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short-term mitigation, rather than as
sustainable holistic visions. For instance,
across much of Asia and South America,
the absence of visionary green space in
cities continues to result in concretized
unhealthy environments with low quality
materiality and little attention given to
biodiversity or resiliency. The outcome is
an attempt to create a new context rather
than a condition where urban design
springs from the pre-existing context.
It should be noted that globalization,
economic integration, media and
interconnectivity are increasingly
influencing aesthetic design. Will such
trends further contribute towards an
erosion of the distinctive identity of each
place and contribute to potential high
levels of 'transferability' in global urban
centres? If so, we can expect a steady
erosion of local identity.
IS THERE AN ALTERNATIvE IDEAL?
In Second Nature, Adriaan Geuze and
Matthew Skjonsberg argue that there
can, indeed, be a "radical humane

Innovation sits within
a process of shaping
continuity.

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reformulation of the relationship
between the urban and rural, amplifying
civilization's cultural legacy." Their
approach relies on making landscape
in advance of the city, and in doing so,
safeguarding landscape's link to nature.
The idea is to blur the existing divide
between urban and natural, urban
and local character: "to disavow the
destruction of wilderness from this day
forward and to create new ecologies - a

second nature that reconciles the urban
and rural to the benefit of both." At a
large scale, Geuze and Skjonsberg argue,
the conversion of sites into a new type of
nature is a proven and feasible method.
CONSULTING THE GENIUS LOCI
There is logic in this large-scale thinking,
but what of "the small"? How does the
small figure in new urban approaches?
Small-scale local initiatives can indeed
have a major impact. A respect for local
identity and place does not necessarily
require large and overly obvious strokes
in design, urban planning or landscape
architecture, but rather small, even
abstract references, can achieve these
objectives.
Careful consideration of place and
local identity is essential to sitespecific design. Through observation
and assessment, we engage with the
historical continuum of the site, balancing
the past, the future and place. Innovation
sits within a process of shaping continuity.
Developing landscape strategies
that respond to the roots of place
demands ongoing experimentation,
examination and design exploration.
James McKinnon, in his book The Once
and Future World, speaks of "baseline
memory", and champions a reconnection
with our pre-urban footprint. If humans
subconsciously accept decreased levels
of landscape quality and local identity
with every generation, then our urban
environments will steadily become
"de-natural".
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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