Landscape Architecture



These readings have been selected by the landscape architecture faculty at the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania for students entering the landscape architecture program. 


1. Stevens, Wallace. The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. Alfred A. Knopf. 1990 . Read

2. Smithson, Robert. “Frederick Law Olmsted and the Dialectical Landscape”, in Holt, N. (Ed) The Writings of Robert Smithson, 1979, 117 - 128. Read

3. Berry, Wendell. “Farmland Without Farmers”. The Atlantic, March 19th 2015. Accessed March 15th 2020. Read

4. Tempest Williams, Terry. “Ground Truthing”. Orion Magazine. May 1, 2004. Read

5. Richard Buchanan, "Wicked Problems in Design Thinking" in Design Issues, Vol. 8, No. 2, The MIT Press, Spring, 1992, 5-21. Read

6. Dümpelmann, Sonja. “Introduction” In Dümpelmann S, Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin, New Haven: Yale, University Press, 2019, 1-17. Read

7. Mitchell, W.J.T. “Landscape and Power: Preface”. In Mitchell, W.J.T Landscape and Power: Space, Place, and Landscape 2nd Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002, vii-xii. Read

8. Dümpelmann, Sonja. “Airport, Landscape, Environment.” In Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age, edited by Sonja Dümpelmann and Charles Waldheim. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2016, 97-119. Read

9. Dümpelmann, Sonja, and John Beardsley. “Introduction: Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture,” and Dümpelmann, Sonja. “Creating New Landscapes for Old Europe: Herta Hammerbacher, Sylvia Crowe, Maria Teresa Parpagliolo.” In Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture, edited by Sonja Dümpelmann and John Beardsley. Abingdon, UK, and New York: Routledge, 2015, 1-14; 15-37. Read

10. Stilgoe, John. “Introduction” in Stilgoe, J., What is Landscape? Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2015, 1-14. Read

11. Spirn, Anne Whiston. “Ian McHarg. Environmentalism and Landscape Architecture. Ideas and Methods in Context”. In, Michael Conan. Environmentalism in Landscape Architecture. (ed) Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Washington DC 2000. 97-114. Read

12. Meyer, Elizabeth. “Slow Landscape: A New Erotics of Sustainability” in Harvard Design Magazine, vol 31, Fall/Winter 2009/10, pp. 22-31. Read

13. Meyer, E. Sustaining Beauty. The Performance of Appearance. A Manifesto in 3 parts. In Journal of Landscape Architecture. Spring, 2008. 6-22. Read

14. da Cunha, Dilip. “Introduction: River Literacy” in Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019, 1-19. Read

15. Mathur, Anuradha & Dilip da Cunha. “The Sea and Monsoon Within: A Mumbai Manifesto,” in Ecological Urbanism, Mostafavi, M & Doherty, G (eds), Lars Müller Publishers, 180 -193, 2010. Read

16. Mathur, Anuradha. “Neither Wilderness Nor Home: The Indian Maidan,” in Recovering Landscape, James Corner (Ed) Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1999, 204-219. Read

17. Mathur, Anuradha “Traverse Before Transect,” in Steiner et, al (eds), Design with Nature Now Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2019. 22-25. Read

18. Holmes, Rob. “Design with Change” in Design With Nature Now. Steiner et, al (eds), Design with Nature Now Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2019. 258-264. Read

19. Corner, James. “Operational Eidetics: Forging New Landscapes,” Harvard Design Magazine, Fall, 1998, 22-26. Read

20. Corner, James. "Ecology and Landscape as Agents of Creativity." In Steiner, F. and Thomson, G. (eds) Ecological Design and Planning. Wiley. 1997, 80-108. Read

21. Corner, James “Preface,” The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990-2010 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014), p 6-11. Read

22. Reed, Chris, and Nina-Marie Lister. "Ecology and Design: Parallel genealogies." In: Reed C and Lister NM, (eds). Projective Ecologies. Cambridge, MA/New York: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2014. Read

23. Lutsky, Karen and Sean Burkholder. “Curious Methods,” Places Journal, May 2017. Accessed 9th March 2020. Read

24. Mattern, Shannon. “Methodolatry and the Art of Measure,” Places Journal, November 2013. Accessed 9th Mar 2020. Read

25. Bennett, Jane. “Chapter 1: The Force of Things & Chapter 2 The Agency of Assemblages” in Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Duke University Press, 2010 1-38. Read

