THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL DEBRIS FIELD OF BRIAN DAVIS.
[The new Issue 23 of Kerb Journal entitled Digital Landscape is almost out, and I've got an essay in it entitled Landscapes of Math. I always enjoy publishing with these folks. A student run journal put out by RMIT in Melbourne under the guidance of Rosalea Monacella, it is remains one of the strangest and most compelling landscape journals around while still maintaining some substance.
In my essay I start with Christoph Girot's piece in the recent Landscript edition called "Topology" and then leaven it with my own (more or less) current work and thoughts (the journal's been in production for a year or so, and digital work moves a bit faster). Basically, I propose that the real power of topology is based on the mathematical definition of the word, as a study of the way an object maintains a certain characteristic integrity while undergoing constant change or deformation. This isn't necessarily opposed to Girot's take on the term, which sets up topology as a way to value many types of quantitative and qualitative characteristics equally, specifically through the use of the point cloud. I think his topology work is fascinating and important, but mine, coming out of a concern for and engagement with very dynamic fluvial landscapes (basically, rivers in cities), is different. Check it out!]