Teaching Landscape History
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Teachers and authors on the history of gardens and landscapes come together in this volume to share ideas on the future of teaching history in landscape architecture departments.
Landscape history is changing in content and style to address the issues of today. Experienced teachers and authors on the history of gardens and landscapes come together in this new volume to share ideas on the future of teaching history in departments of landscape architecture, archaeology, geography and allied subjects.
Design history remains important, but this volume brings to the fore the increasing importance of environmental history, economic history, landscape history, cultural landscapes, environmental justice and decolonisation, ideas of sustainability and climate change amelioration, which may all be useful in serving the needs of a widening range of students in an increasingly complex world. The main themes include:
- what history should we narrate in the education of landscape architects?
- how can we recognise counter-narratives and our own bias?
- how should we engage the students in the history of their chosen profession?
- how can designers and researchers be persuaded of the relevance of history teaching to theory and practice? and
- what resources do we need to develop teaching of landscape histories?
This book will be of interest to anyone teaching courses on landscape architecture, urban design, horticulture, garden design, architectural history, cultural geography and more.
This publication is an important contribution to a global movement of scholarly reflection on how reframing landscape history could unlock new possibilities in teaching and learning about our shared global environmental legacy.
Kofi Boone, Distinguished Professor and University Faculty Scholar, NC State University, USA
Profound knowledge of landscape history is indispensable for landscape architects. It provides valuable insights into the historical layering and narrative of a place which will?inspire users, enlarge societal acceptance and prevents?a design which denies the genius loci. This book is an excellent aid for this.
Theo Spek, Professor of Landscape History, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Knowing landscape history is fundamental in understanding how the environment has been used, designed and transformed by human society. By bringing together a range of interdisciplinary and transnational understandings in teaching landscape history, this volume challenges historical and shifting perspectives of landscape in relation to race, class, gender, and politics.
Catharina Nolin, Professor of Art History, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University, Sweden
Preface: landscape history in crisis
1. The necessity for landscape history
2. The shifting meanings of ?landscape?
3. The branches of landscape history
4. A cluster of subjects
5. Identity and dispossession
6. Whose history?
7. Present pedagogy
8. The possibilities from new technology
9. Reviewing the curriculum
10. Towards a manifesto