As humans we have long strived for the manipulation of space. For the most part we have achieved a level of domination that has allowed us to thrive but has also been detrimental to the environment, other species, and ourselves. As a landscape designer I seek to explore the tension that exists between us continuing to strive, mediate our effect on our surroundings, and engage to the fullest potential in the same space as many other living organisms.
If I haven’t lost you already then bear with me. I am not here to preach an environmentalist ideal. Here I wish to broaden your understanding of how landscape influences your life and how we can manipulate this space to improve your life experience.
Even before you step outside, that view through the window of the outdoor environment can have effect on your state of mind and behavior. Whether it be the warm sun glowing as it creeps up over the hills, or the pelting horizontal rain ripping through an overgrown mess, it can set a mood regardless of other positive or negative factors.
In future articles I will look at a vast variety of landscape related facets. From designing for diversity, to material relationships, social behavior, place identity, community engagement, and much more. The information and ideas presented here won’t be new and ground breaking, but hopefully it makes the ideas more accessible for the general public and gets you engaging with your environment.
Next time I will look at simply stepping outside of your artificially controllable box and why you should engage more in your external surroundings.