1st October 2012
Landscape Urbanism Lecture
Landscape Architecture interacts in a complex continuum between man and nature, town and country, land and architecture. We no longer reconcile the duality of opposite forces but orchestrate and choreograph a multitude of dynamic and hybrid interactions. How to turn towards a new landscape architecture of sustainable optimism; a potent mix of artificial intelligence and natural instinct?
Eelco Hooftman is a founding partner with Bridget Baines of GROSS. MAX. Landscape Architects. He integrates theory and practice of landscape architecture in an extensive output of projects that combines a Dutch sense of experimentation with a British sense of humor and a German sense of rigour. Hooftman has regularly visited as a critic at the AA School and is the first landscape architect to be selected as member of the Royal Society of the Arts in Scotland. In 2010, Building Design recognised GROSS. MAX. as Public Realm Architect of the Year. The studio’s collaborators include Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Amanda Levete Architects, Piet Oudolf and artist Mark Dion. Current projects include Tempelhof Freiheit, the transformation of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and a linear park for the Central Business District in Beijing.