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LANDSCAPE GA RY STRANG THE Los Angeles FORU M Nonprolil OrganizatIOn U,S. POSTAGE PAID LOS ANGELES. CA PERMIT NO. 104 1 FOR 835 NORTH KINGS ROAD WEST HOLLYWOOD CA 90069 ARCHITECTURE AND NEWSLETTER Dece mber1995 IN TH IS ISSUE : URBAN DESIGN LeSley Marlene S"oel documents It,e personali za tIon of an ubIquItous ,'emen! ,n Los Ange les' urban Iindsc~pe Four arch,leCIS. John Chase. John I(ahs ko, M ohsen MOSII I.v, I nd John Ounon se t OU I parameters lor ur ban de sign on Ihe la ce oll.le cap rl.l,hsm Gary Strang oroposes deSIgns lor an eng Ine ered landscilp e L URBAN LANDSCAPES ThiS issue of the newsletter is devoted to the renewed debate concerning the formation and definition of the urban landscape and the rethinking of our attitudes toward intervention. We reprint here introductory remarks from three recent symposia on urban issues which, while presenting distinct approaches, all confront the ultimate inseparability of landscape, culture, politics, technology and urban form. Opening discussion sessions during the Urban ReviSions symposium sponsored by MaCA and the L.A. Forum, John Kalis ki and John Chase both focus on decentering the role of urban design in the fabrication of cities. Chase celebrates the ad hoc contributions of city residents to the formation of urban space, and cautions against the false optimism of comprehensive urban planning. Kaliski situates urban design in relation to theory and culture, arguing that from above and below, respectively, both must factor into a designer's vision . These comments are set to appear in expa nded form in an upcoming collection of essays, "Everyday Urbanism Will Always be the Newest Urbanism." Another nexus for the discussion is the point at which landscape and the city were thought to meet. In his introduction to the symposium Denaturalized Urbanity, held at Harvard 's Graduate School of Design, Mohsen Mostafavi addresses the impossibility of attempts to draw clear distinctions between concepts of nature, suburb and city. Concurrently, a call is made for an increased awareness of the spatial conseQuences of social and cultural forces acting upon the urban fabric. Finally, John Ounon presents background for the l.A. Forum's summer lecture series, "Natural Productions: Landscape and Nature in the City." Landscape is approached conceptually, as the mediating element between the natural and the urban. A broad range of speakers uncovered myths, critiqued our existing culture of landscape, and presented possible directions for the future. -eds.

Newsletter, December 1995

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