Australia’s most awarded landscape architects celebrate at 25 years of practice with their first book, Making Sense of Landscape.
With over 1000 works completed since their inception in 1989, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) has become one of the world’s most highly regarded landscape architecture firms. Situated across offices in Adelaide and Melbourne, the firm’s reputation is revered and the value of their contribution to the Australian built environment immeasurable.
Canberra Arboretum (Image: John Gollings)
Acting as a survey of their approach and a retrospective of their completed works, TCL have released Making Sense of Landscape. As well as capturing the firm’s 25-year legacy through striking architectural photography, drawings and project plans, the book invites and offers critical reflection and analysis from prominent voices in the landscape architecture field and beyond.
Published by Spacemaker Press, the book features 17 essays by writers, academics, curators, artists and designers. Each author finds an element for exploration in TCL’s work, creating a general discourse and debate on the profession as a whole, while sharing with the reader insights into the firms creative process.
Auckland Waterfront (Image: Simon Devitt)
Featured projects include
North Terrace, Adelaide (Image: John Gollings)
The following is the opening to ‘Sensing Landscape’, the introductory essay by Gini Lee and SueAnne Ware.
To enter the Taylor Cullity Lethlean workspace, whether in Adelaide or Melbourne, is to be drawn into an exchange between the collaborative space of the design studio and the wider Australian landscapes of cities, suburbs, the outback and the infrastructures that define them.
The practice’s contribution to the making of the designed landscape is both learned and generous. For those invited into the TCL domain, their source material is made evident with equal subtlety and serious intent. Among the detritus of the busy office, collections of materials drawn from nature are arranged with care and precision. The walls are replete with imagery of landscapes captured through drawing, photography and art juxtaposed alongside the various everyday references necessary to project making.
Design studios are like this. However, TCL’s space has a particular sensibility; it feels like a welcome into the landscape project, and into the very being of the Australian landscape. The TCL family is composed through the capacity to share knowledge drawn from immersion across multiple landscapes, with special attention given to the remote spatial and material palette of the Australian outback. For the visitor, upon entering the TCL studio, the project for making sense of landscape commences…
Northern Expressway (Image: John Gollings)
Australian Garden (Image: John Gollings)
Making Sense of Landscape is available online from Spacemaker Press and select architecture and design bookstores.
Making Sense of Landscape
Out now through Spacemaker Press
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