Author(s): Medea Hock
Inspired by the architects' tradition of passing on experience in conversation form, this paperback book provides insights into the ideas, methods, and memories of one of Europe's most innovative landscape architects. In twelve concise conversations, Vogt inquires into the meaning of landscape architecture in the context of the worldwide urbanization process, and tries to define this young discipline's position. To this day, our concept of landscape appears to be influenced by an Arcadian ideal. Only when landscapes are understood on several levels, as the product of natural, cultural, and social processes, can atmospheric and living urban landscapes appropriate to the specific situation be created. Gunther Vogt sees landscape architecture decidedly as part of a city, given its close relationship to topography, architecture, and infrastructure.
GUNTHER VOGT is a landscape architect and owner of Vogt Landscape Architects Zurich, with branch offices in Munich, Berlin, and London. Since 2005, he is a professor for landscape architecture at ETH Zurich. Current work includes public realm and streetscape designs for the athletes' village for the Olympic Games in London 2012, now known as East Village. www.vogt-la.com