It's funny, there are a lot of sharp architects out there who, despite exquisite sensitivity to matters of form and function, couldn't describe a tree to save their lives. I will admit that I am completely ignorant to matters of mullions and scuppers, but I also don't care. In other words, I would defer to the architect in matters of structural and interior details, but in practice and casual conversation, architects often have opinions (whether explicit - "that pine tree thingy is blocking views" or implicit - rendering a carefully thought out planting plan with generic trees) on the expression and execution of planting
I'm hoping that this blog will forge a shared language for planting and ecology that is free of buzzwords and horticultural jargon. To kick things off, I'll be posting some things in the coming week that, though beautiful (in my opinion), reduce living media to a graphic motif.
Hopefully, these will be paired with images or comments that will help reveal deeper culturalor biological underpinnings.
Early 21st C. design pedagogy and practice privilege the blurring of landscape architecture, building architecture, and urbanism. While the integration of environmental and built systems holds great promise for designers, the generalist impulse can obscure the value of specialization and experience, especially when working in the medium of living systems. This blog seeks to demystify landscape architecture, working not to reinforce differences in title, but foster mutual understanding.