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Landscape Architecture Frontiers

Landsc. Archit. Front.    2018, Vol. 6 Issue (4) : 54-61     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-20180406
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A DISCOURSE ON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: AT THE INTERSECTION OF DESIGN, ECOLOGY, RESILIENCE, AND RESEARCH
ZHANG Tao1,2(), Michael GROVE3
1. ASLA, PLA, LEED AP ND, SITES AP; Principal of Sasaki Associates, Inc.
2. Sasaki Associates, Inc., 64 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA, USA 02472
3. ASLA, PLA; Principal, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Ecology, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
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Abstract

Most of the pressing challenges in the Anthropocene era are ecological, such as climate change and environmental degradation, all with profound impacts on socio-economics and equity. While ecology and resilience are among the most salient topics in contemporary landscape architecture, their inherent relationship and differences have deep implications on practice. The authors argue that ecology is all-encompassing and has a strong focus on system complexity without biasing or favoring any specific species or parts of the ecosystem. Resilience, when discussed in the context of planning and design, however, embodies a strong human-centric element. Ecocentric vs. anthropocentric perspectives provoke further discussion around an evolving relationship between ecological function and aesthetic forms that have been heavily informed by cultural and societal contexts.

By translating environmental policies and social preferences, landscape architects command tremendous power to connect with the primary users of the built environment — the general public. Collaboration and integrated research are required to make significant progress on the complex environmental challenges the world faces today.

Keywords Ecology      Resilience      Ecological Aesthetics      Landscape Performance      Landscape Research     
Corresponding Authors: ZHANG Tao   
Issue Date: 09 October 2018
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ZHANG Tao,Michael GROVE. A DISCOURSE ON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: AT THE INTERSECTION OF DESIGN, ECOLOGY, RESILIENCE, AND RESEARCH[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2018, 6(4): 54-61.
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