Landscape architecture should have a bigger role in urban planning: Expert

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pune: Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture (BNCA) recently hosted a public lecture series by the Indian Society of Landscape Architecture (ISOLA), in which experts said landscape architecture should have a bigger role in urban planning.

Pune: Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture (BNCA) recently hosted a public lecture series by the Indian Society of Landscape Architecture (ISOLA), in which experts said landscape architecture should have a bigger role in urban planning.

Landscape architecture is a celebration between human beings and nature. So it is necessary to synchronise dynamic landscape with responsive architecture, said the experts. Sujata Kohli, President of ISOLA, six experts on landscape architects, including Sonali Dahotre, Ritu Sharma, Prachi and Umesh Wakaley, Vandana and Vikas Labba, Yogendra Ballal and Manjiri Mahajan attended the series.

The architects expressed their views stating that every landscape design has a story to tell. Whether it is a retreat, private farm house, terrace, the design should be environmentally balanced and ecological survey should be carried out, if necessary, to maintain the flora and fauna of that region. 

Kohli said landscape architects have a bigger role to play in urban world as landscape is the backbone of any urban structure. "Landscape architecture is not about beautification but creating a space and ambience for development. Landscape architecture can establish synergy and relationship between humans and nature," said Kohli.

"We should take the stewardship of the land and we need to have a sensitive ecological approach. Hence, the role of a landscape architect should start from being involved in a project right from site selection," added Kohli. 

Kohli said that landscape should be given the importance of infrastructure and only then, the government will take note of it.

"It is a necessity to look at landscape architecture as infrastructure. The growth of any city should be measured by its landscape and we need to reach that situation. The thrust of the government would be different once landscape architecture is induced in policy making," she said. Kohli urged BNCA for establishing Maharashtra State ISOLA hub in the campus to which Anurag Kashyap, Principal of BNCA, has offered infrastructural support.

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