Critical Essays

Author: Ed Wall,Tim Waterman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317297903

Category: Architecture

Page: 198

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Landscape and Agency explores how landscape, as an idea, a visual medium and a design practice, is organized, appropriated and framed in the transformation of places, from the local to the global. It highlights how the development of the idea of agency in landscape theory and practice can fundamentally change our engagement with future landscapes. Including a wide range of international contributions, each illustrated chapter investigates the many ways in which the relationship between the ideas and practices of landscape, and social and subjective formations and material processes, are invested with agency. They critically examine the role of landscape in processes of contemporary urban development, environmental debate and political agendas and explore how these relations can be analysed and rethought through a dialogue between theory and practice.
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Author: Tim Waterman,Ed Wall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350034649

Category: Architecture

Page: 184

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Basics Landscape Architecture 01: Urban Design seeks to define and describe the role played by landscape architecture in urban design, an interdisciplinary practice that is concerned with defining the form of human settlements. It provides a brief history and definition of urban design and the roles of the various professions involved. Urban Design looks at the elements of urban form and the importance of contextual details, from the scale of the city and its region to the importance of materials. The text uses case studies to explore the philosophies and methodologies of urban design and to explain the importance of of urban design to landscape architecture and, in turn, the importance of landscape architecture to urban design.
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Critical Essays on the Television Series

Author: Scott F. Stoddart

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786485256

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 284

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"The 12 critical essays in this collection offer a broad, interdisciplinary approach to this highly relevant television show, examining Mad Men as a cultural barometer for contemporary concerns with consumerism, capitalism and sexism. A detailed cast list and episode guide are included"--Provided by publisher.
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Topical Thoughts on the Contemporary Landscape

Author: Christophe Girot

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783868592122

Category: Architecture

Page: 333

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How can an abstract term like “Topology” become pertinent and effective to landscape thinking today? There is a schism between the way landscape is understood scientifically, either as a normative network or an environmental system, and the way the same place exists emotionally for people. This disparity which prevails in today’s landscape calls for a change of approach, both in terms of action and perception. Topology, in this instance, is not confined to the science of continuous surfaces in mathematics, it can pay greater attention to deeper spatial, physical, poetic and philosophical values embedded in a long tradition of designed nature. The strength of landscape topology is that it can weave together and integrate heterogeneous fields of action into a single meaningful whole. It brings disciplines together on a common topological “vellum” capable of improving our understanding of landscape as a cultural construct with all its inherent beauty and strength.
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Collected Essays of James Corner 1990-2010

Author: James Corner

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9781616891459

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

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Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writings of the 1990s—included in our bestselling Recovering Landscape—together with a post-millennial series of built projects, such as New York's celebrated High Line, prove that the best way to address the problems facing our cities is to embrace their industrial past. Collecting Corner's written scholarship from the early 1990s through 2010, The Landscape Imagination addresses critical issues in landscape architecture and reflects on how his writings have informed the built work of his thriving New York– based practice, Field Operations.
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36 Critical Essays to Drive Shareholder Value and Business Growth

Author: Andrew J. Sherman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781599323336

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 456

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Essays on Governance, is a practical, easy to read book featuring a series of thirty-six (36) essays on the strategic essence, philosophy, best practices and legal aspects of leadership and governance. At a time when our faith and confidence in our nation's political and business leaders has reached historic lows, now is the time to reconnect with what it really means to lead and govern properly. Essays On Governance, features a collection of thoughts and insights for today's leaders and board members of companies both large and small, public and private, as well as boards of non-profits and NGO's and universities as well as from global government and political leaders. The book also features guest essays from selective thought leaders in the areas of governance, leadership, innovation, and risk management. Guest Essay: The Role of the Governance Lawyer (Lizanne Thomas, Jones Day - Atlanta) Guest Essay: Nine (9) Critical Questions A Board Must Ask In Connection With A Crisis or Regulatory Investigation (Henry Klehm, Jones Day, NY and Joan McKown, Jones Day, Washington, D.C) Guest Essay: Corporate Communications: Challenges and Opportunities In A Changing World (Dave Groobert, U.S. General Manager, Environics Communications) Guest Essay: Corporate Security, (Robert Dodge and Bruce Wimmer, Pinkerton Global Consulting and Investigations) Guest Essay. Information Systems and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) (By Neil Evans, (former CIO) Microsoft and Pete O'Dell, Swan Island Networks) Guest Essay: Corporate Boards And Understanding The CFO A Financial Lens, the CEO's Conscience, and Gateway to Fiscal Understanding (Frank J. Walker, Baker Tilly) Guest Essay: The Critical Importance of Evaluating and Testing Employees (Bud Haney, CEO, Profiles International, Inc.) Guest Essay: Healthy Governance How to Build Healthy, Highly Effective Boards (Dr. Robert Rosen, CEO, Healthy Companies International) Guest Essay: Corporate Innovation: Measuring Readiness and Results (Dr. Donald Kuratko, Director JCEI) Guest Essay: Corporate Social Responsibility: From Being Best in the World to Being Best for the World, (Mrim Boutla, CEO, More Than Money) Guest Essay: The "Innovention" of Global Governance Models, (Jack Hughes - Principal, PHOENIX Financial & Advisory Services, LLC) Guest Essay: The Six Gut-Wrenching Questions Every Non-Profit Board Must Ask (Mario Morino, Chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners) Guest Essay: The Essence of Entrepreneurial Leadership (Verne Harnish, Chairman, Gazelles International) Guest Essay: Turning The Tables: The SCALE Guide To Selecting The Right Board Members (Marissa Levin, CEO, Information Experts) Guest Essay: Looking Towards the Future: The Business Case for Effective Corporate Governance (John Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE))
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Re-conceptualising design and making

