Landscape Architecture Magazine

FILL IN THE BLANKS

BY JILL DESIMINI; NOVATO, CALIFORNIA: ORO EDITIONS, 2019; 300 PAGES, $24.95

The vacant or abandoned urban landscape continues to capture the imagination of designers, planners, and laypersons despite the fact that the subject has lost some of the momentum it once had in the design community. The rise in popularity of urban vacancy as a subject was at least partly catalyzed by the essay “Terrain Vague” by Ignasi de Solà-Morales, which appeared in the 1995 publication of Anyplace, and it was further popularized in architecture and landscape architecture cultures through the book Stalking Detroit, edited by Georgia Daskalakis; Charles Waldheim, Honorary ASLA; and Jason Young, in 2001. The apogee of this interest was perhaps reached around 2006, when the Van Alen

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