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Landscape Architecture Frontiers 041

Observation and Representation

By (author) Kongjian Yu
By (author) Valerio Morabito
By (author) Lu Xiaoxuan
By (author) Jill Desimin
By (author) Ceng Ying
By (author) Leiqing XU
By (author) SWA


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  • Presents the scientism of design disciplines and explores the methodological principles of design generation
  • Translates and conveys design ideas and emotional inspiration to the users with rich design vocabulary through multiple perceptual approaches
Full Description

Observation and representation is a foundational subject in Landscape Architecture. Landscape design is a process shaped by the connections and interactions among designers, users, and the real world. This issue aims to explore the ways that help landscape architects: 1) see the scientism of design disciplines and explore the methodological principles of design generation; 2) translate and convey design ideas and emotional inspiration to the users with rich design vocabulary (in size, shape, material, proportion, composition, etc.) through multiple perceptual approaches; 3) read sites from economic, ecological, cultural, and other perspectives to present more convincing and appealing landscape narratives with the aid of emerging technological means; 4) understand various needs of all parties and stakeholders, coordinating interests and benefits and improving the utilisation of public resources through landscape design; and 5) create educational places for improving the public’s rational and aesthetic norms.

About the Author
Kongjian Yu, Doctor of Design, Harvard GSD; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Dean, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University; and President and Principal Designer, Turenscape. Valerio Morabito is Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Landscape Architecture, and Professor at the Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria in Italy, Department of Architecture. Lu Xiaoxuan is an assistant professor in the Division of Landscape Architecture, where she teaches landscape history and theory, and design studios. Ceng Ying has a PH. D in Fine Arts; Associate Professor and Master Supervisor of School of Architecture, China Academy of Art. Jill Desimini is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and teaches in the core studio sequence. Jin Yuan is Chief Architect of MultiArchitecture; Master of Architecture of Rice University; Bachelor of Architecture of South China University of Technology; one of the eight winners of the Archiprix International 2017.Professor Leiqing XU is famous for his architectural and urban design research on psychology, behaviour, human engineering and social aspects of environment in China. SWA is an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm renowned for the creativity, responsiveness, and resilience of its work.
ORO Editions
13th Jul 2020
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
292 mm x 279 mm
184 Pages
Name of series
Landscape Architecture Frontiers
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