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Published on May 7th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
Architectural Design: The New Pastoralism
The latest issue of Architectural Design reads like a manifesto!
For ages cities were meant to keep nature and agriculture out. The city was for dwelling, the countryside for cattle and agriculture. Urban nature was limited to parks, ponds and gardens. But true nature was for escapists who fled the chaotic city streets and traded them for pastoral tranqility ion the countryside. But not anymore.
Architectural Design explores the New Pastoralism – the romantic green that now is invading urban architecture. Architectures that employ biometics, hydroponics, cybernetic feedback systems, micro ecologies are arising. In the old days technology was used to ban nature outof the city, or at least: confine it to designated areas. Now technology is used to bring nature back in the urban jungle. So: quit the grey limbo and return to paradise, or, as guest-editor Mark Titman puts it: “Dualism is dead; Long live the pastoral’!
Featured architects: Kathryn Findlay, MVRDV, Francois Roche, Michael Sorkin, Liam Young.
Architectural Design, no 223
The New Pastoralism – Landscape into Architecture
May / June 2013
144 pages / English