• Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes
    Martin Felsen and Conor O'Shea
    Actar Publishers, Forthcoming
    Conor O'Shea

Kongjian Yu/Turenscape, Liupanshui Wetland Park, 2013, Liupanshui, Guizhou Province, China. Courtesy of Turenscape.

Since the turn of the century, the design disciplines have increasingly adapted their research and design methods to tackle the complexity and speed of twenty-first century urbanization. Among architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning, landscape has emerged as a common framework for understanding and designing urban processes. Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes takes stock of recent advancements in landscape architectural research methods, design strategies, and representational modes by featuring eleven pairs of built and speculative projects, accompanied by interviews between their designers and the editors. By providing an overview of the recent past, the book serves as a foundation for new lines of inquiry from the design disciplines into twenty-first century urbanization. The collection underscores landscape architecture's considerable contribution towards reimagining urban systems, such as mobility networks, agricultural production, and waste flows, at multiple scales, from the planetary to the local.

Conor O'Shea’s design, research, and teaching explore and develop landscape strategies for more ecologically robust and socially equitable urban environments. His areas of interest include the urbanization of the hinterland, operational landscapes, logistics landscapes, and the geography of freight transportation in North America. He is assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he directs the Landscape Strategies Laboratory. He is also founder of Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape.