Research in Landscape Architecture Methods and Methodology
Defining a research question, describing why it needs to be answered and explaining how methods are selected and applied are challenging tasks for anyone embarking on academic research within the field of landscape architecture. Whether you are an early career researcher or a senior academic, it is essential to draw meaningful conclusions and robust answers to research questions.
Research in Landscape Architecture provides guidance on the rationales needed for selecting methods and offers direction to help to frame and design academic research within the discipline. Over the last couple of decades the traditional orientation in landscape architecture as a field of professional practice has gradually been complemented by a growing focus on research. This book will help you to develop the connections between research, teaching and practice, to help you to build a common framework of theory and research methods.
Bringing together contributions from landscape architects across the world, this book covers a broad range of research methodologies and examples to help you conduct research successfully. Also included is a study in which the editors discuss the most important priorities for the research within the discipline over the coming years. This book will provide a definitive path to developing research within landscape architecture.
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)
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, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany, International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA)