Tim Waterman

Landscape, Urban, and Food Studies

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What’s Wrong With This Picture:

by Tim-Waterman on October 24, 2017, no comments

This October 10th, the London office of WATG released this image of a ‘greener future’ for London’s Fleet Street in support of the ongoing proposal to make London a ‘National Park City’. Dan Raven-Ellison, the proposal’s key protagonist, has a flair for PR and has effectively repackaged the worthy, but duller-sounding project to improve London’s […]

Publicity and Propriety: Democracy and Manners in Britain’s Public Landscape

by Tim-Waterman on July 30, 2017, no comments

This is an excerpt from my chapter in Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays, due out this October, which I co-edited with Ed Wall. My writing is in superb company in our book: Ross Exo Adams, Camillo Boano, Paul Cureton, Jill Desimini, Murray Fraser, Maria Guidici, William Hunter, Jane Hutton, Katya Larina, Don Mitchell, Peg Rawes, […]

Despot, Martyr, and Fool: An Obituary for the Garden Bridge

by Tim-Waterman on June 6, 2017, no comments

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has switched off the public life support to London’s embattled Garden Bridge, a tempestuous, contested, and deeply symbolic idea that will die tightly clutching a sheaf of contemporary perversions of the civic good, a cautionary portfolio of design’s worst addictions. Its life charts a course through the sordid world […]

A Word … ‘Storytelling’

by Tim-Waterman on December 21, 2016, no comments

“A Word …” is my quarterly column for Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute. Here in the Autumn 2016  issue I talk about the importance of telling a good story. The Autumn issue contains an extensive section featuring the winners of the Landscape Institute Awards.  This year’s Serpentine pavilion, by Bjarke Ingels Group, was welcomed with descriptions in […]

Other Stranger’s Paths: in homage to John Brinckerhoff Jackson

by Tim-Waterman on August 26, 2016, no comments

This is published in the new journal Testing-Ground, by the Advanced Landscape and Urbanism research group in the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, London. Nearly sixty years ago, J.B. Jackson wrote one of the most insightful essays about landscape ever written, “The Stranger’s Path”. Jackson’s warm, gentle, and wise voice and keen observation have been […]

A Word … “Unity”

by Tim-Waterman on June 5, 2016, no comments

“A Word …” is my quarterly column for Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute. Here in the Summer 2016  issue I call for a unified voice and fewer petty distinctions between different arms of the landscape profession.  Last year Monty Don hosted a series on the BBC called ‘The Secret History of the British Garden’. In four […]

A Word … “Profession”

by Tim-Waterman on March 31, 2016, no comments

“A Word …” is my quarterly column for Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute. Here in the Spring 2016  issue I address the importance of professions and institutions.  In the middle of the 17th century, at the dawn of modernity, the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, in his Leviathan, described human relations as bellum omnium contra omnes – a war of all […]

A Word … “Seedling”

by Tim-Waterman on December 7, 2015, no comments

“A Word …” is my quarterly column for Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute. Here in the Winter 2015 issue I talk about how nurturing plants and creative and community interests are essential for both children and for the future of our landscapes.  When I was eleven years old, I can recall standing before the […]

A Word … “Decant”

by Tim-Waterman on September 20, 2015, no comments

“A Word …” is my quarterly column for Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute. Here in the Autumn 2015 issue I warn against the use of the word ‘decant’ to describe the forcible ejection of people from their homes Wine is symbolic in a host of ways. A silver chalice of it can represent the […]