Landscape: teaching research and professional practice

Landscape specialists and students can use this platform provided by the LE:NOTRE Institute and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). It is meant for landscape specialists of all disciplines, from theory and practice and from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It also serves stakeholders who have a specific involvement with the quality of the landscape.

Here they can come together to exchange ideas and deepen their understanding of the landscape and of each other’s’ approach to it.

Landscape is the environment as perceived by people’, to paraphrase the European Landscape Convention. The landscape belongs to everyone, but some people are more closely involved with landscape matters on a day to day basis than others.

There are many types of landscape. It includes rural, urban and ‘peri-urban’ landscapes on a regional scale. In the countryside and urban areas networks of green-infrastructure provide a backbone for the landscape.

On the scale of an area landscape consists of urban open space, residential areas, industrial districts and areas for recreation.

On the level of projects and sites it comprises parks, squares, gardens, roof landscapes, and façade landscapes. Landscape is an integral part of the infrastructure of roads and waterways.

Landscape values can vary in functional, everyday landscapes to historic gardens, cultural landscapes, national parks, and protected landscapes. Society at large has a great concern for the quality of life, safety and functionality of rural and urban areas, and for biological and landscape diversity.