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Palimpsestous Landscapes: Post-Industrial Parks

Urška Škerl /

A post-industrial park is typically a sexy landmark, easy to make a story of, photogenic, and a palimpsest in itself. It presents a victory of public use over the private and industrial by opening previously closed-off spaces. A post-industrial park offers some crucial topics of remediation, adaptive reuse, and social integration, among others. For a […]

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Circles, Disks and Rings

Urška Škerl /

Observed as a recurring phenomenon in nature and universally interpreted, the circle stands as a fundamental geometric shape. It symbolizes various concepts such as infinity and unity, among others. In constructed environments, the focal or central point of a circle can be represented by a tree as the axis mundi, a fire pit or an […]

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The Novel City: Faux Nature Maze

Urška Škerl /

When we speak of Nature in cities, the question we want to stress is, is nature in cities natural or in fact an artefact? When we speak of natural processes, they of course take place but apart from spontaneous nature, left to random succession, emerging in spaces that Gilles Clément calls the third landscapes, there […]

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HPO: On Temporary and Incomplete

Urška Škerl /

HPO is an art and event-architecture group from Ferrara. Their work has been, among other venues, presented at Milan Design Week and 18. Venice Biennale.

In the interview, we discuss the marginal position, DIY, incomplete architecture and the importance of play.

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Observatorium: Public Art for Public Spaces

Landezine talks to Andre Dekker, who, together with Ruud Reutelingsperger, Lieven Poutsma and Geert van de Camp, forms a public art collective Observatorium. In the video, Dekker gives a 30-minute-long presentation of some of Observatorium’s most recent and most important works. Their artworks traverse the realms of urban planning, landscape design, architectural innovation, and artistic […]

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Tim Waterman On Astronauts, LSD and Landscape Architecture / Lecture + Q&A

Tim Waterman is Professor of Landscape Theory and Inter-Programme Collaboration Director at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is Chair of the Landscape Research Group (LRG), a Non-Executive Director of the digital arts collective Furtherfield, and an advisor to the Centre for Landscape Democracy at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He is also […]

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LILA 2023 / Lisa Diedrich on Aesthetics of the Transitory and Operating As a Radicant

In this interview, Zaš Brezar talks to Prof. Dr. Lisa Diedrich, the winner of LILA 2023 Honour Award. She speaks about her professional development throughout the years and specifically about being a ‘straddler’ between professional practice and academia. She references several books and projects that inspire her as a landscape architect, architect, journalist and especially […]

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Interview with Taktyk: Landscape Architecture is Not Enough

Landezine met with Taktyk at the XII Barcelona International Landscape Biennial in November 2023, at the same place where we made the first interview, seven years ago. Taktyk’s work is a collage of collaborations showing sensitivity to the site, tackling its most vulnerable spots. Sébastien Penfornis and Thierry Kandjee seek through prospective visions, on-site works […]

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Strategies Against Sameness #2

Zaš Brezar /

We continue with French philosopher Michel Foucault. In his 1967 speech to an architecture audience, he introduced the concept of “heterotopia”. It was published in 1984 as an essay, Des Espaces Autres (Of Other Spaces), and it deals with the nature of space and its relation to society. Heterotopias are unique spatial entities that challenge conventional notions of space and compel reflection on the social, cultural, and ideological matters of our world.

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Ecology is Invisible / Interview with Günther Vogt

Günther Vogt probably needs no introduction in our profession; he has been an important practitioner for a couple of decades now, appreciated globally for his rich, non-linear and adventurous design approach. Initially, his education was more in the direction of botany. He later shifted to landscape architecture by studying in Rapperswil, Switzerland. After his study […]

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Let’s Talk About Sustainability.