Author: Jillian Walliss,Heike Rahmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317498259

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

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Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies explores how digital technologies are reshaping design and making in landscape architecture. While the potentials of digital technologies are well documented within landscape planning and visualisation, their application within design practice is far less understood. This book highlights the role of the digital model in encouraging a new design logic that moves from the privileging of the visual to a focus on processes of formation, bridging the interface of the conceptual and material, the virtual and the physical. Drawing on interviews and projects from a range of international designers -including , Snøhetta, Arup, Gustafson Porter, ASPECT Studios, Grant Associates, Catherine Mosbach, Philippe Rahm, PARKKIM, LAAC and PEG office of landscape + architecture among others, the authors explore the influence of parametric modelling, scripting, real-time data, simulation, prototyping, fabrication, and Building Information Modelling on the design and construction of contemporary landscapes. This engagement with practice is expanded through critical reflection from academics involved in landscape architecture programs around the world that are reshaping their research and pedagogy to reflect an expanded digital realm. Crossing critical theory, technology and contemporary design, the book constructs a picture of an emerging twenty-first century practice of landscape architecture practice premised on complexity and performance. It also highlights the disciplinary demands and challenges in engaging with a rapidly evolving digital context within practice and education. The book is of immense value to professionals and researchers, and is a key publication for digital landscape courses at all levels.
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Author: John Douthwaite,Daniela Francesca Virdis,Elisabetta Zurru

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027264600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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In treating the topic of the landscapes of stylistics, this book provides a series of chapters which deal not only with physical landscapes but also with social, mental, historical portraits of places, people and society. The chapters demonstrate that all texts project a worldview, even when the content appears to be only a physical description of the external world. The implication is that texts attempt to produce specific effects on the reader determined by the author’s worldview. Contents and effects, (namely mental and emotional states, behaviours), are thus inseparable. Identifying those effects and how they are produced is an eminently cognitive operation. The chapters analyse a variety of linguistic devices and cognitive mechanisms employed in producing the text and accounting for the effects achieved. Though the majority of the chapters have a cognitive basis, a wide range of methodologies are employed, including ecostylistics, offering cutting-edge theoretical approaches teamed up with close reading. A further crucial feature of this collection is the selection of non-canonical texts, ranging from lesser-known texts in English to significant works in languages other than English, all of which are characterised by important social themes, thus emphasising the importance of critical appreciation as a means of self-empowerment.
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Author: Joshua Zeunert,Tim Waterman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317298772

Category: Architecture

Page: 604

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Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a burgeoning interest in, and literature of, both landscape studies and food studies. Landscape describes places as relationships and processes. Landscapes create people’s identities and guide their actions and their preferences, while at the same time are shaped by the actions and forces of people. Food, as currency, medium, and sustenance, is a fundamental part of those landscape relationships. This volume brings together over fifty contributors from around the world in forty profoundly interdisciplinary chapters. Chapter authors represent an astonishing range of disciplines, from agronomy, anthropology, archaeology, conservation, countryside management, cultural studies, ecology, ethics, geography, heritage studies, landscape architecture, landscape management and planning, literature, urban design and architecture. Both food studies and landscape studies defy comprehension from the perspective of a single discipline, and thus such a range is both necessary and enriching. The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food is intended as a first port of call for scholars and researchers seeking to undertake new work at the many intersections of landscape and food. Each chapter provides an authoritative overview, a broad range of pertinent readings and references, and seeks to identify areas where new research is needed—though these may also be identified in the many fertile areas in which subjects and chapters overlap within the book.
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Essays in Reclaiming the Critical Project

