Ranging from the micro to the macro, the semantic to the structural, this lecture argues that landscape architecture is theoretically and practically equipped to integrate and lead the various disciplines involved in the formation of the built environment.
Richard Weller is Winthrop Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. His design work has been widely exhibited, including in a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1998) and published as a monograph by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2005. Professor Weller's recent planning work has been published by the UWA Press in 2009 under the title of Boomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City, and his current research concerns urban growth scenarios to meet Australia's predicted mid-century population growth.
Llàtzer Moix, Richard Weller, and Jamie von Klemperer
Recorded: February 22, 2013
In this video from The City That Never Was — a February 2013 symposium that took the current economic crisis in Spain as a point of departure for rethinking global patterns of urbanization and settlement — Richard Weller and Jamie von Klemperer respond to Llàtzer Moix’s presentation (available in a separate video), looking to the future of city making from the perspective of design and development. Both raise the issue of scale, suggesting that large developments must become more agile and more responsive to principals of ecology and social justice to accommodate the global population growth predicted by demographers.
From Christopher Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa’s introduction to the panel:
"In order to solve economic or social woes, more and more cities tend to deploy replicable formats of urbanization (SEZs, casinos, high-speed rail, expos, airports, super-talls, waterfront development, signature parks, etc.). Very often, both politicians and the public demand immediate solutions that have been demonstrated to work elsewhere. In this context, New York’s High Line, which has been radically successful, is seemingly being exported to every city in North America. Can this demand for the instant be negotiated with more agile formats of urbanization? This panel contrasts these commoditized spatial products with the possibility of a more agile urbanism that anticipates the multiplicity of potential outcomes ⎯ including failure ⎯ in conceiving new urban form."