Thorbjörn Andersson /

Today’s most urgent topic for all professional groups everywhere must be how to give our planet and its inhabitants possibilities to survive. Never before has the professional field of landscape architects shifted its goals so quickly, as we have seen only over the last few years. The focus for landscape architecture nowadays is clearly sustainability. […]

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Betania Garden – Rich and Detailed Composition With Minimum Amount of Moves

Sarah Cowles of Ruderal presents their design for the Betania Garden near Tbilisi, Georgia, which was awarded LILA 2023 Special Mention in the Garden category. We start the discussion with an update on Arsenal Oasis, another LILA-winning project from 2021 (See the presentation). For the Betania Garden, the LILA 2023 jury wrote: At first glance, […]

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Strategies Against Sameness #1

Zaš Brezar /

The production of landscape architecture projects has been in recent years outstanding, and our entire professional community has much to be proud of. But as always, there is a flip side; like in architecture or any design discipline of the globalised and speeding-up world, we are faced with a sea of sameness. Too many buildings […]

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Claude Cormier, 1960 – 2023

It is with sadness that we learned about the passing of renowned Canadian landscape architect Claude Cormier. In 1995, he established Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes in Montreal and, in nearly three decades, received a plethora of awards for his work, both in Canada and internationally. At Landezine, we featured a selection of projects by his […]

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The Cute, the Bad and the Ugly – On Urban Biodiversity and Ecological Aesthetics

Zaš Brezar /

Urban biodiversity? Yes, please! Nevertheless … … Due to the transitional phase of our understanding of nature in the light of the Anthropocene, there are still some important notions, contradictions and misunderstandings that need to be addressed. To do so, we will operate with terms like nature, ecology, biodiversity, landscape, and aesthetics, and we’ll focus […]

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The Paradigm Shift and Spaces of Meaning

Zaš Brezar /

»Paradigm shift« has been, for at least a decade now, one of the most used phrases in landscape architecture. We use it mainly to address the need to focus on design with natural processes in mind. This is important as it concerns our core values, attitude towards nature, the understanding of natural processes and the […]

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Artificial Intelligence, Generative Design and Landscape Architecture

Zaš Brezar /

The AI services embedded in tools for creative profiles are developing so rapidly that this article will definitely be outdated by 6 pm tomorrow. Last year we featured a piece on Midjourney and similar platforms, and it already reads like Grandpas discussing ‘the internets’ back in the 90s. I suppose enchantment by civilisation’s technological advances […]

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LILA Honour Award 2022: Gilles Clément

We are thrilled to share with you the interview with LILA 2022 Honour Award winner Gilles Clément. The interview was conducted in Paris in November 2022 by Zaš Brezar and Joost Emmerik. The editors wrote in the award statement: Gilles Clément (1943) is a French landscape architect or better ‘paysagiste’, having a more garden design-related […]

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Winners of Streetlife Design Competition Announced!

We are delighted to let you know that the competition Streetlife organized together with Landezine reached its grand finale this past weekend! Nearly 200 guests and participants gathered in a beautiful Hooglandse Church in Leiden, Netherlands. The 12 finalist teams presented their projects, and the six recognitions were announced. See the winning projects on streetlifedesigncompetition.com […]

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Second Glance – 6th LAE Landscape Architecture Europe edition: Prof. Dr. Lisa Babette Diedrich

We are focusing on one of the most influential landscape architecture platforms; LAE – Landscape Architecture Europe. For nearly 20 years, the triennial book has been bringing a complex multilayered reflection on the most interesting recent European projects. Prof. Dr. Dipl. -Ing. Lisa Diedrich presents the last edition titled Second Glance. She also presents the editorial […]

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Interview: Léon van Geest, Rotterdam Rooftop Days

Rotterdam Rooftop Days (Rotterdamse Dakendagen) is an annual festival that promotes rooftop living and emphasises the potential of roofs in mitigating issues of public space, empowering communities, reducing urban heat, increasing urban biodiversity, urban food production etc. It features Knowledge Day, Rotterdam Rooftop Walk, various cultural events and, most importantly, establishes a network of permanently […]

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Using Artificial Intelligence In Your Design Process

Zaš Brezar /

Zaš Brezar on AI and the design process in the landscape architecture profession.

