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: How green is Landscape Urbanism? – Gareth Doherty
Topos, Oct. 2010, p36-9
Charles Waldheim seems to imply this when in “Recovering Landscape” ha calls for a shift towards an understanding of the image of landscape as a horizontal flatbed infrastructure that does not distinguish between urban and natural, instead of the notion of landscape as green scenery beheld vertically. An aim of this essay is to show that green is urban too.
Reading of landscape going through that
Walter Benjamin reminds us, the power of a country road, and doubtless a city road too, is greater when walking through it than looking at it from above. The vertical transect allows for a more sensual and nuanced reading of landscape than we can get from aerial images alone. A city from above may look gray; from inside it can be dazzling, like Times Square or Shinjuku. Why not behold landscape from above and from eye-level too? Large-scale geographies need to be understood vertically if we are not to lose touch with our audience.
If landscape is green, then urbanism is presumably multi-colored. But green is urban too. Green spaces, traditional landscape, clearly add to live-ability and consequently to property values and potential for the generation of revenue.
Cape Space’s publication ‘Does money grow on trees?’ demonstrates how green adds to property values and that green attracts inward investment and homeowners to an area. – Central Park in New York, also the renovation of Bryan Park significantly increased property values and rents immediately adjacent to the green, and High Line as well.
Proximity of green is important element to value property, indeed property speculation was an element in financing the green park.
GREEN IS MORE THAN A CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC VALUE AND EXCLUSIVITY. GREEN GENERATES MEMORIES, REQUIRES INFRASTRUCTURE AND HAS A PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY OF ITS OWN.
GREEN IS SYNONYMOUS WITH URBANISM, RATHER THAN CONSIDERED AS THEOTHER OR THE ANTIDOTE.
For instance, the date palm in Gulf Area provides food, shelter, social spaces, social status and indeed offer a seemingly inexhaustible subject for music, poetry and folklore.
BUT, IN FACT, THE PROVISION OF GREENERY IN MANY URBAN AREAS, WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, BEARS SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS.
This paradox is central to issues of landscape and urbanism today; How to capitalize and manage the obsession with greenery in the urban built environment and design and plan with green in urban areas in a way that is greener, more environmentally, culturally, politically and socially sensitive than is generally the case today?
LANDSCAPE URBANISM –
LANDSCAPE-adjective, URBANISM-noun, IT MIGHT BE A LANDSCAPE APPROACH TO URBANISM.