Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Landscape Architects to Design Skins of Buildings?

This photograph here seems to be only the beginning(Patrick Blanc is however a botanist). With Living Walls and Green Roofs growing in popularity, Landscape Architects are encroaching on the field of Building Architecture. (I hope they don't take it personally) But this is really only the beginning.

As experts of exterior design, no one understands better than the Landscape Architect how exteriors change with time. If it happens on the outside the Landscape Architect knows best how to deal with it. And though buildings are currently being dressed in living material (which Landscape Architects are also experts at designing with) Soon Landscape Architects will be dressing exteriors with other kinds of materials.

Landscape Architects are also experts on materials. They have an extensive world of materials and a great understanding in weathering and change of the materials is always taken into consideration.

One thing that permeates throughout all aspects of Landscape Architecture is the idea of Change. Landscape Architects never design for stasis. However it is common to see Building Architects design with stasis in mind (or at least that ends up being the result). Buildings do not typically change (especially the skins of and with exception to the flux of people) but Landscapes always do. Even the most highly groomed gardens like Japanese Gardens and Versailles are in a constant flux. Changes in the seasons, the movement of water and its affect on stones, growth of plants , the weathering of materials, climate change etc...


So, will it be that one day Landscape Architects will be designing the skins of buildings? It seems like it may be going that way. But only as long as Building Architects design with change in mind.

6 comments:

lem said...

i realize this sounds a bit random, but i think i went to high school (foothill) with you a long long time ago and you were a few years older than me. i randomly stumbled upon your site after clicking a link on a website about pupusas in pomona and saw your name and it sounded familiar. my name is mai le (if you don't remember who i am it's cool, my memory retains things for a long time apparently). just thought i'd say hello i guess?

Anduhrew said...

mai le, I DO remember you. weren't we in the same grade? I Do kind of remember a Mai Le. Well hello, I hope you are doing well.

Anduhrew said...

just took a look at the blog you're involved in maybe we are a different year. i was 99. I think its all beginning to come back. wow, trippin down memory lane. there was another mai le in my year. i ran into her once. but i do remember you. anyways as i said before, hope you're doing well.

lem said...

yes i was 02. thanks for the well wishes. ive been out here in pomona for a little while, moved to the area in 07 for school and things are chugging along.

Anduhrew said...

ahh, welcome to the community! i like pomona it has a lot of untapped potential, like silverlake before silverlake became the spot. maybe i'll see you at an artwalk. or at DBA or the farmers market sometime. (you probably won't recognize me, i look a lot different) but you know where to find me.

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