On the base of Henri Lefèbvre’s theory of social production of space, the members of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Space at the Technical University of Munich want to initiate a discussion about the layers of the city and even more, the landscape. As an open access project on urban landscape studies they set up a collection of several essays about urbanized areas with extraordinary qualities.
Urban regions in Asia, Europe, and Africa – examples that show which natural, morphological and cultural factors lead to the conclusion that a landscape can be considered as socially and economically ‘euphorigenic’. (image: LAREG)
These essays analyse by the way of examples from Asia, Europe and Africa which natural, morphological and cultural factors lead to what the Munich researchers call “euphorigenic” landscape: The different layers of the landscape are described and it is examined how they contribute to favourable locations and what is the “scenic” basis of euphoria. The studies also show which are present reckless and destroying developments; and how to tackle a combination of optimistic, growing and successful landscape developments.
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Spaces invite now architects from all over the world to participate in an open access publication. The essays have to base on the common structure that describes urban landscapes, following Henri Lefèbvre, as an intermediate level between the private everyday-life and the global systems.
To read the essay of the first edition and for more information go to:
Euphorigenic Landscapes: Essays on the Contradictoriness of Enthusiasm and Recklessness in Urban Landscapes and Ideas of their Success. (Cover: LAREG)