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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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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: I think that landscape designers can have a greater impact in our constructed environment by becoming more vocal. You said yourself that few people know what it is. This field seems 'asleep' to me, or so far in the background as to be unnoticed except by a select few. Whereas 'architecture' is more well known and more roundly respected. For me, landscape design would include architecture. Maybe part of the problem is that landscape design is really in the public domain, as it is experienced by all passers by. It may not seem so 'personal' as an 'interior' environment would be, therefore less attention is given. I don't know. Many communities though seem to be more and more concerned about their 'appeal' as places to live and are giving landscaping more of a nod.
    • May 2 2012: Hi, I like this wording of "asleep". It makes sense to me. This field is something that it has always been around but not really built into our system.
      The thing is, that many landscape architecture and landscape designs comes from architects, I think this is a little bit strange. I think that is too much to take for architects.
      Personalising landscapes idea is a quite interesting point. We often divide parks and public squares into "public", "semi-public" "semi-private" and "private" in terms of atmosphere. Maybe it appears more to people if there are more detailed separation in landscape designs. Thanks for the very interesting comment!!

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