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Research in Landscape Architecture

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Table of Contents

Introduction (Adri van den Brink, Diedrich Bruns, Simon Bell and Hilde Tobi) Part I: Raising Awareness, 1. Advancing Landscape Architecture Research (Diedrich Bruns, Adri van den Brink, Hilde Tobi and Simon Bell), 2. Research in Landscape Architecture: A Process Approach (Hilde Tobi and Adri van den Brink), Part II: Setting the Stage, 3. The Role of Theory (Ian H. Thompson), 4. The Relationship between Research and Design (Sanda Lenzholzer, Ingrid Duchhart and Adri van den Brink), 5. The Challenge of Publication (Maggie Roe), 6. Assessing Research Priorities and Quality (Jurian Meijering, Hilde Tobi, Adri van den Brink and Diedrich Bruns), Part III: Selected Approaches and Methods, 7. Case Studies (Simon Swaffield), 8. Landscape Biography (Jan Kolen, Hans Renes and Koos Bosma), 9. Social Media: The New Resource (Ron van Lammeren, Simone Theile, Boris Stemmer and Diedrich Bruns), 10. Virtual Environments (Sigrid Hehl-Lange and Eckart Lange), 11. Walking (Henrik Schulz and Rudi van Etteger), 12. Design Guidelines (Martin Prominski), Part IV: Addressing some of the Grand Challenges, 13. Cultural Landscape Meanings and Values (Ken Taylor), 14. Landscape and Health (Catharine Ward Thompson), 15. Thermally Comfortable Urban Environments (Robert D. Brown and Terry J. Gillespie), 16. The Urban Water Challenge (Antje Backhaus, Ole Fryd and Torben Dam)

About the Author

Adri van den Brink is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Diedrich Bruns is Professor and Chair of Landscape Planning and Land Use at Kassel University, Germany. Hilde Tobi is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Research Methodology Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Simon Bell is Professor and Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and Associate Director of the OPENspace Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.


Landscape architecture is a potentially powerful profession and discipline: a field poised to transform the planet for the better. This possibility will only be realized through a more robust research agenda. The authors of Research in Landscape Architecture have produced just such a framework. They present a helpful, thoughtful roadmap for landscape architecture scholars. Frederick Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania As a practice-led discipline, landscape architecture faces a challenge when trying to impose methodology on a somewhat theory-resistant subject. This new book presents cases of landscape architecture research in their methodical context. We learn how landscape architecture research questions are formulated and how evidence for answering them can be found. We live in an era of ever increasing complexity on the one hand and strong specialisation on the other. Where to position the holistic perspective of this domain? This book will give valuable orientation for anybody looking for systematic knowledge production in landscape architecture. It will inspire especially early-career researchers. Ellen Fetzer, Nurtingen-Geislingen University, Germany, International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA)

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