Here’s a preview of the forthcoming Spring issue of Landscape

Spring Journal 2011 preview
Spring Journal 2011 preview

Landscape’s place alongside a wider spectrum of design services concerns us in our Spring issue, as we interview Design Council CABE chief executive David Kester one month on from the merger of the two design bodies.

The new entity is moving quickly to establish a framework through which it will provide national and local design reviews, together with a programme of enabling for communities and local authorities. While it will come as no surprise to learn that the merger was conceived on pragmatic grounds, Kester is emphatic that the two teams quickly came to embrace the alliance as a much bigger opportunity than simply watching a phoenix rise from the flames. It had the potential to create a much bigger narrative for the design professions and their role in engendering economic growth and innovation.

With the Federation of German Landscape Architects (bdla) hosting its annual conference in London this year in association with the Landscape Institute, it seemed only fitting that we take a closer look at German landscape architecture in this issue.We feature project profiles of two winners of the German Landscape Award 2009: ULAP-Platz in Berlin and Carl-Alexander-Park in Baesweiler.

Urban and green space development in Berlin and London also comes under investigation in our feature looking at the historic and emerging constraints facing both cities in this area, and how they are responding to those challenges.

Author and historian David H Haney takes a fresh look at modernism in his essay ‘The case of Leberecht Migge’, arguing that the relatively unknown ‘architect of horticulture’ was in fact at the vanguard of German ecological thought, designing with sustainable principles that we have only now publicly adopted.

Finally, one contemporary landscape architect who counts Migge among his influences is Germany’s Peter Latz.The work of Latz+Partner in reclaiming former industrialised landscapes is widely considered pioneering and an interview with Peter Latz himself proves to be an engaging journey through the complex theories that inform his approach.

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