A Landscape Conversation: Design, Representation, Process

The paper ‘A Landscape Conversation: Design, Representation, Process’  by Ed Wall of The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Kingston University, London and Tim Waterman, of Writtle School of Design, Writtle College, University of Essex is  published in the March edition of  ‘urban’ –  edited by the Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
‘urban’ has been a vehicle for the expression of the most innovative ideas about urban planning in Spain and a meeting point for professionals and academics around the world. During its First Series, ‘urban’ combined research with a focus on professional practice, particularly in Spain and the Madrid region.  The New Series – ‘Critical Landscapes’ – uses four major vectors of interest; a generalist transversal character, a critical spirit, a regional vision of global processes and a recovery of the memory of our discipline– the new ‘urban’ offers a forum for debate in which the conditions of possibility intrinsic to planning are at stake.

 A Landscape Conversation: Design, Representation, Process


Landscape only exists through our experience. It is a process which acts upon us and upon which we act. It is an idea and an image defined through a conversation between us and the land. Every landscape is thus unique, and each possesses a character that can only be understood through experience, interpretation and representation. This paper frames an investigation into landscape, representation and design as seamlessly inseparable processes. Landscape both as and in representation through observation and recording, and landscape as and in representation through design and change are explored. The inseparable relationship between people and the land is the basis for reinterpreting the role of representation and the design process in the creation of new landscapes; it is a relationship that is being continually redefined through evolving environmental and ecological processes and through changing human spatial processes and practices. Within this context, this paper examines, develops and reveals a critical conversation about landscape, design, and process joining larger discourses, endlessly unfolding, linking, becoming.


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