Whose Landscapes?

Who benefits from landscape architecture? To move beyond the simple, aspirational answer – everyone – raises further questions. Who do we think the beneficiaries ought to be, and what is their place in the texture of society as a whole? Planning and designing our future landscapes takes place in a cultural context, and culture is not monolithic. So whose culture, whose landscapes, are we conserving, enhancing or developing anew?

Catherine Ward Thompson, Who benefits from landscape architecture? (2005)

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Joel Meyerowitz, Broadway and West 46th Street (1976)

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Whose Landscapes?

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  1. Nicholas logan says:

    Conserving yes depending on the area and if the plants, shrubs, and trees are native to the environment that they are being set in. Good exame is out door amplitheaters that are near or around historical locations, museums, local goverent buildings. Certain designs such as a nice trimmed hedge row whether straight or curved or in a certain design can show how well a place is taken care of. It shows strength, independence , free world thinking and confidence of your area, building, state, government. Landscape architecture is the new so to speak welcome mat when you go to visit an area. Look at the designs on the interstate as you enter a new state. The more landscape architecture their is shows you that hard work, time, money, confidence and knowledge has been strung into the design.

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