“If Clifford is right, and I think he is, cultural encounter with Native America occurs not in the skewed spatiality of historical or aesthetic representation, but in a contact zone that is ongoing, interactive, and actually constitutive of contemporary indigeneity…Thus, landscape architects are commissioned to design public spaces that celebrate western expansion but not the decimations that accompanied it…does the making of landscapes that reference and evoke tradition, by Indians and non-Indians alike, blot out current identity practices?”
via Rod Barnett (Chair of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis) over at Places
“absolutely brilliant lecture” by Julian Raxworthy via Brian Davis aka faslanyc, here.
Mr. Raxworthy recently completed his final PhD milestone presentation at UQ in Brisbane. The dissertation is titled Glorious failure: the landscape architect in the entropic garden
. A quote “this research, three built landscape architecture case studies that were designed and managed over time are analyzed to determine the mechanisms used to encourage novelty. Gardening is proposed as a relevant model for landscape architecture to produce more novel design outcomes that gain qualities rather than lose them over time“.
In Seeds of an Era Long Gone for the NYT, Michael Tortorello highlighted the work of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project. The project is billed as “a search for what Tucson used to be“, an attempt to recover or re-create the Spanish Mission Era orchards and gardens of Tuscon.
Tasting History from Dena Cowan (available via Vimeo) is a short documentary on the project.