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Responsive Landscapes: BioCities / books / landscapeJanuary 30, 2016

Responsive Landscapes strategies for responsive technologies in landscape architecture

Author: Bradley Cantrell and Justine Holzmann
Published by Ruthledge 2016
The sensing, processing, and visualising that are currently in development within the environment boldly change the ways design and maintenance of landscapes are perceived and conceptualized.
This is the first book to rationalize interactive architecture and responsive technologies through the lens of contemporary landscape architectural theory.
Responsive Landscapes frames a comprehensive view of design projects using responsive technologies and their relationship to landscape and environmental space. Divided into six insightful sections, the book frames the projects through the terms: elucidate, compress, displace, connect, ambient, and modify to present and
construct a pragmatic framework in which to approach the integration of responsive technologies into landscape architecture.
Complete with international case studies, the book explores the various approaches taken to utilize responsive technologies in current professional practice. This will serve as a reference for professionals and academics looking to push the boundaries of landscape projects and seek inspiration for their design proposals.
Collaborators: Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto
Scope: Temporary installation of responsive algae garden for the AA Front Members Room in London
Technology: Arduino, Piezo Buzzers, Proximity Sensors
H.O.R.T.U.S - an indoor intelligent and synthetic garden by ecoLogicStudio - is an acronym for "Hydro Organisms Responsive To Urban Stimuli," and is a nod to the etymology of the word “garden" from the German "Garten," which originally meant "enclosed or bounded space." This, when translated to Latin, reads “HORTUS conclusus” ecoLogicStudio is an architectural and urban design studio co-founded by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, “defined by the combination and integration of systemic thinking, bio and socio- logic research, parametric design and prototyping” They have taken a specific interest in what they call the synthesis of “agri-urban" systems-bridging the speed of digital information flows with the speed of material and biological processes through the use of responsive technologies to experience and adjust these systems in real-time. H_Q_R_T_U_S physically ties a human process and a landscape process together.
Collaborators: Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto
Andrea Bulgi, Phillippos Philippidis, Mirco Bianchini, Fabrizio Ceci, Phil Cho, George Dimitrakolous, Manuele Gaioni, Giorgio Badalacchi, Antonio Mularoni, Sara Fernandez, Daniele Boraccino, Paul Serizay, Maria Rojas, Anthi Valvani
Scope: Permanent Interactive Installation at the FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund) Center in Orleans, France
Technology: Piezo Buzzer, Microprocessor Arduino, Proximity sensors
With the design of METAfoIlies, Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, founders of ecoLogic Studio, have woven together concepts surrounding the material conditions of contemporary urban landscapes - particularly the landscape of ”urban trash," expanded from the concept of garbage to include an assemblage of "products, landscapes, media content, attitudes and lifestyles." Through a feedback of "metalanguage" the METAfollies ask contemporary society to reconceptualize and evolve our role with "urban trashing" through radical ecologic thinking and material activism. Commissioned for the permanent collection at the FRAC Center in Orleans, METAfolIy is a “sonic environment" digitally fabricated from urban trash and coupled with responsive technologies. Humming similar to the sound of swarming crickets emerges from alien and organ-like pods - the "synthetic
organism” records and plays back sounds between the visitors and the installation as a “real-time meta-converstion” about the physical and material pervasion of urban trash”

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