greater role will be handed over to student group presentations.
Douglas Spencer gained a BA Hons in History of Art Design and Film Studies from Sheffield City Polytechnic, a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Sheffield City Polytechnic, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Architectural Theory at Westminster University. He has published research in a number of journals and books on the subjects of Urbanism, Landscape Urbanism, Utopian Design and critical theory
The project features Landscape Urbanism design methodology principles and is characterised by a bottom up approach dealing with local characteristics of urban villages in the existing fabric of Longgang, both in morphological and programmatic terms, as well as usage of landscape as a structuring force of the whole development. Details of these principles can be found in the original posts initially featured in the this blog:
On Tuesday 24th June, Landscape Urbanism students presented their work to a review panel as part of their summer presentation. The panel included the following guests:
Douglas Spencer (University of Wesminster)
Alejandra Bosch (Groundlab)
Ivan Valdez (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Jeff Turko (Nekton architects)
Alejandra Bosch (Groundlab)
Larry Barth (ALLU)
Pedro Alonso (Arup Urban Design)
Shajay Bhooshan (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Daewah Kang (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Arturo Layon (Zaha Hadid Architects)
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