Andrew Toland joined the new Landscape Architecture program at UTS in mid-2016. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He holds degrees in architecture, law and economics. Current research work covers 'realism' discourses in recent built-environment design culture; the Asian megalopolis as a rhetorical device within contemporary architectural theory and practice; the nature-culture formations of large scale infrastructure projects in the greater China region; and the historical and current intersections of landscape phenomena and evolving legal categories encompassing the non-human realm.
Toland, A 2018, 'The Learning Machine and the Spaceship in the Garden. AI and the design of planetary 'nature'', RA. Revista de Arquitectura, no. 20, pp. 216-227.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Planetary-scale artificial intelligence systems are increasingly being
promoted by technology companies in the forms of projects such as
Microsoft’s “AI for Earth” and Google’s “Earth Engine”. This article
interrogates some of the conceptual dimensions and history of the
“dashboard” approach to the management of “spaceship earth”
within art, architecture and landscape architecture, and considers the
implications of the increasingly entangled “design” work that brings
together nature as data, machine learning, robotics and autonomous
Toland, A & Kilbane, S 2018, 'City mega-models as literal and figurative visioning tools', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning, vol. 171, no. 4, pp. 166-176.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2018 ICE Publishing. All rights reserved. While speculative maps and city plans have been the primary lingua franca for centuries to investigate and design the way urban centres and regions grow, this paper focuses instead on the role of large physical models of urban areas as a method for exploring and envisioning future urban strategies. The paper briefly traces their historical development from military and defence maquettes in sixteenth century Europe, through architectural models of the twentieth century, to the present day. Four contemporary examples of city mega-models in rapidly urbanising Asian cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi and Singapore - are then examined. These serve to illustrate the continuing role that physical models play as literal and figurative visioning tools for city makers, be they engineers, planners, landscape architects or architects. The paper posits that such models will remain an indispensable technique - tangible and tenacious in the city-making toolkit - despite an increasingly digital and virtual era.
Toland, AR 2015, 'The Appartement de Beistegui and the Birth of the Penthouse Landscape', Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, no. 24, pp. 87-97.
Toland, AR 2012, 'D.I.Y. Eye in the Sky', Cabinet, pp. 48-53.
Toland, AR 2009, 'RE:HAB', Architecture Australia, vol. 98, no. 6, pp. 43-43.
Toland, A, Christ, MC & Worrall, J 2020, 'DigitalXPlace' in Hes, D & Hernandez-Santin, C (eds), Placemaking Fundamentals for the Built Environment, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 253-274.
Toland, AR 2017, 'Hong Kong’s Artificial Anti-Archipelago and the Unnaturing of the Natural' in Sirvaramakrishnan, K & Rademacher, AM (eds), Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 87-107.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This chapter examines a proposal made by Hong Kong tycoon Gordon Wu to construct an artificial island in Hong Kong’s territorial waters in the late 1980s. His scheme has echoes in the Hong Kong government’s current plan to construct an “East Lantau Metropolis” on an artificial island in a similar same location. A close examination of Wu’s proposition reveals how it served not just commercial ambitions, but also expressed a more complex set of aims playing out through geopolitical intrigue and late-colonial domestic politics, as well as maneuverings for private dominance of urban and regional infrastructure. At an even more ulterior level, these activities additionally attempted an unconscious restructuring of the intercultural formations of nature(s) and landscape as they have emerged in Hong Kong.
Toland, AR 2013, 'Walking—Landscape—Urbanism' in Yeung, H & Collier, M (eds), On Walking: Selected Essays from the: On–Walking Conference, The University of Sunderland, Art Editions North, Sunderland, UK, pp. 299-307.
Toland, A, Pham, K & Kilbane, S Landscape Architecture Foundation 2018, Ballast Point Park: Landscape Architecture Foundation, Landscape Performace Series, Case Study Briefs, Washington, DC.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Toland, A, Pham, K & Kilbane, S Landscape Architecture Foundation 2018, Barangaroo Reserve: Landscape Architecture Foundation, Landscape Performace Series, Case Study Briefs, Washington, DC.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Toland, A, Pham, K & Kilbane, S Landscape Architecture Foundation 2018, The Goods Line (North): Landscape Architecture Foundation, Landscape Performace Series, Case Study Briefs, Washington, DC.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site