“I started off on these town tours, some months ago, full of hope. I come back at the end of them sadly depressed”.
The unhappy conclusion arrived at by John Betjeman after a series of visits to a variety of towns in Southern England in the summer of 1937. Although irritated by many aspects of the architecture he found, his diatribe was reserved for the speculator/developer and the “little brick horrors poisoning England”. His reasoning being that developers rarely consider the surrounding neighbourhood and its character, decline to provide sufficient space for a family or provide an adequate garden, and are more inclined to spend the money on “superficial attractions”. Continue reading
For those who don’t know, the Pathway to Chartership (P2C) is the experience based process used to assess and develop the knowledge, understanding and professionalism of Licentiate members of the Landscape Institute (L.I.). This is the final hurdle of the long training required to become a fully qualified Landscape Architect. When a candidate has made sufficient progress on the Pathway under the guidance of their mentor and gained the approval of their supervisor they may be entered for the oral exam, which has replaced the written exam of previous years. I personally think of this as a very positive move, as it means that assessment is based not only on the regurgitation of facts but also on an individual’s attitude, demeanour and experience, which are all equally important to a Chartered Landscape Architect whether in private practice or the public sector. Continue reading