Planning for enabling: an analysis of Cedric Price’s proposal for Two Tree Island, 1971–1973

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Cedric Price, ‘Two Tree Island’, c.1972. Scenic postcard of the designed landscape. It is annotated: ‘Looking (west) towards harbour from edge of enlarged saltings’. Graphite, crayon, ink, and watercolour on cardboard. © Cedric Price fonds, Collection Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
Noviembre 2017

Planning for enabling: an analysis of Cedric Price’s proposal for Two Tree Island, 1971–1973
Manuel Rodrigo De La O Cabrera

Planning perspectives: an international journal of history, planning and the environment
Print ISSN: 0266-5433
Online ISSN: 1466-4518

The next issue of  Planning Perspectives includes an article written by our researcher Rodrigo de la O. It is entitled Planning for enabling: an analysis of Cedric Price’s proposal for Two Tree Island, 1971–1973.

This paper analyses Cedric Price’s project to transform Two Tree Island, located in the Thames Estuary, into a leisure complex. The plan, drafted between 1971 and 1973 and which never materialized, was produced against a background of alternative planning theory discussions that were prevalent in Britain during the 1960s and the early 1970s. From a historical point of view, Two Tree Island is an illuminating example of the conceptual depth with which the notion of the environmental design was being used. Despite an undeniable lack of precision in the use of data and descriptors, the project is still of conceptual interest because of the way it defines the landscape based on the convergence of physical and cognitive approaches.

The article is now available on line. Print version is expected for the next month.