Code matters: Consequent digital tool making in landscape architecture

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Codify: Parametric and Computational Design in Landscape Architecture, 2018, pp. 225 - 240
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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Bradley Cantrell and Adam Mekies; individual chapters, the contributors. The relatively young discipline of landscape architecture has been fundamentally shaped by its tools and typical means of representation, which have not evolved markedly since its inception, only developing substantially in the last decade. As a discipline, its predecessors could be seen to include not only architecture and garden design but also surveying, geography, cartography, geology, botany and the other earth and climate sciences. The adoption of the term by practitioners such as Olmstead coincided with the realization of New York’s Central Park, an exceptionally modern conceptual project that could be seen as a taxonomy of the natural sciences. As such, and despite its diversity of scope and varied vocabulary, it is somewhat surprising to note that the techniques and tools of such parallel disciplines have influenced landscape architecture so little, particularly in technique and method.
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