Author: Nadir Lahiji

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131770231X

Category: Architecture

Page: 252

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Written by a team of renowned contributors and carefully edited to address the themes laid out by the editors in their introduction, the book includes theoretical issues concerning the questions of aesthetics and politics and addresses city and urban strategies within the general critique of the "post-political". By focusing on specific case studies from Warsaw, Barcelona, Dubai, Tokyo and many more the book consolidates the contributions of a diverse group of academics, architects and critics from Europe, the Middle East and America. This collection fills the gap in the existing literature on the relation between politics and aesthetics, and its implications for the theoretical discourse of architecture today. In summary, this book provides a response to the predominant de-politicization in academic discourse and is an attempt to re-claim the abandoned critical project in architecture.
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A Base Primer

Author: Pierre Belanger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131724317X

Category: Architecture

Page: 508

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As ecology becomes the new engineering, the projection of landscape as infrastructure—the contemporary alignment of the disciplines of landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning— has become pressing. Predominant challenges facing urban regions and territories today—including shifting climates, material flows, and population mobilities, are addressed and strategized here. Responding to the under-performance of master planning and over-exertion of technological systems at the end of twentieth century, this book argues for the strategic design of "infrastructural ecologies," describing a synthetic landscape of living, biophysical systems that operate as urban infrastructures to shape and direct the future of urban economies and cultures into the 21st century. Pierre Bélanger is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. As part of the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Advansed Studies Program, Bélanger teaches and coordinates graduate courses on the convergence of ecology, infrastructure and urbanism in the interrelated fields of design, planning and engineering. Dr. Bélanger is author of the 35th edition of the Pamphlet Architecture Series from Princeton Architectural Press, GOING LIVE: from States to Systems (pa35.net), co-editor with Jennifer Sigler of the 39th issue of Harvard Design Magazine, Wet Matter, and co-author of the forthcoming volume ECOLOGIES OF POWER: Mapping Military Geographies & Logistical Landscapes of the U.S. Department of Defense. As a landscape architect and urbanist, he is the recipient of the 2008 Canada Prix de Rome in Architecture and the Curator for the Canada Pavilion ad Canadian Exhibition, "EXTRACTION," at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (extraction.ca).
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Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia

Author: Andrew Friedman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520956680

Category: History

Page: 428

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The capital of the U.S. Empire after World War II was not a city. It was an American suburb. In this innovative and timely history, Andrew Friedman chronicles how the CIA and other national security institutions created a U.S. imperial home front in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. In this covert capital, the suburban landscape provided a cover for the workings of U.S. imperial power, which shaped domestic suburban life. The Pentagon and the CIA built two of the largest office buildings in the country there during and after the war that anchored a new imperial culture and social world. As the U.S. expanded its power abroad by developing roads, embassies, and villages, its subjects also arrived in the covert capital as real estate agents, homeowners, builders, and landscapers who constructed spaces and living monuments that both nurtured and critiqued postwar U.S. foreign policy. Tracing the relationships among American agents and the migrants from Vietnam, El Salvador, Iran, and elsewhere who settled in the southwestern suburbs of D.C., Friedman tells the story of a place that recasts ideas about U.S. immigration, citizenship, nationalism, global interconnection, and ethical responsibility from the post-WW2 period to the present. Opening a new window onto the intertwined history of the American suburbs and U.S. foreign policy, Covert Capital will also give readers a broad interdisciplinary and often surprising understanding of how U.S. domestic and global histories intersect in many contexts and at many scales. American Crossroads, 37
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A Path to Spatial Justice

Author: Shelley Egoz,Karsten Jørgensen,Deni Ruggeri

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1786438348

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

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This stimulating book explores theories, conceptual frameworks, and cultural approaches with the purpose of uncovering a cross-cultural understanding of landscape democracy, a concept at the intersection of landscape, democracy and spatial justice. The authors of Defining Landscape Democracy address a number of questions that are critical to the contemporary discourse on the right to landscape: Why is democracy relevant to landscape? How do we democratise landscape? How might we achieve landscape and spatial justice?
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A Critical Reader

Author: Ian H. Thompson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415424646

Category: Architecture

Page: 250

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Ian Thompson considers the aesthetic, social, cultural and environmental foundations of our thinking about landscape, and explores the key writings which shaped the field in its emergence and maturity.
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Essays on Algorithmic Culture

