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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Architectural Association School Of Architecture

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

The Landscape Urbanism programme explores the role that designers (from architects and landscape architects to urban designers and planners) can play when confronted with policies and regulations that are currently shaping landscapes and territories across the globe (metropolises, cities, rural environments, infrastructural and productive landscapes, etc.). Such environments are today configured by economic policies, political decision-making, social and cultural structures, and engineering solutions. Design inputs are either left out entirely or placed at the fringes. Landscape Urbanism at the AA explores design not only as the source of aesthetic and performative proposals offering necessary alternatives to today’s acute urban and environmental problems, but also as a mechanism to orchestrate, choreograph and negotiate their implementation at large scales and over time.

Landscape Urbanism is constantly evolving and integrates critical thinking with diverse practices such as cartographic representation, scripted simulation and GIS mapping, all of which are widely utilised in geographical disciplines, but relatively untapped within the field of design.

Given the climate and ecological emergency the world is facing, it is paramount importance that those involved in designing landscapes (whether architects, landscape architects, artists, planners or engineers) support a socially just re-structuring of the world we inhabit. This effort should be intrinsically dependant on the health of the earth systems and trigger, in turn, a radical transformation of the role we can collectively play in developing design proposals, mitigation strategies, advocacy initiatives and activism.

One way to achieve this is by supporting a Green New Deal (GND) – a viable initiative with the capacity to unite all of the best intentions, preoccupations and proposals of the design community at large. Landscape Urbanism will get behind this project and contributing to shaping its influence in the UK. We believe that expertise in visualisation, mapping and the spatial understanding of socioecological systems is crucial to such a project and the challenges it presents. Together, Landscape Urbanism will develop proposals for a GND in collaboration with the New Economics Foundation, through the exploration of different policies such as:

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Architectural Association School Of Architecture

  • Campus address

    Architectural Association School Of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, Camden, London, Greater London, WC1B 3ES, England

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