By becoming part of the everyday, the taken-for-granted, the objective and the natural, the landscape masks the artifice and ideological nature of its form and content. Its history as a social construction is unexamined.

Duncan, J.

Sometimes a landscape seems to be less a setting for the life of its inhabitants than a curtain behind which their struggles, achievements and accidents take place.

Berger, J.

Through living in it, the landscape becomes a part of us, just as we are a part of it. Landscape is the world as it is known to those who dwell therein. It is …the everyday project of dwelling in the world.

Ingold, T.

…the landscape thinks itself in me… and I am its consciousness.

Cezanne

About the Landscape Research Group

The Landscape Research Group, a charity founded in 1967, aims to promote research and understanding of the landscape for public benefit. We are concerned with all types and aspects of landscape, from wilderness and cultural landscapes to the built environment. We strive to stimulate research, transfer knowledge, encourage the exchange of ideas and promote practices which engage with landscape and environment. To these ends, we sponsor conferences and symposia, award student prizes, own and edit the peer-reviewed journal Landscape Research (published by Routledge) and publish the newsletter Landscape Research Extra. Our Annual Directors’ Reports provide fuller information on the Group’s activities.

Though our members share many values, as a group we remain open-minded and inquiring, as well as sceptical and critical in the best senses of those terms. The range of academic disciplines we represent is similarly broad, including geographers, planners, landscape architects, anthropologists, archaeologists, ecologists and many others within the arts, humanities and sciences. The Group provides a nexus for discourse between disciplines, and is a conduit through which academics and practitioners can engage.

LRG is non profit-making and, unlike some learned societies, it is open to all. We are not a professional body (we represent no single profession), although we do seek to engage with practice. In this context ‘practice’ can mean many things: an artist, a forester, a landscape architect, a planner, a field archaeologist, an open space activist, a guerrilla gardener… these could all be landscape practitioners. Indeed, LRG opens its doors to anyone who has an interest in landscape and hopes to broaden or deepen their personal understanding of this multi-faceted subject.

An overview of the LRG in pamphlet form can be downloaded here: What We Do and Joining LRG. A complete version of the LRG pamphlet can be downloaded here.

Why not become a member? Click here to go to our membership page.

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