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Topos 75 Sydney - New York - London

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Topos 76 Crisis Landscapes – out now!

When a crisis occurs in the world around us, we commonly think in terms of the human or architectural scale. This issue of Topos examines crisis situations in relationship to the landscape. These landscapes unfold as the result of natural disasters like earthquakes or floods or over time as the result of failures in human systems such as military or economic instability. This issue explores a range of situations and responses, ultimately asking the question: What is the role of design in the face of traumatic conditions?



Topos 75 Sydney - New York - London

These are the three metropolises that are explored in Topos 75. Three different world-class cities on three distant continents, yet all three essentially deal with the same question – what is the way forward in a future beset by uncertainty? Interdisciplinary, multifaceted and complex development strategies are introduced, all as responses to the significant challenges of today and tomorrow.


Topos 74 Building with Landscape


Buildings, bridges, promenades, architectural installations – where are they put?
Into the landscape, of course. But not only into the one obviously recognised as such but also the one that is the setting for our daily life. Anything built always becomes part of the landscape; it does stand alongside, unconnected. That is what makes things exciting, as demonstrated by the variety and above all the aesthetics of the examples presented here. In the context of landscape, beauty always plays a part. Architects optimise and stage both prospect and aspect. Drama and contemplation have the leading roles.




Topos 73 City Regeneration

Cities age too; they grow and transform, they are restructured and their land-uses change. It is not always a harmonious process. Often inconsistency and dereliction precede a new burst of development that gets things going.

The proposals and projects in this issue attest to the different forms that regeneration of urban spaces can take. Some are remodelled industrial sites, some require a long-term visionary concept.



Topos 72 Design and Function

Do the designs for open spaces meet the needs of their users?
Are newly designed squares and parks suitable for everyday use?
We tried to find answers by presenting projects from Spain, France, the Netherlands, India, China, UK, Poland, Luxemburg, Germany, USA, Israel, Lebanon and Australia.


Topos 71 Landscape Urbanism

Landscape Urbanism is the topic of discussion in this issue. How is this term defined in relation to landscape architecture, a term that has proven suitable internationally until now?

Do new responsibilities in practice and theory also need new designations? Or can the profession also be renewed under its old name and made fit for today’s complex tasks? Academics and planners from America, Europe and Asia comment on the topic, illustrating their points of view with concrete examples.

Additional special features: The work of Stoss Landscape Urbanism, winner of the Topos Landscape Award for 2010; and New Nordic Landscapes, a Topos Cooperation Project.




Topos 70 Sustainability

Topos 70 presents exemplary issues on sustainability in city and landscape. What does sustainability mean when it comes to landscape matters? There are classifications and certifications for buildings such as Breeam, Green Star, DGNB or LEED. But ist seems to be even more challenging to qualify landscapes.

Landscape Architecture Discussion Forum

Good reasons

Need more reasons to attend the event?Now you have the perfect one! …Continue

Started by Bruno Marques Oct 13, 2011.

What the hell is Landscape Urbanism? 4 Replies

I must admit that I am confused by certain terms every now and then. Landscape Urbanism is one of those. I missed the scholarly debates and some relevant meetings in Harvard or Beijing. Now it…Continue

Tags: Topos Landscape Award, ecological urbanism, landscape urbanism, landscape architecture

Started by Robert Schäfer. Last reply by Mitchell Rasor Aug 24, 2011.

Topos 72: Design and Function

I am always excited when the latest issue of Topos arrives in my mailbox.  Topos 72 did not disappoint.  I was particularly intrigued by "A Landscape Sculpture to Play On."  I am interested to know…Continue

Tags: 72, Topos

Started by Andrew Spiering Nov 21, 2010.

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Comment by Bruno Marques on August 28, 2012 at 11:44am

7th European Biennial of Landscape - Sept 27-29 2012 / Barcelona, Spain


Comment by Bruno Marques on September 20, 2011 at 8:58am

Dear colleagues


More info about the EFLA Regional Congress 2011, in Tallinn-Estonia

Comment by Juliane Schnee on June 6, 2011 at 1:48am
Join us on facebook now.

Comment by Juliane Schnee on November 26, 2010 at 3:06am
Topos Landscape Award

Every year Topos presents the Topos Landscape Award to a team of landscape architects which is neither at the beginning of its career nor in the top ranks of the profession.
We are looking for practices with excellent completed projects, concepts and theoretical approaches. The winners are given the opportunity to introduce their practice in Topos.
The next Topos Landscape Award will be presented at the IFLA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, in June 2011.
We would like you to put forward proposals for suitable contestants who meet the open criteria and are suited to continue the line of award winners.
The prize is given to teams, not individuals. We are looking forward to receiving your suggestions, which should not favour friends or colleagues, but preferably teams that we haven’t heard of.
We particularly look forward to proposals from Asia, South America and Africa, without suggesting that the award will go to one of these regions. Please send an email with a brief description of the proposed team, the address and web page details.
It will be interesting to see your nominations; should they not be selected this year, there is a good chance that they will be featured in one of the upcoming issues of Topos.
Submissions until 15 December 2010
Comment by Juliane Schnee on November 24, 2010 at 1:16am
Thank you Paul for that link. It is really worth reading.
Comment by Paul Deering on November 22, 2010 at 11:26am
Here's a positive contribution - Landscape Urbanism Vs New Urbanism:
Comment by Paul Deering on November 21, 2010 at 9:22pm
I don't mean to be negative, but I've been after Topos for maybe 3 years now to start an on-line version of their magazine. Seems kind of in the spirit of the content don't you think? I don't take paper anymore - magazines or newspapers - and yes I pay for the ones that provide good content and present themselves well. How about an iPad App Topos? - those big glossy advertisements look really good on an iPad. A paperless office means no paper in - as well as no paper out.
Comment by Juliane Schnee on September 6, 2010 at 2:30am
read some feedback of the 71 Topos in landscape+urbanism blog
Comment by Juliane Schnee on June 14, 2010 at 7:32am
What is Landscape Urbanism? A discipline, an instrument or just a term to promote people and programmes? How is this term defined in relation to landscape architecture, a term that has proven suitable internationally until now? Do new responsibilities in practice and theory also need new designations? Or can the profession also be renewed under its old name and made fit for today’s complex tasks?
With his editorial, Robert Schäfer introduces and reconsiders Landscape Urbanism in the next issue of Topos (No.71). (read here) editorial.jpg
Academics and planners (i.e. Charles Waldheim, James Corner, Mohsen Mostafavi, Adrian Geuze etc.) comment on the topic, illustrating their points of view with concrete examples.

Topos 71 will be out June 30. Save your copy, order now.
Comment by Andrew Spiering on April 29, 2010 at 8:33pm
L+U is excellent! Jason King also has another blog called Veg.itecture. Both are worth subscribing to...

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