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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.

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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: Coco,
    There is indeed a lot of potential in landscape design. In addition to the benefits you have mentioned, I see a HUGE value in landscape design and its relationship to development. I serve on the regional Project Review Committee, which reviews large regional projects. We are now seeing projects come in with rain gardens, detention ponds, permeable sidewalks and parking areas, improved drainage and landscaping to address the storm water runoff. In addition to providing a lovely landscape, these new earth friendly design ideas help protect our environment:>)
    Great topic Coco:>)
    • May 2 2012: Hello Colleen, thanks for the comment.
      That sounds very interesting!!! There are so many big big ideas and big structures out there now.
      I replied to Laurens below with a little bit of my background. I love nature but since I started to learn Landscape architecture at Uni it made me realise that it is not only way to protect our environment that we protect the nature and use green status but also landscapes including pavement can change people's lives. Do you know any good project that you recommend me to have a look at?
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        May 3 2012: Hi Coco,
        Indeed there ARE many big ideas and big structures out there now, and perhaps I misled you when I said our project review committee reviews large projects! The size of projects is all relative. I live in a tiny state (largest city 50,000 people...only about 600,000 in the whole state). I also live in an economically challenged area of the state. So, when I speak of "large" projects, it is probably nothing compared to what you are familier with.

        The fact that developers are beginning to consider the environmental impact, and we are seeing more of the features that I mention above, as well as wind turbines and solar collectors is exciting to me. I believe that every little bit we do, as individuals in our own space, AND large facilities is beneficial.

        That being said, this is the landscape of the space I occupy, which is very environmentally friendly. As with some of the designs Michael Pawlyn shows us, the outside environment, is an extension of the inside environment....it is all interconnected:>)

        http://smugdud.smugmug.com/Quintessential%20Vermont )

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