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Importance of Landscape Architecture
When an architect or a town planner plans, he is in actuality, intervening with ‘living system’
With the coming of industrial revolution we witnessed the horrifying effects of population explosion and sudden growth of concrete jungles with abuse and disregard to nature. And unfortunately, we lost the concept of whole ecosystem when man was one with nature. Today, man’s intervention with nature has caused havoc in the environment often upsetting the delicate ecological balance beyond redemption and posing a great danger to the mankind itself.
Remember what Poet John Ruskin says ” Man in his ignorance crushes natural sublimity and in return nature crushes human beings.” We should therefore be conservers and not destroyers of the mother nature and the planet. Good environment is essential for the well-being of the people, for they in turn will collectively contribute to the well-being of the state. It is comparatively recent that the growing awareness to maintain ecological balance and prevent further environmental pollution.
When man builds, he must take both nature and society into account. With this concept – the ecological approach to landscape architecture-
Michael Altman, publisher of HomedesignLA.com says “if one can step for a moment into an outdoor space, no matter how small and see the sky and the smell of the earth, trees and flowers, then the vast scale and density of urban life can prevail", He argues that landscape preservation trails way behind architectural preservation, and much more attention should be paid to these spaces in Los Angeles.