After an insightful discussion with my peers regarding the theories of landscape urbanism, we concluded that many of the concepts are not new, but were perhaps extrapolated from landscape design principles well known to us. Throughout the discussion, I could not help but think back on my previous research about the mid-century modern landscape architect, James Rose, who’s rebellious designs and intriguing publications spoke to larger concepts than purely form and design, unapologetically. His theories, although laced with humor and sarcasm, have many relevant applications in designing urban parks in cities today. His theories on the integration of indoors and outdoors, people and nature, movement and stillness, and the recycling of old materials to make new things can be applied to greenscapes in cities in order to create fully integrated, sustainable, and inhabitable spaces.
"Improving Urban Greenways Using James Rose’s Theories of Integration,"
Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning: Vol. 5
, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/fabos/vol5/iss1/16
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