Urban scaffolding: A topological design tool

Maria Alexandrescu, Claudiu Forgaci, Ioana Ionescu

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Landscape architecture, landscape urbanism, and urbanism provide a number of tools, methods, and techniques for the design of the built and unbuilt urban landscape. The interplay of these techniques is left up to the designers, and the resulting range of projects associated with the terms is broad and inconsistent. This paper proposes Urban Scaffolding as a way to reconfigure existing practices into a flexible, scalable, repeatable, and compact design mechanism that simultaneously discovers and intervenes in a territory. The method was developed through design projects that focused on reconnecting the urban and natural landscape by means of topological strategies. Two of these projects will be used as examples in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond ISM
Subtitle of host publicationThe landscape of landscape urbanism
EditorsCaroline Dahl, Lisa Diedrich, Gunilla Lindholm, Vera Vicenzotti, Nina Vogel
Place of PublicationAlnarp, Sweden
PublisherSwedish University of Agricultural Science
ISBN (Print)978-91-576-9472-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventBeyond ism: the landscape of landscape urbanism : FUSE International Conference - Malmö, Sweden
Duration: 19 Oct 201621 Oct 2016


ConferenceBeyond ism: the landscape of landscape urbanism
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  • topological design
  • urban scaffolding
  • multi-scalar design
  • design framework
  • design tool

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