Metalogues on the thickened ground: landscape production and urban morphologies by Rosalea Monacella

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Could we consider urban morphologies as figures that emerge as ‘horizontal phenomena’? Could we consider urban morphologies as embedded within the complex systems of the city rather than assume they demarcate the city through an overlay of lines? Could the urban form then be considered as an affect which emerges from a dynamic thickened ground, creating a new landscape?
If landscapes are understood in terms of their connectability to the order of things in the universe (as, for example, in physics), where landscape’s connectability is a reciprocation of forces between itself and its context at all scales, then each connection is a shared force, a received and distributed force. If the order of the landscape is inherent in its process of transformations, to what extent does this order produce the city?
This research aims to contribute to the discourse on Landscape Urbanism which is often positioned and grounded within the philosophical and scientific fields. However, it is argued that the ability to open up new possibilities, new ways of thinking and acting, lies in the act of design. This research, therefore, aimed to reveal these possibilities through a structured design process which linked the disciplinary fields of Landscape Architecture and Architecture.

Year: 2010
Examiners: Stephen Loo, Jenny Lowe, Zeynep Mennan   Supervisors: Professor Leon van Schaik


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