Paul Roncken

ideas on landscape

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Teaching young people how to design a landscape is more an initiation than making them jump the hoops filled with tricks and skills. At times, it even feels like this initiation has much in common with a religious practice. Perhaps this is even more the case in the Netherlands, since creating land, sharing land ownership […]

  As a followup from last month post, I will continue discussing the Studio Site Design for our second year students landscape architecture. I have been responsible for this studio for 12 years now. A somewhat daunting realisation I had last week. And it might be my last year, because we made a few radical […]

There is a series of books called ‘conversations with students’. Various architects and other guru-like teachers are portrayed, as they interact with students. You can find a list here. I particularly like the book on the teachings by Ian McHarg: Dwelling in Nature (Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition, 2007). And very recently another inspiring teacher […]

Click here for the 99% invisible podcast First of all, there is reason to express my sincerest thanks to all those that responded to last month’s call. Within various Linked-in groups a lot of people have shared the book titles that have either inspired them or have made it possible to learn something. Since these […]

Excerpts of stories that help to shape (urban) landscape experience, part 6 Okay, this may be my favourite subject. In some ways a guilty pleasure because comic books are still for geeks or the illiterate. For those of you who haven’t spent time in really good comic book stores, the below examples will hopefully improve […]

  Hi there. In addition to last month post, that produced quite some positive response on diverse linkedIN networks, I would recommend to watch this TEDtalk by David Byrne (former singer/frontman of the Talking Heads). He reveals the relationship between architecture and the evolution of musical styles. See here. There is another cross disciplinary influence […]