26. Merchant, Carolyne. Vexing Nature: Francis Bacon and The Origin of Experimentation. Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Time to the Scientific Revolution, Routledge, New York. 2016 81-100. Read

27. Eduardo Rico + Enriqueta Llabres Valls, “Interacting with Simulations, “LA+ SIMULATION Fall 2016 58-65. Read

28. M’Closkey, Karen. “Introduction,” Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 1-24. Read. Notes

29. M’Closkey, Karen and Keith VanDerSys, “Introduction,” Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age Routledge, 2017, p 1-40. Read

30. Jillian Walliss and Heike Rahmann Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies Routledge, 2016, p xvii-xxiv. Read

31. Tomlin, Dana. “Speaking of Geodesign”. In GIS Science 1. Wichmann Verlag. 2012. Read

32. Haddon, William. On the Escape of Tigers: An Ecologic Note. In American Journal of Public Health and the Nation’s Health, December 6 (12): 2229–2234. 1970. Read

33. Mike Davis, "Cannibal City: Los Angeles and the Destruction of Nature" in Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Public Realm, edited by Russell Ferguson; exhibition curated by Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 1994, 39-57. Read

34. Zhongjie Lin, "When Green was the New Black: What Went Wrong with China's Eco-city Movement?" in Terreform, Ed., Letters to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City, Terreform, 2018, 190-201. Read

35. Gouverneur, David. The Latin American Urban Landscape: A Mosaic of Enhanced Influences. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, July 2019, Volume 07, 2018, 1-24. Read

36. Gouverneur, David. “The Informal Armature Approach” Conference Proceedings. Responsive Urbanism in Informal Areas, Towards a Regional Agenda. Habitat III. United Nations. Cairo 2014. Read

37. Steiner, Frederick. Landscape Ecological Urbanism Landscape and Urban Planning 100 2011 333–337. Read

38. Pevzner, Nicholas. "Landscape, Public Imagination, and the Green New Deal." Landscape Architecture Magazine, July 2019, 68-81. Read

39. Fleming, B. "Design and the Green New Deal," Places Journal, 2019. Read

40. Winant, G. 2019. "Professional-Managerial Chasm," n+1. Read

41. Roy, Ananya. 2006. "Praxis in the Age of Empire," Planning Theory, 5(1): 7-29. Read

42. Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "The Case for Reparations." The Atlantic 313.5, 2014, 54-71. Read

43. Allen, Stan. "Diagrams Matter." ANY: Architecture New York, no. 23 1998 16-19. Read 

44. Dunne, Anthony and Raby, Fiona. Speculative Everything, Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby, MIT Press, 2014. Chapter 1 1-10 and Chapter 9 159-189. Read Ch 1, Ch 9, Notes

45. Easterling, Keller. “Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft.” Places Journal, June 2012. Accessed 17 Mar 2020. Read

46. Koolhaas, Rem. "Junkspace." October 100 2002 175-90. Read

47. Marcinkoski, Christopher. “Fallow or Failure? Urbanization in the Age of Speculation.” New Geographies 10 2019 75-82. Read

48. Weller, Richard. “Stewardship Now? Reflections on Landscape Architecture’s Raison d’être in the 21st century”. Landscape Journal. 33.2 2015 1-25. Read

49. Weller, RJ., “Landscaper Genres: Towards a Taxonomy of Contemporary Landscape Architecture”. Landscape Architecture Frontiers. 2019, Volume 26 Issue 168, 8-26. Read

50. Hamilton, Clive. Human Destiny in the Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis: Rethinking Modernity in a new epoch. Clive Hamilton et al, (Eds) Routledge, 2015 1-13. Read

51. Purdy, Jebediah. ‘Imagining the Anthropocene’. Excerpt from After Nature- A Politics of the Anthropocene. Harvard University Press, 2015. Read

52. Haraway, Donna. “Making Kin”. Environmental Humanities, vol. 6, 2015, 159-165. Read

53. Weller, Richard. “We are Designing the Planet Whether You Like it or Not” The Dirt: September, 2019. Read


LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture. Edited by Dr Tatum Hands 














1 Karen M’Closkey & Kieth VanDerSys (Eds) 


Scenario Journal: Edited by Nicholas Pevzner and Stephanie Carlisle 

Scenario 7 POWER 

Scenario 6 MIGRATION 

Scenario 5 EXTRACTION 

Scenario 4 URBAN FOREST 





54. Verlyn Klinkenborg, “Several Short Sentences About Writing” in Ecotone, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2012, pp. 126-133. Read