I just read the article Grounds for creativity at PostStar.com that talks about the role of a landscape architect and raises some good points about landscape architects and our scope of work however there was one statement that confounded me.
As a rule, landscape architects, who require a different license than a traditional architect, design from five feet outside of the building and beyond.
I don’t know where this came, maybe its a state law definition somewhere? However, I think that it is often a misconception that landscape architects deal with just the outside and beyond the apron of the building. We often work inside the ‘five feet and beyond’ – the entry, the walls (green), roofs, indoor atriums. However this is not the point, I often worry that the line between architect, landscape architect and other disciplines is too defined and limits the creativity of all disciplines. In my experience the best projects and designs are those that are designed as a collaboration between disciplines where a team comes together to formulate a design. Designs should be a collaboration between disciplines not sole disciplines designing ‘our scope/part’.
Landscape architects (and all disciplines) are essential to good design whether it’s a building, urban park, rooftop, or a city. Landscape architecture is the whole landscape not just the 5 feet and beyond.
A new ordinance has been signed into law to encourage green roofs in Quezon City in the Philippines. The law states that 30% of the roof area of a building should be green. As an incentive no property tax will be assessed or levied against the value of the floor area that is dedicated to green.
David Lepeska has written an interesting article in The Guardian reviewing how cities will be sustainable in the future and that energy efficient cities is the key to the future of saving the planet from us. He also cited
Dorothee Imbert, associate professor in landscape architecture at Harvard, pointed to urban farming, a trend that has taken root in Detroit, New York, Milwaukee and a handful of international cities. Imbert mentioned her own student-assisted organic farms in Boston, yet acknowledged that adequate food supplies for future cities “would require rethinking of landscape in the building process”.