Submitted Articles

Scroll down through a variety of landscape articles submitted to X-section and edited by students of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Unitec 

Who is all this for?

Stuart Houghton, Associate Principle Boffa Miskell Auckland

''Place making as a term has become not only a ubiquitous mots du jour amongst those responsible for planning, designing and managing our cities but also an increasingly sophisticated and highly organised, controlled and managed city activity, enacted by a broad collective of professionals that may include planners, designers, artists and other creatives, event and project managers, publicists, risk advisors, traffic management,  planners and various local government officials amongst many, many others...''

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Xsection Issue Three 2013/14 Placemaking 

Utopia

Chris Bently, Director Boffa Miskell Shanghai 

''Working in China is very challenging and one of the biggest issues facing the country and landscape architects working here is how to create a sense of place within the rapidly changing new urban areas. You may have heard stories of taxi drivers in Shanghai saying that they struggle to know where they are in the city because it is so large and constantly changing such that they need GPS to find their way home...''

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Xsection Issue Three 2013/14 Placemaking 

Context

FIELD_LA

”Landscapes can be described as fields, pulsing with active forces and flows (visible and invisible) these are dynamically embedded in the character and workings of the landscape.  Climate, aspect, population, activation, politics and circulation are each examples of contextual fields that influence the landscape or environment in which we live...''

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Xsection Issue Two 2012/13 What is Landscape Architecture? 




Diversity in the Field

Stephen Quin

''Having influences across a wide range of disciplines including visual arts, engineering, natural and cultural sciences, landscape architects are an important resource where there are ideas to be formulated that are to be influenced by, and will influence, a range of perceptions, uses and qualities relating to natural and cultural landscapes...''

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Xsection Issue Two 2012/12 What is Landscape Architecture?

 

Capturing the Feeling

Simon Devitt

''As a photographer of architecture my attention is as much on the landscape as it is the built environment and the people that inhabit it. The work I do as a photographer has a lot to do with sitting still and seizing moments. Glimpses into out of subtle gestures, moments and brief encounters...'' 

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Xsection Issue Two 2012/13 What is Landscape Architecture?

The Ultimate Dichotomy Conservation and Tourism

Rebecca Cray & Pete Griffiths

''Landscape Architecture is an incredibly diverse discipline concerned with the integration and design of outdoor space. The field deals with urban, rural, economic and ecological issues, yet within these broader themes a number of specialist areas exist.  The focus of this paper is an investigation into the complex relationship that exists between conservation and tourism territories from a landscape-based perspective...''

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Issue Two 2012/13 What is Landscape Architecture?

Defending the Realm is No Walk in the Park

Gamechanger

Changespace

 ‘'If 19th century culture was shaped by the novel, and 21st century culture by cinema, then the culture of the 21st century will be shaped by the interface’. In opening his 2010 TED talk, Aaron Koblin raises a sentiment which has interesting implications for landscape architecture...''

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Xsection Issue Two 2012/13 What is Landscape Architecture?

Conversation with Ken Smith

Xsection & Ken Smith

New York-based Ken Smith is best known for traversing the boundaries between art and landscape. Ken has also taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His practice WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect was established in 1992 and recently expanded into Southern California to facilitate the massive 'Orange County Great Park.'

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Issue One 2011/12 Digital Technology is [not] the Future of Landscape Architecture

Sustainable Landscapes

Multidimensionality

FIELD _LA

''Is the analysis phase of landscape architecture due for a makeover? Do aerial mapping techniques give the designer a hint of the ephemeral and dynamic nature of things? Perhaps techniques borrowed from the fine arts offer the possibility of helping us to explore how landscapes work? Or at the very least, provide a distictive way of documenting and interpreting the landscape...''

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Xsection Issue One 2011/12 Digital Technology is [not] the Future of Landscape Architecture

The Big Idea

Jane Rumble 

'Technological advancement of digital media is a fascinating topic for landscape architecture. Digital representation is certainly a relevant and invaluable topic of study within the academic realm. There is an intrinsic quality in the hands-on explorative process which is lacking in the digital format...

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Xsection Issue One 2011/12 Digital Technology is [not] the Future of Landscape Architecture

Xsection Issue One 2011/12 Digital Technology is [not] the Future of Landscape Architecture