JoLA 3/2016 is now out!

Covers of the Journal of Landscape Architect

The latest edition of the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA) is now available to read.

The Department of Landscape has historically been a testing ground for experimental ideas in art, aesthetics and landscape architecture. This is reflected in the school’s decade-long involvement with one of the only scholarly research journals that specifically provides a platform for the publication of design-based research in landscape architecture, the Journal of Landscape Architecture.

The visual methodologies section of the journal, Thinking Eye, was founded by artist, landscape architect and lecturer Catherine Dee and is currently edited by Kamni Gill, landscape architect and lecturer.

This issue features an extended visual essay by Sheffield student Catherine Dereix Carrillo, based on her dissertation work completed at Sheffield in 2015.

She explores the boundaries between the body and dust in a series of delicate graphite drawings that demonstrate that the human body is still a central point of reference in landscape architecture; that tactility and the sensual are important considerations.

The newest JoLA further demonstrates the diversity and rigor of the discipline. Elissa Rosenberg demonstrates the key role of landscape in the emergence of comprehensive planning principles in her thoughtful examination of the Baltimore stream valley parks and their relationship to William Gilpin’s notion of walking. Researchers in Belgium explore the implications of climate change in the highly urbanized region of Campine through both research and design propositions to address drought. And, the collaboration of landscape architect Bas Smets with French artist Phillippe Parreno—who is now exhibiting at the Tate Modern-- is the basis of an exploration of the relation between landscape and cinema.

In Under the Sky, the section on scholarly project critique, Saskia de Wit juxtaposes the experience of the French motorway with the intense sensory landscape of Garden of Birds, designed by Bernard Lassus in 1998.

Book reviews provide incisive commentary on a series of books that each show how design addresses change, whether it is through defining new aesthetic for landscape architecture and its realignment with a conception of nature as in a state of continuous flux in the works of Diane Balmori. Or, through reusing and reconfiguring infrastructure in response to changing economic conditions and social and cultural needs as seen in Ellen Braae’s reading of recent European post-industrial projects.

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