The Landscape Guide

How should a design project relate to its context?

Sensitively! - to the surrounding architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, garden design, community, geography, fauna, flora, climate, etc. But in each case the designed relationship can be on of Similarity, Identity or Difference - and designers should state which policy they are adopting, when, why and in which respects. For an essay on context design theory see: Context and design

For a general note of context theory see: Context theory for landscape architecture and urban design

Books on context-sensitive design

Two favourites, both relating to Japan are:

  • Isozaki, Arata Japan-ness in architecture MIT Press, 2006
  •  Nosé, Michiko Rico, The modern Japanese garden  London : Mitchell Beazley, 2005

Japan has been wrestling with the problem of context-sensitivity for a long time. The impression given in the above two books is that the architects have had great difficulty in finding solutions but the garden designers have done very well. The advantage they have is that responding to the special characteristics of a place has always been a necessary aspect of garden design theory and garden design practice.

Blog posts on context-sensitive urban, architecture, landscape and garden design

Landscape architecture and garden design in China

Wither Chinese landscape and garden design in the twenty-first century?

Optimism by design

Is the Millennium London Eye a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Upland Britain with a blanket cover of wind turbines

CSD Context Sensitive Design and urban design

Context: Skyrise, highrise and surprise

Capernaum House of St Peter and landscape archaeology

Glass and thatched roofs at Athelhampton

Richard Rogers ‘Sustainable’ design for Chelsea Barracks

Thames Estuary Airport proposed by Boris Johnson

Conceptual design for architecture and landscape

Deptford Creek London Landscape Archaeology

Abu Dhabi and sustainable landscape architecture in the Gulf

Asian landscape architecture and garden design in the twentieth century

An excellent landscape design for the King Abdullah International Gardens

Context-sensitive design

Mirei Shigemori and modern Japanese garden design

Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens

Bougainvilleas taking over the Stupas

Multi-objective water conservation in India

Where is this ‘urban landscape’?

Lumbini Garden – Buddha’s birthplace

Integrating design with nature or nature with design

Barking Town Square does not deserve a public open space award

Contextual design and sculpture in Castleford

Architecture in context

Context-sensitive landscape architecture in China









Please can I have a context-sensitive design?