Exploring a looping path - a design art practice in landscape architecture

James, A 2013, Exploring a looping path - a design art practice in landscape architecture, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Title Exploring a looping path - a design art practice in landscape architecture
Author(s) James, A
Year 2013
Abstract The research undertaken in this PhD has entailed the close scrutiny of a personal design method that has propelled more than twenty years of design/art practice in landscape architecture. The original research through typological models gave way to a more specific understanding of my design methodology as one that loops around diverse references, operations and site qualities. It is a method that explores a variety of divergent ideas through drawing, one that loops between different positions, pursuing new directions as they reveal themselves, retreating, revisiting and testing options against project realities and my imagined mentors. The looping method is as much a process of elimination as it is of selection.

This PhD has brought to light the importance of my sketchbooks as the site of my design research and methodology, and has given them a central position in my practice. It is here that the looping method makes itself evident and reveals a number of recurrent operations that are used to engage with, manipulate, heighten, reinforce, ennoble and or challenge context.

This research implicitly builds an argument for an approach to the sites of landscape architecture that celebrates the particular and embraces the discontinuities, missed beats and contradictions of sites as they are here and now.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Landscape Architecture
Design
Art
Drawing
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