'Nature is the Dummy' essay by Douglas Spencer on metabolism, self-organisation and emergence in design

AALU Alfredo Ramirez and Eva Castro Interview for Beyond Urbanism Book

Coastal Futures Issuu Publication

AA Landscape Urbanism Coastal Futures is the design thesis of Valeria Garcia and Yunya Tang:


Abstract: The project examines contemporary flooding scenarios and the possibility to use coastal erosion and deposition through tidal creek land formations as productive spatial territories. By instrumentalising these landforms, we intend to radically change the economic conditions and future potential of coastal communities in South England.


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explore the fullproject HERE



Coastal Futures Issuu Publication

AA Landscape Urbanism becomes MArch (16 months) & MSc (12 months)

The AA Landscape Urbanism programme is evolving!

From 2015-2016 it will become an MArch (16 months) & MSc (12 months) programme.


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2015/16 Academic Year – MSc* (12 months) / MArch* (16 months)


Landscape Urbanism explores how the techniques, dynamics and discourses of landscape-based disciplines can be re-appropriated so as to ask fundamental questions about the contemporary city. It explores the ways in which the intersection of physical and social processes and dynamics of territorial formation generates new forms of urban typologies, governance and knowledge. The course combines material explorations of landscape evolution (facilitated by digital simulations) with the development of critical perspectives and studio work.


For the 2015/16 academic year Landscape Urbanism will offer a 12-month MSc* and a 16-month MArch* aimed at a wide range of professionals engaged with territorial disciplines ranging from architects and landscape architects to engineers, urban planners and geographers to explore a cross-disciplinary research by design approach to these practices.


The MSc course develops students? ability to abstract complex territorial formations in order to generate a set of territorial guidelines (Manual) that can be potentially deployed in comparable territories (Atlas). The 16-month MArch produces site-specific design thesis projects that work as an operative test bed to inform the Atlas and Manual of territorial formations. Students? work is based on a combination of team-based studio, workshop and seminar courses. At the end of September (MSc) and January (MArch) the projects are presented to a panel of distinguish visiting critics in order to finalise the design thesis in the form of a book.


* Please note that for the 2015/16 academic year the degree of this programme will change to a 12-month MSc and a 16-month MArch in Landscape Urbanism, subject to approval and validation by The Open University.


If you wish to apply please follow the link below which will guide you through the process.


http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/GRADUATE/?name=landscapeurbanism— at Architectural Association School of Architecture.



AA Landscape Urbanism becomes MArch (16 months) & MSc (12 months)

The Riparian Land-Shaping Machine Issuu Publication

The Riparian Land-Shaping Machine is the design thesis of Josine Lambert and Eugenio Darin.

Abstract: Mountain landscapes have been subjected to a relentless conflict between conservative-picturesque attitudes and economic exploitation approaches. The project proposes a strategy that understands the river as a sediment management machine that choreographs newly manufactured riparian landscapes in order to put forward a decision-making mechanism to face the conflicting perspectives with existing social formations.


Explore the full project HERE


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The Riparian Land-Shaping Machine Issuu Publication

AA Landscape Urbanism Lecture Series on Geomorphology

All welcome to the AA Landscape Urbanism Lecture Series on Geomorphology 2014 starting next Tuesday 7th October at 14:00, Soft Room, Architectural Association:


These lectures from experts in geomorphology will give an overview of existing methods and practices that describe the active processes shaping the landscape. These are intended to support the development and knowledge of the course in order to fabricate an understanding how these processes interact with human driven environments.


Geomorphology and Landscapes

Andrew Goudie (Emeritus Professor of Geography at University of Oxford)

07 October 2014 14:00 PM

Soft Room

Architectural Association


What were the landscapes of the past like? What will landscapes look like in the future? Landscapes are all around us, but most of us know very little about how they have developed, what goes on in them, and how they react to changing climates, tectonics and human activities. Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas and techniques to study it, Andrew Goudie a demonstrate how geomorphologists have built on classic methods pioneered by some great 19th century scientists to examine our Earth.


The AA Landscape Urbanism is committed to develop a thorough research by design that explores landscape practices and territorial formations into alternatives for concrete realities and contexts and


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AA Landscape Urbanism Lecture Series on Geomorphology

AALU BOOK, Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis

AALU BOOK, Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis
Launch Wednesday 18th June London


Please join us for  the launch of AA Landscape Urbanism Book, ‘Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis’ edited by Eva Castro, Alfredo Ramirez, Eduardo Rico and Douglas Spencer in the AA Bookshop at 6.30pm on Wednesday 18th June 2014.

Critical Territories records the current state of our practice, theory and teaching of Landscape Urbanism and its development in recent years. It describes the phases and processes through which we have arrived at a distinctive model of Landscape Urbanism and the movement, from academia to praxis, through which this has been achieved. To this end, Critical Territories opens with a series of contributions to the ongoing development of our theoretical perspectives before turning to elaborate, from within the academic framework of the Architectural Association, the work of our students and the agendas they have engaged with in Mexico, Sri Lanka, Dubai and China and the intensive workshops with which they have been involved in Europe. It then turns, finally, to the projects produced and realised by the Landscape Urbanist practice Groundlab, whose work both puts into practice our model of Landscape Urbanism and offers an opportunity to reflect upon its further development.



AALU BOOK, Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis

AA LANDSCAPE URBANISM BOOK LAUNCH

The launch of the AA Landscape Urbanism ” Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis” at the AA Bookshop will be announced shortly:



Critical Territories records the current state of our practice, theory and teaching of Landscape Urbanism and its development in recent years. It describes the phases and processes through which we have arrived at a distinctive model of Landscape Urbanism and the movement, from academia to praxis, through which this has been achieved. To this end, Critical Territories opens with a series of contributions to the ongoing development of our theoretical perspectives before turning to elaborate, from within the academic framework of the Architectural Association, the work of our students and the agendas they have engaged with in Mexico, Sri Lanka, Dubai and China and the intensive workshops with which they have been involved in Europe. It then turns, finally, to the projects produced and realised by the Landscape Urbanist practice Groundlab, whose work both puts into practice our model of Landscape Urbanism and offers an opportunity to reflect upon its further development


AALU Field-trip accross Europe

AA Landscape Urbanism set out to explore  Territorial Landscapes accross Europe for its fieldtrip of 2014: The Curonian Spit sand-dunes, Riparian Landscape in the Alps, Po Delta, the Elbe River Floodplains, and Southern UK flood-risk coast as part of the ongoing Atlas of radical cartographies accross Europe. Photos by Anastasia Kotenko and Niki Kakali, Valeria Garcia, Ariadna Weisshaar, Simranjit Kaur, Anji Han,Yi-Chun Kuo, Josine Lambert, Eugenio Darin, Fernando Blanco, Shruthi Padmanabhan  and   Yunya Tang:


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AALU Field-trip accross Europe