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The Other ‘56 landscape offered the medium of urban, economic and social order. Among the many noteworthy contributions on the origins of urban design, Eric Mumford’s location of urban design in the wake of CIAM is due particular mention, since it extends knowledge on that topic of international significance for architects, urbanists and academics across disciplines. Mumford’s history provides useful background for several of the more contemporary accounts, including Alex Krieger’s thorough overview of the field as a contemporary professional concern. Krieger’s essay recounts Sert’s multiple motives in formulating the field and reminds readers of the innumerable questions raised at the Harvard conferences on the potential relationships within and between the Continued on page 19 17 Discover and examine the relationship between landscape and contemporary urbanism. CHARLES WALDHEIM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY Landscape urbanism has emerged over the past decade as a critique of the disciplinary and professional commitments of traditional urban design and an alternative to “New Urbanism.” The critique launched by landscape urbanism has much to do with urban design’s perceived inability to come to terms with the rapid pace of urban change and the essentially horizontal character of contemporary automobilebased urbanization across North America and much of Western Europe. It equally has to do with the inability of traditional urban design strategies to cope with the environmental conditions left in the wake of deindustrialization, increased calls for an ecologically informed urbanism, and the ongoing ascendancy of design culture as an aspect of urban development. The emerging discourse of landscape urbanism sheds interesting light on the ultimately abandoned proposal that urban design might have originally been housed in landscape architecture at Harvard. One reading of José Luis Sert’s original formulation for urban design at Harvard is that he wanted to provide a transdisciplinary space within the academy. But urban design has yet to fulfill its potential as an intersection of the design disciplines engaging with the built environment. In the wake of that unfulfilled potential, landscape urbanism has proposed a critical and historically informed rereading of the environmental and social aspirations of Modernist planning and its most successful models. This essay offers one potential counterhistory as a narrative to illuminate the present predicament of urban design. In so doing, it proposes a potential recuperation of at least one strand of Modernist planning, the one in which florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | summer 2012 http://www.naylornetwork.com/fla-nxt

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President’s Message / Peter W. Jones, AIA
Florida Atlantic University Engineering and Computer Sciences Classroom Building
Bonaire Residence
Stovash, Case and Tingley, P.A. Law Offices
Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
The Other ’56
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2012