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andlt;Pandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Dirtandlt;/Iandgt; presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted in the landscape architect's perspective, andlt;Iandgt;Dirtandlt;/Iandgt; views dirt not as repulsive but endlessly giving, fertile, adaptive, and able to accommodate difference while maintaining cohesion. This dirty perspective sheds light on social connections, working processes, imaginative ideas, physical substrates, and urban networks. Dirt is a matrix; as a book, it organizes contributions from architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, fine arts, and art history. The chapters predict and report on city waterfronts revamped by climate change, the reinvention of suburbia, and cityscapes of ruins; dish the dirt with yet-to-be proven facts; make such unexpected linkages as ornament to weed growth and cell networks to zip-ties; examine the work of innovative thinkers who have imagined or created, among other things, a replica of Robert Smithson's famous earthwork andlt;Iandgt; Spiral Jettyandlt;/Iandgt; in andquot;table-top scale,andquot; live models of the Arctic ice caps, and an inhabitable andquot;green roofandquot;; and describe an ecological landscape urbanism that incorporates the natural sciences in its processes.andlt;/Pandgt;

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Dirt presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted in the landscape architect's perspective, Dirt views dirt not as repulsive but endlessly giving, fertile, adaptive, and able to accommodate difference while maintaining cohesion. This dirty perspective sheds light on social connections, working processes, imaginative ideas, physical substrates, and urban networks. Dirt is a matrix; as a book, it organizes contributions from architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, fine arts, and art history. The chapters predict and report on city waterfronts revamped by climate change, the reinvention of suburbia, and cityscapes of ruins; dish the dirt with yet-to-be proven facts; make such unexpected linkages as ornament to weed growth and cell networks to zip-ties; examine the work of innovative thinkers who have imagined or created, among other things, a replica of Robert Smithson's famous earthwork Spiral Jetty in "table-top scale," live models of the Arctic ice caps, and an inhabitable "green roof"; and describe an ecological landscape urbanism that incorporates the natural sciences in its processes.

About the Author

Megan Born is a landscape and architectural designer at James Corner Field Operations in New York.Helene Furján, Director and founding editor of viaBooks, is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and author of Glorious Visions: John Soane's Spectacular Theater. Lily Jencks runs the landscape and architectural design office LJA+Land in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262516921
Author:
Born, Megan
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Author:
Furjan, Helene
Author:
Furj�n, Helene
Author:
Jencks, Lily
Author:
Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
Architecture-Landscape Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
DIRT
Publication Date:
20120106
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
315 color illus., 60 b, &, w illus.
Pages:
330
Dimensions:
10.5 x 8 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Landscape Architecture
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , Dirt presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted in the landscape architect's perspective, Dirt views dirt not as repulsive but endlessly giving, fertile, adaptive, and able to accommodate difference while maintaining cohesion. This dirty perspective sheds light on social connections, working processes, imaginative ideas, physical substrates, and urban networks. Dirt is a matrix; as a book, it organizes contributions from architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, fine arts, and art history. The chapters predict and report on city waterfronts revamped by climate change, the reinvention of suburbia, and cityscapes of ruins; dish the dirt with yet-to-be proven facts; make such unexpected linkages as ornament to weed growth and cell networks to zip-ties; examine the work of innovative thinkers who have imagined or created, among other things, a replica of Robert Smithson's famous earthwork Spiral Jetty in "table-top scale," live models of the Arctic ice caps, and an inhabitable "green roof"; and describe an ecological landscape urbanism that incorporates the natural sciences in its processes.
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