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SPA-DELHI
EVOLUTION THE DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Rommel Mehta
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On the occasion of the country’s first landscape program completing its 50 years, Rommel Mehta—closely associated with the department for over three decades—traces its inception, journey and distinct roles of more than ten HODs in shaping its teaching philosophy.
The creation of the Department of Landscape Architecture in May 1971, as part of an already well-established School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi [SPA-D], was a significant event in the academic history of India. This is no hyperbole. The academic and professional impact of the department’s creation unfolded over the next three decades. From a disregarded non-entity in 1971, ‘Landscape Architecture’ is today a recognized and well-established frontline academic and professional discipline in India. Department of Landscape Architecture’s contribution to this turn of events is significant as it gave form to an amorphous discipline. It was ‘amorphous’ at least in India because there was confusion in the minds of the people, between landscape architecture and courses like gardening, horticulture, and arboriculture. While there is an overlap with such similar disciplines, they do not constitute landscape architecture.

 


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EVOLUTION THE DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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