Theory & Discourse
“THE LANDSCAPE” FEAT. PINK FLOYD |
Arjun Sharma
LA 67
With an idea to introduce a new way of communicating the meaning and value of the subject of landscape to young minds, Arjun Sharma and Juhi Prasad, adopt ways of music and memories to make connections and encourage students’ engagement with the subject.

Context

I have had the interesting fortune of being involved in teaching landscape to Architecture Undergraduates in Mumbai for the past nine or ten years. Here, I met many passionate landscape architects / teachers who had diverse experiences and different outlooks on landscape and teaching. Despite the fulfilment, I have had a few misgivings about how my students and I engage with the landscape.

Firstly, we teach students who are studying to be architects. So, the conversations on the landscape tends to exist only in the service of deeper architectural understanding. This is not a bad thing, but is limiting. Why? Because, tailoring our syllabus to the architectural discourse limits us to the exploring the landscape, only where it extends the architectural intent. For example, think of our standard landscape studio exercises we run in class. These exercises can be said to have two important agendas – to provide a technical skill set upgrade for the students attending the class, and to discuss the deeper and wider concerns at the heart of landscape and environment.



 
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