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Rhys Williams 
Lecturer, Landscape Architecture 
University of Technology Sydney, Australia


Every so often, a project is realised that grabs the attention of landscape architects – students and professionals alike. Increasingly, this is contingent on a project’s capacity to reach an ever more diverse and geographically divergent audience, aided by the rise of digital platforms like Landezine. This said time spent online today isn’t entirely dissimilar from that time once spent with the latest issue of Topos to hand. Both vicarious experiences have and continue to underpin our individual connection to a built project. And whether mediated by print or screen, “connecting with a project” often rests on striking a connection with the potential imbued in a published photograph...

Oct 2022

Landscape Architectural Photography: The Critical Representation of Realized Projects at the Intersection of Intent and Actuality

Rhys Williams’ critical effort ... is made solely through visual exploration. His contribution uses the complete published photographic record of the Bordeaux Botanic Garden after its construction to show how images of built landscapes perpetuate the reception of the work that contradicts actual conditions and experiences on the ground.

Julia Czerniak, guest editor

This May the Gehry-designed UTS Chau Chak Wing Building hosted over 200 delegates on the occasion of the 2017 Landscape Australia Conference. International and regional guests spoke on a range of themes from the perspective of their own landscape-orientated practices. These practices were chosen to facilitate the exploration of the dynamic role of landscape in the design, planning and management of gardens, cities and regions; the breadth of topics a nod to Landscape Australia’s broad readership. Across three thematic sessions, conversations traversed topics of aesthetics, indigeneity and urban resilience...

Image credit: Isthmus 

Conference as Eschatology: The 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

Eschatology has historically been defined as the theological study of End Times and the related themes of death, judgement and the final destiny of the human soul. Academic Naomi Stead made this the focus of her contribution as a panellist at the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture conference, and in doing so provided a fitting lens through which to make sense of the event. By questioning what landscape architecture might need to be in the age of the Anthropocene, the 2016 conference, entitled Not in my Backyard, resembled a secular exercise in prophesying the status of the profession at the end of time ...

Operative Landscapes: Building Communities Through Public Space (book review)

The number of physical publications focusing on the documentation of realized landscape architectural projects has increased dramatically in recent decades and the ‘project compendium’ is a prevalent type among this growing body of titles. This model typically involves the representation of built projects on the basis of their location, contemporaneity, typology, thematic associations, and/or perceived quality. Theoretically, it might be thought to operate at a level somewhere between the internet's indiscriminate abundance and the focused depth of a singular project critique. Seemingly, its prevalence and potential would appear positive—the continued growth in publications of this type contributing to the timely dissemination and critical appraisal of recent works, as well as to an increase in the discipline's visibility...

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