Living Systems

Innovative Materials and technologies for Landscape Architecture

  • Authors
  • Liat Margolis
  • Alexander Robinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Introduction

    1. Pages 10-12
  3. Systems and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Pages 14-35
    3. Pages 36-55
    4. Pages 56-75
    5. Pages 76-99
    6. Pages 100-121
    7. Pages 122-133
    8. Pages 134-147
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 149-191

About this book


Living Systems surveys a wide array of innovative approaches to material technologies within the field of landscape architecture. The selected projects and materials exhibit a contemporary demand for technological landscapes and the collaboration between designers, engineers, scientists and ecologists. The book redefines the conventional boundaries of landscape materiality by focusing on growth, flow, metabolism, climate, and atmospheric phenomena.

Projects and materials are cross-referenced according to performance criteria, processes, and properties. Each of the 36 international projects and 23 material technologies is presented with drawing details, construction photographs and an analysis of the various complex systems featured, such as vertical growth structures, flood prevention, stormwater infiltration, erosion control, and the integration of digital media.

Projects featured include works by West8, GROSS.MAX, Weiss-Manfredi Architects, Field Operations, Kathryn Gustafson, and Vogt Landschaftarchitekten.


Landscape architecture Material Materials architecture construction design landscape landscape architecture plants structure

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Verlag AG 2007
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Basel
  • eBook Packages Architecture and Design
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7643-7700-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7643-8297-1
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