Landscape Architects Retreat

Just about every sensible landscape architect I have met in the last few months agrees that landscape design education has dropped to abysmally low depths and  it almost seems an irreversible position.  My own visit to some places recently did not give much cause for cheer.  Then last week I happened to go to a place that is setting up a new programme and was greatly taken up  by the enthusiasm, boldness of thinking and the genuine desire to do well. Of course only time will tell- but at least the heart was surely in the right place. Upon my return, I penned a small essay that I sent out to a few colleagues and the reaction was immediate. Long text messages, mails and phone calls followed-  all suggesting that…
The Retreat began with the simple premise; to enable conversations amongst designers which could be frank, honest and without the pressure of an  audience. It also has  at its kernel, the desire to move on; to imagine a better future- to change things, and to keep it real, and to stop lamenting and complaining. And it wanted to collect these thoughts on a range of topics  from across  a cross section of professionals  at different stages in their lives. The first one was the Architects’ Retreat, which is now a book " Behind Closed Doors" and a film. And now this December there are two more - one for interior designers and the other for landscape architects- both which will be recorded in print. So what can a group of…
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