In Situ: Architecture and Landscape

On April 8, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City will open a new show, “In Situ: Architecture and Lansdcape,” which explores the relationship between the built environment and its surrounding landscape.

MOMA writes: “In recent decades landscape has taken on an expanded definition in architecture. In the first half of the twentieth century, the architectural avant-garde celebrated autonomy from nature, and architects devised utopian schemes for creating urban realms ex novo. More recently, however, the challenges of a threatened environment and rapidly expanding cities have fostered a revised understanding of landscape. Harmony between the spatial, social, and environmental aspects of human life has become a priority in political thought, and this has had profound reverberations in both architecture and landscape design. Landscape—no longer understood merely as nature untouched—now encompasses complex interventions by architects and landscape architects in urban and rural surroundings.”

The exhibit includes early 20th century work from Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van Der Rohe through to contemporary work, such as the Southeast Coastal Park in Barcelona by Foreign Office Architects.  The exhibit also includes Roberto Burle Marx’s work in Rio, work by Tadao Ando in Osaka, and a few cemetaries “whose designs demonstrate that our relationship to landscape often transcends our quotidian needs.”

In Situ: Architecture and Landscape
April 8, 2009 – September 14, 2009
The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, 3rd floor
Go to MOMA web site  

Image credit: Roberto Burle Marx (MOMA)

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