• Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes
    Conor O'Shea and Martin Felsen
    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 is a landscape designer and urbanist based in Chicago, IL, and Urbana, IL. Using landscape as a framework, his research and design imagine more ecologically robust and socially conscious urban futures. Since founding the office Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape in 2014, his work has been featured in Architectural Record, the Atlantic’s CityLab, Landscape Architecture Magazine, MAS Context, and the Chicago Tribune. His writing has been published in Landscape Architecture Frontiers, MAS Context, and Topos. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds an MDes from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (2014), a post-professional MLA from Harvard's Graduate School of Design (2012), and a BLA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007).