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a+u 2022:07 Feature: Landscape Urbanism in France

a+u 2022:07

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English + Japanese / 168 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 600 g

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a+u’s July issue features landscape urbanism in France. Since the 1970s, the pioneering generation of Michel Corajoud, Alexandre Chemetoff, Gilles Clément, and Jacques Simon – all profiled on these pages – have brought the modern discipline of landscape architecture in France, and its long insistence on a horticultural approach, into the urban realm. Yet as guest editors Henri Bava and Antoine Picon argue in their introductory essay, this urban turn has its deep origins in agriculture and land management, formal gardens, and the military and civil engineering practices of France’s early modern period, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Charles Waldheim further notes that these paysagistes “advocated for a kind of landscape thinking informed by the study of regional geology, hydrology, and ecology in service of flexible urban strategies rather than by master plans.” Featuring 6 canonical works by the pioneers, alongside 17 projects that represent current trends, the issue explores the evolution of a discipline. Landscape urbanism in France is now being realized in a multitude of forms, from repurposing asphalt into the palette of greenery to reinventing deindustrialized sites as spaces of respiration and repair. By “integrating various urban elements at a lower level of resolution,” “mobilizing not only the surface of the city but also the underlying realities of the soil and geology,” and using “the capacity of landscape to function at extremely different scales,” landscape architects and others of a similar practice are at the leading edge of tackling the challenges and pursing the recovery of modern cities. (a+u)

The Origins and Development of French Landscape Urbanis
Henri Bava and Antoine Picon

Miroir d’eau Bordeaux / Sausset Departmental Park
Michel Corajoud

Île de Nantes Plan Guide
Alexandre Chemetoff

André Citroën Park
Gilles Clément

Gardens of the Third Landscape
Gilles Clément and Coloco

From Landscape Urbanist to Landscapist: Notes on French Landscape Urbanism
Charles Waldheim

Paris-Saclay Cluster / Euralens Centrality
Michel Desvigne

Miséry Quarry Garden

Airport Garden 82 / Asphalt Jungle
Wagon Landscaping

Strasbourg Tramway
Alfred Peter

Phase Shifts Park
mosbach paysagistes

URBI / ORBI: Four Competing Narratives on the Possible Evolution of the Relationship between City and Country
Sébastien Marot

Park of the Docks
Agence Ter

Blandan Park

Flaubert Eco-District
Jacqueline Osty

Jules Ferry Park
In Situ

Glòries Plaza Barcelona
Agence Ter

Garden of the Giants

Waterfront Park
Florence Mercier

Martin Luther King Park
Jacqueline Osty

Villa M

Freyssinet Hall
D’ici là

Land Art
Jacques Simon
Essay: Teresa Galí-Izard