Landscape architecture theory

Design as research strategy  |  Principles of  landscape architecture | Cartographic explorations   |  Agency of landscape




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DESIGN AS RESEARCH STRATEGY

Research through design (RTD) is a frequently used concept in the day-to-day practice of education and research in the field of landscape architecture. RTD as a concept usually refers to a research method in which spatial design plays the leading role. The underlying premise is that design is a form of research and involves a culture of thought. This research contributes to the RTD discourse by addressing how spatial design can be applied as a research strategy.  Read more...



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PRINCIPLES OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Giving shape to the relationship between man and natural landscape is a core task for landscape architecture and involves civil-, agriculture-, nature-, and environmental based techniques as operative instruments. But what is the particular nature of landscape architecture as an independent discipline? The presumption is that the answer can be found in a repertoire of principles of study and practice typical for landscape architecture. Read more...



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CARTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS: THINKING WITH MAPS

Mapping refers to a process rather than a completed product. Mapping entails cartographic exploration, an activity that exploits the agency of maps and map-making to construct and communicating spatial knowledge in a visual way. These cartographic explorations help researchers in landscape architecture to acquire new or latent information, which is the basis for generating spatial knowledge. This research addresses mapping as a tool for exploration, analysis and synthesis in the field of landscape architecture.  Read more...  



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AGENCY OF LANDSCAPE: THE SHAPE OF A WALK

The agency of landscape refers not only to the formal aspects of routing such as the tracing and gradient of the routes, but also to the landscape space as people perceive it. This perceptual space indicates the visual reality, the sensorial experience that emerges only by bodily movement and is affected by topological, physical, social, and psychological conditions. Read more...