Dialogues in public places
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Artists and landscape architects share an intertwined history of inspiration and influence. A 1976 thesis written by landscape architect and historian, Catherine Howett, “Vanguard Landscapes: The Environmental Art Movement and Its Significance for Landscape Architecture”, provided a snapshot of an era in this interdisciplinary relationship. The following investigation evaluates the exchange of ideas between environmental art and design resulting in the past thirty years. As landscape architects push the pendulum toward a more balanced integration of art and science within the profession, renewed interest in this dialogue propels collaborative exploration to better address the diversity of aesthetic, environmental, and social conditions of place. The creative potential recognized by Howett has begun to be realized in the last quarter century, evidenced by a dynamic body of work derived from ongoing conversations between the disciplines, along with interesting new discussions relevant to the future design of multidimensional public places.