News - December 7, 2004

Landscape architects must recognise their power

Landscape architects need to be more aware of the power they wield and therefore take their responsibilities more seriously.
Many members of the public are not aware that landscape features are specially designed, and therefore require upkeep. Professor Pat Taylor of the University of Texas suggested this during the Fifth International Workshop on Sustainable Land Use Planning in Wageningen this week. A really good landscape architect can create a design that people think is a natural creation. He gave the example of a pond created in the 1960s for swimming. It looked so natural that the government neglected maintenance. As a result the chalk dissolved, the pond eroded and the water became murky. Taylor’s conclusion is that landscape architects need to communicate better.