Author: Alexander R. Galloway

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452908680

Category: Social Science

Page: 143

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Video games have been a central feature of the cultural landscape for over twenty years and now rival older media like movies, television, and music in popularity and cultural influence. Yet there have been relatively few attempts to understand the video game as an independent medium. Most such efforts focus on the earliest generation of text-based adventures (Zork, for example) and have little to say about such visually and conceptually sophisticated games as Final Fantasy X, Shenmue, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, and The Sims, in which players inhabit elaborately detailed worlds and manipulate digital avatars with a vast—and in some cases, almost unlimited—array of actions and choices. In Gaming, Alexander Galloway instead considers the video game as a distinct cultural form that demands a new and unique interpretive framework. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, particularly critical theory and media studies, he analyzes video games as something to be played rather than as texts to be read, and traces in five concise chapters how the “algorithmic culture” created by video games intersects with theories of visuality, realism, allegory, and the avant-garde. If photographs are images and films are moving images, then, Galloway asserts, video games are best defined as actions. Using examples from more than fifty video games, Galloway constructs a classification system of action in video games, incorporating standard elements of gameplay as well as software crashes, network lags, and the use of cheats and game hacks. In subsequent chapters, he explores the overlap between the conventions of film and video games, the political and cultural implications of gaming practices, the visual environment of video games, and the status of games as an emerging cultural form. Together, these essays offer a new conception of gaming and, more broadly, of electronic culture as a whole, one that celebrates and does not lament the qualities of the digital age. Alexander R. Galloway is assistant professor of culture and communication at New York University and author of Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization.
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An Introduction to Environmental Studies

Author: Kai N. Lee,William Freudenburg,Richard Howarth

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393930726

Category: Science

Page: 432

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This is the first textbook to fully synthesize all key disciplines of environmental studies. Humans in the Landscape draws on the biophysical sciences, social sciences, and humanities to explore the interactions between cultures and environments over time, and discusses classic environmental problems in the context of the overarching conflicts and frameworks that motivate them.
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Principles of a Design Profession for the 21st Century

Author: Bruce Sharky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317538412

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

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What is landscape architecture? Is it gardening, or science, or art? In this book, Bruce Sharky provides a complete overview of the discipline to provide those that are new to the subject with the foundations for future study and practice. The many varieties of landscape practice are discussed with an emphasis on the significant contributions that landscape architects have made across the world in daily practice. Written by a leading scholar and practitioner, this book outlines the subject and explores how, from a basis in garden design, it 'leapt over the garden wall' to encapsulate areas such as urban and park design, community and regional planning, habitat restoration, green infrastructure and sustainable design, and site engineering and implementation. Coverage includes: The effects that natural and human factors have upon design, and how the discipline is uniquely placed to address these challenges Examples of contemporary landscape architecture work - from storm water management and walkable cities to well-known projects like the New York High Line and the London Olympic Park Exploration of how art and design, science, horticulture, and construction come together in one subject Thinking about Landscape Architecture is perfect for those wanting to better understand this fascinating subject, and those starting out as landscape architecture students.
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Composing Identities

Author: Bronwyn T. Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317212908

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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In this book, Bronwyn T. Williams explores how perceptions of agency—whether a person perceives and feels able to read and write successfully in a given context—are critical in terms of how people perform their literate identities. Drawing on interviews and observations with students in several countries, he examines the intersections of the social and the personal in relation to how and, crucially, why people engage successfully or struggle painfully in literacy practices and what factors and forces they regard as enabling or constraining their actions. Recognizing such moments and patterns can help teachers and researchers rethink their approaches to teaching to facilitate students’ sense of agency as writers and readers.
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Author: Denis Cosgrove

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861898363

Category: Education

Page: 320

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Mappings explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered. How have maps and mapping served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds? How has the practice of mapping shaped modern seeing and knowing? In what ways do contemporary changes in our experience of the world alter the meanings and practice of mapping, and vice versa? In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. The map's spatial fixity, its capacity to frame, control and communicate knowledge through combining image and text, and cartography's increasing claims to scientific authority, make mapping at once an instrument and a metaphor for rational understanding of the world. Among the topics the authors investigate are projective and imaginative mappings; mappings of terraqueous spaces; mapping and localism at the 'chorographic' scale; and mapping as personal exploration. With essays by Jerry Brotton, Paul Carter, Michael Charlesworth, James Corner, Wystan Curnow, Christian Jacob, Luciana de Lima Martins, David Matless, Armand Mattelart, Lucia Nuti and Alessandro Scafi
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Essays on the Two Trilogies

Author: Carl Silvio,Tony M. Vinci,Donald E. Palumbo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476611068

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 243

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Released in May 1977, the original Star Wars movie inaugurated the age of the movie blockbuster. It also redefined the use of cinematic special effects, creating a new textual universe that now stretches through three decades, two trilogies and generations of fascinated viewers. The body of critical analysis that has developed from this epic focuses primarily on the Star Wars universe as a contemporary myth. However, like any fiction, it must also be viewed—and consequently analyzed—as a product of the culture which created it. The essays in this book analyze the Star Wars trilogies as a culturally and historically specific phenomenon. Moving away from the traditional myth-based criticism of the films, the essayists employ a cultural studies model to examine how this phenomenon intersects with social formations such as economics, technology, race and gender. Critical approaches are varied and include political and economic analysis informed by feminism, contemporary race theory, Marxism, new media studies and post-humanism. Among the topics covered are the connections between the trilogies and our own cultural landscape; the problematic issues of race and gender; and the thematic implications of Lucas’ presentation of technology. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
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