With People in Mind is losely based on the concept from the original publication by by Rachel Kaplan , Stephen Kaplan, and Robert Ryan called With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature. From the publishers:
With People in Mind explores how to design and manage areas of “everyday nature”-parks and open spaces, corporate grounds, vacant lots and backyard gardens, fields and forests-in ways that are beneficial to and appreciated by humans. Rachel Kaplan and Stephen Kaplan, leading researchers in the field of environmental psychology, along with Robert Ryan, a landscape architect and urban planner, provide a conceptual framework for considering the human dimensions of natural areas and offer a fresh perspective on the subject.
With this as a starting point, the entries here after will seek to identify and examine landscape architectural pojects and processes and will hopefully be a creative tool for the author, as well as the readers.
A Little About Me:
I have been involved in the field of landscape architecture for the past 8 years. I started in 1999 exploring professions and personal interests, hoping to find a career that would be psychologically fulfilling and still pay the bills. I was heavily involved in art all my life, but i had no misgivings that i would strike out on my own and become a famous artist. I still had to find something that the left side of my brain could enjoy. It was during this search that i stumbled upon Landscape Architecture. From Wikipedia:
Landscape architecture is the art, planning, design, management , preservation and rehabilitation of the land and the design of human-made constructs.
This definition really sparks ones imagination, at least it does for me. There are so many fascits to the built world around us; it can be artistic on one hand, or it can be ridgedly mathmatical on the other.I was involved in the design and building of this Marketing Piece for the LA Department In College. The Idea was that the main line across was a transect of Virginia, depicting the rural mountains in the west and traveling to the coastline on the east, that one would have to walk up to to see into the window that show cased various LA projects within.
Now i work in a small planning and engineering office, Land Planning Solutions, in Virginia Beach, VA where there is ample oppurtunity to change the built environment, trust me, its not the prettiest place in the U.S. Hopefully, over the course of my lifetime, i will be able to have a little impact on that ;-9