LOYALTY / Vast slums, degraded farmlands, unplanned cities of refugees, a drowning metropolis – where interventions are needed most
This dossier presents six such projects from all over the world and reflects upon them. The nuclear disaster zone of Chernobyl; the vast slums of Cape Town; degraded farmlands in Kenya and Peru;
an unplanned city of refugees in Jordan; the drowning metropolis of Mexico City. Under these circumstances, our disciplines behave both differently and ‘as usual’. The share devoted to aesthetics
tends to diminish or is totally overshadowed by the more pressing urgencies, forcing a sort of functionalist design that exposes the intention of improving prosperity all the more.
Several of the designers gathered round the (virtual) table to talk about these aspirations, and more particularly about the difficulties and pleasures arising from the overall process and
experience: Martin Knuijt (director of OKRA landscape architects), Marie-Laure Hoedemakers (director of BALJON landscape architects) and Josje Hoefsloot (landscape architect at H+N+S).
Landscape architect and teacher Ingrid Duchhart reflects on the projects and write about her experiences in Kenya, where she was active as a landscape architect for several years.
Several counterparts in Mexico, Kenya, South Africa and Jordan gave their feedback on how it was to work with designers from abroad.
TUCHKOV BUYAN PARK DESIGN COMPETITION - IN SEARCH OF A WORLD-CLASS PARK IN SAINT-PETERSBURG
Eight teams of international leading offices in landscape architecture were selected for a prestigious design competition in Russia.
A controversial site in Saint Petersburg, along the Malaya Neva River, is to be transformed into a world-class park with a unique identity.
With entries from Studio 44 and West 8, VOGT + Herzog & de Meuron, VOGT + Herzog & de Meuron, Agence Ter and Philippe Rahm Architects, Kengo Kuma & Associates and Vladimir Djurovic
Landscape architecture, Michel Desvigne Paysagiste and Meganom, and Praxys Paysage & Territoire and Katarsis Architects