Forty-Five / A Journal of Outside Research: Review of Karl Kullmann's "The Satellites Progeny: Digital Chorography in the Age of Drone Vision" by Conor O'Shea

"Two contrasting categories of landscape architectural practice stand out today: high-profile public parks in city centers and investigative design research projects. The first consists of mainstream realized works usually conceived in response to RFPs or competition briefs. 26 In those, practitioners fulfill a service role and have little to no real influence on location, purpose, or funding. Works in the second category seek to change the built environment using innovative design research methods. They often reframe the urban through large-scale mapping, selective use of satellite imagery, and sophisticated diagramming. Representing landscape is put forward as a first step towards reimagining and reshaping it."

Review of "The Satellites' Progeny: Digital Chorography in the Age of Drone Vision," by Karl Kullman. Forty-Five / A Journal of Outside Research. February 5, 2017.

TOPOS: "Owned by the Public" by Conor O'Shea

Conor O'Shea reviews The 606 for Topos.


"In Chicago, The 606 represents an new era of park-building in which municipal interagency collaborations manage complex teams of consultants to tackle the physical, social, environmental, and financial demands presented by outmoded infrastructure. Under this new model, landscape architecture is used as a common framework for building new pubic spaces."

Conor O'Shea. "Owned by the Public." Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. 96 (2016): 36-43.

TOPOS: "Open City - Open Space" by Conor O'Shea

Conor O'Shea reviews Maggie Daley Park and the Chicago Riverwalk for Topos.


"In Chicago, the new Maggie Daley Park and Chicago Riverwalk exemplify the trend for cities to build high-profile works of landscape architecture to spur reinvestment in historic urban cores. In this era of decreased federal and municipal funding for such projects, private investment is increasingly called upon. As a result, and as a new range of spaces in Chicago demonstrate, the landscape architect has emerged as a mediator between commercial interests and civic responsibilities." 

Conor O'Shea. "Open City - Open Space." Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. 94 (2016): 16-23.

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