Guiding change

Prominski, M., 2005, Guiding change, in: ECLAS (D. Oguz), ‘Landscape change’, Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture Ankara University, Ankara

  • Author : Prominski, M.
  • Year : 2005
  • Published in Book : Landscape change
  • Pages : 294-304
  • Abstract in English : In 1963, Lawrence Halprin mentioned: “Planners are beginning to realize, along with designers, that their function is to guide change; not to develop static form or fixed criteria, but evolving form.” Although more than forty years have passed since Lawrence Halprin published this statement, it has lost nothing of its validity today. But did the profession of landscape architecture took up Halprins call? If we are honest, static images are still the norm in most landscape architectural projects. Although designers integrate the growth of plants or the movement of water, all these processes are made subordinate to a rather static image the designer has in mind for his garden or landscape. Designs which are conceptually capable to adapt to programmatic, societal or other changes are rare - too much capacity for change seems to be a danger for an acceptable design project. This condition is not only regrettable, but an inexcusable disregard of contemporary challenges. In a world of ever-increasing complexity, uncertainty is a natural by-product that calls for flexible designs which can guide change. This paper takes up Halprin´s statement and adds arguments to support his request for guiding change in a twofold way: First, contemporary developments in science and philosophy are sketched which give a broader foundation for dealing with issues of uncertainty or processes, and secondly, contemporary landscape architectural projects are analysed from which different framework strategies to guide change are developed.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: landscape change, uncertainty, framework strategies. / Eclas 2005