Landscape (Sub)Urbanism in Theory and Practice

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Abstract

This two-part paper superimposes current landscapeurbanist theory onto practical suburban master planningexperience so as to help landscape architects play a more influential role in shaping contemporary patterns of suburbansprawl. The theory and practice described are predicated upona sense that the incipient movement of landscape urbanism iswell suited, but not yet practically applied to suburban conditions.It is argued that the discourse of landscape urbanism needs todefi ne itself more clearly in relation to dominant socio-politicaland aesthetic movements such as smart growth, green urbanism,and new urbanism. Via the discourse of landscape urbanism,the practice of landscape architecture in suburbia can shiftfrom one of relative superfi ciality to one of structural infl uence.The paper fi rst positions landscape urbanism in the context of awider array of (sub)urban planning and design theories. It thendescribes and refl ects upon a three-year master planning projectof a suburban residential development for 40,000 people inPerth, Western Australia. This project suggests that the status ofthe master plan in relation to landscape urbanism’s emphasis onindeterminacy is a key issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-267
JournalLandscape Journal
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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