Ian McHarg (1920-2004), a lecturer on Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania University, revolutionized the teaching of architecture by merging work in the laboratory with that in the workshop, shaping a specific approximation to the landscape and the city based on multidisciplinarity. His method of cross-mapping layers in order to reveal potential and limitations in landscape is considered to be a direct forerunner of the Geographical Information Systems that are today used extensively in planning all over the world. His work as a professional associated to the WMRT architecture studio included both the operations to reform the cities of Minneapolis and Denver and the creation of the new communities of Medford and The Woodlands.
- McHARG, Ian L. Proyectar con la Naturaleza. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2000 (New York, 1969).