Student Work / Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Programme Name: Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Course Name: MLA Portfolio 4 / Dear Green Glasgow
Course Organiser: Anna Rhodes
Tutor: Marina Cervera, Chris Gray, Annacaterina Piras, Anna Rhodes

Landscape architecture is not only a cultural reflection but an active instrument shaping the modern culture – through its ‘physical and experiential characteristics, its capacity to contain and express ideas, and thus engage our minds. (Corner, 1999)

This project aims to analyse and critique the dominating car culture in our contemporary context. This culture is often exemplified as a mark of the Anthropocene and of the associated significant exploitation of nature which deny human and more-than-human inhabitants the opportunity to thrive and express their vitality. This context calls for an investigation of the ways in which theories of degrowth and of landscape recovery could be applied to our existing transportation systems in order to produce a landscape shift from an human-centric world an eco-centric world. As an the host city for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Glasgow is selected to illustrate the ways in which we could reshape current urban cultures to promote ecocentrism as a landscape manifesto.