Landscape Architecture: Loss Of Innocence

Metropolis reports that landscape architects have become infected with the 'same pretentiousness as the rest of architecture.'
March 21, 2002, 4am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"This show will be remembered as a watershed moment in the history of landscape architecture. Elite or star architects--some are now calling them "progressive," but I like the term "fancy"--have long borrowed from the worlds of art and fashion to amp up their output with glamour and shock. Now once-sober landscape architects are looking to these same noisome tactics. The trend is exemplified by the winning team, Field Operations, a partnership of stalwart architecture theorist Stan Allen and James Corner, the bad boy of the new landscape design. They produced "Lifescape," a remote fantasia that trades in obfuscatory "threads," "islands," and "mats."

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Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in MetropolisMag.com
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