David Gissen: Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions

Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions
Actar, 2013
Paperback, 232 pages, $29.95

This book features the full array of images from the Museum of the City project by CCA Architecture faculty member David Gissen as well as an interview with Gissen and a chapter from his forthcoming book Manhattan Atmospheres.

Landscape Futures is edited by Geoff Manaugh and based on the 2011 exhibition of the same name at the Nevada Museum of Art. It explores the future of landscape studies by way of the technical intermediaries -- the instruments, devices, and architectural inventions -- through which humans have come to understand the built and natural environments.

From autonomous tools for remote archaeology to radio telescopes scanning electromagnetic events in space, by way of colorful mechanisms allowing children to experience the animal superpowers of other species, Landscape Futures looks at the world of extraordinary scientific machines and their hypothetical alternatives that filter, augment, clarify, and transformatively reproduce the world they survey.

The book also features work by Lola Sheppard, Mason White, Liam Young, Smout + Allen, David Benjamin, and Soo-in Yang.

See projects and read excerpts from the book at the publisher's website.