Jose Alfredo Ramirez lectures in Mexico City February 2015
The lecture will engage with the emerging concepts of landscape and territory as the milieu for the development of a territorial practice. This practice is concerned on the one hand with research on geomorphological formations of relevant landforms (Tectonic Grounds) and on the other with cultural, political and economic forces that drive and choreograph social formations of these landforms (Land Formations).
The understanding of Land-Formations Tectonic-Grounds as a fundamental concept is not solely the concern of a geologist, sociologist geographers or any other related discipline, but of the Landscape Urbanist who sees them in turn as the core materials for a design practice that can allow the remergence and/or manufacture of future territories. In other words, Land-Formations Tectonic-Grounds are understood as cultural/spatial productions, derived from a constant and relentless human and natural activity full of conflicts, struggles, alterations, and shifts, within or outside legal or institutional frameworks, thus broadening traditional understanding of landscape and territory concepts as the result of specific historical processes with political consequences.
The lecture will address, through these lenses, the work of Groundlab, the AA Mexico City Visiting School and the Landscape Urbanism Programme at the Architectural Association.