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Do you see any valuable potentials in Landscape design/ Landscape Architect?

How much more can Landscape design contribute to climate change and to gain more understanding? Landscape design/ Landscape architect is very under rated. Or not even known what it is. Majority of people will probably know Landscape design as Garden Design, in the UK and Japan as I know of at least.
Landscape design can be psychologically change people's behavior and lifestyle by placing right things at right place to give people certain emotion.
I always wanted to discuss how much more Landscape designers can contribute to achieving sustainable life, or may be more simple and Earth-friendly life. I have been educated at University how to design landscapes and importance of ecology, but not much about what is needed in order to adapt climate change or urban life because we are not ecologist or scientist but my interest have always been in the climate change.
I like to ask if any other sector have seen potential value in landscape design, and if so what kind of potential?
Apologies for long essay I have just wrote, but I really liked to ask this question for a long time because I see lots of potential in Landscape design.


Closing Statement from Coco Okamoto

I had same discussion on Land8 (Landscape institute) website.
It was interesting and yet people have not disagreed or against me as I expected.
Some lines I have dropped:
Landscapes can be designed like an architecture. It is a space, with people, and elements, and environment. But the thing is, it is not a puzzle that can be moved around and fit into places just for the comfort spatially. It is more like reversi (the game). If something goes wrong in such a small space, that can change a whole thing. I am looking at more of positive side so it means that one little thing can change a whole thing as a system.
Now the point is that this system i am talking about needs a whole networking. So everyone needs to have an awareness in this point.

I am only a graduate student so I wanted to discuss and ask about this idea with all sorts of people from environmental manager to economic planner. Now I wonder what those people think...
Do you think collaboration may be the way?

external link: http://land8.com/forum/topics/do-you-see-any-valuable-potentials-in-landscape-design-landscape

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    Apr 28 2012: Hi Coco,
    Any professional who devotes passion, time and creativity to his job produces "valuable" things. Don't focus too much on what is currently "relevant" or "useful" in our society. A landscape architect can change the world, just like any other professionnal, as long as he produces some genius in the field.

    Maybe have a look at ancient landscape architects, who worked for "god", so to speak and who were extremely influential in other fields (royal landscape architects in France and Britain; today, their function would indeed be to make life for the masses more bearable, and to help save nature).
    • May 2 2012: Hello Laurens, yes that is true indeed!!
      It may or may not change your view a little bit, but I am from Japan and in fact I have got a lot to think about right now about changing people's lives dramatically.
      Talking about irrelevant stuff, huge part of my home country has been destroyed by the disaster and manmade nuclear damage was also huge, I can not "not" think about what we need in our society right now to be honest.
      Although I am still living in the UK and have not been back since then, and also my home town had not much impact and so I can just live without thinking about what change we need in the near future on top of my head.
      However I did think about it. It was just a simple thought of "Life without power plant", then expanded to life without power plant with different landscape value.
      I think this is quite a simple but interesting starting point. What do you think?
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        May 3 2012: .
        Hey Coco, you're from Japan!

        When I see zen-gardens, I can only wonder how that fantastic tradition came about. This type of gardens alone is capable of changing people's minds.

        Being Japanese, you're building on one of the most wonderful traditions in landscape and garden architecture.

        I'm sure you'll do great.

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