The AA Landscape Urbanism (AALU) is a Graduate program of the Architectural Association explores the emergence of ‘TERRITORY’ as a field of DESIGN PRAXIS. Through this lenses the programme operates within contemporary conditions whereby urban environments are understood not as discrete independent collection of objects but rather as interconnected and related landscapes with far reaching implications at local and global scales. Their implications are best reflected in current environmental concerns such as climate change, energy crisis and wide-spread pollution but less apparent in their social and political implications, currently being disguise by ecological and sustainable design driven agendas for the ‘urbanized world’.
The AALU model is DISTINCTIVE. Some have envisaged Landscape Urbanism as a means to decamp the depopulated western post-industrial city; to use landscape as the medium through which the urban can be reprogrammed for its post-fordist fate. Others have adopted a critical regionalist position in which landscape is mobilised in the conservation of site and tradition against the encroachments of globalisation and its supposedly universalising technology. The POSITION developed, within the AALU program has ESCHEWED both the strategies of dispersal and the politics of conservative resistance, largely as a result of the locations with which we have been engaging.