Landscape and Archives as Texts

The article by Holdsworth provides a critical view on the lack of comprehensiveness in landscape research today. To emphasize the unseen issues such as gender, race, class and other topics of influence that mold the landscape is, in some ways, a crucial part of landscape studies and researches that has been absent.
Holdsworth understands the delicate system of the human geography and other socio-economical influences of the landscape today. Geographical surveys and landscape researches carry more cultural meanings than we realize. Simple geometric and scientific data is only enough to suffice a bird’s eye view understanding of the landscape.
It is important that we understand ourselves as part of the process of shaping the landscape and defining borders, that we as inhabitants of the landscape must also be part of the grand scheme.
Reflecting upon the architectural discipline, architects must consider their work as part of the large urban scheme. Our goal is not to build beautiful relics, but to build great cultural artifacts.
It is critical that architects appreciate and train their eyes and minds to consider the broader cultural and socio-economical influences of the urban fabric. Not in a way that only looks upon the urban fabric from above and designs an object, but in a way to be immersed in the city and the landscape in order to feel the cultural process of landscape forming.
The most important components to understand the grand scheme may come from a simple conversation from the people who are part of the landscape; who are constantly immersed in the cultural process.

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