Landscape and Agency explores how landscape, as an idea, a visual medium and a design practice, is organized, appropriated and framed in the transformation of places, from the local to the global. It highlights how the development of the idea of agency in landscape theory and practice can fundamentally change our engagement with future landscapes. Including a wide range of international contributions, each illustrated chapter investigates the many ways in which the relationship between the ideas and practices of landscape, and social and subjective formations and material processes, are invested with agency. They critically examine the role of landscape in processes of contemporary urban development, environmental debate and political agendas and explore how these relations can be analysed and rethought through a dialogue between theory and practice.

chapter |6 pages


Critical concerns of landscape
ByEd Wall, Tim Waterman

chapter 1|11 pages

Landscapes of Post-History

ByRoss Exo Adams

chapter 2|16 pages

Reciprocal Landscapes

Material portraits in New York City and elsewhere
ByJane Hutton

chapter 3|18 pages

Agency, Advocacy, Vocabulary

Three landscape projects
ByJane Wolff

chapter 4|13 pages

The Law is at Fault?

Landscape rights and ‘agency’ in international law
ByAmy Strecker

chapter 5|13 pages

How to live in a Jungle

The (bio)politics of the park as urban model
ByMaria Shéhérazade Giudici

chapter 6|12 pages

Planetary Aesthetics

ByPeg Rawes

chapter 7|14 pages

The Closed Landscapes Of Sverdlovsk-44 and Krasnoyarsk-26

ByKatya Larina

chapter 8|13 pages

Rhythm, Agency, Scoring and the City

ByPaul Cureton

chapter 9|14 pages

Publicity and Propriety

Democracy and manners in Britain’s public landscape
ByTim Waterman

chapter 10|13 pages

The Power of the Incremental

Agronomic investment in Lisbon’s Chelas valley
ByJill Desimini

chapter 12|13 pages

Activating Equitable Landscapes and Critical Design Assemblages in Bangkok

ByCamillo Boano, William Hunter

chapter 13|11 pages

Agency and Artifice in the Environment of Neoliberalism

ByDouglas Spencer

chapter |5 pages


Landscape’s agency
ByDon Mitchell