During the spring of 2020 Ed invited landscape architects from around the world to present in a unique series of daily seminars.
The Landscapists Seminars asked what approaches are taken as contemporary landscapes are designed? They provided insight into the unique project approaches, techniques and methods employed by leading designers and researchers. They were not part of any specific course but rather open conversations to widen our worlds while working from our houses, residences, apartments and flats during the spring of 2020.
Thank you to all the designers and researchers for generously sharing their time with us, many at short notice, including: Ken Smith (Ken Smith Workshop, New York City), Martí Franch (Estudi Martí Franch, Girona), Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek1, Berlin), Sara Zewde (Studio Zewde, New York City), Eelco Hooftman (Gross.Max, Edinburgh), Bas Smets, (Bureau Bas Smets, Brussels), Luis Callejas (LCLA, Oslo), Chris Reed (Stoss, Boston) and Lara Zureikat (CSBE, Amman), James Fox (FFLO, Kent), Jenn Mui (MRG Studio, London), Donncha O Shea (Gustafson Porter + Bowman, London), Ceylan Belek (Martha Schwartz and Partners, London), Giacomo Guzzon (Gillespies, London), Cesare Cardia (Uncommon Land, London), Loretta and Ben Bosence (Local Works Studio, Kent), JJ Watters (Kinnear Landscape Architects, London), Laura Santin & William Roberts (Nomad Studio, New York City and Madrid), Cannon Ivers (LDA Design, London), Jose Alfredo Ramirez & Clara Ortiz (Groundlab, London), Alexandra Steed (Alexandra Steed Urban, London), Sara Zewde (Studio Zewde, New York City), Yael Bar-Maor (Yael Bar-Maor Landscape Architecture, Haifa), Aniket Bhagwat (M/s. Prabhakar B Bhagwat, Ahmedabad), Richard Broome (Outerspace, London), Harry Bix (East Anglia Records, London), Neil Swanson (Landscape Projects, Manchester), Ashley Conn (Studio Oslo – Landscape Architects, Oslo), Jo Gibbons (J&L Gibbons, London), Will Sandy (Will Sandy Design, London), Fenella Griffin (Untitled Practice, London), Claire Martin (OCULUS, Melbourne), Tom Smith (Spacehub, London), Suzanne O’Connell (The Decorators, Dublin), Stephen Buckle (Aspect Studios, Shanghai), Nans Voron (SCAPE, New York City), Helena Rivera (A Small Studio, London), Ruth Catlow and Tim Waterman (Furtherfield and UCL, London), Dima Zogheib (Arup, London).
The first seminar began with about 30 students and as we continued through the three months of the lock-down students shared the Zoom link with graduates, friends and colleagues until we were welcoming up to 250 people to join us each day. The title and theme of the seminars have been developed from The Landscapists: Redefining Landscape Relations, an issue of Architectural Design (AD) edited by Ed Wall and published by Wiley in early 2020.