Landscape + 100 words to inhabit it is a title that intends to present a condition of contemporary landscape by measuring it through a direct and immediate form: terms, definitions, ideas, microstories, short texts, notes. It is a collection of instant snaps rather than a complete critical and theoretical look at the subject.
It is a group of terms asked for and formulated by authors that are not only architects and landscape architects, but also urbanists, philosophers, critics, poets, geographers and writers. It is a collection of reflections that underlie aesthetic and cultural categories as much as technical-professional values and practices. It is a Tower of Babel of meanings, each having its specific characteristics, which, far from exhausting all the issues of a particular point, propose 'listening' to it from various multifaceted standpoints.
These concepts do not guide this book towards a definition of landscape but towards a search for the most suitable instruments for dealing with it.
Daniela Colafranceschi is an architect, a graduate in Architectural Planning and a professor of Landscape Architecture at the Architecture Faculty of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy). She has realised gardens in Fara Sabina (Rome), Chaumont-Sur-Loire (France), Canet de Mar (Barcelona) and Girona, for which she was awarded the Premio FAD de la Opinión in 2003.
Her writings and projects have been published in the following magazines: Abitare, Acer, Archithese, Arquitectura viva, AU/Rivista dello Arredo Urbano, Casabella, Controspazio, Detail, Garten+Landschaft, Gartenpraxis, Il Progetto, INDE, La Casa Nuova, L’Urbe, ON Design, Piso, Projecto, Techniques and Architecture and Topos.
She is the author of Architettura in superficie, Gangemi editore, Rome, 1995; Sull’involucro in architettura: Herzog, Nouvel, Perrault, Piano, Prix, Suzuki, Venturi, Wines, Edizioni Librerie Dedalo, Rome, 1996; and Mirades foranes: lectures ibèriques, Col·legi d’Arquitectura de Gerona, Girona, 2006. Since 2000 she is responsible for the Land&Scape series published by Editorial Gustavo Gili.