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AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY THINK TANK |
In conversation with Anja Koller and Tanja Gallenmüller
LA 65
Topos – International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design,is an international and interdisciplinary review for landscape architecture, urban design and urban development. The quarterly publication covers a journey of almost three decades this year. Based in Germany, the first 50 issues of the journal [earlier Topos], till July 2005, were produced in two languages, German and English covering interdisciplinary subjects concerning European landscape architecture, urban planning, art, and architecture. Later on, it went global, covering extended geographies around the world and is now produced only in English language. Anja Koller [Editor] and Tanja Gallenmüller [who worked with TOPOS for more than fifteen Years], share their journeys with the magazine.
How has topos evolved and responded to the changing times of both the profession and the world since the magazine was first published in 1992? And what changes has it gone through?

The idea of launching a European landscape architecture magazine in 1992 was born of the desire to extend professional communication across national borders and to explore guiding principles and policies with regard to the landscape of the late 20th century. The profession was not as emancipated or established in some parts of Europe as it was in others in the early 1990s; in some cases educational centres were only just being set up, and some were even being dismantled. And thus, a magazine was created that looked beyond its own horizons – in both a geographical and thematic sense – and showed what was happening and what was possible elsewhere. The timing proved to be almost perfect: With the increasing internationalisation of the profession in the 2000s, with more international competitions and courses of study, as well as the founding of branch offices in the Middle East and China and an increase in international cooperation projects, the logical consequence was make topos a global publication. The bilingual European Magazine for Landscape Architecture therefore became the English-only International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.

 


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