This inspiring and thought-provoking book explores how recent innovations in landscape architecture have uniquely positioned the practice to address complex issues and technologies that affect our built environment. The changing and expanding nature of "landscape" make it more important than ever for landscape architects to seek innovation as a critical component in the forward development of a contemporary profession that merges expansive ideas and applications.

The editors bring together leading contributors who are experts in new and pioneering approaches and technologies within the fields of academic and professional landscape architecture. The chapters explore digital technology, design processes and theoretical queries that shape the contemporary practice of landscape architecture. Topics covered include:

    • Digital design
    • Fabrication and prototyping
    • Emerging technology
    • Visualization of data
    • System theory

Concluding the book are case studies looking at the work of two landscape firms (PEG and MYKD) and two academic departments (Illinois Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design), which together show the novel and exciting directions that landscape is already going in.

chapter |6 pages


The only thing we have to fear …

part 1|116 pages

Innovative tools

chapter 1|19 pages

L A N D script _ data S C A P E

‘Digital’ agency within manufactured territories

chapter 3|17 pages

Computational landscape architecture

Procedural, tangible, and open landscapes

chapter 4|16 pages

Get animated!

Dynamic visualization and the site analysis process

chapter 7|21 pages

Data-driven landscape

part 2|113 pages

Innovative processes

chapter 8|18 pages

Manufacturing resonance

chapter 9|21 pages

Expanded ‘thick description’

The landscape architect as critical ethnographer

chapter 10|7 pages

Urban morphology phenomena

Post-industrial urban landscapes

chapter 11|18 pages

Ecological urbanism

The synthesis of ethics, aesthetics, and cybernetics

chapter 12|16 pages

Engineering nature

chapter 13|18 pages

Emergent convergent

Technology and the informal urban communities initiative

chapter 14|13 pages

Varying degrees of impermanence

Art and landscapes as critical provocation

part 3|34 pages

Innovative profiles

chapter 15|7 pages

Interview I

Mikyoung Kim Design

chapter 16|8 pages

Interview II

PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture

chapter 17|9 pages

Interview III

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

chapter 18|8 pages

Interview IV

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)