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The New Pastoralism: Landscape into Architecture

Mark Titman (Guest Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-33698-4
144 pages
May 2013
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The New Pastoralism is an exploration of a romantic ‘green’ and technological architecture that heals the traditional cut between the city dweller and nature. New, gently engaging architectures are arising that employ biomimetics, hydroponics, cybernetic feedback systems, micro ecologies and traditional construction methods with natural materials and vertical landscapes. These are used to create small, subtle, alive spaces that help remind us of our humanity. These soft constructions fulfil a hard-wired human desire to be connected to and delighted by nature. Unlike our ancestors’ romantic love of the dramatic power of landscape, these spaces offer a more gentle and artificially tamed nature of ‘pastoral’ delight. For centuries, Western culture looked to landscape and the pastoral in particular as a setting for the escapist desires to reconnect with the land and elements. More recently we looked to inner-city underbellies for the same romantic freedoms and wilderness. But these exotic desires are now evolving into more distilled and gentler experiences. The use of the skies, planting, water, wildlife and the seasons is becoming subtly incorporated into building layouts and onto building surfaces to offer a subtle new interface with our primordial desire to reconnect with nature

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Table of Contents

EditorIal 5
Helen Castle

About the GUEST-EDITOR 6
Mark Titman

Spotlight 8
Visual highlights of the issue

Introduction 14
Dualism is Dead; Long Live the Pastoral
Mark Titman

Samuel Palmer and the Pastoral Vision 20
Colin Harrison

The Golden Age: Between Wilderness and Utopia 26
Dominic Shepherd

‘You Can Touch But Do Not Read’: The ‘Future-Rustic’ Work of Kathryn Findlay 32
Mark Titman

The Land of Scattered Seeds 40
John Puttick

Wild City: MVRDV – Weaving Nature and the Urban 48
Marta Pozo Gil

Surviving Versus Living: Nature and Nurture 56
May Leung

Origin of Species 60
Michael Sorkin

68 Quit the Grey Limbo and Return to Paradise68
Matthew Cannon and Mascia Gianvanni

Brave New Now 74
Liam Young

Dirty Futures: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mother Nature 82
Geoff Ward

The Persistence of the Pastoral 86
Nic Clear

Landscape Utopianism: Information, Ecology and Generative Pastoralism 94
Gregory Marinic

Digital Cottage Industries 100
Mike Aling

iPastoral 106
Mark Morris

Exist-Stencil 112
Jeffrey James

Open Fields: The Next Rural Design Revolution 118
Alastair Parvin

Next-Door Instructions 126
François Roche

Pastoral Manoeuvres: Ecologies of City, Nature and Practice 134
Duncan Berntsen

138 counterpoint 138
Et in Arcadia ego
Et in Arcadia est
Kevin Rhowbotham

Contributors 142

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