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Dr. Stephan Brenneisen: Living Roofs – Biodiversity and Water Retention by Design Measures

Dr. Stephan Brenneisen /

Dr. Stephan Brenneisen from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences has been researching urban biodiversity and roofs for over 25 years. In a video presentation, he talks about his findings. We asked him specifically to speak about what to keep in mind when designing biodiverse roofs. What can landscape architects learn from his extensive experience, […]

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The Enchanting Secrecy and Liberating Uselessness of Roofs

Zaš Brezar /

In this essay, Zaš Brezar writes about the role of urban roofs in our collective memory. Illustrating the meaning of roofs through a selection of cultural references from films and music. The article is a part of Living Roofs focus on Landezine that is going on in October and November 2022.

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Interview with Jenny Osuldsen of Snøhetta, LILA 2021 Honour Award winner

Jenny Osuldsen is one of the directors at Snøhetta, a multidisciplinary office that works between architecture, landscape and graphic design. The LILA Honour Award 2021 celebrates Snøhetta for its trans-disciplinary approach to the design process and, specifically, the ability to merge thinking about landscape and architecture. The results are often precious urban moments that host […]

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LILA 2021: Estudio Ome Present Their Winning Forest Garden

Susana Rojas Saviñón and Hortense Blanchard are the driving forces behind Estudio Ome, a young 5-member landscape architecture practice based out of Mexico City. Their first realized project Forest Garden immediately received LILA in the garden category. Besides that, we could easily say that Ome is LILA’s young-talent discovery of 2021. We really look forward […]

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Design For Forest

Zaš Brezar /

Every landscape architect should be well-aware of the role of forests both in environmental and social sense. Forests are dark and seem wild, so clearings feel liberating and secure. Visibility is low which makes forest misterious or even terrifying. One can get lost pretty quickly, so paths are of paramount importance. For landscape architects forests may be attractive as there are more tools for playing with the natural light and volumes.

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LILA 2021: Gepke Heun and Lodewijk van Nieuwenhuijze present H+N+S’ winning project

The winner of the LILA 2021 infrastructure category is Area development Ooijen-Wanssum in the Netherlands by H+N+S Landscape Architects. H+N+S already won LILA 2017 Office Award and we frequently feature their works. In the Ooijen-Wanssum project, H+N+S have, in their very own Dutch way, invented a new dike typology – innovative terrain modelling for more […]

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LILA 2021: João Nunes of PROAP Presents the Winning Quays of the River Schelde

João Nunes is the general coordinator of PROAP, an internationally recognized landscape architecture firm with offices in Portugal, Italy and Angola. In the video, Nunes describes the development of PROAP in the past 25 years and then presents their LILA 2021 winning project: Quays of the River Schelde in Antwerp. The project won (ex-aequo) the […]

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LILA 2021: Sarah Cowles of Ruderal Presents their Winning Project Arsenal Oasis

Arsenal Oasis is a unique project located in Tbilisi Georgia. It was designed for the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale by an urban design and research studio Ruderal. In this video, the designer Sarah Cowles explains the forces and circumstances that shaped the project. The LILA 2021 jury wrote: Arsenal Oasis is an experimental project that deals […]

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Designing Little Island: Interview with Signe Nielsen of MNLA

Zaš Brezar /

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to talk to Signe Nielsen of MNLA about the many challenges and joys of designing the landscape for Little Island – an entirely constructed landscape that opened less than a month ago in NYC. We will soon publish more on the project, but first, you are kindly invited to […]

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A Great Tree Has Fallen

Robert Schäfer /

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, 1921 – 2021

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Landezine Talks: Martin Rein-Cano on the effects of the COVID-19 on Landscape Architecture

Today, 23 April, Robin Winogrond (Studio Vulkan), Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek 1) and Zaš Brezar (Landezine) were supposed to meet for a public discussion in Berlin. For the obvious reasons, the event was postponed. Instead, we are releasing this new podcast, where Zaš Brezar and Martin Rein-Cano are discussing the effects of Coronavirus pandemic on work […]

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10 Notions on Landscape Architecture: Thorbjörn Andersson

Thorbjörn Andersson was speaking in City Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia on May 7th, 2019.

