Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Landscape architecture reasserting its voice

It's a pretty much an "inside-baseball" controversy (but it's inside urban design/planning). At the time of the 50th anniversary of Harvard's Urban Design Program, Graduate School of Design, there's a lively discussion going on about the increasingly high-profile roles of ecosystem-thinking and landscape design in urban planning/design. Most recently, Harvard GSD's Alex Krieger provides a Metropolis magazine POV. I like Krieger's comment: "Why should not the landscape architecture profession re-assert its voice, as concern about ecological footprints gains broad public notice. It has been the design discipline that has most consistently retained consciousness of humanity's impact on land and evnrionments. We at the GSD even recall that the birth of American urban planning, as a serious academic discipline, begins with the lectures at Harvard of Fredick Law Olmsted, Jr. in the 1920's."