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Is Landscape Architecture the Lowest Common Denominator?

Is landscape architecture’s greatest challenge also its greatest weakness? In the design and development of our exterior spaces, landscape architects face a daunting challenge: they have to “please” everyone. Their work may not always be relegated to the private confines of individual taste, instead their work is at the mercy of all who walk, bike or drive by and experience their creations. In an effort to keep the masses “happy,” are landscape architect’s instead pushed to deliver products that ultimately serve the lowest common denominator? By doing so, are landscape architect’s contributing to or detracting from the profession itself?


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