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What is landscape architecture?

Landscape architecture is the work of making specific kinds of places outdoors. It could be designing a town square or a playground—even a whole city. It could be designing a pond to make it better for frogs, turtles, fish, and birds. Some kinds of landscape architecture are easy to see, like a park.

Other kinds may look completely wild, like a meadow or a mountainside. Landscape architecture is dedicated to the design of healthy environments and communities, and to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of people.

Landscape architecture, the development and decorative planting of gardens, yards, grounds, parks, and other planned green outdoor spaces.

The profession of landscape architecture in the United States has strong roots in the urban parks movement of the nineteenth century. Historically, landscape architects have played an important role in the creation of urban open space as well as the regional park systems. Early pioneers such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. were social thinkers and urban visionaries. In their view, landscape is not only a source of recreation and enjoyment but also an instrument of social reform.

At the University of Washington, we focus on a particular area of landscape architecture we call urban ecological design. We believe that cities like Seattle can be (re)designed to support the health and well-being of human beings and other species.

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