Marking World Landscape Architecture Monthreturn to journal
It’s World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), and here at Uncommon Land, we wanted to take a moment to reflect Landscape Architecture as a discipline and how its profile continues to grow.
Conceived originally by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), this annual celebration is now endorsed by a range of global professional bodies, including IFLA, AILA, LI, NZILA and SILA. During WLAM, landscape architects around the world promote their profession and celebrate the spaces and places they’ve created. WLAM is also about inspiring the next generation of landscape architects.
For us, landscape architecture continues to be an evolving profession – one that has matured way beyond the service-oriented provision of parks, plazas and gardens. In the 21st Century, landscape architecture is concerned with social justice, ecological synthesis and global reach. It is now a profession that is as much analytical, scientific and technical as it is a form of art and organisation. The scale of projects is also increasing, helping to expand and diversify career opportunities and pathways for landscape architects.
For us at Uncommon Land, we see daily how landscape architecture influences the outdoor spaces in which we live and interact. From carefully curated private outdoor areas to expansive public realm, it affects both how we use a space and how that space makes us feel. What’s more, landscape architecture not only generates value socially and environmentally, but delivers notable financial returns for a small percentage of the overall project cost.
Uncommon Land is a mid-size landscape architecture firm that, alongside its sister companies Benoy, Pragma and Holmes Wood, operates as part of the Handley House Group. Our designs are contextual and driven by a passion for aesthetics, interwoven with a deep understanding of the ‘human experience’. We are a diverse and collaborative team, drawing on a range of skills and backgrounds and applying global expertise at a local level. Above all, we tailor designs to specific contextual conditions and cultural requirements, always aiming to deliver lasting social, economic and environmental value.