architecture - landscape - design

phd. master in architectural and urban studies
prof. of landscape architecture - polytechnic of turin
founder of the research platform weak-circus
founder of zeroenne - experiments in weakness theory
co-founder and director of b.l.u.e.- building landscape urbanism
co-founder of terraviva

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sensorial landscape

natural patterns/ecological taxonomy.
technonatural esperiments.

author: Elisa Cristiana Cattaneo
editors: Davide Biselli and Caterina Cotado
publisher: Maggioli editore
series: Politecnica
year: first edition 2018

ISBN-13: 9788891622440


this book is the third experiment on the subject of technonature, and relates the experience of teaching the course of landscape design at the Polytechnic of Milan during the 2016-2017 academic year. in continuity with the previous experiment published in nature through the mirror (Cattaneo, 2016) and the workshop landscape in art and science (2016) it fulfills the same conceptual principles, further pushing the level of experimentation, which passes from the visible (the movement of nature) to the representation of the invisible (its sound). a conceptual passage that does not imply only a diversification of the contents, but one that also implies a broader set of conditions, such as a radical distance from the "visible" systems (according to a predominance of the representable); the paradox of representing a space without a physical body; and the possibility of moving from a syntactic to an immersive and sensorial space.

in particular, it investigates a taxonomy of the landscape project as a substitute for the urban one, through a modification of the design tools: in this sense, the patterns become skilled both in specifying the representational instruments of the landscape (still anchored to systemic theory) and that of its general concept (still understood as an empty and relational space in relation to the architectural one).
the aim is to eradicate and change the plane of the urban and landscape project, of their cognitive and figurative roles, by autonomously assigning landscape ecology as a substitutive discipline to urban planning, and finding new ways and new practices within it that can change the figuration and the meaning of the project in its entirety.

this experiment is rooted in and re-conceptualizes the experiments of György Kepes at M.I.T., both in the symbiotic and hybrid methodology that he implements in the new landscape in art and science: a scientific-poetic process, between art and science.