Ah, spring is finally here! In a happy daze, I gleefully stroll outside to take a breath of fresh air. It is then that I consciously take a moment to appreciate my surroundings and the little things in life: the soft gentle breeze, the sound of a woodpecker pecking away in a distance, blooming Crocuses, kids playing happily in a playground and the sound of my footsteps on a crisp wood mulch pathway.
April is a special month for us Landscape Architects. It is World Landscape Architecture Month! Every year, we take this opportunity to celebrate and bring recognition to our profession and the work we do. For many, landscape architecture evokes the memory of recognizable and cherished landscapes such as Central Park, the High Line or the Gardens of Versailles. For others, landscape architecture is about “shrubbing it up”. Although neither one depiction of landscape architecture is ‘wrong’, it is a tiny (even minuscule) glimpse into our work. In an effort to expose the gamut of work we do as landscape architects, associations such as Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) are using social media to capture the various aspects and successes of landscape architecture. #WLAM2015 was introduced and the tradition continues to document various works throughout the world. The photographs were beautiful and inspiring. However, many of the images are often the ‘finished product’ of years (sometimes decades) of planning, design and preparation. Why aren’t we capturing the processes with which landscapes are imagined, designed, protected and created? What about the everyday landscapes that we experience as we walk/bike/commute/drive to work, during our morning run, or our evening walk with our dog(s)? An ‘AHA!’ moment emerged. Here’s what I’m proposing:
1. To myself and to everyone who is reading this – For the remainder of the month, at least once a day, take a moment in your day to capture your #everydaylandscapes to appreciate the thought, design and policy that was in place to make it what it is today.
2. To myself and fellow landscape architects – Capture your practice and document the processes in recognition of the efforts we put in as “Landscape architects [to] bring different and often competing interests together so as to give artistic physical form and integrated function to the ideals of equity, sustainability, resiliency and democracy.”(The New Landscape Declaration – https://lafoundation.org/news-events/2016-summit/new-landscape-declaration/)
Capture the moments and share it with us @Terraplan_LA. Here are some hashtags to start with: