Between hermeneutics and datascapes: a critical appreciation of emergent landscape design theory and praxis through the writings of James Corner 1990-2000(Part Two)

Authors

  • Richard Weller

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34900/lr.v7i1.93

Abstract

This, the second of a two part essay, continues to trace the theoretical work of James Corner over the period 1999-2000. Following Corner's lead, this second half of the essay summarises and comments upon some emerging design methods and specific design projects so as to situate the issues raised in part one. Part two begins with the unbuilt Pare de la Villette of 1982 by Rem Koolhaas and discusses its ramifications. The essay revolves around arguments put forward by Corner in the late 1990s for the agency of landscape design as structuring development rather than symbolising culture and nature, arguments for what landscape design does not what it means. To facilitate this, the writings of Bart Lootsma and Alex Wall who, along with Corner, presented the most pertinent and provocative themes in Corner's latest book Recovering Landscape: Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, are considered in some detail. Part two concludes with thoughts on datascaping - a new design methodology synonymous with current trends in Dutch urbanism and one that impresses Corner with its capacity to manage and manipulate complex design programmes. Taken as a whole, the essay offers neither a set of findings nor feigns conclusion rather, it goes to the co-ordinates Corner has set out and explores the field they demarcate. The essay does, however, seek to qualify the claim that James Corner is articulating a middle ground between the deleteriously exclusive categories of landscape planning and landscape design and that this middle ground is crucial for landscape architecture's future as a 'synthetic and strategic art form'.

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Published

2001-03-01

How to Cite

Weller, R. (2001). Between hermeneutics and datascapes: a critical appreciation of emergent landscape design theory and praxis through the writings of James Corner 1990-2000(Part Two). Landscape Review, 7(1), 25–43. https://doi.org/10.34900/lr.v7i1.93

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Reflection