Education of Designers

As much art as science, the design professions are not simply technical disciplines, having to do with the intersection of form, materials, technology, and real estate. The design professions such as architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning are first and foremost practical liberal arts with technical aspects. Writing in the first century BC, Vitruvius (1960, 5-6) proposed that architects "be educated, skilful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens." That is a start of a liberal and liberating education. Therefore, design education ought to be a part of a broad conversation that includes all of the liberal arts. This is, I think, what George Steiner means by saying (2001, 251-252), "Architecture takes us to the border. It has perennially busied the philosophic imagination, from Plato to Valery and Heidegger. More insistently than any other realization of form, architecture modifies the human environment, edifying alternative and counter-worlds in relationships at once concordant with and opposed to nature."

In countless ways all design, even the best, damages the natural world. The extraction and processing of materials depletes landscapes and pollutes. Building construction, operation, and demolition creates large amounts of debris. Agriculture inevitably simplifies ecosystems. Accordingly, a new breed of ecological designers must be even more intellectually agile and broader, capable of orchestrating the wide array of talents and fields of knowledge necessary to design outcomes that can be sustained within the ecological carrying capacity of particular places.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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