HDYL? lecture

The chair of Landscape Architecture invites you to a new colloquium series in the How-Do-You-Landscape sessions entitled “SCAPES”. This series focusses on urgent and emerging themes for spatial design, such as disasters and emergencies, co-creation, social justice and new technology. We invite leading academics and practitioners with contrasting or complementary views to speak about their work in an informal setting. The presentations are followed by a discussion chaired by an academic from the faculty. A screening of a film or documentary on the same topic follows up the lectures in the weeks following.

The second theme in the new series is Road-Scapes, and explores the past and future role of infrastructure in shaping the conceptions and transformations of natural, rural and urban landscapes. Timothy Davis, architectural historian for the American National Parks Authority will speak about his research on the design of roads in U.S. National Parks and their influence on ideas of nature, recreation and technology in American society.  Stefan Bendix, urbanist and founder of Artgineering, will speak on his work on cycle infrastructures as a tool for spatial and socio-economic development in contemporary urban environments. The relationship between past and future infrastructure forms a central thematic for the colloquium, which concludes with a discussion between these two speakers and moderator René van der Velde, associate professor in landscape architecture. The presentations and discussion are intended to reveal critical themes and principles for landscape architects and urban planners on this most fundamental of spatial design and development instruments.

Tim Davis – Park Roads                  Park roads have been celebrated as technical and aesthetic masterpieces, hailed as democratizing influences, and vilified for invading pristine wilderness with the sights, sounds, and smells of civilization. Davis’ research traces the role of motorists, wilderness advocates, highway engineers and landscape architects in shaping these infrastructures, offering a new perspective on national park history and providing insights into evolving ideas about the role of nature, recreation, and technology in American society.

Tim Davis is a historian for the U.S. National Park Service. His writings on parks, parkways, and other aspects of the American landscape have appeared in Landscape Journal, Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, and America’s National Park Roads and Parkways. He has taught courses on landscape history, theory and preservation at the University of Texas, the University of Maryland, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. He received his  degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and a PhD in Americ
an Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. poster-roadscapes-stefan-bendiks

Stefan Bendiks – Cycle infrastructure                  The planning and design of infrastructure in urban and peri-urban contexts is an increasingly critical task. Stefan will present research and praxis projects by the office that explores the phenomenon of the route and the role of infrastructure in the spatial and social development of territories. Recent research and a publication on cycle infrastructure by the office will form the main body of the talk, a comparative study of 10 long-distance cycleways, their planning and design characteristics, and their impact on aspects such as socio-economic development, experience and mobility patterns.

Stefan Bendiks is director of the office Artgineering, an office for urbanism based in Rotterdam and Brussels. He devises and implements design strategies for complex (inter)urban conditions with particular attention to the role of infrastructure. In various research and design projects, he re-interprets the relationship between mobility, landscape and urban development. The work of Artgineering has won various awards and prizes such as Europan, the Karl-Hofer Award of the UdK Berlin and a Bauhaus Award nomination.poster-roadscapes-stefan-bendiks2


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:

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

Sources Marc Treib

Urban by Nature
Curator Dirk Sijmons’ statement: