Landscape Architects and Designers

Building Better Communities – RSA Event 24/11/10

John McAslan discussed “changing approaches to architecture in relation to increasingly challenging social and community issues beyond the strict reach of clients’ briefs” at the recent Building Better Communities – RSA Event 24/11/10, here.

Personally I found the talk to be abit disjointed with JM constantly passing the can to his employee’s and audience members and I’m not sure there was a strong point or idea to the lecture.

However it was worthy to see examples and insites into his work in developing countries such as Haiti post earthquake and within other developing nations. The idea of helping  and making a difference to people living in real poverty was an eye opener as it requires the designer to be inventive in design and construction, choice of materials and then how you procure the work in-situations where  there is no longer any sort of organised structure.  The New school example was one project that stood out as its flexible design and multi purpose use propelled it to be the nucleus of the town. The lessons one can learn from consulting and designing for clients who have nothing in terms of material possessions must be extremely rewarding in terms of making a difference and to gleam how those fundamental and functional design element hewn from low cost, basic but inventive design can be a catalyst for change.

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Landscape architecture has become very fashionable… to architects

A great article and insights by Charles A. Birnbaum, President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, where he talks about a tug of war regarding landscape and urbanism and consequently landscape architects and architects and who is best placed to control  and get the best results??

“Landscape architecture has become very fashionable… to architects. Moreover, its co-option and absorption into architectural practices has resulted in a revealing turf war with Andrés Duany as a vocal protagonist. He’s the Princeton-trained architect who, as a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, adopted the ideas, vision and values of the early 20th century landscape architects/planners John Nolen and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., to launch a movement that led to more than 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization project commissions for his firm. It also exerted a significant influence on planning and development practices in the United States and abroad. New Urbanists, as a coalition, support regional planning, open space, context-appropriate architecture and planning, and they believe their strategies can reduce traffic congestion, increase the supply of affordable housing, and rein in sprawl.”

spam_urbanism: BOSTON-plan

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read it all here..

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The job of a landscape architect

Interesting article about the job and career from a US perspective,  many dont understand what we do….even my wife…!

The job of a landscape architect is similar to that of a regular architect with regards to the environment and landscape – that is, they shape the landscape to provide a pleasant view, usually accompanying a recent construction of a residential building or a new location. Landscape architects can work both on a small and a larger scale – for example, one may be hired to design something as simple as a pond, or on the other hand, as complex as a park. The job is quite diverse and interesting according to practitioners, and gives plenty of room for creativity.

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Principal Steven Kingsley

Is a Chartered Landscape Architect and a member of the Landscape Institute.

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