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Our next couple of How Do You Landscape? lectures is again framed by the subject ‘Urban by Nature’. 2014 is the summer of the the International Architecture Biennale IABR ‘URBAN BY NATURE’, curated by the Prof. Dirk Sijmons, the chair of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft. With the focus of ‘How do You Landscape?’ we aim to bring the new perspective of IABR 2014 into the context of Delft design studios of Landscape Architecture and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in general, but also widen the debate to our guests and visitors.

The URBAN BY NATURE Biennale starts from a different idea about the relationship between urban society and nature. We look back at its rich history, in which, from the beginning of urbanisation, natural elements and gardens have been part of the city. We see the affectionate and mediated relationships between city and nature that led to gardens, urban arcadia, the establishment of parks and the idea of nature conservancy. We investigate how these rich sources of inspiration can inspire the making of the city today.

Image tapestry metropolis of Brabant LOLA, Architecture Workroom and Floris Alkemade source: http://www.iabr.nl

Cees van der Veeken is a Landscape architect and teacher at the Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam. Together with Eric-Jan Pleijster and Peter Veenstra – all graduated from Wageningen UR – he founded LOLA landscape Architects in Rotterdam. In 2006 they started their office to strive for ‘progressive landscape architecture’.

LOLA stands for LOst LAndscapes and wants to bring new life to forgotten, worn-out and changing landscapes. In doing so, LOLA has an optimistic and conceptual approach, as well as a fascination for new spatial phenomena. They approach space with surprising ideas and inventive actions, that are nevertheless based on careful research and lead to elaborate designs.

LOLA won multiple design competitions and awards, amongst them Europan 8 for Portugal, the EO Wijers competition and the Delta Water Award. As a Winner of the illustrious Maaskant Price for Architecture of the City of Rotterdam in 2013, they published their first book ’Lost Landscapes‘. The jury praised their work for a ‘contagious new romanticism that puts human experience into the centre,’ giving ‘form to sublime experiences in the city and in the landscape. They combine knowledge about large scale ecosystems with their own approach to space.’*

For the Biennale Rotterdam LOLA produced a vision for the tapestry metropolis of Brabant, in collaboration with Architecture Workroom and Floris Alkemade, that will be exhibited on the top floor of the Kunsthal, curated by Dirk Sijmons.

In his How do You Landscape? Lecture Cees van der Veeken is going to elaborate on the need for process vs. project from a designer’s perspective.

Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley and holds degrees in architecture and design.

For nearly four decades, he has taught design studios, lecture courses on Japanese architecture and gardens, and graduate seminars on specialised topics including landscape architecture, criticism, art, and modern Scandinavian architecture. Over the last twenty years his writing has centred on landscape architecture, questions of regionalism, and the intersection of architecture, art, and landscape design.

He is author, co-author, or editor of excellent studies of designers such as Eliel Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Garrett Eckbo, Le Corbusier, Edgard Varèse, Louis Barragán, and William Wurster. His valuable anthologies have made important contributions to contemporary landscape architecture theory: for example, ‘Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review’ (1994), ‘Representing Landscape Architecture’ (2007), ‘Drawing/Thinking: Confronting an Electronic Age’ (2008), ‘Spatial Recall: Memory in Architecture and Landscape’ (2009), and most recently ‘Meaning in Landscape Architecture and Gardens’ (2011).

Honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowships, American Academy in Rome Fellowship, ASLA Honor Awards, and Best Exhibition Publication Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. For over a decade he served as contributing editor for Print, the American graphic design magazine, as well as on the Board of Senior Fellows at the Dumbarton Oaks Program in Garden and Landscape Studies; and on the editorial boards of Design Issues; l; Places; Design Book Review; Journal of Garden History, Garden History, Journal of Landscape Architecture, and Landscape Research.

Marc Treib is a guest at our faculty as an opponent to Saskia de Wit’s PhD defense “Hidden Landscapes: The Metropolitan Garden and the Genius loci” the day before this lecture.

In his How do You Landscape? lecture Marc Treib will elaborate on the need for project vs. process in landscape architecture from a critic’s perspective.

17.6.2014 16h00 – ca. 18h00
public lecture, free Entrance
at Landscape Architecture Studio 01west550
TU Delft Faculty of Architecture
Building 8 – Julianalaan 134

Sources Cees van der Veeken
http://www.lolaweb.nl
* http://www.rotterdammaaskant.nl

Sources Marc Treib
http://ced.berkeley.edu
http://www.grahamfoundation.org

Urban by Nature
http://iabr.nl/en
Curator Dirk Sijmons’ statement:
http://player.vimeo.com/video/93755113?api=1&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff&player_id=93755113_1121_1400047811916