Trickle down landscape architecture
Spatz, Andrew Bernell
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This thesis highlights case studies that describes groups that visit “naturalistic” and ecorevelatory spaces designed by landscape architects. The results point to a demographic that is more educated and wealthy than the general public, leading to the conclusion that landscape architecture, while a discipline that focuses on the greater good, is inextricably bound to the upper class. Whether through private work or funding for public parks, the two actors have strong influence upon each other. The influence of landscape architects upon the elite is examined, with the assertion that practitioners can be the root origin of environmental ethics for this class. This influence can be harnessed to create a new landscape of wealth, power and influence that is based around holistic, systemic designs. This new landscape can result in cultural change, with the general public aspiring to join the upper classes in making environmentally responsible decisions.