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Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture [Hardcover]

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Living Systems surveys a wide array of innovative approaches to material technologies within the field of landscape architecture. The selected projects and materials exhibit a contemporary demand for technological landscapes and the collaboration between designers, engineers, scientists and ecologists. The book's language proposes a synthesis between technology and theory, and redefines the conventional boundaries of landscape materiality by focusing on its dynamic attributes, such as: growth, flow, metabolism, climate, and atmospheric phenomena.

Projects and materials are cross-referenced within the authors' new categorization system, which focuses on performance criteria, processes, and properties. Each of the 36 international projects and 23 material technologies is presented with drawing details and construction photographs. A description of key processes and adaptive qualities provides an analysis of the various complex systems featured, such as vertical growth structures, flood prevention, stormwater infiltration, erosion control, and the integration of digital media to communicate, monitor, and provide interactive environments.

Projects featured include works by West8, GROSS.MAX, Weiss-Manfredi Architects, Field Operations, BIG, StoSS, DIRT Studio, and Vogt Landschaftarchitekten.

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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 10.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 29, 2007
Publisher   Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN  3764377003  
ISBN13  9783764377007  

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More About Liat Margolis & Alexander Robinson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Liat Margolis a dirigA(c) la recherche sur les matA(c)riaux chez Material ConneXion, une firme innovante et interdisciplinaire da (TM)A(c)tude et de conseil en matA(c)riaux. Elle a A(c)tudiA(c) le design industriel A la Rhode Island School, et la (TM)architecture du paysage A la Graduate School of Design de la (TM)UniversitA(c) de Harvard. Elle y est actuellement responsable de la Materials Collection, un laboratoire da (TM)A(c)tude des matA(c)riaux, et travaille comme architecte du paysage chez Hargreaves Associates A Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Alexander Robinson a fait des A(c)tudes da (TM)Art et de technologies de la (TM)information au Swarthmore College. Il a A(c)tudiA(c) A(c)galement la (TM)architecture du paysage A la (TM)universitA(c) de Harvard (Graduate School of Design). Il a dirigA(c) de nombreux projets de recherche dans le domaine de la technologie du paysage urbain et de la (TM)urbanisme au Center for Technology and Environment A Harvard. Comme architecte du paysage chez Mias Lehrer + Associates, il a travaillA(c) sur le schA(c)ma directeur de Los Angeles River et Crompton Creek. Il travaille actuellement pour le SWA Group A Los Angeles, Californie, USA

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A good reference book for both design major students and seasoned professional designers  Mar 21, 2008
As the former Director of Material Research at Material ConneXion, Liat Margolis combined her many years of experience in innovative multi-industry materials research with the professional design experience of her co-author and fellow Harvard GSD graduate, Alexander Robinson in "Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture."

"Vertical landscapes also represent a conceptual shift toward a synthesis between landscape and architecture; building facades, for example, can be embedded within emergent, active and responsive skins..." Liat Margolis and Alexander Robinson wrote.

They continued to discuss various living systems and applications demonstrated with real examples, including:

Launch (Multi-tiered Vine Park, Misting Vine Pergola, Wind Adapted Road Canopy Structure, Fire-Escape Ecosystem, Parasitic Vegetal Structure)

Stratify (Mechanically Stabilized Landform, Floating Glass Plain, Multi-Operational Modular Surface, Gradient of Resilience, Surface Inversion)

Fluid (Weaving Porous and Non- porous Surfaces, Inflatable Dam System, Stormwater Garden, Drop Structures for Suburban Stormwater System, Networked Sidewalk Stormwater System, Bio-technical Wave and Erosion Control Structures)

Grooming (Tree Crutches Growing Guide, Artificial Winter for a Bamboo Garden, Saltwater Herbicide System, Low-Maintenance Perennial Plantings, Stunted Growth Pattern)

Digestive (Bio-Remediation Park Design, Fluvially Integrated Effluent Wetlands, On-site Sewage Treatment System, Ground Reconstitution Strategy, Strategic Contaminated Soil Placement)

Translate (Pheumatic Body, Power by Wind, the Ground is a Turntable, Weather Informed Park Access System, Fiber Optic Marsh)

Volatile (Responsive Cloud Machine, Computer Animated Rain, Dynamic Thermal Wind Wall, Impression of Rain).

There is a helpful list of products and technologies at the end of the book.

"Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture" has 191 pages and many color interior photos and illustrations. It is a good reference book for both design major students and seasoned professional designers.

Gang Chen, LEED AP, AIA
Author of "Planting Design Illustrated"

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