The Future of Landscape over the Next 50 Years
The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s New Landscape Declaration help a summit recently. The event held in Philadelphia saw more than 700 landscape architects attend. It revealed the visions for the future of landscape over the next 50 years. Landscape architects have to coordinate their actions altogether to present sustainable and crafty open spaces and parks, sustain all life forms on the planet. They also have to preserve historical landscapes, help communities adjust to a changing world and fight climate change.
Landscaping for the future
Speakers gave short idea-packed talks and declarations were spoken. Attendees were given polls ans a collaborative app to provide their ideas.
During the event, many landscape architects reminisced about the things that have been achieved over the past 50 years. An ambitious global vision also created for those who attended the event.
One of the visions is to address the grim issues of waste, food, water and air in developing countries.
A focus on developing countries
According to Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Alpa Nawre from Kansas State University shared his views. He said that landscape architects should turn their efforts on developing countries. It is that expected global population will reach 9.6 billion just decades from now. Alpa Nawre stated that better landscape systems should design for resource management to accommodate this growth.
SWA Group CEO Gerdo Aquino shared the same sentiment. According to Gerdo Aquino, there will also be more stringent regulations on natural resources in the future as they become more valuable and scarcer. Landscape architects will have a larger part in managing and valuing those resources.
For Christophe Girot from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zuric, “new topical landscapes” will become needed for the 9.6 billion who will live in the planet.
James Corner Field promoted speeding up urbanization to protect nature. He proposed embedding pleasure and beauty in cities in the form of gardens and parks to make people want to live in the city. The vision of the James Corner Field Operations founder is a garden city that benefits from landscape imagination.
Chris Marcinkowski from the University of Pennsylvania said that landscape architects should work with urbanization’s fundamental systems and adapt them.
University of Pennsylvania associate professor David Gouverneur proposed using new methods to developing communities. He suggested retrofitting these areas through an “informal armature approach” that can create communal nodes and pathways. It can also provide places of flexible development that allow locals to occupy. Furthermore, new planning and design approach can better meet the needs of people residing in informal communities.
Better spaces for the community
Another highlight of the event was creating a future for other life forms on the planet. Nina-Marie Lister, a Ryerson University professor, believes in better respect for other known species on Earth. She believes it is an important part of making the fair landscape design and planning approach possible. E.O. Wilson, author of Half Earth, suggested preserving half of Earth for the other species.
An important piece was missing from the event, however. There were no deliberations on how to better work with ecologists, engineers, urban planners, architects, scientists and developers. on developing a mutual vision that can boost their collective impact, sustainable transportation and how the need for better health could become a key demand factor for landscape architecture. Visit Website