Our role as educators is to offer our students the opportunity for three kinds of learnings:

(1) the building of competence in changing or conserving the landscape,

(2) the building of experience and confidence in doing so, and

(3) the building of the theoretical constructs that underlie the above two.

The development of the third leg of our self-justification -theory- is by far the most important and represents in all fields the most fundamental and traditional role of the university.

Carl Steinitz, A Framework for Theory Applicable to the Education of Landscape Architects (and Other Environmental Design Professionals) (1990)


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vty is professor on Landscape Theory and Landscape design at the Catalonian Politecnical University in Barcelona and at the Politecnico di Milano

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