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Landscape architect is central to development

The AJ has previously published a letter from me concerning the inappropriate use of bastardised versions of the word 'landscape' (AJ 5.4.01), but the message has clearly not reached Barrie Evans in time for his piece on Norton Canes.

What on earth does 'lightly landscaped' mean? This and other references to 'landscaping' betray an ignorance, shared by many architectural commentators, of the importance and complexity of design in the landscape and its part in the overall success of a development.

As I suggested in a recent presentation to the 4x4 seminars in Leeds: 'landscaping is to the landscape what MFI is to craftwork' (and if MFI takes exception to that I apologise, but at least it means that it must share my contempt of landscaping).

Motorway service areas are subjected to the most rigorous scrutiny under the planning process and their respect for and treatment of 'the landscape' lies at the core.

Landscape is present before the architecture and is changed rather than created. This is not to diminish the value of a good piece of architectural design, but siting of the building and the holistic planning and design of the exterior is invariably a multidisciplinary exercise in which the landscape architect is a central figure, and yet Macgregor:

Smith's only mention is in the closing credits.

Tom Lonsdale, Camlin Lonsdale, West Yorkshire

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