The landscape of critique: The state of critique in landscape architecture and its future challenges

  • Noel van Dooren Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Abstract

This essay explores critique as a specific instrument to evaluate and discuss artistic products, and argues that the relatively young discipline of landscape architecture could profit from further developing criticism within this field. Based on the work of Carroll, a theory on critique is provided, focussing on the aspect of ‘grounded evaluation’. An overview of the media in which criticism operates is given, including social media. Using examples from art and architecture, the role of criticism in landscape architecture is described. In so far as there is a ‘recipe’ for a critique, the main ingredients are given. The essay points at the difficulties for landscape architecture criticism due to the particularities of landscape and landscape architecture - the aspect of time is very important in this. As critique can be both an activity in the professional arena and an academic undertaking, the specific requirements of both options are considered. An agenda for future actions is given, including a list of projects that strongly asks for criticism, appealing to a shared feeling that these projects should be known, discussed, and visited.

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Author Biography

Noel van Dooren, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Noël van Dooren is a Wageningen trained landscape architect. He is an independent advisor, teacher, researcher and writer. From 1994 until 2002, he joined the Blauwe Kamer board and wrote about 40 critiques - in Dutch. From 2013 until 2016, he joined the editorial team of Journal of Landscape Architecture for the critique section Under the Sky. In early 2017 he defended his PhD Drawing Time at the University of Amsterdam. In 2004-2009 he headed the landscape architecture department of the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam.  He currently holds the professorship Sustainable foodscapes in urban regions at Van Hall Larenstein Velp.

How to Cite
VAN DOOREN, Noel. The landscape of critique: The state of critique in landscape architecture and its future challenges. SPOOL, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, dec. 2017. ISSN 2215-0900. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/spool/article/view/1936>. Date accessed: 18 july 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/spool.2018.1.1936.
Published
2017-12-27