'The promise of landscape urbanism is the development of a space-time ecology that treats all forces and agents working in the urban field and considers them as continuous networks of inter-relationships.'
Corner explains how architecture and landscape should be perceived as one entity, rather than independent of one another, separated by use and appearance. The landscape has a strong affiliation with nature, but the city seems to dominate in the importance of urban society. Whenever the term landscape is used a vision of vast green fields appears subconsciously in the minds eye. These landscapes are perceived as an amenity to the city, taking on a partisan role – a supporter of the ever evolving, ever growing, ever spreading, built environment.
Corner continues to emphasise the importance of landscape, he stresses how it is undervalued and unappreciated in its relationship with the city. The ideal would be that the landscape and the built environment could be of equal value to the cities growth and development, for them to work in unison, harmony, as integral parts of each other. Both landscape and architecture should be an extension of the other, as opposed to landscape being seem as a ‘bolt on’ addition.
It is evident that for the urban society to grow and develop, we as architects, engineers and planners will need to redefine our definitions. No longer should it be ‘cityscape’ or ‘landscape’ but an ‘urban landscape’ a definition which gives landscape and the built environment equal value – working as one.
'I believe that landscape urbanism suggests a reconsideration of traditional conceptual, representational and operative techniques. The possibilities of vast scale shifts across both time and space, working synoptic maps alongside the intimate recordings of local circumstance, comparing cinematic and choreographic techniques to spatial notation, entering the algebraic, digital space of the computer while messing around with paint, clay and ink and engaging real estate developers and engineers alongside the highly specialised imagineers and poets of contemporary culture – all these activities and more seem integral to any real and significant practice of synthetic urban projection.'
To create this urban projection Corner suggests that there should be an intertwining relationship between the design, the user, the existing and the occupier, no individual aspect should be valued above the other. We can only predict from precedents how the user may read a book in the space, or how the occupiers – a plant may grow, develop and change with the seasons or how the existing building will intertwine into the space forming an extension. All of these aspects can take control away from the designer.
Landscape urbanism cannot be based on a designers requirements, wants and desires but upon the development and growth of the city as a whole, we do not need to define where the street stops and the park begins but allow the space to define and programme itself.