Landscape Architecture's Obscurity

L.A.'s landscape architects are relatively obscure compared to their architect counterparts. Is this obscurity the reason landscape architecture isn't as protected as architecture?
May 3, 2011, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"To get at the peculiar anonymity of the Southern California landscape architect, it seems to me, requires exploring a notion that barely got a hearing at "Landscapes for Living," at least during the panels I attended: the L.A. garden as a vehicle for - and expression of - a certain democratic impulse.

Because Los Angeles was built from its earliest days around the primacy of the single-family house, garden space here has always been widely available to families with a range of incomes and backgrounds. Instead of a Central Park by the famous Frederick Law Olmsted at the very heart of our metropolis, we developed tens of thousands of private amateur parks in our backyards, to go with a relative handful of parks and plazas by prominent designers."

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne argues that landscape preservation lags far behind architectural preservation, and that more attention should be paid to these spaces in L.A.

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Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Los Angeles Times
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