Landscape Will Thank You to Remember That

If landscape is defined as the topographical landform + the constructions sited there + the cultural desires at work in the making of those constructions + the assumptions a viewer brings to all of the above, then how do we distinguish between landscape as mediated by an artist and landscape as mediated by an architect? And why does it matter?

Public art is a growth sector for architects. But when it comes to objects in landscape, our experience is altered by who builds what and how we know the difference.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of media studies at The New School in New York City.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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