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LEARNING THE HARD WAY

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF TEACHING LANDSCAPE

EDITED BY KARSTEN JØRGENSEN, NILGÜL KARADENIZ, ELKE MERTENS, AND RICHARD STILES; LONDON AND NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE, 2019; 422 PAGES, $245.

TEACHING LANDSCAPE: THE STUDIO EXPERIENCE

EDITED BY KARSTEN JØRGENSEN, NILGÜL KARADENIZ, ELKE MERTENS, AND RICHARD STILES; LONDON AND NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE, 2020; 270 PAGES, $46.95 PAPERBACK/$160 HARDCOVER.

Students should learn to draw by hand, to fly drones, to do interpretive dance, to do light construction. They should collaborate with social scientists, with soil scientists, with local community members, with their counterparts in New Zealand. They need to be able to craft policy, wrangle BIM data, construct dioramas, and plant green roofs. In the best-case scenario, there are only five years to fit this all in. What is crucial? What gets left out? And keep in mind the vast array of wicked problems converging on us while we try to figure that out.

The two new books put out by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) give the reader an acute sense of the sheer scope of the mission landscape architecture educators take on. As the former ECLAS president Simon Bell explains in his foreword to the “This book originated in a deeply felt need by all ECLAS members for up-to-date materials to help them to

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