Stan Allen frames his lecture at SCI-Arc as a reappraisal of what was valuable about Landscape Urbanism, and its potential deficiencies. Allen considers the working variables in Landscape Urbanism with an attention to process and change. Through the presentation of several projects he shows how these variables informed his urban designs.
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Eric Owen Moss introduces Henry Cobb. Cobb describes his relationship with SCI-Arc and his beliefs in the direction architecture should be heading. He outlines his education and his passionate pursuit of architecture.
Mark Johnson is the founder of Civitas, a collaborative design firm that is known for transformative urban design and landscape architecture projects on several continents. Johnson outlines the firm’s principles of regeneration with a goal to “improve the health, quality of life, and sustainability of cities.” He explains Civitas urban design projects in Denver, Memphis, Kansas City, Miami, and Los Angeles. Through these projects Johnson highlights the firm’s commitment to the “regeneration of nature, stimulation of human nature, celebration of culture, and building for time.”
Ming Fung introduces Mark Johnson, emphasizing the impact of landscape architecture on urban design. Fung characterizes Johnson’s approach to design as “humanistic, inclusive but intensely practical with an essential interest in engaging the man in the street,
in appreciating the local culture, in creating vital dynamic urban places, and affirming the culture of the city.”
Mark Johnson describes the principles which guide Civitas. Their theory of practice emphasizes ideas and skills, and eagering seeking out expertise. Johnson defines urban regeneration as the attempt to “improve the health, quality of life, and sustainability of cities.” He also describes how Civitas seeks to accomplish this by striving to “regenerate nature, stimulate human nature, and celebrate culture.”
In the second half of his lecture Mark Johnson explains Civitas urban design projects in Denver, Memphis, Kansas City, Miami, and Los Angeles. Through these projects Johnson highlights the firm’s commitment to the “regeneration of nature, stimulation of human nature, celebration of culture, and building for time.” He concludes with a visual interpretation of the Civitas manifesto.
Michael Maltzan presents projects in progress and explains the trajectory of his work, specifically focusing on the way his geometric interests and structural methods are deployed in a fluid overlapping of public and private. Maltzan progresses from residential works to cultural projects and concludes with endeavors that engage larger urban contexts.
Bjarke Ingels and Julien De Smedt founded the firm Plot in 2001. They discuss projects that are often associated with one of the two partners but stem from this partnership. These projects reflect a continuum of ideas, often with a clear lineage from one project to the next, addressing urban environmental concerns of connecting people with their surrounding landscape.