I stumbled onto this article by Robert L. Thayer, Jr. (see below) and I think he makes a lot of excellent points. Anyone care to comment? The evolving concept of the sustainable landscape is a…Continue
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"Thanks for explaining. I can agree with that. I find myself inspired by older published work by Ian McHarg and Jane Jacobs but not so much by recent writings... Maybe it's because McHarg and Jacobs were more like leaders/activists than designer…"
""The Landscape" needs to be defined before you can begin to consider whether it even makes sense that the particular landscape should be designed for a certain "lifespan" or if there is any reason to think it should go on for…"
"I don't understand what the NY Times editorial page has to do with this post. The abstract by Mr. Thayer, dated or not, still brings to mind a lot of issues about "sustainable" landscapes that Landscape Architects struggle with today.…"
"I absolutely agree.
Perhaps in the full article he gives his definition of "sustainable," from from this excerpt we have just so much yatter.
And by the way...why can't humans be a part of "sustainable," Are we going…"
""Sustainability" is a misnomer, and getting clichéd. What IS sustainable? Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question. There are a few very respected LAs, well versed in natural systems, which very much dislike the term…"
"It's like every generation has to discover the world anew..I agree with Mr. Thayer that 'sustainable' is not main-stream, and cosmetic landscapes are prevalent, but as far as I am concerned, Ian McHarg was talking about sustainable…"
I stumbled onto this article by Robert L. Thayer, Jr. (see below) and I think he makes a lot of excellent points. Anyone care to comment? The evolving concept of the sustainable landscape is a welcome and necessary addition to the philosophy, theory, and practice of landscape architecture. This paper presents a number of arguments relating to the character of sustainable landscapes and the manner in which they may ...be experienced by people. It argues that mainstream landscape architecture…See More
"I have had a similar experience with 'greywater' systems in Portland, OR. These are usually part of the municipal systems and are classified as 'non-potable'. I think that it is possible to use 'greywater' for…"
"Two years ago I went part time at a civil engineering office in order to develop my own LA office. They have been steady all along, but cut out overtime in 2008. Their work load has not changed much since 2006 when I got there (different types of…"