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Video Lecture: Wagon Landscaping

The Lecture was recorded on 4.4.2019 at the Department for Landscape Architecture, Biotechnical Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Elger Blitz of Carve

Carve is a Dutch group of designers and landscape architects focused in playgrounds. Their work spans over more than two decades and can be found in various other places, Hong Kong, Singapore, Istanbul … Their projects are site-specific objects and playscapes that offer various different uses. We met Elger Blitz, director of Carve in their […]

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Landezine Visits Bureau B+B

Recorded in Amsterdam in November of 2018.

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Liam Young: “Product Design And Landscape Design Are The Same Act”

Liam Young is together with Kate Davies running the Unknown Fields project. They travel around the world and explore landscapes behind objects we used on a daily basis: materials for our phones, fabrics for clothes, lithium for batteries … We caught Liam in Ljubljana, where he was narrating Unknown Fields film live.  

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Fourth Dimension of Space

Matej Blenkuš /

Matej Blenkuš, MSc (Aalto), is Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty for Architecture, University of Ljubljana

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Landezine Visits Karres en Brands

Landezine visited Karres+Brands in their new gorgeous studio in Hilversum, Netherlands on November 2nd, 2018. You can see their projects on Landezine or on their homepage.    

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Do Roundabouts Need Landscape Architects?

Zaš Brezar /

main image: © Nación Rotonda

In the past decade or two, roundabouts have become a wide-spread phenomenon in Europe, bringing with them a series of issues, above all related to their number, location, and the ornamental structures placed in their centres.

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River Restoration Landscape Between the Ecology and Aesthetics

Katarina Bajc /

Katarina Bajc is a landscape architect, currently working as a researcher at HafenCity University in Hamburg.

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Lecture: Catherine Mosbach of Mosbach Paysagistes

This lecture was recorded at the 4th Landezine LIVE at HafenCity university in Hamburg on 13 October 2018. 

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Lecture: Chloe Humphreys of The Landscape Studio

Recorded at the 4th Landezine LIVE at HafenCity university in Hamburg on 13 October 2018.

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Lecture: Georges Descombes at Landezine Live

Georges Descombes is a renowned Swiss landscape architect. At the third Landezine LIVE event, titled ‘Read/Write Landscape’ he presented his poetic project Renaturalisation of River l’Aire near Geneva that offers a practical example of how to deepen our thinking about the environment and our role in changing it. To a question “What is idle place?” […]

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California is Burning: Rethinking the Wildland/ (Sub)urban Interface

Kelly Shannon and Donielle Kaufman /

Title image: Smoke blows out of the burning palm trees as brush threatens homes in Ventura County. (© Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, 5 December 2017)

Kelly Shannon is a professor of urbanism at KU Leuven’s Department of Architecture.

Donielle Kaufman is a free-lance landscape architect based in L.A.

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Lecture: Shane Coen of Coen + Partners

Shane Coen presented the LILA 2018 winning project and also other important projects from their portfolio. Se their projects on Landezine here. See their LILA winning project Lake Marion Private Retreat

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Ana Kučan: Versailles, l’Espace Infini

Mladen Dolar /

Photographs have been taken at the gardens of Versailles, on February 2015. They accompany the Slovenian translation of the tiny but marvellous book Portret srečnega človeka – André le Nôtre 1613–1700 (Portrait d’un home heureux – André le Nôtre 1613–1700), translated from French by Zoja Skušek, *cf., 2016, written by a renown French author Érik Orsenna, who, among other things, for five years presided L’ École nationale supérieure du paysage at Versailles.

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