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Topos Dezember 2017

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2 min.

Friend or foe? The range of creatures in the urban realm has been widening over years which rises the tantalizing question: How do we re-negotiate our claims to a territory? he world of fables is a simple world. Animals that appear in fables regularly embody precisely one human character trait: foxes are clever, monkeys scheming, hares fearful, goats gullible and wolves evil. In their one-dimensionality, which serves the purpose above all of holding up a mirror to the reader they invariably act in a predictable manner. Human as they are, the animals move quite close to us – sometimes so close that it becomes disturbing. This functions because the obvious dichotomy between human and animal is caricatured in a way that transforms it into its very opposite. However, the very animals…

3 min.
architects must resist the undirected march of augmented reality

Has 3D modeling killed the architectural drawing as a serious design tool? Looking at the evidence, it would be hard to conclude otherwise. Yet, with drawing now freed of its functional duties, we are already seeing architects resurrecting its corpse for the medium’s innate qualities of communication. In many ways, this trend can be seen as a reflection of changes internal to the discipline of architecture: in the design tools that architects use and in fashions in architectural representation. But this is only a small part of the story. A revolution is coming from outside the discipline in the form of augmented reality. Even in AR’s current early stages of development, it is clear that this technology poses a challenge to how we conceive, create and experience architecture, which I…

1 min.
jimmy norrman

Jimmy Norrman is a partner at Funkia, a landscape architecture office based in Nacka, Sweden. Funkia’s current projects include parks and squares that are part of the Fyrklövern urban development project situated north of Stockholm. Prior to studying landscape architecture, Norrman worked as a landscape gardener at his family’s business in Helsinki. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT? When I learned the power of the pen in the process of creating environments at my first job at landscape architect Gretel Hemgård’s office in Helsinki, Finland. 2 INFLUENCED BY Probably by the Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast. 3 INSPIRED BY Life and all the surrounding environments that are included in it. 4 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? Can it be innate? I decided to be a landscape architect when I was 14 years old. 5 DESIGN PRINCIPLES? I adapt the design to each project –…

1 min.
thorbjörn andersson

Thorbjörn Andersson has practiced landscape architecture since 1981. He studied landscape architecture, architecture and art history in Sweden and the United States. Recent office projects are the Novartis Physic Garden in Basel and the Campus Park at Umeå University. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT? When I saw Christo’s Running Fence, which made me see that landscape projects can do more than just solve problems. They can appeal to your emotions as well. 2 INFLUENCED BY Music, gastronomy, dance, literature. The German choreographer Pina Bausch, British novelist Bruce Chatwin, and Australian musician Nick Cave. And Rosseau, of course. 3 INSPIRED BY Rhythm, shadows, seasonal change, topography. 4 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE It can change people’s life, so it is political. It can touch your soul, so it is sensual. It is less programmed than architecture, so it is poetic. 5 DESIGN PRINCIPLES Try…

4 min.

“Two Romes have fallen. The third stands. And there will be no fourth.” – Philotheus of Pskov to his son, Grand Duke Vasili III, 1510. Moscow is a hotchpotch of invisible networks: Intellectuals, artists and artisans; all sprouting in scattered bookshops, cafes, theatres and schools, but mostly hidden in private spaces. A young population runs creative industries. There are corrupt officials, lawenforcers and bureaucrats, mixing Soviet traditions with glamourous offices and sophisticated technology. And there are families, loners, immigrants, visitors, gastarbeiter and businessmen, and all those who keep this city up and running. Moscow became a capital more or less by chance, as the princes who were ruling it in the Middle Ages and competing with other principalities of Rus’ turned out to be the most influential, or reckless, or both.…

6 min.
fuzzy neighbours

The Fox Curious, adaptable and intelligent, the red fox is the perfect urban survivor. In Bristol, their territories vary strongly in size. An outbreak of mange in the mid 1990s killed 95 per cent of the fox population. On a slow path towards recovery, the surviving foxes have become more resistant to the disease. The Pigeon Urban pigeons are the feral relatives of the rock dove, and the architecture of our cities offers useful substitutes for coastal cliffs. Towns are good places for scavengers, as human-produced waste creates greater feeding opportunities than on the countryside. Fallow Deer On winter nights, fallow deer venture from the woods to London’s outskirts to feed on the city’s lawns. Its grass grows throughout the year, due to a warm microclimate and continuous light pollution. These lush lawns are worth…