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Above and Beyond: Aerial Technologies, Atmosphere and Landscape

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Publication date27/12/2022
Host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Contemporary Themes in Urban Landscape Architecture Research
EditorsKate Bishop, Linda Corkery
Place of PublicationLondon; New York
ISBN (Electronic)9781003109563
ISBN (Print)9780367625252
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks


This chapter considers several aerial ontologies associated with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and asks how they inform our understanding of and approach to landscape. It does so by considering the role of both sensors and senses in aerial landscape practices. By looking at both technological and embodied practices, it considers the tension between these quite different modes of sensing—between the ‘expressive qualia and phenomenal nuances of appearing reality’ and ‘detailed material reality’ (Griffero & Tedeschini, 2019). Can we use UAVs to map the material and sociotechnical landscapes that emerge through the pre-planned practices of surveying while remaining attentive to the sociomaterial atmospheres that emerge between social groups and environments? If so, how might this benefit urban landscape practices, such as planning, landscape architecture, or environmental science?