Critiquing The Landscape Urbanism

As landscape urbanists hover in the exalted world of the designer-hero-genius, Emily Talen asks — where are the people?

In this piece from New Urban Network, Emily Talen provides a serious critique of the landscape urbanism. Although she admits that "it's easy to poke fun at landscape urbanism...the rapid growth of literature, academic appointments, and conference themes associated with it forces a more serious appraisal."

Upon exploring The Landscape Urbanism Reader during a recent trip through China, she concludes that "landscape urbanists are really, really good at describing things" and the movement is essentially unoriginal, contributing "nothing more than a series of restatements - in a hundred different ways - of the same issues that have been reframed, reconceptualized, and rewritten for the past 150 years."

Ultimately, Talen asserts that "by far the most serious problem with landscape urbanism is that it completely leaves out of the discussion something many of us consider to be pretty essential: humans."

Thanks to Scott Ulrich

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Nice job

Lucky are the students that learn under this writter. Clear and honest with out negativity. Thanks.

Landscape Urbanism = New Urbanism?

[Talen] concludes that ...the movement is essentially unoriginal, contributing "nothing more than a series of restatements — in a hundred different ways — of the same issues that have been reframed, reconceptualized, and rewritten for the past 150 years."

Funny, I think the very same thing when I think of New Urbanism.

Best,

D

people haven't changed = boring?

Difference being, any city worth it's salt in some way is based on ideas the New Urbanists promulgate. It's like saying, good grammer has been around for centuries. It's kind of essential if you want to tell a good story, in any language.

Same thing, only different.

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    Difference being, any city worth it's salt in some way is based on ideas the New Urbanists promulgate.

My point being, there is nothing new in the NU package. We have simply forgotten how to develop nice places since WWII.

Half the articles on this site are restatements of the same thing, and half of those are about NU and how it restates the same ideas. These ideas have been around for hundreds of years. Hundreds.

Best,

D

ok

If we've forgotten how to develope nice places since WWII, and that's when Modernist Planning based on the automobile became dominant, why not call it like it is? Is it the lack of originality, or lack of quality that you bemone the most? Here's another idea that's completely unoriginal, do on to others as you would nave them do on to you. Why do you think people have been repeating that one for hundreds of years? Hundreds.

Not what I wrote.

Here's another idea that's completely unoriginal, do on to others as you would nave them do on to you. Why do you think people have been repeating that one for hundreds of years? Hundreds.

Do all NUs make up strawmen and mischaracterize arguments, or just you?

Come now.

Best,

D

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