Attitude

When we work as landscape architects, despite many explanatory models, design remains an obscure process of trial and error — who will clear up the error? — of ‘attitude’ and ‘intrinsic nature’ of morphology and performance models. C.Th. Sorensen talked about inventions. The results. at least, are on view.

Supposing we understand avant-garde landscape architecture the same way we do architecture and the other arts as the realisation of abstract ideas. in this case of nature, ecology and society. Then designing should consequently be understood as the ‘invention’ of information systems or layers that overlap with existing elements. This must precede any thoughts on appearance or expression. Working the other way round can be seen as trite, as patronage, and as predetermining interpretations and even feelings.

Peter Latz, The Idea of Making Time Visible (2000)

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Carl Theodor Sørensen, Geometrical Gardens (1945)

Attitude

Better World

201203070100 Like space and its design, ecology, having been hurried on by prognostics and catastrophes, begins as the vision of a better world. It is an abstract idea of interrelations that are often unclear and must be made concrete and visible. As fit as landscape architecture is concerned, this means neither a scholarly treatise, nor specialised or naive graphics, but the development and invention of appropriate elements and the implementation of their organisation patterns in existing structures.

Peter Latz, The Idea of Making Time Visible (2000)

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Peter Latz, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (1991)

Better World