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The scope of landscape architecture

in Landscape Architecture

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199681204
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779992 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199681204.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

The scope of landscape architecture

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‘The scope of landscape architecture’ considers the range of activities that come under the general umbrella of landscape architecture and the various attempts to define the discipline’s essence. Four projects are described to convey the diversity of contemporary practice. They exemplify: high-profile master-planning, visual impact assessment, art-inflected urban design, and community engagement. One of the manifestations of professionalization is the urge to define a core curriculum, but this is an impossible demand. Landscape architecture may have a fluid core, but it does not have a fixed essence. It has borders with other disciplines, including engineering, art, architecture, urban planning, and urban design, but these are not fixed boundaries and they are permeable.

Keywords: landscape architecture; Frederick Law Olmsted; Martha Schwartz; urban design; wind

Chapter.  2957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Landscape Art and Architecture

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