Posts Tagged ‘design method’

Post-Design

November 2, 2009

The LA department has a weekly faculty colloquium this quarter, and in last week’s session Iain Robertson commented that in landscape design, you never quite know what will happen since you can’t entirely control how things will grow.  He saw this as indicating design should be understood as “stewardship” as much as creation.

This strikes me as more than just metaphorically true of architecture and especially urban design and planning.  We can only design the built environment up to a point.  Other than this circumstance being more difficult for a landscape architect to ignore, I’m not sure there’s much difference.  Human social dynamics are different from those of plants, animals, seasons, and weather, but equally prone to not working out as planned.  And at another level there’s no real distinction.  We humans are fauna after all – we, and all the things we build, are as much part of “nature” as anything.

 

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Technocratic Design

November 2, 2009

Somewhat frightening that my first post was linked to from a serious urban design and planning blog, La Ciudad Viva, based in the Andalusia region of Spain.  I guess they didn’t realize I’m only a grad student who hasn’t even told his friends about his blog yet!

But whether I like it or not, Manu Fernandez linked to my post on Charter Cities from his commentary Ojalá el desarrollo urbano fuera tan sencillo.  Something like “If only urban development were that simple” … my thoughts exactly.  With the help of a little machine translation I can get a sense of his argument, and it’s obvious what he’s getting at where he quotes me on el diseño tecnocrático.

That got me thinking about technocratic design, and a man often associated with, or blamed for it.

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