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.
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