I have been trying to gather articles, blogs, etc. that help portray the perspective MYM.MV is coming from. This interview gives you a glimpse in the issue of how challenging it is for projects to meet the community's needs. Both the agencies and the developers get caught in the vicious circle of politics, which keep the the right type of people (the community and the professionals who focus on bringing the right type of projects to fruition) out of the equation...read on.
Exerted from an Interview with Laurie Olin, FASLA
01/30/2009 by asladirt
..."In order for the general public to better understand the deep relationship between sustainability and landscape architecture, Olin believes landscape architects need to become more political, more involved in planning decisions. “How can landscape architects get other people to understand that’s how we think? I think to do more work, show it, talk about it, and invite people to see it. A lot has happened in the last ten years. People now have a sense of it that they didn’t before. They know that we do that. We need to be at the table when people start planning. We need to be involved when people are doing site selection. We should be helping people say, “No, you shouldn’t build there. This would be a better site.” We have to get involved in a lot of the more troublesome planning decisions. We need to be involved in politics. Some of us have been political off and on, especially when we were young, but we got tired doing it. It’s wearing. Each generation needs its ten years in the barrel fighting the politics when they have so much energy and altruism. People don’t realize that landscape architecture is political. In a democracy it probably should be. We should debate about who suffers and gains, who gets what, what are the benefits, where are they, what’s the cost. Those are things you’d hope in a democracy people would debate publicly.”
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