Landscape Architecture Magazine

DISTURBANCE AND REGENERATION

BY ROSS MCLEAN; LONDON AND NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE, 2020; 233 PAGES, $42.95.

REVIEWED BY ELISSA ROSENBERG

“ wrote Peter Latz, summing up his design ethic at Duisburg Nord, a large public park on the site of a derelict blast furnace in Germany’s Ruhr valley. The landmark project, built between 1990 and 2002 on a former Thyssen steel mill site, has become emblematic of a new breed of post-industrial landscapes, and it reflects an important shift in the way landscape architects are conceiving of their work. Rather than “recultivating” this disturbed site—a chaotic landscape of industrial ruins, rail lines, slag heaps, and volunteer species—the firm Latz + Partner accepted its aberrant processes and materials, and encouraged existing formations to continue evolving. Their intention was not to “heal” the landscape in the sense of restoring it to some prior, ideal state, but rather to accept the existing conditions while reframing them with new meanings and uses. The sense of decay has remained intact, vivid, and sometimes surreal. The conditions of disturbance were not erased; instead they have undergone what Latz has termed a

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