Art & Architecture

Topos June 2017

Topos is a must-have for successful landscape architects, planners, urban designers and architects all over the world.The monothematic issues provide a global overview of innovative projects, new developments and trends in the profession. Be part of the worldwide community of Topos readers!

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in this issue

2 min.

The beauty of disfigured landscapes: the battlefields of the First World War, captured by photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. When the first issue of Topos was published in September 1992, the magazine’s starting point was a perceived change in the profession of landscape architecture. The editorial read: “... a change seems to be taking place in European landscape planning and many planners are expressing the wish to play a more active role in shaping the environment.” More than before, landscape architects at that time felt the desire to be seen as members of an artistic profession, that is as designers rather than just as planners guided by nature as the one and only principle directing their work. What you are holding in your hands, is the new 99th issue of Topos. This…

1 min.
meteorite shower

Motorways represent the promise of permanent mobility like no other infrastructural element. At the same time they also create a barrier: The divided landscape is turned into a peripheral phenomenon – a blurred image that becomes secondary to the all-important wish to rush forward. The perception of those with the space changes completely, and becomes very particular. This becomes especially clear when something unexpected appears; an obstacle. And this is exactly what artists Anna Borgman and Candy Lenk have done along a motorway in Denmark – installed a meteorite-like structure that serves as a “barrier in a barrier”. And lo and behold, other things suddenly come to the fore again, and the speed-oriented space becomes a space in the landscape once again. The installation is part of a series entitled…

3 min.
kinder baumgardner managing principal at swa houston

Will autonomous vehicles revolutionize our urban landscapes sustainably? And if so, how? Kinder Baumgardner, managing principal at SWA Houston, has been researching this topic for a while. Here is his statement. Ever since Google released a video of its cute selfdriving car prototype in 2014, the blogosphere has parsed issues concerning insurance, ticket revenues, and safety. Questions about the built environment, however, are not getting enough attention: How will this revolution shift the basic economics of land use? And what are the design implications? The urgency becomes apparent when you consider current infrastructure projects. There isn’t an agreed-upon standard for how to incorporate robotic cars into traffic models, or how much parking to include in new developments. We are building freeways and cities with infrastructure that will be redundant within 15…

2 min.
talent vs. mastermind

TALENT Yifeng Lin The founder of YIYU Design (2013), a Shanghaibased firm with currently 10 employees, is one of China’s newcomers in the landscape architecture profession. Yifeng Lin holds a Master in landscape architecture from Harvard University, GSD. His first milestone project, AVIC Park in Nanchang, has attracted widespread attention. Yifeng Lin lectures at the University of Hong Kong and at Tongji University in Shanghai. 1 STARTING POINT OF CAREER An art based lab focusing on landscape and art installations, that consequently became the foundation of YIYU design 2 INFLUENCED BY My mother, a flower arranger; my father, a farmer and literature teacher; art, architecture, and music 3 INSPIRED BY Cycles in nature and life 4 DESIGN PRINCIPLES Merging poetic and rational thinking 5 FORMULA FOR SUCCESS Curiosity, courage, and love 6 YOUR FIRM IN 15 YEARS Keep creating designs inspiring for us as…

3 min.

Our family’s relationship with Milan started with my grandfather, who survived in the city’s ruin during World War II. My own Milan story began in 2004 when I moved to Milan to work for Corriere della Sera – as a photojournalist. From the first moment on I realised that the city oscillates between the antipoles of tradition and the future. Today – 13 years later – it strikes me that, in such a contemporary and at the same time traditional environment, two even more contrasting urban textures are in harmony: a vigorous industrial grey and a smooth lush green. Three incidents finally brought about Milan’s metamorphosis from a concrete desert to a green cityscape. Firstly, there was the strategic master plan Raggi Verdi (Green Rays), which was developed by the…

7 min.
the scars of memory

Vauquois, Meuse-Argonne This line of craters along the crest of the Butte de Vauquois was once the site of a picturesque little hilltop village. With extensive views over the western end of the Verdun battlefield it was an important strategic position. For four years, French and German troops manned trenches just forty metres apart whilst, underground, miners fought a ceaseless war in dark and dangerous tunnels. This was perhaps the most intensively mined section of the Western Front. The two conflicting networks of tunnels extend for over 15 kilometres, with some reaching a depth of almost 100 metres. Over 300 explosions shattered the hill, as a result reduced in height by about 10 metres. Despite this, one can still explore the tunnels, which today are populated by a profusion of bats…