Practicing design for particular places

  • Saskia de Wit TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment Delft
  • Lisa Diedrich Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Alnarp


Since its first issue, SPOOL has used the term ‘landscape metropolis’ to address urban formations beyond the traditional city that – despite their increasing ubiquity - still lack in-depth attention from the perspective of aesthetic appreciation, designerly concepts of development, guidelines for planning and governance, and design theoretical apprehension. The prefix ‘landscape’ is used to describe attention to these topics through the lens of landscape architecture, and offers, we feel, some novel potentials: in considering the metropolis as a cultural phenomenon that is constructed mentally as well as physically and socially; which relies on human as well as on natural driving forces; and which contains, somewhere in the cracks of the mosaic, in the ‘in-between’, places with distinguishable qualities – particular places.

How to Cite
DE WIT, Saskia; DIEDRICH, Lisa. Practicing design for particular places. SPOOL, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 3-4, dec. 2016. ISSN 2215-0900. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 mar. 2019. doi: