John Nolen in context
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John Nolen in context book
An appraisal of the social and political assumptions that grounded Nolen’s work is valuable as landscape architecture continues to claim ever broader responsibilities for the city. In doing so it takes on work that is ever more deeply political in nature, whether the signature practitioners openly engage it or not. The reliance on method in design either sidesteps or denies political intention and it was just this reliance on method, this treating the city as a technical problem, that a century ago fostered the growth of city planning as a profession separate from landscape architecture and exemplifi ed Nolen’s proposals for urban landscapes. Ironically, current landscape practitioners seem to be trying to resist the professional division between landscape architecture and city planning with the very mental machinery that led to the dominance of city planning in the fi rst place.