Mar 23rd 2015

MLA Exhibit: Dialogues on Urbanization

Adriaan Geuze of West 8 tours the exhibition

The exhibition, "Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes", examines landscape architecture in the age of planetary urbanization and opens with a reception on Mon., Mar. 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 to be followed by a lecture by landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, Co-founder of West 8, Rotterdam.

Professor Martin Felsen and Adriaan Geuze of West 8 discuss the exhibition
Professor Conor O'Shea introducing the exhibition to Adriaan Geuze of West 8 and Dean Wiel Arets
Exhibition opening

Over the past decade, the design disciplines have increasingly adapted their research and design methods in response to the complexity and speed of urbanization in the 21st century. "Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes" takes stock of recent disciplinary developments in research methods, design strategies, and representational modes in landscape architecture and urbanism through pairing eleven speculative and eleven built projects. Diverse in geography and content, each pair addresses a common issue stemming from 21st-century processes of urbanization. From flood mitigation strategies in Seoul to freight-based settlements in the Illinois Fox River Valley, "Dialogues on Urbanization" underscores landscape architecture’s considerable contribution towards reimagining urban systems such as mobility networks, agricultural production, and waste flows, at multiple scales, from the planetary to the hyper-local.


Catalyzing Social Productivity: Diana Wiesner Arquitectura y Paisaje eu + Margen-Lab & Owar

Conducting Urban Metabolisms: Studio Marco Vermeulen + Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape

Cultivating Industrial Ecologies: Nelson, Byrd, Woltz Landscape Architects + Forbes Lipschitz

Digesting Urban Externalities: Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute + ATLAS Lab

Engineering Landscape Infrastructure: SLA + SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Grounding Global Capital: Newtown Landscape Architects + Adriana Chávez

Growing Hydrological Infrastructure: Turenscape + Chon Supawongse

Harnessing Latent Ecologies: PARKKIM + Luis Callejas & Camilo Restrepo

Leveraging Regional Resources: PFS Studio + Parallax Landscape

Reconciling Abundance and Scarcity: Atelier Jacqueline Osty and associés + Fadi Masoud

Seeding Alternative Futures: Batlle i Roig & Teresa Galí-Izard + Xiaoxuan Lu