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Bangalore is a city which has shown a considerable positive trend in terms of increasing the visibility of the practice of landscape architecture over the last few years. Many eminent and respected landscape practices, urban growth of private sector, especially the IT industry, healthy professional bonding between professionals of all areas including creative fields of art, design and philosophy, presence of a well educated and informed middle class of professionals and entrepreneurs are some of the reasons of a thriving landscape profession in the region. Despite an overburdened infrastructure, traffic conditions, neglected public spaces, the city, with its natural features, marvels of architecture, education and knowledge centers, has a vibrant humane face... so the hope.
All these factors, along with good numbers of ‘green’ enthusiasts, prompted us to select the city as the venue of this year’s Award Ceremony of Landscape Foundation Students’ Design Competition ‘Enclosure’. We were fortunate enough to have the professional community, industry and the educational institutions supporting the students’ cause. Sanjay Mohe, an eminent and respected architect was the speaker on the occasion.
In the profile section, N.G. Shastri, a rare combination of humility and merit in today’s world shares his ideas about the practice and works in the issue.
After a decade of an interesting adventurous journey in the Indian landscape journalism of intellectual discourse, works, interviews, profiles, discussions it is time that we induce some humor in the life of the journal. ‘Green Circus’, a new comic feature is about the lives of two landscape architects Hari and Berry. We are sure everybody will identify with the characters, their situations and circumstances in a way or the other and enjoy it.
As this issue goes in print, just got the news of sad demise of Prof. Jaswant Rai, landscape architect, who passed away on 19th February 2012. A soft spoken and humble person, he touched the lives of many students and young professionals during his teaching years in institutes including School of Planning and Architecture and Sushant School of Art and Architecture. May his soul rest in peace...

Notion of Ground
Excerpts from Existing Urban Landscape Within Cities

IGBC–CII 2nd Green Landscape Summit
Rahul Paul

About Landscape and its Visual Language
M Shaheer

landscape competition
Landscape Foundation Students' Design Competition 2011

Prize Winning Entries

Jury Special Mention Certificate Entries

List of Participants


Architecture for Senses: Enclosure
Sanjay Mohe

view from within

Geeta Wahi Dua


Gautam Bhatia
D. Fairchild Ruggles
Nachiket Patwardhan


Thresholds for Idle Reflections: Architecture of Luis Barragan
Milind Patel

landscape in indian literature

The City Beautiful: Lanka as portrayed in the Sundarakanda, or Beautiful Epic
Uma Sankar Sekar


N G Shastri
Interview by Aparna Rao

landscape research

Observations along the Sabarmati
Ritesh Kamdar

project wall

green circus

know your plants

Khejdi, Prosopis cineraria

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