The Research Connection
Studies shed light on what works in gardens, parks, and other landscapes.
By Jean Marie Cackowski and Sally Augustin
Illustration by William Brown
How can landscape architects inform their planning and design work
with what has succeeded and failed for others?
Today, information applicable to design is continually being added
to the body of knowledge from research disciplines as diverse as
conservation biology, crime prevention through design, wayfinding
behavior, and zoo design. Research provides critical information
about how environments enhance human health, safety, and productivity.
This knowledge can help landscape architects continue to advance
beyond an intuitive and anecdotal rationale of what they believe
should work and to open up more productive and substantive dialogues
with their clients.
The problem, too often, is that research information is difficult
to locate and digest-some of it is published in arcane, hard-to-find
journals, while some is available only in conversations with researchers.
To help overcome these obstacles, Landscape Architecture,
in partnership with the web-based newsletter Research Design
Connections, is introducing information gathered from scattered
sources and presenting it to readers in an easy-to-read format.
This column will report on current research studies of interest
to landscape architects and will include references so that interested
readers can obtain the studies if they want more in-depth information.
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