// FIONN BYRNE

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

The search for a theology of man-nature-God does not exclude exchanges which involve the coinage of the time and place. This requires that the proponents of nature also attribute values to nature processes so that these may be recognized as parameters in the planning process. Indeed, given ecological inventories, explanation of natural process, and identification of limiting factors, the next increment of knowledge essential for an applied ecology is precisely the attribution of value to these natural processes.

Ian McHarg, 1998

I am always searching for the purest connection to that which holds us all together – we can call it spirit or mystery; it can be embodied by descriptions of the universe or of religion; it takes the form of sacred geometries and infinitesimal ecologies. There is an evolving, ever-changing, many-faceted order that binds everything into harmonious parts of the greater whole.

Daniel Urban Kiley, 1999

The science of ecology is shaping a shared environmental ethic.  The discipline speaks with unchallenged authority, claiming knowledge of the past and predicting the future.  We are told that human accelerated climate change poses a threat to the continued existence of our species.  Landscape Architecture is the design discipline that has accepted the charge of integrating ecology into the urban.  But beginning here with our very survival as the initial design problem, two undesirable propositions emerge.

 

The first is that any work of landscape architecture that does not slow the momentum of a warming planet can be said to be complicit in the downfall of our species. Thus, are we not compelled to act ecologically, to design with nature?  The second is that even the most poorly designed space that includes plant material can be argued to be contributing to saving the planet. Thus, does ecology not trump aesthetics? If these propositions are indeed valid, how shall we respond?

PROPOSITION

THE RING OF FIRE

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PHANTOM ECOLOGY

THE OIL SANDS

RESEARCH

THE SOFTEST POWER

SOON

Operational Environment

OPERATION "HELLO EDEN"

OPERATION "EARLY BREAKFAST"

CLIMATE SUPREMACY

CONTACT

fbyrne(at)gsd.harvard.edu

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Harvard Graduate School of Design

405a Gund Hall / 48 Quincy Street / Cambridge, MA

 

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