Sanford Kwinter’s “Landscapes of Change” speaks of form and its underlying triggers and tendencies through a discussion of futurism and. “According to [the Hylomorphic] model, an independently constituted and fixed form is understood to be combined or impressed with a certain. I’m not sure I entirely understood this reading. I think Kwinter was arguing that forms are not really set entities, but entities in a state of stability.

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Kwinter compares what can be understood as a Classical theory of models with a Topological theory of models.

In the classical theory, form is idealized and prioritized without concern for the influence of matter as a dynamic force upon an idealized if isolated form.

But how might matter model matter? The model becomes the site of an event or events, of forces and actions at play within the model.

In the best sense, rather than a simple inversion, we are after a reciprocity be landscape and architecture. Inspired through this theoretical treatise is a very practical matter: A mechanistic, or deterministic, approach to dealing with water — rain water run-off, and waste water — is to remove the matter of it.


Landscapes of Change – Sanford Kwinter | Andrew Pun

That is, get it underground, put landscaped in pipes, and release it in the river as if it were a waste and water run-off conveyor system. Treating water in its path to the river as a waste conveyor system ignores the fact water flow supports rich ecological living systems. The same follows more upstream — water has an enormous impact on wildlife ecologies and the landscape that supports them.

Now think bio-swales at a scale larger than a gutter, toward an entire landscape of undulation surfaces, retention areas, and the natural habitat that will emerge from this. Is this artificial or natural? This constructed landscape establishes the conditions for natural habit to return.

Watch the video with her reflections on this piece found here. When I visited last May, I was sorely disappointed that I could not walk through the wavefield as it was under plant restoration. How might one extend this proposition of landscape as a dynamical system integrated into the local ecology?


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