A space for speculation
on people and places.


We engage with a myriad of pressing
socio-ecological issues across the postcolonial
and Islamic worlds where the design disciplines
—and especially landscape architecture—
can imagine better futures.
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Premise
Critical topics of our age from climate change, to social inequality and political ecology, require critical landscape architectural approaches. Through various forms of fieldwork, the Critical Landscapes Lab engages directly with diverse audiences, sites and issues, and in the process expands theories and practices of landscape architecture.

The Critical Landscapes Lab’s current and recent projects include the Atlas for a City-Region: Imagining the Post-Brexit Landscapes of the Irish Northwest; Sacred Groves and Secret Parks: Orisha Landscapes in Brazil and West Africa; and After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Critical Landscapes Lab is affiliated with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Courses: Design Anthropology: Objects, Landscapes, Cities

People: Gareth Doherty, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program; Mariano Gomez Luque, Postdoctoral Fellow; Pol Fité Matamoros, Research Associate; Joan Chen, Pablo Escudoro, Jiyun Jeong, Estello Raganit, Ellie Rochman, Research assistants; Hayriye Eşbah Tuncay (Istanbul Technical University) and Caio Frederico e Silva (University of Brasilia), Collaborators
Projects
Atlas for a City-Region
Imagining the Post-Brexit Landscapes of the Irish Northwest
Sacred Groves and Secret Parks
Orisha Landscapes in Brazil and West Africa
After Dark
Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula