Some observations regarding the education of landscape architects for the 21st century

Marusic, I., 2002, Some observations regarding the education of landscape architects for the 21st century, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, ,

  • Author : Marusic, I.
  • Year : 2002
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Pages : 95-103
  • Abstract in English : This article presents some questions concerning development in the education of landscape architects in the future. The questions arise from changes observable in programs of some schools of landscape architecture as well in technical and scientific disciplines that share with landscape architecture activity in the landscape. The aim of this article is to highlight the relationship between landscape planning and science and the technical disciplines that are active in the landscape, as well as the special tasks landscape planning has in environmental conservation. One of the conclusions is: It is not our intention here to diminish the importance of teaching natural sciences within the curricula of landscape architecture and landscape planning, neither to diminish the role of landscape ecology within the educational curricula. Our intention is only to stress how important it is for the students to understand the essence of the planning process and that they distinguish the real nature of landscape ecology and the real nature of landscape architecture. The students should understand that they are two basically different activities with two different mandates given to them by society: to research and to understand the laws that govern the environment; to invent ways to enable conservation to be carried out in the most appropriate way. A message to educators of landscape architects for the 21 century could be: do not diminish the importance of invention, the importance of the students’ fantasy, despite the rapid development of natural sciences and despite the ever deepening understanding of the ecological principles that govern natural processes.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: Education, landscape, planning, science, creativity, landscape architecture. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research.