What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture bridges the elements of art and Earth that allows for humans to manipulate spaces and ideas into new forms. This can be demonstrated either through the design of an urban park or the strengthening of a town’s resilience to high flooding. Its ability to create new perspectives from existing sites is what makes landscape architecture so powerful. As we continue living in a world of greater consumption, new technologies, and rapid population growth, the way society thinks about space will be integral amongst future developments. For example, as self-driving cars become the norm of transportation, landscape architects will need to start thinking about the shifting landscape as a once human-operated road system to a potentially error-less computer-operated one. Furthermore, as we attempt to mitigate climate change, green initiatives to move toward more pedestrian/bike friendly commuting will change how landscape architects rethink the city. Site is ever-changing, and as humans continue to innovate and operate in the world, landscape architects must be able to adapt to these changes. There is only a finite amount of space on the planet, it is up to landscape architects to maximize its utility not just for the immediate future, but for many futures to come.

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