IABR--2014--URBAN BY NATURE May 29August 24, 2014. Kunsthal, Rotterdam. Curated by Dirk Sijmons, assisted by Jan Wilbers. FORMS OF GARDENS: DRAWINGS BY JEAN CANNEEL- CLAES; PLASTER MODELS BY ERIK DHONT June 20August 31, 2014. Bozars (Palais des Beaux Arts), Brussels, Belgium. Organized by Bozar Architecture. Reviewed by Marc Treib Two recent exhibitions in the Low Countries staked out the extremities of activities, investigations, and design work that mark contemporary practice in landscape architecture. The International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam (IABR) tackled its theme comprehensively, incorporated the efforts of a large team, and presented scores of works. In vivid contrast, "Forms of Gardens," paired only the personal plaster studies of the Brussels landscape architect Erik Dhont with a small number of drawings by a predecessor, the Belgian modernist Jean Canneel- Claes. In their differences the two exhibitions demonstrated how landscape architects operate at both the macro and micro levels, and shape policy as well as form. Operating under the rubric "Urban by Nature," the IABR attempted to identify the issues and challenges facing those who make and dwell in cities, and to propose solutions for ameliorating deteriorated environmental conditions. Curated by landscape architect and professor (and former Dutch national landscape
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