February 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm #170855
If you could travel anywhere in Central or South America for the landscape architecture, what places would you go and why?February 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm #170861Kevin J. GaughanParticipant
Laura, I have been traveling through Central and South America since June. I have noticed that landscape architecture as we think of it is much more prevalent in South America and especially in larger cities. Some of my favorites include Santiago, Lima, Quito, and Bogota. Out of all the countries I visited, it seems like Colombia and Chile are further ahead than the rest in our field. However, in Central America there are some good examples of eco-development and sustainable design, especially in Costa Rica. However, there are also tons of examples of very unsustainable design as well which, as a designer, can be a little overwhelming at times. As I have traveled I think I have learned more as a designer from the cultures than I have from the physical examples of gardens, parks and plazas.February 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm #170860
“As I have traveled I think I have learned more as a designer from the cultures than I have from the physical examples of gardens, parks and plazas.” That’s interesting, could you expand on that? I’m writing a proposal to travel to Latin America and study landscape…
Which places in Chile and Colombia stood out to you?
(and where are you in South America right now?)March 1, 2010 at 2:35 am #170859Tanya OlsonParticipant
Hello?! Any of Roberto Burle Marx’s gardens (Brazil) or Luis Barragan’s landscapes (Mexico). I would particularly love to see Marx’s personal gardens – just amazing texture color and modern sensibilites.April 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm #170858
It’s finalized—-I will be in Chile and Mexico for a year next year, 6 months in each place. I am so excited!
In Chile, I definitely want to go to Santiago, Valparaiso and spend time in Patagonia and visit the Atacama desert. To save on costs I will be WWOOFing for part of it.
In Mexico I want to visit the floating gardens (I forgot where they are at the moment) and Oaxaca and Chiapas. And of course Luis Barragan’s work, I need to do more research though.
I am just looking for general advice—- has anyone been anywhere particularly spectacular that they recommend that hasn’t been mentioned? Or have any Chile/Mexico travel tips?
I will be doing this the year after I graduate college, so I would appreciate any knowledge that land8lounge people can offer!April 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm #170857
Or are there any good books on landscape that people would recommend me bringing?July 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm #170856David FarberParticipant
^ Ive been to a ton of landscape architecture sites all over the US. But this one in brazil beats them all check it out:
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