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Topos N.107

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3 min.

These are bad times for utopias. We are living in distinctly antiutopian times. In architecture, a high degree of scepticism reigns regarding efforts to imagine the unbuilt, the visionary. In politics, the global upsurge in populism is driven by a false sense of hyper-realism. “Saying things like they really are” is part of the branding that makes the new rightwing movements appealing for many. For us at topos, however, this is all the more reason to dare to take a journey into the unbuilt. For landscape architecture and city planning, a reflection about the boundaries of what there is has the potential to open up new venues of development. Be it new ways in which the landscape and built environment interact, or new ways in which we, as individuals and social…

1 min.
going down with all flags flying

Destruction. Suffering. Death. These are the associations that come to mind when watching the art installation “Western Flag” by John Gerrard. Located in the desert of Coachella Valley, the staggering beauty of the surroundings doesn’t let spectators shake the uneasy feeling that creeps up their spine. The installation consisting of an LED-wall instantaneously evokes negative emotions. It shows a digitally generated live stream of a flagpole that emits black smoke cumulating in a cloudy, black flag. The flag is situated at the “Lucas Gusher,” which is the site of the world’s first major oil find: the 1901 Spindletop. Over the course of nine days after its discovery, millions of liters of oil a day blew into the sky before it came under control. It marked the beginning of the petroleum…

4 min.

“PHOTOGRAPHIC CONSUMPTION INFLUENCES THE SPATIAL UNDERSTANDING OF PARKS” Since the advent of smartphones and social media, people shooting selfies have become integral parts of cityscapes. And many a Millenial already bases their travel choices on Instagram-friendliness. So, it is hardly surprising that in a country like South Korea, with one of the highest smartphone densities, there is a park that is only viewed through the lens of a camera. But how does this change the perception of places, and thus, their design? Seonyudo Park, an oval-shaped island in the middle of Han River, is the site of a former filtration plant and was transformed into a park in 2002. What makes this park very special is that it has gained enormous popularity as an atmospheric stage for smartphone photography in Seoul, South…

1 min.
hao yan

Hao Yan was born in 1994 and has been doing his internship at West 8 since April 2019. After studying Environmental Art Design & Landscape Architecture at Sichuan Agricultural University he started a Pre-master programme of Msc Landscape Architecture and Planning at Wageningen University where he is currently pursuing his Master programme in Landscape Architecture. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT? Right now – at West 8. 2 INFLUENCED BY I have been strongly influenced by the work ethic of my Chinese ink painting Master, an elder and famous artist from my province. 3 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? I considered becoming a landscape architect or a chef because both involve creating things for other people to enjoy. 4 DESIGN PRINCIPLES? It is too early for me to talk about principle, I believe principle should evolve with practice. 5 WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL FOCUS? Urban…

1 min.
adriaan geuze

Adriaan Geuze is one of the founders of West 8, an international urban design and landscape architectural practice established in 1987. Geuze received a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at the Agricultural University of Wageningen. After winning the Prix-de-Rome award in 1990, Geuze, with his office West 8, established his international reputation with his unique approach to planning and design of the public environment. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT? At age 12, growing up in the Dutch countryside – a haven of manmade landscapes with hallucinating perspectives and horizons. 2 INFLUENCED BY Landscape architects of the modern era. 3 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? It allows for engineering nature and human biotopes. 4 DESIGN PRINCIPLES? We don’t have any, instead we strongly anticipate the context both physically and culturally. 5 WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL FOCUS? We prefer to keep our designs multilayered and rich,…

4 min.

When the European explorers arrived on Vancouver’s shores, they must have thought that they finally entered paradise. The enormous Douglas Fir trees, the beautiful mild rainforest atmosphere, game and salmon in abundance. Today, more than 200 years later, Vancouver houses the largest port in Canada and is the gateway to the Pacific Rim, connecting all major cities via air and sea. Vancouver is not only a hub for goods, but also has an important role to play as a cultural gateway between the Western and Eastern world on the Pacific Rim. However, the city has no major manufacturing industry and is therefore mainly a harbor for Canadian mining goods, oil and wheat from the prairies. In recent years, Vancouver has become known as a city where people retire when they have…