Thursday, 10 March 2011

Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture


Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture
Liat Margolis, Alexander Robinson | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Birkhauser Basel | 191 | Architecture
Innovation in material technologies has been at the forefront of design discourse over the last decade. This emergence is the culmination of a widespread professional and academic recognition that knowledge of material properties and processes is fundamental to innovation in design applications, and further, that crossfertilization among professional fields, as well as access to data outside of conventional territories, may broaden and advance the scope of landscape architecture. As a result of this material culture, conceptual and practical approaches to design development and dialogue have shifted toward a research-driven design process in which the opportunities and constraints of materials and construction techniques become integral to design intent.
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Living Systems calls for a shift away from the traditional design process that initially identifies a landscapeĆ¢€™s behaviors and performance criteria, and then offers a range of product/construction solutions that can accommodate such functions, toward a design process which integrates the function into the design from the outset. While we do not propose to discard conventional categorization systems or material specification guidelines, we promote an expansion of terminology to acknowledge the dynamic performance of the medium, and comply with highperformance rating systems (i.e. LEED; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which establish high standards for environmental, economic and social improvements.
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