OASE #107
The Drawing in Landscape Design and Urbanism
Edited by Frits Palmboom, Bruno Notteboom, Kornelia Dimitrova, Bart Decroos

Design by Karel Martens, Aagje Martens


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This issue of OASE traces the role of drawing in landscape design and urbanism. It addresses ‘new traditions’ of the last 50 years, as well as recent concerns with ecological, metabolic and process-oriented questions.

Architecture, Magazine
In recent decades, the drawing practices in landscape design and urbanism have seen a number of transformations. Current developments in theory and practice have rendered the distinction between the two more diffuse. Both disciplines are no longer regarded as architecture – or gardening – ‘on a larger scale’, primarily anchored in questions of housing, land development or embellishment. Today ecology, energy transition or ‘metabolic’ issues are much more present, which leads to new forms of drawing. Leaving an object-oriented thinking behind, both disciplines seem to be convinced of the importance of the process and the impact of the factor of time. Space has become understood as an intersection – a ‘coagulation’ – of a multiplicity of flows and processes. For designers it is an essential question how all these flows and processes come together, materialize, and become visible, and how their ‘spatialization’ in drawings is represented in analysis and design. The design and the drawing seem to be torn between a process-oriented agenda and a spatial intervention whose success depends on disciplinary expectations of care, materiality and intrinsic aesthetic qualities. Sustainable design not only presupposes a bold solution to the problem, but must also be beautiful, empathic and affective. What role does the drawing play – from cartography to sketch? Which traditions offer starting points? What innovations are needed?

Erratum December 2020
Unfortunately, the articles by Heidi Svenningsen Kajita (“Finding & Archiving”) and Holger Schurk (“The Potential of Abstraction”) are not included in the table of contents on the back of the paper edition of OASE 107. This mistake has been corrected in the e-book, but could not be corrected in the paper version anymore.

128 pages
Paperback, 17x24 cm
Dutch, English
OASE, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9789462085787