Friday, October 28, 2005

Passion for Landscape

Alf Simon, director of the Landscape Architecture program at UNM, shared his 5 reasons for sustaining a passion about Landscape at an all-school assembly that showcased a speaker from each of the school’s 3 programs. Alf was so eloquent and moving that I got a copy of his list to share.

5 minutes and 5 things that I love about landscape architecture

by Alf Simon

Presented at an All-School Assembly, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico

October 25, 2005

1. Landscape the idea

§ Landscape (not to be confused with landscaping or plants) is a continuous cultural and environmental project

§ People and landscape transform and shape each other over time

§ Landscape and people sustain and reveal each other

2. Landscape is dynamic

§ The cycles of landscape range from minute to minute, hourly, daily, monthly, yearly and so on. It is fruitless to try and freeze a landscape in time

§ Process and form is the text of landscape

3. Therefore, landscape is about constant change, and the architecture of landscape is an architecture of transformation, change and uncertainty. That, to me, is exciting.

4. Even when you dream your dream takes place somewhere, and that place, that landscape that you conjure up in your unconscious, is absolutely interdependent with whatever crazy events are unfolding. The landscape of the conscious world is also interdependent with our movements, actions and values – with our lives; and that is why it is so important to make good landscapes that support, reinforce and inspire us.

5. The architecture of landscape, both as idea and as place, has the power to move and inspire more than anything that I have experienced.

These are 5 reasons why I love landscape architecture.

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