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When most people think of architecture, design, and engineering, what comes to mind more often than not are the iconic buildings and structures that have been built throughout history all over the world. Less considered (but no less interesting or important) are the spaces around which these skyline-and-horizon-defining buildings are built. After all, what would the Eiffel Tower be like without the Champ de Mars? By itself, the Tower wouldn’t have the same effect on its many visitors and its city without the thoughtfully designed and crafted landscape.
Designing green spaces, especially large, public spaces that will be central to the day-to-day experience of cities and citizenry requires expertise in a wide variety of disciplines. The most well-designed landscapes can change a city and quite literally change lives in so many different ways, such as increasing livability, happiness, health, and – we would be remiss not to consider – giving tourists something to shoot photos of.
Let’s look at just three of some of the more interesting examples of landscape architecture from history.
The Palace of Versailles was built in 1623 as a hunting lodge by Louis XIII, subsequently transformed into a palace by Louis XIV, and largely completed by his death in 1715. The grand palace itself contains 67 staircases, 700 rooms, over 1,000 fireplaces, 2,000 windows, spread over 67,000 square meters. Landscape Architect André Le Nôtre was responsible for much of the over 800 hectares of classic French gardens known as the Jardins du château de Versailles, or the Gardens of Versailles, including the Orangerie, pictured above. The Palace and its Gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Another World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens opened in 1759 and today houses the world’s largest botanical and mycological collections – essentially large catalogs of plant life and fungi – in the world (now go back and read that last sentence in Jeremy Clarkson’s voice). Spread over its 121 hectares of land area are a variety of gardens, botanical glasshouses, ornamental buildings such as Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Japanese Gateway (the Chokushi-Mon), galleries and museums, and the Kew Palace, the smallest of all the British Royal Palaces. Uniquely, Kew Gardens has its own police force, the Kew Constabulary.
Established in 1857, Manhattan, New York City’s Central Park is a National Historic Landmark of the United States of America. One year later, landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted and Architect Calvin Vaux were the masterminds put in charge of the park’s design after winning a competition for that very purpose. Despite its naturalistic aesthetic, the park is most entirely landscaped. Today, the 341-hectare park is one of the world’s most filmed locations and is home to a wide variety of attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, a Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, large lawn areas, playgrounds for children, and Strawberry Fields, a 1-hectare area dedicated to John Lennon, including the iconic “Imagine” mosaic, just to name a few. Another part of what makes Central Park unique are the systems of paths designed for specific use by pedestrian, equestrian, and – though to a more limited extent today – automotive traffic throughout the park.
To be honest, there’s so much more we could say about each of these great examples of fine landscape architecture, and in turn, about the significance of landscape architecture itself to society and culture. But perhaps a better way of appreciating these would be to personally experience each one ourselves, after our curiosities have been piqued by a few interesting highlights from history.
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