They say there are few natural lakes in Texas - some say none, but I'm not in the business of lake counting. . . The Texas Highland Lakes are undisputedly manmade, created as the Lower Colorado River authority (LCRA) slung a series of dams down the Colorado River (no, not THAT Colorado River) during the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s. In doing some research on the construction of these dams, I came across some remarkable photos on the LCRA Flickr page. They're remarkable in their earnest and patriotic faith in the manipulation of the natural environment - and some are beautiful photos, to boot - and radiate a sense of pride and excitement in the potential of infrastructure that is hardly present these days.
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.