Landscape architecture – identity, relationship, autonomy

Ogrin, D., 2000, Landscape architecture – identity, relationship, autonomy, in: ECLAS (Aničić, B.), ‘Landscape of the future: the future of landscape architecture education’, Department of Landscape Architecture, Zagreb

  • Author : Ogrin, D.
  • Year : 2000
  • Published in Book : Landscape of the future: the future of landscape architecture education
  • Pages : 107-119
  • Abstract in English : Though an activity with a very long tradition, landscape architecture is not yet universally understood as an integrated profession of landscape planning and design. There are schools that teach only one of these two areas, mostly landscape design. This situation does not fully respond to the requirements generated by complex development processes in contemporary landscapes. In this paper an attempt is made to outline the identity of the profession by listing and articulating its principal ontological features. These irrevocably point to landscape architecture as an autonomous profession though this fact is not always sufficiently recognised. This is reflected in the situation where many education programmes are overly influenced by the schools to which these programmes are affiliated. A similar problem is the nomenclature of the profession which differs not only across Europe but often also within the same country. Special attention is given to the relationship with related or neighbouring professions and disciplines in order to underline specific commitments that, by social division of labour, are allocated to individual professions based on their competencies. In the end, the great significance of the comprehensive understanding of the profession and education is emphasised.