Landscape Architecture And The Lure Of Fire In BostonPosted by: Damon Webster | Posted on: August 5, 2020
Landscape architecture is commonly confused with landscaping. However, there are many differences between the two. While landscaping is usually performed by workers with some skill at trimming trees and caring for plants and gardens, it requires no education besides on the job training. Accordingly, it is not the most highly paid job, although usually is relatively stable, even in times of economic recession.
Contrast that with a landscape architect. Boston landscape architecture generally have a four-year degree and are primarily concerned with the overall design of outdoor spaces. While day-to-day operations including maintenance of a garden or yard are something that a landscape architect will consider when planning the design, these things are not generally performed by the architect.
It is similar to the difference between a building architect and the construction workers who create it or the custodial staff who maintain it.
Landscape architects are responsible to create outdoor spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and resemble natural woodland, prairie, or other wild places while being completely artificial.
Central Park is a good example of landscape architecture on a large scale. Although completely contrived, this park is large enough that people sometimes get lost in it.
In addition to aesthetic value, the projects that landscape architects create must be physically sound. Although not as engineering-intensive as proper architecture, landscape architects are sometimes responsible for creating structures.
More often, scientific skill is necessary for properly managing the flow of rainwater on a site. Simply sloping the ground often results in erosion, and insufficient slope creates puddles. Landscape architects will incorporate plants and other features to handle water management.