Roberto Rovira




Essay chapter published in Innovations in Landscape Architecture book by Jonathon Anderson and Daniel Ortega (Routledge / Taylor Francis: ISBN 9781138860681 Paperback; ISBN 9781138860674 Hardcover).

About the Book

“This inspiring and thought-provoking book explores how recent innovations in landscape architecture have uniquely positioned the practice to address complex issues and technologies that affect our built environment. The changing and expanding nature of “landscape” make it more important than ever for landscape architects to seek innovation as a critical component in the forward development of a contemporary profession that merges expansive ideas and applications.

The editors bring together leading contributors who are experts in new and pioneering approaches and technologies within the fields of academic and professional landscape architecture. The chapters explore digital technology, design processes and theoretical queries that shape the contemporary practice of landscape architecture. Topics covered include:

Digital design
Fabrication and prototyping
Emerging technology
Visualization of data
System theory
Concluding the book are case studies looking at the work of two landscape firms (PEG and MYKD) and two academic departments (Illinois Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design), which together show the novel and exciting directions that landscape is already going in.”

Read more about it here:


Table of Contents

Foreword (Brad Cantrell)
Introduction: The Only Thing We Have to Fear (Daniel H. Ortega and Jonathon R. Anderson)

Part I: Tools:
1. L A N D script _ data S C A P E: ‘Digital’ Agency within Manufactured Territories (Jose Alfredo Ramirez and Clara Oloriz Sanjuan)
2. An Interface for Instrumental Reconciliation (Alexander Robinson)
3. Computational Landscape Architecture: Procedural, Tangible, and Open Landscapes (Brendan Harmon, Anna Petrasova, Helena Mitasova and Vaclav Petras)
4. Get Animated! Dynamic Visualization and the Site Analysis Process (Ken McCown and Phil Zawarus)
5. The Landscape as Database (Chris Speed and Duncan Shingleton)
6. Discovering Landform Processes Through Creative 3d Mapping and Diagramming of Form, Pattern and Arrangement (Nadia Amoroso and Nadia D’Agnone)
7. Data Driven Landscape (Ming Tang)

Part II: Processes:
8. Manufacturing Resonance (Michael Beaman and Zaneta Hong)
9. Expanded ‘Thick Description’: The Landscape Architect as Critical Ethnographer (Alison Hirsch)
10. Urban Morphology Phenomena: Post-Industrial Urban Landscapes (Laura Lovell-Anderson)
11. Ecological Urbanism: The Synthesis of Ethics, Aesthetics, and Cybernetics (Iman Ansari)
12. Engineering Nature (Patrick Franke and Nick Christopher)
13. Emergent Convergent Technology and The Informal Communities Initiative (Ben Spencer and Susan Bolton)
14. Varying Degrees of Impermanence: Art + Landscapes as Critical Provocation (Roberto Rovira)

Part III: Profiles,
Interview I: Mikyoung Kim Design (Mikyoung Kim)
Interview II: PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture (Karen M’Closkey and Keither VanDerSys)
Interview III: Illinois Institute of Technology Department of Landscape Architecture (Martin Felsen and Conor O’Shea)
Interview IV: Rhode Island School of Design Department of Landscape Architecture (Suzanne Mathew)