Interview with Chris Reed
Detroit Future City
in Beyond Urbansim
by Jeanette Sordi
Published June 2014 by List
Beyond Urbanism, 2014
Landscape urbanism emerged in the late 1990s as a critique of urban design's inability to deal with the expanded character of urbanization. Landscape has been intended as the medium through which to interpret the contemporary city and to develop a more ecologically informed urbanism. In the last fifteen years, several books, academic programs, and design projects have been developed under the landscape urbanism banner, contributing to blurring the boundaries between the spatial disciplines and multiplying and enhancing urban strategies. It is the project of a "school," whose main advocates are recognizable and whose intellectual history can be traced. Beyond Urbanism reassembles this story, starting from the main figures who developed the discourse and exploring the main cultural and academic contexts in which the field of landscape urbanism has emerged and been defined: from its origins to its new recommitment as "ecological urbanism" at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A series of interviews conducted with Mohsen Mostafavi, Charles Waldheim, James Corner, Stan Allen, Sanford Kwinter, Ciro Najle, Eva Castro, Alfredo Ramirez, Chris Reed, Pierre Bélanger, Alan Berger, Kelly Shannon, and Manuel Gausa, lets the protagonists speak of the discourse's origins, of their main references and research projects. An atlas of recent projects looks at the emerging practices, which are forecasting innovative relationships between the urban and the environment, and beyond traditional urbanism.